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Anointing of the Sick

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Father Mark Hammond


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Father PJ Brandimarti

Parochial Vicar

Who may receive the Anointing of the Sick?
  • Anyone who is baptized members of the Christian faithful and of the age where he can go to confession is able to receive the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick validly.
  • The elderly who are weakened, even though no notable illness is present, may choose to participate in the ritual.

  • Those who face surgery due to serious illness or will be anesthetized/unconscious. 

  • Those who suffer serious mental illness.

  • Those who are near death from illness or injury.



In the Church's Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, through the ministry of the priest, it is Jesus who touches the sick to heal them from sin – and sometimes even from physical ailment. His cures were signs of the arrival of the Kingdom of God. The core message of his healing tells us of his plan to conquer sin and death by his dying and rising.

The Rite of Anointing tells us there is no need to wait until a person is at the point of death to receive the Sacrament. A careful judgment about the serious nature of the illness is sufficient.

When the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is given, the hoped-for effect is that, if it be God's will, the person be physically healed of illness. But even if there is no physical healing, the primary effect of the Sacrament is a spiritual healing by which the sick person receives the Holy Spirit's gift of peace and courage to deal with the difficulties that accompany serious illness or the frailty of old age.





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