This sacrament takes place as the community gathers in faith to pray over and lay hands on those who are sick, because the Church, like Christ, desires the health of the whole human person. It is for those who are seriously ill, suffering from the difficulties of old age, or in danger of death. No longer called extreme unction or “last rites”, it is intended to provide wholeness of mind,body and spirit, in the wider context of the pastoral care of the sick. While the sacrament of anointing itself can only be done by a priest, the other rites of pastoral care – prayer, visits by members of the community, the reception of Communion – are the work of the parish community. It may take place in a home, in a hospital, or in a church.
When to request the sacrament:
1. Upon becoming ill in mind, body or spirit.
2. When suffering from a long-term illness in which there is a significant change in condition.
3. If in danger of imminent death (possible death in 48 hours)
How to receive the Sacrament of Anointing:
Call the Priest Emergency Number: 757-448-5251