Anointing of the Sick is a ritual component of a more extensive ritual prayer that is part of the Church’s pastoral care for the seriously sick and/or the dying.
Since the medieval period this sacrament has been called Extreme Unction (Latin, last anointing) and was perceived almost exclusively as part of the rites celebrated for the dying Christian. In accordance with the Second Vatican Council, the 1972 reformed rite restored the premedieval perspective on this sacrament as the ordinary rite for the strengthening of those whose health is debilitated by physical illness or old age as well as a way of accompanying a person’s final journey in death.
All of these realities are as much the stuff of mystery as are birth or the full vigor of healthy youth or family life. Illness is part of the human condition. Christians are called to the faith-filled acceptance of suffering as a sign of their incorporation into Christ, who took upon himself our human pain (Col 1:22) . This is no passive act of helpless surrender but a declaration that Christ’s concern for the bodily and spiritual welfare of the sick was a breakthrough for the reign of God (Mark 2:1-12) . Indeed, those anointed are raised up as particular models of faithful and hope-filled association with Christ in his Passion and death.
[The HarperCollins Encyclopedia of Catholicism]
+ If there is a need for the Sacrament of the Sick, please call the rectory at 834-1220 for a priest.
+ A parish Anointing Mass is held every year at the noon Mass on Ascension Thursday.