Anointing of the Sick

Please call the parish office when a parishioner is in the hospital, a nursing home, or confined to home and wishes to receive a visit or any of the sacraments. The sacrament of the anointing of the sick is administered to those whose  health is seriously impaired by sickness or old age (PCS, 8); to those about to undergo surgery when a serious illness is the reason for the surgery (PCS, 10); and to the elderly if they become notably weakened even though no serious illness is present (PCS, 11). Those who once had the use of reason, but have subsequently lost their mental faculties due to senility, unconsciousness, mental illness or some other reason should be anointed (C. 1006). The sacrament of anointing may be repeated when the sick person recovers after being anointed and, at a later time, becomes sick again; or when during the same illness the condition of the sick person becomes more serious (PCS, 9). The rite of viaticum is used by the Church to comfort and strengthen a dying Catholic in the passage from this life (PCS, 161). The ministry to the dying includes  the sacrament of penance, the renewal of baptismal promises, and Communion as viaticum (food for the journey).