Sacraments - Anointing of the Sick

This sacrament is for all who are in need of healing. This anointing is no longer celebrated only at the time of death. It can be received on many occasions.

If you or a member of your family wish to be anointed, please call the rectory.

The parish also offers a special liturgy that includes a communal anointing of the sick on an annual basis. Further information can be obtained by calling the rectory.

This sacrament is intended for all who are ill - whether in body, mind, or spirit. The illness may be temporary, serious or chronic. You may receive the sacrament if you are preparing for surgery or even if you are experiencing “old age”.

It’s important to understand that this sacrament is no longer referred to as the “Last Rites”. As such, you may receive this sacrament more than once in your lifetime.

Through the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, the Church carries out Jesus’ mission of compassion and healing for the sick. The one who is ill can also be a minister to others. By uniting their suffering to Christ, those who are sick can be signs of faith and witnesses of Christ’s resurrection to the entire community. - US Conference of Catholic Bishops

While it is possible that the sacrament could bring physical healing, Anointing of the Sick is primarily about the healing of hope and of the spirit. Above all, the sacrament allows the person who is ill to unite more closely to Christ’s Passion. This gives suffering a new meaning: a participation in the saving work of Jesus. This is a powerful witness that is for the good of the whole Church
- Catechism of the Catholic Church nos. 1521-1522

May every sick and frail person see in your faces the face of Jesus, and may you come to see Christ’s own flesh in every suffering person.- Pope Francis

Feel free to call with questions or concerns!
Parish Office
773-763-8228 or e-mail at mail@sttars.org