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Anointing of the Sick &

Last Rites


The anointing of the sick can be administered to a member of the faithful who, after having reached the use of reason, begins to be in danger due to sickness or old age (Canon 1004).

Canons 998 & 1004 can be summarized as follows. Those who satisfy three conditions may be anointed:

  1. A baptized Catholic

  2. Reached the age of reason

  3. Begun to be in danger from illness or the infirmities of age, or have become sick again or underwent a further crisis. It should be noted that the danger need only have begun to exist. The person does not have to be "in extremis" (in imminent danger of dying).

Effect of the celebration of this sacrament:

A particular gift of the Holy Spirit... strengthening, peace and courage to overcome the difficulties that go with the condition of serious illness or the frailty of old age. this grace is a gift of the Holy Spirit, who renews trust and faith in God and strengthens against the temptations of the evil one, the temptation of discouragement and anguish in the face of death. This assistance from the Lord by the power of his Spirit is meant to lead the sick person to healing of the soul, but also of the body if such is God's will. Furthermore, if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven (CCC 1520).

For further effects of this powerful sacrament, please see the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Paragraphs 1521-1523.

To arrange for you or your loved one to receive this sacrament please contact the parish office.

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