Annointing of the Sick
The Sacrament of Annointing of the Sick
Q: What is this Sacrament?
A: Holy Communion is administered to the sick and the aged by the Clergy. If required, the sick/aged member is encouraged to make his/her Confession. Prayers are recited and the family members must participate in this prayer session.
Q: Why it is administered?
A: The Church considers it important that every Catholic be given the right to receive the Sacrament for the last time before death. It is considered the last of the Sacraments (Extreme Unction). It is also known as Viaticum, which is administered with the Sacrament of Confession, Communion and Anointing of the Sick.
Q: How can I arrange for it?
A: Family members of the sick/aged parishioner requesting an anointing must accompany the Priest to his/her home. The family members must actively participate in the sacramental prayer session. The Priest anoints the sick/aged person, prays for them and blesses him or her.