The Anointing of the Sick is, along with Confession, of the the two sacraments of healing. This sacrament is often confused with what is commonly known as the Last Rites – special prayers used by a priest when the death of a Christian in immanent. While Anointing of the Sick is given when death is near, the sacrament is used and encouraged much more expansively than merely the last few moments of Earthly life.
According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the Anointing of the Sick – though given in times of physical or psychological illness – is concerned primarily with spiritual healing. “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’ (James 5:14-15)” (CCC 1520).
Any member of the faithful who is facing serious illness, surgery, or the effects of old age are able to receive Anointing of the sick. If you are in need, contact the pastor to request this sacrament.