The anointing of the sick is administered to bring spiritual and even physical strength during an illness.
Mark refers to the sacrament when he recounts how Jesus sent out the twelve disciples to preach, and “they cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many that were sick and healed them” (Mark 6:13).
In his epistle, James says, “Is any among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith will save the sick man, and the Lord will raise him up; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven” (Jas. 5:14–15).
If the illness is especially grave, especially near the time of death, it is most likely one of the last sacraments one will receive. The sacrament performed to convey God’s grace to the recipient, through the power of the Holy Spirit.
In an emergency, during regular office hours, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., contact the church office.
If an emergency arises after hours, on the weekend, or during a holiday, please call Father John directly at 587-989-4428.