In the sacrament of the sick, a person who is ill is anointed by a priest with consecrated oil. The purpose and effect of this sacrament is to give comfort and special grace to the person receiving it, including the remission of sins, if necessary. The anointing is accompanied by special prayers and blessings.
In times past, this sacrament was reserved for those who were dying. The Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) changed the name of the sacrament from “Extreme Unction” to “sacrament of the sick” and broadened its use considerably. Today, people who are in the hospital for an illness that may not be life threatening are given this sacrament. It can be received as often as necessary.
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Please call the parish office to receive this sacrament of healing if a family member is ill or preparing for surgery or any other medical procedure.