This sacrament brings Jesus' healing, comfort, and strength to those who are seriously ill or in danger of death through the Priest, who offers God's mercy, strength and healing in Jesus' name.
The Anointing of the Sick can be celebrated individually (at home, in the hospital, in a nursing home) or communally during/after Mass. The sacrament of Reconciliation can precede it. The Priest places his hands on the person's head as a sign of Christ's presence and healing. He anoints the person's forehead and hands with blessed oil. He prays that Jesus will bring healing, peace and strength to the sick person.
The body and blood of Christ are our greatest signs of Christ's dying and rising. After the anointing, a person who is in danger of death may receive the Eucharist as viaticum, "food for the journey" to eternal life with God.
Parish Priests are happy to bring this sacrament of healing to any who are seriously ill. Our priests celebrate the Sacrament of Anointing here at St. Cecilia every second Saturday of the month after the 8 a.m. Mass.