Receiving the Anointing of the Sick

  • The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick should be celebrated at the earliest signs of serious or chronic illness. It can be repeated after six months have passed if the illness persists or if a new illness develops.

    The parish celebrates the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick in a communal celebration in the fall and in the spring each year. Contact the parish office to learn dates and times.

    The sick may be anointed in their homes and may receive Holy Communion on a weekly basis. Contact the parish office to arrange for an anointing or for communion to the homebound.

    Privacy regulations no longer permit hospitals to inform parishes of an illness of a parishioner. It is the responsibility of a family member to contact the parish to notify the parish of illness and the nature of the particular request (prayers, sacrament, visit, etc).

    When a person is hospitalized the sacraments are usually made available through the pastoral care department of the hospital, especially in an emergency situation. Even non-Catholic hospitals have arrangements with the nearest parish to provide sacraments in emergency situations. When in doubt, contact the St. Mary Parish Office.

    Holy Communion is considered the Sacrament for the dying. A person who has been anointed and is receiving Holy Communion has received what was formerly called “the last rites.” If the family wishes “prayers of commendation for a dying person” when death becomes imminent, they should contact the parish office to make a request for the visit of a pastoral minister.