The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick


A Sacrament of Healing

The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is a continuation through the Church of the healing ministry of Christ.  The Sacrament should be requested by or for those members who are…

  • physically sick,
  • the infirm whose strength has been depleted by age,
  • those suffering from mental illnesses,
  • and for the dying when the Sacraments of Confession and Holy Communion (The Last Rites) cannot be celebrated because an individual is comatose, intubated, or sedated. 

The Sacrament of the Sick can be received more than once during the course of an illness for the healing and strengthening of the person.


The Last Rites

The Last Rites of the Church for the dying are the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion, known as Viaticum, that is, “food for the journey”.   These Sacraments should be requested as soon as it is evident that a person is dying and needs the grace and strength of Christ.

To request the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, a pastoral visit or for the Last Rites of the Church, call for the priests of the parish at 607.432.3920.




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