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The Anointing of the Sick

How do I receive the Anointing of the Sick?

This is a special Sacrament for anyone who is suffering from a serious illness or from an infirmity due to old age.

We regularly celebrate the Sacrament as part of weekday Mass - often each month. See our newsletter for details.

If you or someone you know would like to receive Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick please contact us.


The Anointing of the Sick

Some of us remember this Sacrament being called ‘Extreme Unction’.
This name tells us of the time when it used to be given – in extremis --ie close to death.

After the Second Vatican Council Pope Paul VI published a renewed version of the Sacrament and ‘Anointing of the Sick’ became its common name.

The rule about when we can receive this wonderful Sacrament was changed. Now it is available for anyone ‘whose health is seriously impaired by sickness or old age’. If you know of anyone who is in this situation do please let them know.

Sometimes family or friends only think about calling a priest when their loved one is unconscious and near death or has in fact died. A priest will always be willing to come out at these times.

It is important to help a person who is approaching death or who may be really unwell to feel the strength and comfort that this Sacrament gives. It also allows them to take the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation too.