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Anointing of the Sick

To make arrangements for a loved one to receive this sacrament, contact our parish office at 773.631.4127.


The Rite of Anointing tells us there is no need to wait until a person is at the point of death to receive the sacrament. A careful judgment about the serious nature of the illness is sufficient. The sacrament may be repeated if the sick person recovers after the anointing but becomes ill once again, or if, during the same illness, the person's condition becomes more serious. A person should be anointed before surgery when a dangerous illness is the reason for the intervention.


For those who are about to depart from this life, the Church offers the person the sacraments of Reconciliation, Anointing of the Sick, and the Eucharist as Viaticum (food for the journey) given at the end of life. These rites are highly valued by Catholics as powerful aids to a good death and entry to the kingdom of Heaven.


Only ordained priests may be ministers of the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. A scripture reading awakens the faith of the sick, and family members and friends to pray to Christ for the strength of his Holy Spirit. The priest lays his hands on the head of the sick person, and anoints the forehead and hands with blessed holy oil.