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Anointing of the Sick

Sacramental Life

The Sacrament of the “Anointing of the Sick” is administered to bring spiritual and physical strength during an illness, especially near the time of death. This Sacrament offers peace and courage to overcome the difficulties that are associated with disease, illness or dying.

People of all ages can avail themselves of the grace of this sacrament. Anointing of the Sick is encouraged for anyone that is in danger of death from sickness or old age, and also immediately before a serious operation. Those suffering from severe mental disorders are also encouraged to seek the peace of Christ in the Anointing. This Sacrament can be repeatedly administered to a person if his/her condition becomes worse, or a new serious condition develops, and is recommended for the elderly as they become more and more frail.

Individual Anointing of the Sick


If you or someone you love wishes or needs to receive the Anointing of the Sick, please contact Sr. Marietta Umlor in the Pastoral Care Office at 708-873-4634, call the Parish Office at 708-349-0903, or any of our Parish Priests.

Communal Anointing of the Sick


Twice a year, in the spring and in the fall, the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is administered during the 8:30 AM Saturday Mass. The 2019 Communal Anointing date will be posted in the future.

Who may be anointed?

  1. A sick person ought to be anointed before he or she undergoes surgery, whether or not the surgery is serious.
  2. Persons with chronic illnesses.
  3. Old persons, even if they are not suffering from a dangerous illness.
  4. A sick child may be anointed in order to be comforted and uplifted by the sacrament.
  5. Mentally disabled persons.

A Reception is provided in the Commons following Mass.

Our Sacramental Celebrations

Baptism

Initiates new members into the Body of Christ.

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Penance/Reconciliation

Celebrates God’s mercy and forgiveness of our sins.

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Eucharist

The Source and Summit of Christian life memorializes the death and resurrection of the Lord.

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Confirmation

Seals Baptism and Reaffirms the Gift of the Holy Spirit.

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Marriage

Witnesses the couple’s indissoluble covenant of love.

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Holy Orders

Consecrates and appoints men to shepherd God’s people.

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Anointing of the Sick

Brings spiritual healing to the sick and dying.

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Funerals

As we celebrate the funeral rites, Catholics affirm our hope for eternal life.

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