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 in the Fall is CANCELLED – The 2020 Communal Anointing in the Spring will be posted in the future. A Reception is provided in the Commons following Mass.
Also, Sacramental Anointing of the Sick is celebrated every first Sunday of the month during the Healing Service following the 5:30 PM Sunday Mass.
Who may be anointed?
- A sick person ought to be anointed before he or she undergoes surgery, whether or not the surgery is serious.
- Persons with chronic illnesses.
- Old persons, even if they are not suffering from a dangerous illness.
- A sick child may be anointed in order to be comforted and uplifted by the sacrament.
- Mentally disabled persons.