Anointing​ of the Sick Sacrament


Anointing of the Sick is a sacrament given to us for the forgiveness of sins and the healing of people who have become sick. While many people equate this with Last Rites (or, in the old terminology, Extreme Unction), it is not strictly for those who are in danger of death. It is for the purpose of healing for those who are sick. There are numerous occasions for which Anointing of the Sick may be appropriate:

a) When someone has suddenly become sick, whether it be an acute sickness or a long-term procedure (i.e. chemotherapy, etc.).

b) When someone is about to have an operation

c) When the sickness (o infirmity due to old age) has taken a sudden turn for the worse.

Of course, Anointing of the Sick is still used for those who are in danger of death as well. In its fullest form, Last Rites includes the following elements:

a) Confession of sins by the sick person

b) Receiving of the Holy Oils and laying on of hands as part of the Annointing itself

c) Reception of “Viaticum”, possibly the final time that a person receives the Eucharist.

The above elements are to be administered to the degree that the person is physically and mentally capable of doing so. Obviously, all of these elements cannot be given in many cases.

For those who have a loved one who is in danger of death, you are advised to call a priest immediately to arrange for Last Rites. You can call the church at 270-242-7436, or call Fr. Steve at 270-784-1520. In cases of emergency, every effort will be made to have Fr. Steve or some other priest visit them at once.

For those who would like the sacrament of Anointing in a non-emergency situation, please call the parish and the pastor will set up a time that is convenient, as soon as possible.