Anointing of the Sick
Anointing of the Sick is one of the two Sacraments of Healing; the other is Reconciliation. This sacrament is a powerful and effective sign of Jesus’ presence that brings strength and healing to the sick, the elderly and the dying. The celebration of this sacrament can help the sick get well again. When that does not happen, the sacrament helps the sick face their illness with faith and trust. It also helps dying people continue their faith journey to God in heaven.
This sacrament’s name has changed over time. It was once called extreme unction, which means “the last anointing,” and was referred to as part of the “last rites.” The Catechism of the Catholic Church calls it “the anointing of the sick,” (CCC 1511). The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick conveys several graces and imparts gifts of strengthening in the Holy Spirit against anxiety, discouragement, and temptation, and conveys peace and fortitude (CCC 1520). These graces flow from the atoning death of Jesus Christ, for “this was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah, He took our infirmities and bore our diseases” (Matthew 8:17). The Church urges the Christian who is ill to unite with the Passion and Death of Christ.
Any Catholic who is facing a serious illness or is of advanced years may receive anointing the Sick. Individuals who are planning to enter the hospital are particularly encouraged to receive the sacrament before their admission. This sacrament may be received as needed. Pastoral staff members and volunteers visit those who are in the hospital, nursing home, or confined to their own home. Please notify Kim Mazzon, Pastoral Associate – Ministry to the Sick, 614-565-0505, if you or a loved one desires a visit from Father David Sizemore.