The Anointing of the Sick offers prayers for possible recovery, but the more important intention is to give strength to the soul of the sick person. The Church believes that the sacrament offers a special grace to calm and strengthen the spirit. This can be of great comfort in time of illness. Jesus is the Divine Physician, and by the grace of the sacrament, the Holy Spirit comes down upon the person through the laying of hands and the anointing with the Oil of the Sick. Healing is often desired in a physical form; however, the sacrament may bring healing to mind, body, and soul. Please contact the parish office if you would like to request this sacrament for yourself or a loved one.
Sacraments 101: Anointing of the Sick (who it’s for)