Anointing of the Sick

Is anyone among you sick? He should summon the presbyters of the church, and they should pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord, and the prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise him up. If he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven.

James 5:14-15

Illness and death are among the most trying aspects of the human experience. At the same time, despite the difficulties associated with such times, these are often the precise moments when we are put more deeply in touch with the presence and grace of God. Acknowledging our own mortality puts us face to face with our total reliance on God, and His complete power over our physical existence. In light of this, it is quite appropriate that the Church has a Sacrament of healing for those who are sick or near dying.

AnointingAlso referred to as “Extreme Unction” or merely “Anointing,” the Sacrament has its roots in the Bible. In the early Church, Anointing was a powerful way of invoking God’s power for the purposes of healing and forgiveness–as the quote from the Letter of James at the top of this page attests.

Today, Anointing remains a sacramental action that calls upon the healing power of God, and Catholics are encouraged to receive Anointing of the Sick not only when they are near death, but any time they are afflicted with grave or chronic illness, or are about to undergo a serious medical procedure. This Sacrament can be repeated as often as is necessary.

At Our Lady of Ransom, there are communal celebrations of Anointing of the Sick on the first Saturday of each month following 8:15 AM Mass. In case of emergency, please call the Ministry Center (847-823-2550) to let us know if you or anyone in your family is ill, so that a priest may visit and confer the Sacrament.