The Sacrament of ‘Anointing of the Sick’ used to be called Extreme Unction –meaning last anointing. Catholics are anointed with holy oils at Baptism and Confirmation, which usually occur fairly early in life, so the third anointing; ‘Anointing of the Sick’ Sacrament is received much later.
The “Anointing of the Sick” is to offer prayers for possible recovery, with the more important intention to give strength to the soul of the sick person. Often, when people are sick, they get discouraged, depressed, angry, annoyed, and afraid. The Church believes that the sacrament offers a special grace to calm the spirit. If physical recovery is God’s will, so be it. If not, then the person needs the grace, strength, and encouragement to bear the illness with dignity.
If you, a family member, or a friend are extremely ill and wishes to receive this sacrament, please call the office (410-250-0300).