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Anointing of the Sick
Arranging to Receive the Sacrament
If you are admitted to a Hospital, inform the Admitting, Nursing, or Pastoral Care Staff that you are a Catholic and wish to receive the Sacraments while in the Hospital. They will arrange for the assigned or on-call Priest Chaplain of the Hospital, or Eucharistic Ministers for Holy Communion. Due to privacy laws, Parish Priests are not informed of parishioners Hospital status.
If you are homebound and would like to receive the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, please contact the Parish Office. If you, or one of your loved ones, is gravely ill and nearing death, we urge you to contact the Parish as early as possible, as Priests are usually unable to answer calls on short notice.
Does a Person Have to Be Dying to Receive the Sacrament?
No. The Catechism says, “The Anointing of the Sick is not a Sacrament for those only who are at the point of death. Hence, as soon as anyone of the faithful begins to be in danger of death from sickness or old age, the fitting time for him to receive this Sacrament has certainly already arrived” (CCC 1514).
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