Anointing of the Sick
Anointing of the sick is administered to bring spiritual and even physical strength during an illness, especially near the time of death. It is most likely one of the last sacraments one will receive. 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 (CCC1520).
Does a person have to be dying to receive this 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" (CCC1514).
If you want to celebrate the Sacrament of Anointing, please call the Parish Office to set an appointment with the Pastor.
Also, the residents of Syracuse Home at McHarrie Place are anointed twice a year.