What is Anointing of the Sick?

The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is one of the two Sacraments of Healing (the other is the Sacrament of Reconciliation).  This is the Sacrament in which those who are ill are anointed to impart spiritual strength and physical healing.

In the Church’s Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, through the ministry of the priest, it is Jesus who touches the sick to heal them from sin – and sometimes even from physical ailment. His cures were signs of the arrival of the Kingdom of God. The core message of his healing tells us of his plan to conquer sin and death by his dying and rising.

The Rite of Anointing tells us there is no need to wait until a person is at the point of death to receive the Sacrament. A careful judgment about the serious nature of the illness is sufficient.

When the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is given, the hoped-for effect is that, if it be God’s will, the person be physically healed of illness. But even if there is no physical healing, the primary effect of the Sacrament is a spiritual healing by which the sick person receives the Holy Spirit’s gift of peace and courage to deal with the difficulties that accompany serious illness or the frailty of old age.

~ from the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults

Catholics who are seriously ill, advanced in age, or going in for surgery are all eligible to receive this Sacrament. Anointing of the Sick is celebrated at the Parish of Saint Patrick following the 8:00am Mass every Saturday in the Church. It can also be celebrated at other times by making an appointment with a priest.

Please call the Rectory Office at 631-665-4911 to arrange for a priest to visit any homebound or hospitalized parishioner who may be in need of the Sacrament.