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Anointing of the Sick

Anointing of the Sick, also commonly referred to as "Sacrament of the Sick", "Extreme Unction" or "Last Rites" is a sacrament meant to give comfort and grace to those suffering mentally, physically or spiritually.  

Jesus came to heal the whole person, body and soul.  In the Church's sacrament of Anointin g 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.

Anointing at St. Gabriel

Join us on the last Friday of each month following our 12:10pm Mass for Anointing of the Sick.

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