Throughout the gospels, the sick were a primary concern of Jesus, a basis for this sacrament. In this sacrament, we ask for and experience God’s compassion for those who suffer some form of serious illness and for those who are at the point of death. In the anointing and laying on of hands, God’s healing power is called upon those whose body and spirit are broken. Healing may come physically, but God will always provide spiritual strength and consolation to endure even to the point of death. The grace of the Holy Spirit received from this sacrament will quiet anxiety, dissipate fear, strengthen the soul to conquer despair, and inspire confidence in God with resignation to his will.
Anointing of the Sick can be administered to any Catholic who has reached the age of reason and is awaiting serious surgery, suffers from serious illness or is weakened by old age or affected by some serious forms of mental illness.
The anointing of the sick complements confession. If possible, and especially if circumstances suggest it, participate in the Sacrament of Confession prior to anointing and the Sacrament of the Eucharist after.
If you would like to receive the Sacrament of Anointing, please contact the parish office at
(919) 552-8758 to make arrangements. For house and hospital calls, arrangements may also be made for receiving the Eucharist.