Anointing of the Sick


Jesus showed great compassion for sick people. Some he healed. By His own suffering, however, He showed all of us how our suffering can be a path to personal growth and a means of redemption for others. For Christians, no suffering is meaningless. It is a share in the life of Jesus. It is a share in His saving mission. The Church strengthens those who are in danger of death with the Anointing of the Sick. This sacrament has been practiced since the time of the Apostles (see James 5:14-15). The sign of this sacrament is sacred oil applied to the forehead and hands by a priest, who recites the prayers of the Church. If a person is gravely ill, the priest may also give Viaticum (Latin for “food for the journey”), for strength during life’s final suffering.

We encourage anyone who is anticipating serious surgery or those who in their advanced age are facing serious health issues to  contact the rectory to make arrangments for the Anointing of the Sick.  For those in the hospital, it is important to let the admissions or nurses know of your Catholic faith and your desire to receive Holy Communion and the Sacrament of the Anointing as their are chaplains assigned to  those facilities.

Each September, with the help of the Ladies of Charity, the Cathedral celebrates a special Mass where the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is administered to all in need.

A SPECIAL MASS FOR ANOINTING OF THE SICK is scheduled at the Cathedral for Sunday, September 30,th at 3:00 PM   The Sacrament of the Sick will be administered during the Mass by Father Stubna, Father Roche and Father Palsa.  This administration of the sacrament of the sick in this context is offered for those Catholics who are experiencing physical ailments of a serious nature: those who will be undergoing surgery for serious reasons, the elderly who have become notably weakened even though no serious illness is present, those who are battling serious illnesses and have not been anointed recently, and children who have reached the age of reason and are seriously ill.  The recipient must be in a state of grace for the true benefit of the sacrament to be received so it is helpful to receive the Sacrament of Penance when possible.