Receiving Anointing of the Sick

Is any one among you suffering? Let him pray. Is any cheerful? Let him sing praise. Is any among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith will save the sick man, and the Lord will raise him up; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.”     - Epistle of St. James 5:13-15

Anointing of the Sick is a Sacrament that is for the healing of the baptized (first for spiritual healing and if it serves God’s purpose, physical healing is also possible) who have a physical ailment that makes death a possibility.  It should be sought by Catholics who are in danger of death, who are to undergo surgery that will require general anesthesia, for those with a terminal illness, and for those suffering the ravages of old age.   The Anointing of the Sick must be administered by a priest and, if the person is able, should be preceded by the Sacrament of Reconciliation..

For Those in Danger of Death
In the event of an emergency in which death is a possibility, please call the parish’s emergency pastoral care number: (210) 370-7838.

For Non-emergencies of Those Who Are Homebound or in a Healthcare Institution
For those who require Anointing of the Sick and/or Confession and are not able to come to the parish because they are homebound or in a health institution, please call the Sacraments for the Homebound hotline and leave a message:  (210) 695-2944, ext. 126.

For Those Who Are Able to Come to the Parish
Please call the parish and request an appointment with one of the priests in order to receive Anointing of the Sick at the parish: (210) 695-2944.

For more information, see our tutorial on Anointing of the Sick.

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