Anointing of the Sick
In the case of an emergency and you need a priest to anoint a loved one, please call the parish directly at (630) 654-3365.
The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is for people who are facing major surgery, serious illness, chronic illness, and aging. The Church recognizes that people need the healing and strengthening power of Christ in these difficult times. The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick benefits both the sick person and the community by allowing all of us to show our concern for the sick among us and to remind them that they are never alone.
Who Can Receive The Sacrament Of Anointing Of The Sick?
- Those whose health is seriously impaired by sickness (including mental illness) or old age
- Those about to undergo surgery because of a serious illness
- Those who are elderly and weakened by age, even if there is no serious illness
- Sick children who are mature enough to be strengthened by the Sacrament
The healing that occurs in this sacrament of anointing is not always necessarily physical healing. While we firmly hold that physical healing can occur through the great power of God, the grace infused through this sacrament is the reminder of the fact that God holds, always present in your suffering.
When the priest blesses the oil of anointing, he asks God to “send the power of your Holy Spirit, the Consoler, into this precious oil. Make this oil a remedy for all who are anointed with it; heal them in body, in soul and in spirit, and deliver them from every affliction” (Pastoral Care of the Sick, #123).
“The celebration of the Anointing of the Sick consists essentially in the anointing of the forehead and hands of the sick person with oil, and asking God for the grace of peace, courage, and strength in your current situation.
You may receive the Sacrament any number of times in your life. To arrange for a non-emergency Anointing, you may call the parish office at 630-654-3365 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org