The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is for the healing and spiritual strengthening of those who are impaired by sickness or old age. 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; therefore, please request the Sacrament when illness is discovered. The Sacrament may also be repeated if the sick person becomes ill again after the anointing. A person should be anointed before surgery when a dangerous illness is the reason for such intervention.
The presence of loved ones and friends who pray along with the priest is important at the anointing. Only bishops and priests may be ministers of this Sacrament, whereby the priest places his hands upon the ill with the blessed Oil of the Sick, accompanied by the words: "Through this holy anointing, may the Lord in his love and mercy help you with the grace of the Holy Spirit. May the Lord who frees you from sin save you and raise you up" (CCC. no. 1513).
Please call the parish office at (512) 476-6182 to request the Anointing of the Sick.