“The Anointing of the Sick imparts consolation, peace, and strength
and unites the sick person, in his precarious situation and his sufferings,
with Christ in a profound way. For the Lord experienced our fears and
bore our pains in his body.”
Unless you or a loved one has been ill, you may not have experienced the Sacrament of the
Anointing of the Sick. Catholics receive the Sacrament of the Sick to receive
God’s grace in times of illness, disease, or surgery.
The ill person is anointed with holy oil on the forehead and the hands and prayers are offered
asking God to be with that person in his or her illness. In some cases, the result of this anointing
may include a partial or whole healing; in all cases it represents the strength of God’s presence in
a difficult moment. Regardless of the immediate, temporal result, it is a moment of encounter
with Christ Himself.
How do I arrange for Anointing of the Sick?
If you or a loved one is in need of the Anointing of the Sick, contact the Scioto Catholic Office
at (740) 354-4551. Anointings can take place at church, in your home, or in the hospital. Additionally,
please notify the parish staff regarding any aged or ill family members who are confined to their
home and unable to join us for Mass.