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“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.”

-YouCat 245


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 St. John Paul II Scioto Catholic Parish 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.

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