Anointing of the Sick

In the Church's Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, through the ministry of the priest, it is Jesus who touches the sick to heal them from sin – and sometimes even from physical ailment. His cures were signs of the arrival of the Kingdom of God. The core message of his healing tells us of his plan to conquer sin and death by his dying and rising.

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. A careful judgment about the serious nature of the illness is sufficient.

When the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is given, the hoped-for effect is that, if it be God's will, the person be physically healed of illness. But even if there is no physical healing, the primary effect of the Sacrament is a spiritual healing by which the sick person receives the Holy Spirit's gift of peace and courage to deal with the difficulties that accompany serious illness or the frailty of old age. ~from the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults 

Christ's compassion toward the sick and his healings of almost every kind of infirmity are a resplendent sign that "God has visited his people."  --CCC, no. 1503, citing Lk 7:16

World Day of the Sick
Pope John Paul II designated February 11, as World Day of the Sick, “A special time of prayer and sharing, of offering one’s suffering for the good of the Church, and of reminding us to see in our sick brother and sister the face of Christ who, by suffering, dying, and rising, achieved the salvation of humankind.”

Who may receive the Sacrament of Anointing?
Any baptized Catholic who is seriously ill due to sickness, injury, or old age may receive the Anointing of the Sick, even though there is no apparent danger of death. The sacrament should be received when the sick person is best able to profit from it, and not be delayed until the person is at the point of death.  The elderly who are in a weakened condition are also encouraged by the Church to receive the Sacrament of Anointing, even though no dangerous illness is present. One should also receive it before a serious operation.

In keeping with this special day Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Church will celebrate the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick on Saturday, February 11, 2023 during Mass at 10:00 AM.  We will host a light luncheon following the Mass. 

To assist us in planning for food and seating for the luncheon, please sign up on the sheet in the gather space or contact Beth O’Leary, 910-912-9016 or [email protected] by February 6th.


To receive the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, please call the office and make an appointment with Fr. Cabra.