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Anointing of the Sick

Anointing of the Sick

If you or a loved one is sick, about to undergo surgery, or close to death, please call the Cathedral Office and request a priest for the sacrament, Anointing of the Sick.

Q. What is the sacrament of Extreme Unction?

A. Extreme Unction is the Sacrament which, through the anointing and prayer of the priest, gives health and strength to the soul, and sometimes to the body, when we are in danger of death from sickness. 1

Thus, just as the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist form a unity called "the sacraments of Christian initiation," so too it can be said that Penance, the Anointing of the Sick and the Eucharist as viaticum constitute at the end of Christian life "the sacraments that prepare for our heavenly homeland" or the sacraments that complete the earthly pilgrimage. 2

1 Baltimore Catechism, 956

2 Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1525