Anointing the Sick

Anointing the Sick

This sacrament is a ministering of God’s healing and encourages faith and hope in his saving love. In our infirmity God offers himself again and again as our rock and our security: 'In him we take fresh heart'.

A priest will administer the anointing of the sick with blessed oil to those who are experiencing a serious illness, those who have been hospitalised or are undergoing a serious operation, as well as the elderly who are suffering from poor health. It can take place at home or in a hospital.
When this Sacrament is conferred to those who are gravely ill and in their final hours it is also known as the Final Anointing, and was formerly known as the Last Rites.
If the sick person is able to, they may request a Confession, but if they are unable to confess then absolution is given. They will also be given the Eucharist, if they are still able to receive it, this is known as Viaticum.

When anointing the sick a priest will normally say the following :

"Through this holy anointing may the Lord in His love and mercy help you with the grace of the Holy Spirit. Amen. 
May the Lord who frees you from sin save you and raise you up. Amen."

Through the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, like Jesus, we are assured that God will raise us up, from our pain and suffering and lead us onto eternal life.

If you, a relative or friend are suffering from an illness and unable to attend Church or know of anyone who is sick and would like to be Anointed by Fr Richard please contact the presbytery (parish office).


If you are going into hospital it is important that you indicate on entering that your details may be passed onto the Roman Catholic Chaplain. Also, state that you would like the R.C. Chaplain to visit you.  This is important, because if you do not express a wish for a visit, your details will not be passed on.

If you are undergoing an operation, please ask Fr Richard for the Sacrament of the Sick before going to hospital. He may also be able to visit you in person – but only if he knows you are there!