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Anointing of the Sick

Anointing graphic   When a Catholic is very sick, the Church anoints the person with oil in a special ritual of healing called Anointing of the Sick.
 
Traditionally referred to as Extreme Unction or Last Rites, the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is administered both to the dying and to those who are gravely ill.
 
It can also be administered to those who are about to undergo surgery, for the recovery of their health and for spiritual strength.
 
It is a ritual of healing appropriate not only for physical but also for mental and spiritual sickness.
 
It is administered by anointing with blessed oil accompanied by prayer.  Only a priest can validly administer it.  Its effect is the strengthening of the soul, often of the body as well, and in the necessary conditions remission of sins.
 
This rite is one way in which the Church continues the healing ministry of Jesus.  The healing offered by this anointing is forgiveness of sins, hope and inner peace, sometimes physical healing, and an assurance of God's steadfast care, even in death.

To request an annointing, contact the Parish Office on 8264 4694.