Anointing of the Sick


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Anointing of the Sick The Anointing of the Sick is one of the two Sacraments of Healing (along with Reconciliation).  It can be celebrated individually (at home, in the hospital, in a nursing home), or during a special mass of healing. The priest anoints the person’s forehead and hands with the blessed oil (Oil of the Infirm) and prays that Jesus will bring healing and consolation to the sick person.  The sacrament may be received by anyone with a serious illness, chronic condition, or who is elderly.

Our parish and other local parishes periodically celebrate Anointing of the Sick in a special mass of healing.  These are celebrated as follows:

A penitential rite followed by the Liturgy of the Word opens the celebration. Scripture awakens the faith of the sick and family members and friends to pray to Christ for the strength of his Holy Spirit. The priest lays his hands on the head of the sick person. He then proceeds to anoint, with the blessed Oil of the Sick, the forehead and hands of the sick person (in the Roman Rite). He accompanies these acts with the words, “Through this holy anointing may the Lord in his love and mercy help you with the grace of the Holy Spirit. May the Lord who frees you from sin save you and raise you up”

Watch the bulletin for announcements.  St. Pius X celebrates the sacrament each first Friday of the month during the 8:00 AM daily Mass.  Contact their website for up to date information.

You can read more about anointing of the sick at the USCCB page about this sacrament.

Contact the St. Juan Diego office at 503-644-1617 if you are in immediate need of a priest for Anointing.