The Anointing of the Sick

Anointing of the Sick is one of the Sacraments of healing. Also called "the Sacrament of the Sick," "Unction," "Extreme Unction," and often, though mistakenly*, "Last Rites," Anointing of the Sick is administered to the seriously ill to remit sins, confer grace, and strengthen spiritually. Additionally, it may help restore bodily health, if such is useful for one's salvation.

*Though often called "last rites" by itself, Anointing of the Sick is one of three Sacraments that constitute these rites, with the other two being Penance and Eucharist (called "Viaticum" - provisions for a journey - for this purpose).

Anointing of the Sick at Our Lady of Tahoe

Father Oliver is always available to visit those who are ill, either at home or in the hospital. Please contact the office to let him know about the situation.

From the Catholic Encyclopaedia

A sacrament of the New Law instituted by Christ to give spiritual aid and comfort and perfect spiritual health, including, if need be, the remission of sins, and also, conditionally, to restore bodily health, to Christians who are seriously ill; it consists essentially in the unction by a priest of the body of the sick person, accompanied by a suitable form of words. The several points embodied in this descriptive definition will be more fully explained in the following sections into which this article is divided: I. Actual Rite of Administration; II. Name; III. Sacramental Efficacy of the Rite; IV. Matter and Form; V. Minister; VI. Subject; VII. Effects; VIII. Necessity; IX. Repetition; X. Reviviscence of the Sacrament.