Anointing of the Sick

What is Anointing of the Sick and Who can receive it? The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is a Sacrament for the living which grants a grace of spiritual healing and strength, sometimes accompanied by physical healing as well. Traditionally, this Sacrament was received when people were near death.  While still encouraged at that time as a preparation for the journey to Heaven, the Sacrament of Anointing may also be received by anyone who is in serious illness, those preparing for surgery, and those who suffer difficulties because of advanced age.   

 How does Anointing take place? Along with special prayers from the Rite of Anointing, the priest will lay his hands on your head, and then anoint your forehead and hands with oil.  The Rite concludes with a special prayer of blessing asking for God’s strength and healing.

 How do I arrange to receive the Sacrament? The priests are very happy to administer the Sacrament of Anointing after Masses or to make visits to the hospital/nursing home if needed.  Just simply let them or one of our staff members know you wish to receive the Sacrament.  In the case of emergency illness or accident, call the Parish Office at 309-662-7361. Outside of normal business hours you will be directed to the priest emergency phone line.


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