"By the sacred anointing of the sick and the prayer of the priests the whole Church commends those who are ill to the suffering and glorified Lord, that He may raise them up and save them. And indeed she exhorts them to contribute to the good of the people of God by freely uniting themselves to the passion and death of Christ."
Life in the Sacraments - Anointing of the Sick
A baptized person who suffers with a life threatening illness of body or soul, or who is advanced in years and nearing the end of earthly life is administered the sacrament of Anointing of the Sick (also known as the "Sacrament of the Sick" or "Extreme Unction") by the priest through prayer, the laying on of hands, and the anointing of the body with the oil of the sick.
The proper effects of the sacrament include a special grace of healing and comfort to the Christian who is suffering infirmities, and the forgiveness of sins.
Those who are seriously ill, anticipating surgery, or are weakened due to prolonged illness should please contact Alison Speed at the office, or call 704.735.5575 to arrange to receive the sacrament from Father Miller.
In case of a sacramental emergency, immediately call 704.740.7672
* Unless otherwise noted, all Sacramental descriptions are from the Catechism of the Catholic Church Glossary ©2000