Anointing of the Sick

"Through this holy anointing may the Lord in his love and mercy help you with the grace of the holy Spirit."

Is there anyone sick among you? He should ask for the presbyters of the church. They in turn are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. This prayer uttered in faith will reclaim the one who is ill, and the Lord will restore him to health. If he has committed any sins, forgiveness will be his. (James 5:14–15)

Some frequently asked questions about the sacrament:

Q: Who should receive the Anointing of the Sick?

A: Anyone who is ill, about to have or has had surgery, the chronically ill, those suffering terminal or other illnesses.

Q: When should the sacrament of the sick be administered?

A: It is not necessary to wait until a person is dying before calling a priest. The Anointing of the Sick “is not a sacrament for those only who are at the point of death” (CCC 1514).

Q: I have been anointed in the past, and I am ill again. May I be anointed again?

A: If some time has passed and you are experiencing another illness, you may receive the sacrament again.

At St. Clement of Rome, Anointing of the Sick is available upon request. Call the office at the Parish Center.  In case of an emergency after hours, our answering service will assist you in locating a priest.

Please notify the office at the Parish Center (504) 887-7821 when a parishioner is in the hospital or unable to attend Mass or to include in our Prayer Line.