Receiving the of Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick

The Anointing of the Sick is most appropriately received when the sick person can consciously participate in the Sacrament. It should not be delayed until the person is on the point of death.

For those near death, the Church provides the reception of Holy Communion known as "Viaticum" (that is, "the provision for the journey") accompanied by prayers for the dying, including the Litany of the Saints, and the bestowal of a plenary indulgence.

The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is celebrated after the 9 a.m. Mass on the first Saturday of the month in the lower church. A group celebration of the Anointing occurs at the 9 a.m. Mass on the World Day of the Sick, February 11.

Appointments for the individual celebration of the Sacrament and for Viaticum can be made by calling the rectory at 516-489-8585.