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Anointing of the Sick

By the sacred anointing of the sick and the prayer of the priest 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 the Church exhorts them to contribute to the good of the People of God by freely uniting their suffering with the Passion and death of Christ.

Anointing of the Sick

The Church believes and confesses that among the seven sacraments there is one especially intended to strengthen those who are being tried by illness, the Anointing of the Sick.

This sacred anointing of the sick was instituted by Christ our Lord as a true and proper sacrament of the New Testament. It is alluded to indeed by Mark, but is recommended to the faithful and promulgated by James the apostle.

From ancient times in the liturgical traditions of both East and West, we have testimonies to the practice of anointings of the sick with blessed oil. Over the centuries the Anointing of the Sick was conferred more and more exclusively on those at the point of death. Because of this it received the name “Extreme Unction.” Notwithstanding this evolution the liturgy has never failed to beg the Lord that the sick person may recover his health if it would be conducive to his salvation.

The Apostolic Constitution Sacram Unctionem Infirmorum, following upon the Second Vatican Council, established that henceforth, in the Roman Rite, the following be observed:

  • The sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is given to those who are seriously ill by anointing them on the forehead and hands with duly blessed oil – pressed from olives or from other plants – saying, only once: “Through this holy anointing may the Lord in his love and mercy help you with the grace of the Holy Spirit. May the Lord who frees you from sin save you and raise you up.”


In case of grave illness . . .
The Anointing of the Sick “is not a sacrament for those only who are at the point of death. Hence, as soon as anyone of the faithful begins to be in danger of death from sickness or old age, the fitting time for him to receive this sacrament has certainly already arrived.”

If a sick person who received this anointing recovers his health, he can in the case of another grave illness receive this sacrament again. If during the same illness the person’s condition becomes more serious, the sacrament may be repeated. It is fitting to receive the Anointing of the Sick just prior to a serious operation. The same holds for the elderly whose frailty becomes more pronounced.

“. . . let him call for the presbyters of the Church”
Only priests (bishops and presbyters) are ministers of the Anointing of the Sick. It is the duty of pastors to instruct the faithful on the benefits of this sacrament. The faithful should encourage the sick to call for a priest to receive this sacrament. The sick should prepare themselves to receive it with good dispositions, assisted by their pastor and the whole ecclesial community, which is invited to surround the sick in a special way through their prayers and fraternal attention.

Anointing Masses

Nursing Home & Hospital Masses of Anointing are held by St Nicholas of Myra Parish at:

Edenglassie Lodge (Lemongrove)

First Tuesday of each month at 11am

Governor Phillip Hospital

First Wednesday of each month  at 2pm

Nepean Hospital

Every Friday at midday

Jamison Gardens

Third Wednesday of each month at 10.30am

Mt View Village

First Friday of each month at 10am


Third Tuesday of each month at 10.30am 


Hospital Visit

Priests visit Catholics at local hospitals. They pray and share the Eucharist. Let us know if you or a loved one will be hospitalised.

Contact the Parish Office

Home Visit

Parishioners who are part of the Ministry of the Sick are available to bring you the healing power of Christ in the Eucharist. Contact the Parish Office if you, or one of your loved ones, would like to receive Communion at home.

Nursing Homes

Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist visit the nursing homes in the area and bring you the healing power of Christ in the Eucharist.

Contact the Parish Office

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