Anointing of the Sick

What is the Anointing of the Sick?

The Gospels include many examples of Christ’s compassion towards the sick through his healing of them and the forgiveness of sins. The Church continues Christ’s ministry of compassion for the sick through the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick. Only bishops and priests can administer this sacrament.

Who can receive this holy anointing?

Once reserved exclusively for those close to death, this sacrament can be received more than once, and is for anyone suffering from a serious illness or condition, the elderly who are experiencing frailty, and anyone who is about to undertake a serious operation.

Each year the Church observes the World Day of the Sick on February 11th, the optional memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes. Many parishes in the Diocese of Scranton, including the Cathedral of Saint Peter in Scranton, observe a Mass with Anointing of the Sick on or around that day. Anyone in need of this sacrament is encouraged to attend one of these Masses.

How can I request a sick-call visit from a priest?

If you wish to receive the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, please contact the parish office at 570-785-3838 or notify the hospital (or other medical institution) staff.