Anointing of the Sick

Please contact the parish office to schedule the sacrament.

Cathedral of St. Raphael – 563-582-7646

St. Patrick Church – 563-583-9749

Sometimes there is confusion among Catholics about when to request the sacraments for someone who is sick. Here are some general guidelines:

When a Catholic’s health is seriously impaired by sickness or old age, it is time to request the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, which is a sacrament of the living. For instance, if a Catholic was recently diagnosed with cancer or some other serious illness or is soon to be undergoing serious surgery or has entered hospice care, then the person should request the Anointing of the Sick from the pastor or another priest. It is preferable that the sick person is able to actively participate in the Sacrament, with family members present. Usually, sometime in the fall of each year both parishes celebrate the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, when those who are impaired by sickness or old age are anointed with members of the community present to pray for them.

When someone is dying, it is time to celebrate the Last Rites, which includes Viaticum (Holy Communion given to a Catholic who is near death). The Eucharist is food for the journey throughout this life and for the passage through death to eternal life. If the person has not been anointed recently, it is also appropriate to celebrate that sacrament. At the conclusion of the Last Rites, the dying person is commended to the Lord with the special prayers known as the Commendation of the Dying. There are also special prayers once the person has passed from this life.

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