St Joseph Church

Anointing of the Sick

The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick

 "Is any man sick among you? Let him bring in the priests of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith shall save the sick man: and the Lord shall raise him up: and if he be in sins, they shall be forgiven him."  - James 5:14-15

The modern celebration of the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick recalls the early Christian use, going back to biblical times. When Christ sent His disciples out to preach, "they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them" (Mark 6:13).

Please also see the Catechism of the Catholic Church for more information concerning the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick

Catholics who are in need of any kind of healing, those who are seriously ill, advanced in age, going in for surgery or having any change to health of  body or mind are all eligible to receive this sacrament.  Please call the office (301-539-3903) to arrange for a priest to visit any homebound or hospitalized parishioner who may be in need of the Sacrament.