Anointing of the Sick

While all the sacraments are places to encounter Jesus and gain new strength for spiritual growth, this is uniquely true with the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick because of the realities of sickness and impending death. Often times, it is only in the dire circumstances of life that we recognize our own powerlessness and call out to God to save us. The Anointing of the Sick solemnizes this experience by granting us assurance that God is with us in our struggles. God asks us to unite our sufferings with Jesus’ passion and death so that we can also share in his resurrection to new life.

During an anointing, the priest will use olive oil to anoint your forehead and say, “Through this holy anointing may the Lord in his love and mercy help you with the grace of the Holy Spirit.” He will then proceed to anoint your hands and say, “May the Lord who frees you from sin save you and raise you up.”


While anointing of the sick is often associated with the last rites of the dying, all persons who are in danger of death from illness, old age, or surgery are welcome to the sacrament.

In a non-emergency situation or in the case of a planned surgery, call the parish office to schedule an anointing.

In an emergency situation, call the parish office and we will make sure that a priest makes a visit as soon as possible. If the emergency situation is after hours, call the parish office and leave a message so that a priest can visit as soon as possible.

Be Disciples. Make Disciples.

St. John the Evangelist exists to be a Church of disciples who make disciples that love God, love others, and serve the poor.

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