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." (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1513)
Anointing of the Sick includes (CCC 1519):
This sacrament has a powerful effect upon the sick person (CCC 1520-21):
This sacrament is primarily intended for any who suffer from serious or chronic physical or emotional illness or who struggle with the infirmities of age. One need not be in danger of death nor does the Church anoint one who has already died.
Twice a year, St. Catherine Laboure provides Anointing of the Sick within all weekend Masses. In addition, Anointing is offered at the annual Prayer Service for the Sick. These times will be announced in the bulletin or you may call the Parish Office at 843.3245. You may also call to make an appointment with the pastor or the associate pastor.
If you are scheduled to go to the hospital for surgery or extended care, contact the Parish Office BEFORE you go, in order to arrange for the celebration of the Sacrament. You may contact the Parish Office at 314-843-3245 to provide information about parishioners who are seriously ill.
Although the Church does not anoint one who has already died, priests may be invited to minister to the family and lead the prayers at the time of death as provided by the Church.