Notre Dame De La Mer

Anointing of the Sick

Throughout the history of the Catholic Church a sacrament has been defined as: “a visible sign, instituted by Christ, to give grace.”

Within these words we hear three important and distinct statements:

  • A visible sign : An action performed by a priest or deacon as in Baptism when the water is poured over the child’s or adult’s head.   
  • Instituted by Christ : Jesus instructed His followers through the church to offer the seven sacraments to His followers.  The sacraments have been passed down through the centuries to all the followers of Jesus.   
  • To give grace : Grace is a free gift from God once we have given our lives to Him and receive Him in the sacraments our lives are filled with a special grace from God. 

Annointing of the Sick

The Church has seven sacraments – of which one is the Sacrament of the Sick, or Anointing.  Often times, when someone is facing a serious illness, they or someone should call the parish office and request a priest to administer the sacrament.

If a parishioner is in the hospital, they should request the hospital chaplain or a member of the hospital pastoral team to make the Sacrament of the Sick available.

Someone should also notify the parish office so a priest or pastoral minister can visit the sick person  at home or in the hospital.

Please call 609-522-2709 if you have any questions.