Anointing of the Sick and Hospital Visits

If a Catholic ‘begins to be in danger due to sickness or old age’, they can receive the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, through which God forgives sins and strengthens the person in bearing their illness or infirmity. If you would like to receive this sacrament please contact the parish clergy and they can arrange to visit you. This sacrament should normally, if possible, be celebrated together with the Sacrament of Penance, or confession.

Please bear in mind that the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is not only for those who are in imminent danger of death. If you, or a Catholic relative in the parish, falls seriously ill, please contact the parish clergy as soon as possible so that arrangements can be made before death becomes imminent.

Also, if you, or a Catholic relative, are admitted to hospital, please ensure that the hospital staff know that the person admitted is a Roman Catholic and wishes to be visited by the Roman Catholic priest. They can then arrange, through the hospital chaplaincy team, for the Catholic priest who serves the hospital, or who is ‘on-call’, to visit.