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Anointing of the Sick

Anointing of the Sick

If I am ill, or am caring for a sick person, when should I request the sacrament of the sick?
Anyone who is seriously ill or facing surgery, even if it may not be life threatening, is encouraged to receive the Sacrament of the Sick. People mistakenly think of this sacrament as the “last rites” but it is intended to help people get better. It may also be given to someone who is dying and we strongly recommend you call for a priest if there is real danger of death. In a hospital or nursing home, the staff should be able to make that contact for you with a priest who is responsible for that institution.

If you or someone you are caring for would like to receive this sacrament, please call our Pastor, Fr. Ronan at the Parish Center at 617-242-4664.

Can a priest from St. Mary–St. Catherine anoint my relative in another city?
Because our pastor, Fr. Ronan, covers several hospitals and nursing homes, he is unable to provide this sacrament to people in other locations. In any hospital or nursing home, the staff is able to assist you in contacting a local priest who is responsible for that institution. Thank you for understanding the limits we need to set.