“By the sacred anointing of the sick and the prayer of the priest the whole Church commends those who are ill to the suffering and glorified Lord, that he may raise them up and save them. And indeed she exhorts them to contribute to the good of the People of God by freely uniting themselves to the Passion and death of Christ” (CCC 1499)

The Church believes and confesses that among the seven sacraments there is one specially intended to strengthen those who are being tried by illness, the Anointing of the Sick: “This sacred anointing the sick was instituted by Christ our Lord as a true and proper sacrament of the New Testament. It is alluded to indeed by Mark (Mk 6:13), but is recommended to the faithful and promulgated by James the apostle and brother of the Lord (Jas 5:14-15). (CCC 1511)

… The sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is giving 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 with the grace of the Holy Spirit. May the Lord who frees you from sin save you and raise you up” (CCC 1513)

Anointing during mass: 2nd Saturday in March, June, September and December