"By the grace of this Sacrament (Anointing of the Sick) the sick person receives the strength and the gift of uniting himself more closely to Christ's Passion: in a certain way he is consecrated to bear fruit by configuration to the Savior's redemptive Passion. Suffering, a consequence of original sin, acquires a new meaning; it becomes a participation in the saving work of Jesus" (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no 1521). The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is for those who are seriously ill, or in danger of death or suffering the difficulties of old age. The Sacrament may be received each time the believer falls seriously ill or an illness worsens (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 1529).
The rite of the Anointing of the Sick includes the anointing of the forehead and hands of the sick or other parts of the body accompanied by the liturgical prayer that asks for the grace of the Sacrament (United States Catechism of the Catholic Church - page 257). Contact the pastor if you or a family member wishes to receive this Sacrament.