The Sacrament of the Sick
The Sacrament of the Sick is for any Catholic who is seriously ill, whose lifestyle is affected by bodily weakness (such as the effects of old age in the absence of any particular illness) or whose life is threatened by a medical condition (including the risks posed by major surgery).
The right time to ask for this Sacrament is as soon as you are aware of your situation – it is a rite to pray for God’s healing and strength, not a last resort for those who believe death is close at hand. Pastor Gareth will gladly make a home visit to any Catholic who qualifies for the Sacrament of the Sick, and can also give it in church after Mass to anyone about to receive major surgery.
If you are already in hospital, please ask the staff to contact the Duty Catholic Chaplain, who will come to anoint you as soon as possible. Even if you have already received this Sacrament, you can receive it again if your condition has worsened.