Anointing of the Sick

Is there anyone sick among you? He should ask for the presbyters of the church. They in turn are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. This prayer uttered in faith will reclaim the one who is ill, and the Lord will restore him to health. If he has committed any sins, forgiveness will be his. (James 5:14–15)

Some frequently asked questions about the sacrament:

Q: Who should receive the Anointing of the Sick?
A: Anyone who is ill, about to have or has had surgery, the chronically ill, those suffering terminal or other illnesses.

Q: When should the sacrament of the sick be administered?
A: It is not necessary to wait until a person is dying before calling a priest. The Anointing of the Sick “is not a sacrament for those only who are at the point of death” (CCC 1514).

Q: I have been anointed in the past, and I am ill again. May I be anointed again?
A: If some time has passed and you are experiencing another illness, you may receive the sacrament again.

At Sacred Heart Cathedral, Anointing of the Sick is available upon request. Please call the Cathedral Office at 865.588.0249.

Homebound    Sacred Heart clergy and lay ministers will bring Holy Communion to those who are sick or otherwise restricted to home. Please call the Cathedral Office at 865.588.0249 to make arrangements.

NOTE: If you are in need of immediate assistance from a Priest due to a death in the family, or someone is in need of a priest because of an imminent death, please call the Cathedral office 24-hours a day: 865.588.0249.