In the Church’s Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, through the ministry of the priest, it is Jesus who touches the sick to heal them from sin – and sometimes even from physical ailment. His cures were signs of the arrival of the Kingdom of God. The core message of his healing tells us of his plan to conquer sin and death by his dying and rising.

The Rite of Anointing tells us there is no need to wait until a person is at the point of death to receive the Sacrament. A careful judgment about the serious nature of the illness is sufficient.

When the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is given, the hoped-for effect is that, if it be God’s will, the person be physically healed of illness. But even if there is no physical healing, the primary effect of the Sacrament is a spiritual healing by which the sick person receives the Holy Spirit’s gift of peace and courage to deal with the difficulties that accompany serious illness or the frailty of old age.

United States Catholic Catechism for Adults

Reception of the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick should administered as soon as there is a danger of death of any kind and should not be delayed. To schedule a priest for the Anointing of the Sick please call the parish office at 770-393-3255. If there is a sacramental emergency in which there is an immediate danger of death, please call the sacramental emergency line by calling the parish office and pressing 9.