Anointing of the Sick

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Anointing of the Sick is a sacrament of healing of people in times of serious physical, mental and emotional illness, for people who are facing major surgery, chronic illness and aging. The church recognizes that people need the healing and strengthening power of Christ in these difficult times.

In addition to offering the sacrament of the anointing of the sick in a communal setting at a weekend liturgy each year, any parishioner may also receive this sacrament by simply making an appointment with one of the priests.

Please contact us via email at stgiles@stgilesparish.org or by calling at 708-383-3430 to make an arrangement.


Annual Communal Anointing of the Sick

Saturday, October 26 at 4:30 pm and Sunday, October 27 at 11:15 am Masses

“Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the Church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up…”James 5:14-15

The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is a special opportunity for the Lord’s healing power to touch those who are experiencing illness or the aging process. We extend an invitation to those in our Parish Family who feel the Celebration of Anointing will be a help for them in sickness and aging of their bodies to join us at Mass on either Saturday, October 26 at 4:30 pm or Sunday, October 27 at 11:15 am. When we celebrate this sacrament together in community, we celebrate God’s gifts of healing, strength and comfort, and the special qualities of encouragement, compassion and helpfulness.

WHO MAY BE ANOINTED? – Those who are seriously ill. Those who are temporarily ill or convalescing. Those who are chronically ill (heart condition, asthma, arthritis, cancer, etc.) Those who are suffering from depression or a chemical dependence. Those who are preparing for surgery in the near future. Those who are 65 years and older. A sick child may also be anointed in order to be comforted and uplifted by the Sacrament.