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Anointing of the Sick

In times of serious illness, injury, or danger of impending death, it is Jesus who touches the sick to heal them from sin – and sometimes even from physical ailment.

For emergencies, call the Rectory at 517-651-6617.

A priest dressed in green robes holding a bible.

In the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, the priest anoints the seriously ill or the elderly with a special oil of the sick, which is blessed by the bishop at the Chrism Mass during Holy Week. Anointing is not the sacrament of the dying, rather it is the sacrament of the sick.


Through this sacrament people receive forgiveness for their sins and comfort in their suffering; they are restored in spirit; and sometimes they even experience the return of physical health.


Suffering is a part of life, but Jesus unites our suffering with his passion and death so that through our suffering we can participate in his saving and healing work. The sacrament also reminds us that God wants to give comfort to the suffering and wants us to relieve suffering where we can.

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