“The Lord himself showed great concern for the bodily and spiritual welfare of the sick and commanded his followers to do likewise.” #5, Pastoral Care of the Sick: Rites of Anointing and Viaticum. By the sacred anointing of the sick and the prayers of the priest, the whole Church commends those who are ill to the suffering and glorified Lord, that he may raise them up and save them. And indeed she exhorts them to contribute to the good of the people of God by freely uniting themselves to the passion and death of Christ.(Dogmatic Constitution on the Church and CCC 1499)
“Is anyone among you sick? He should summon the presbyters of the church, and they should pray over him and anoint (him) with oil in the name of the Lord, and the prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise him up. If he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven” (James 5:14-15, NAB).
Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick
Anointing of the Sick should be received when a Catholic is seriously ill. There is no need to wait until death is imminent, and so it is best to call while there is ample time to arrange a convenient time for the Sacrament. If a parishioner who has not been anointed is in danger of death, however, you should not hesitate to call the rectory at any hour.
Only a priest may administer the Anointing of the Sick. At some hospitals, there is a Catholic priest on call for the Anointing of the Sick. If you or a loved one is hospitalized, you should inquire as to whether such a priest is available.
To request Anointing of the Sick at home or in a nursing facility (or when no hospital chaplain is available) please call our Parish office and we will arrange for a priest to call.
We also have Masses during the year when this sacrament is celebrated with our parish housebound and anyone else who wishes to receive it; please check our weekly newsletter for the date of this.
Forms / Useful Information
- The Catechism of the Catholic Church – Anointing the Sick (on this site)
- The Catechism of the Catholic Church Online – Index
- The Catechism of the Catholic Church – Anointing the Sick (Vatican website)
- Word on Fire topic – Anointing the Sick
Frequently Asked Questions
Here’s the Link for the Portsmouth NHS Trust Chaplaincy Team
- The Chaplaincy Team is employed by the Trust to meet spiritual and religious needs of patients, relatives and staff of all faiths and none.
- They are supported by a trained team of voluntary Chaplains’ Assistants.
- Chaplaincy can contact local leaders of most world faiths upon request.
- Chaplaincy is pleased to receive referrals for patient care from medical staff, family and friends, and faith communities. Those anticipating admission may prefer to alert the Chaplaincy in advance of their arrival.
- Queen Alexandra Hospital Chaplaincy Office: 023 9228 6408
- In all cases of emergency please call the Duty Chaplain via the main switchboard, 023 9228 6000.
Please make it clear if a Roman Catholic priest is required.
A Chaplain is available 24/7 for urgent care.
For non-urgent requests, that can wait until the next working day, please phone the Chaplaincy Department 023 9228 6408, where a message can be left.
If you require Bereavement Services please click here for more information.
The Sacrament of the Sick is available to anybody who is ill or who is preparing to go in for surgery or treatment. It is important for someone who has suddenly taken ill, especially if they are in danger of death. If you, or anybody you know, wishes to receive this sacrament, then contact our parish house and we will arrange for a priest to come and administer the Sacrament.
If you know of someone who is housebound and unable to come to Mass then contact our parish house and we will arrange for a Eucharistic Minister to visit and bring them Holy Communion.
Yes you can. The Sacrament of the Sick is available to anybody who is ill or who is preparing to go in for surgery or treatment.
So if you, or maybe a relative or friend, are going into hospital then please telephone the parish and we will then contact the chaplain or parish which serves that hospital to ensure your spiritual needs are looked after during your stay.