Any illness of a serious nature is a legitimate reason to celebrate the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick; it is not reserved just for the dying as It confers a special grace on the Christian experiencing the difficulties inherent in the condition of grave illness or old age. It also encourages the uniting of one’s suffering to Christ; for the strengthening and courage to endure suffering; the forgiveness of sins; the restoration of health; and, in extreme situations, the preparation for passing over to eternal life
It is possible to receive the sacrament more than once if there is a relapse in the person’s health or if the person’s condition becomes more serious.
Any person over the age of reason (age seven) preparing for surgery is encouraged to contact one of the priests to receive the sacrament.
(See the Catechism of the Catholic Church: CCC 1532 and CCC 1527)
In an emergency situation, please call 618-498-3518 to reach Fr. Martin Smith.