Anointing of the Sick
"By the sacred anointing of the sick and the prayer of the priests 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." -Catechism of the Catholic Church, par. 1499
If you are seriously ill (physically or mentally), becoming increasingly frail due to old age, or about to undergo serious surgery, you are eligible to receive the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick. You don't have to be dying to receive this powerful Sacrament of Healing and you can receive this sacrament more than once. If you would like to receive the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, please call the Rectory at 610-678-3767.
Last Rites for the Dying: If a person is declared terminally ill or is actively dying, please call the Rectory as soon as possible to request the Last Rites, which generally consist of the Sacraments of Reconciliation (Penance or Confession), Anointing of the Sick, Holy Communion (Viaticum), and the Commendation of the Dying. A person does not have to be actively dying and devoid of consciousness before receiving the Last Rites.
If it's after 5 PM and it's an absolute life and death emergency, meaning that you're in urgent need of a priest for the Last Rites for a loved one who is actively dying, please call the Rectory at 610-678-3767 and leave a message on the Emergency Line, which is Extension 6 and a priest will return your call as soon as possible.