Anointing of the Sick

In the Church’s Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, through the ministry of the priest, it is Jesus who touches the sick to heal them from sin – and sometimes even from physical ailment. His cures were signs of the arrival of the Kingdom of God. The core message of his healing tells us of his plan to conquer sin and death by his dying and rising.

The Rite of Anointing tells us there is no need to wait until a person is at the point of death to receive the Sacrament. A careful judgment about the serious nature of the illness is sufficient. Please call the parish office (714.971.2141) during normal business hours to make arrangements for Anointing of a sick person. If your loved one is in need of Anointing after regular business hours and is in imminent danger of death, please call the emergency cell phone line at (714) 462-0110 and provide the following information:

The name of the patient
Address of where the patient is located – the hospital, nursing home or house address – as well as the floor and room number
Contact information of the caller: name, relationship to the patient and phone number
Whether the emergency is for an Anointing or emergency Baptism.

When the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is given, the hoped-for effect is that, if it be God’s will, the person be physically healed of illness. But even if there is no physical healing, the primary effect of the Sacrament is a spiritual healing by which the sick person receives the Holy Spirit’s gift of peace and courage to deal with the difficulties that accompany serious illness or the frailty of old age. United States Catholic Catechism for Adults