Anointing of the Sick
Formerly called Last Rites or Extreme Unction, this Sacrament is for those experiencing a serious illness or facing an operation. James 5:14 says: “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.”
Anointing of the Sick should be performed before death is imminent, when a person is conscious and able to receive comfort from the sacrament. Anointing may take place when a person first receives a serious diagnosis and repeated as an illness progresses. It is also appropriate to anoint the elderly to strengthen them as they experience the hardships that come with advancing years.
We make every effort to provide pastoral care and the sacrament of anointing to all who request it; however, because of the limited number of priests in Springfield, families are encouraged to call sooner rather than later. If you are calling to request an anointing in an emergency, please do not leave a message on any of the staff voicemails. Call the emergency number.
After-hours emergency: 937-416-4402
Visitation of the Sick:
Our pastoral staff is always willing to visit patients in the hospital, at extended care facilities and nursing homes, and after they have been released to home. However, due to HIPAA regulations, hospitals and nursing homes are not allowed to advise us that a parishioner is there unless the parishioner specifically requests they call. We encourage family members to call the parish office at 937-323-7523 to arrange for a visit. Please be specific about whether your loved one is able to receive communion. In an emergency situation, please call the after-hours emergency number, 937-416-4402.