The Sacrament of the Anointing the Sick has as its end the conferral of a special grace on people experiencing a grave illness or old age. The Church exhorts the Christian who is ill to unite with the Passion and Death of Christ. [Catechism of the Catholic Church 1994 Reference: 1511,1499,1513]
The Sacrament of the Sick may be received by any Catholic who is facing a serious illness or is of advanced years. Individuals who are planning to enter the hospital are particularly encouraged to receive the sacrament before their admission by calling the parish office at (410) 531-6040 to arrange for an appointment with a priest. Pastoral staff members and volunteers will visit those who are in the hospital, nursing home, or confined to their own home. Please notify the parish office whenever someone enters the hospital or desires a pastoral visit.