Anointing of the Sick

Anointing of the Sick is to be celebrated for those who are struggling with issues of health and need the support of their faith. This sacrament calls for the healing power of Christ and connects the individual to the prayers of the entire Church.

For individual situations, please call the office to make an appointment with a priest for anointing of the sick at 303.756.3083.

Last Rites

“Last Rites” in the Catholic Faith is a historic phrase given to three sacraments that are generally celebrated in the final moments of life or in moments where there is a perceived “danger of death.”

In such times we connect a person to the entire community of faith through the celebration of:

1

Anointing of the Sick

2

The Sacrament of Reconciliation

3

The Celebration of the Eucharist

(historically referred to as “viaticum”, or sustenance “for the journey”).

In modern times and with modern medical care, we often find that an individual may not be able to receive all of the elements of last rites. They may not be aware enough to participate in confession. They may no longer be able to take solid food (including the Eucharist). In such occasions we still celebrate the liturgy of anointing and say prayers. When the situation arises and any or all of the “last rites” need to be requested, please call the parish office at 303.756.3083.

If you call after hours (or during lunch hour) please dial 1 to get to our answering service and ask the operator to allow you to hold the line while he or she connects you directly with a priest.

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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.  As soon as anyone of the faithful begins to be in danger of death from sickness or old age, the fitting time for him to receive this sacrament has certainly already arrived.  If a sick person who received this anointing recovers his health, he can in the case of another grave illness receive this sacrament again.  If during the same illness the person’s condition becomes more serious, the sacrament may be repeated.  It is fitting to receive the Anointing of the Sick just prior to a serious operation.  The same holds for the elderly whose frailty becomes more pronounced. – CCC, 1499, 1514-1515