Anointing of the Sick and Viaticum

“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, 1499

Throughout the life of our universal Church we have prayed with and for the sick.  At Christ the King we continue this tradition through our prayer chain, our bulletin, daily and weekly Masses, and the Sacrament of Anointing.  If  you or a family member are experiencing illness or facing death, please contact our parish offices immediately (574)272-3113.  We will ensure that you receive the pastoral care you need.

Common Questions regarding the Anointing of the Sick:

The Church teaches that this Sacrament may be administered to anyone who is experiencing or facing a grave illness. It is not a Sacrament only for those at the point of death. It is fitting to receive the Sacrament prior to a serious surgery or if an illness worsens. If you are ever unsure if a friend of loved one should receive the Sacrament please do not hesitate to contact the pastoral staff.
There are many gifts and effects of this sacrament. It is not just a sacrament that is intended to cure physically, even more importantly, it is a sacrament that heals the soul with God’s grace, love, and strength.

1. It imparts a particular gift of the spirit. As the Catechism explains, “the first grace of this sacrament is one of strengthening, peace and courage to overcome the difficulties that go with the condition of serious illness or the frailty of old age… This sacrament is meant to lead the sick person to healing of the soul, but also of the body if such is God’s will.” (CCC, 1520)

2. It unites the suffering of the sick with the passion of Christ. This reminds us that while God does not will any of his children to suffer, he does not ever let us suffer alone. When we realize this and join our sufferings with Christ on the cross, our suffering acquires a new meaning; it becomes a participation in the saving work of Jesus. (CCC, 1521)

3. It is an ecclesial grace (a grace for the entire People of God). The sick who unite their suffering to those of Christ contribute to the good of the People of God, and in turn the entire Church and all the saints and angels intercede for benefit of the sick. (CCC, 1522)

4. It provides a preparation for the final journey. For those who are facing death, anointing and viaticum become food for the journey. As our Church explains, “this last anointing fortifies the end of our earthly life like a solid rampart for the final struggles before entering the Fathers house.” (CCC, 1523)

Viaticum is the last Sacrament of the Christian. When someone is at the point of death, the sick receive the Eucharist as viaticum. Our brothers and sisters who are passing over to the Father receive this last communion. We remember that the gift of the Eucharist is the “the seed of eternal life and the power of resurrection…The sacrament of Christ once dead and now risen is here the sacrament of passing over from death to life, from this world to the Father.” (CCC,1524)