Do you need to schedule Anointing of the Sick?
If you are calling during our normal office hours (M-F 8:00am-4:30pm), please call 303.798.8506 (main office) and tell the receptionist you are requesting an Anointing of the Sick. She will direct you to the staff person who is receiving calls that day.
If you are calling outside of our normal office hours, please contact our answering service at 303.281.9833.
(Please note, while we promise to make every effort to respond to your request in a timely manner, please be aware that a priest may not be available immediately. We recommend calling as early as possible.)
Anointing of the Sick (sometimes called Last Rites or Extreme Unction)
Anointing of the Sick is the sacrament that is received by those who are ill or suffering. By the sacred anointing and the prayer of the priest, the whole Church commends those who are sick to Christ. The sick person receives the Holy Spirit’s gifts of strength, faith, peace, and courage, and his or her suffering is united with the suffering of Christ for the building up of the Church. (Catechism of the Catholic Church [CCC],1520-23)
Union with Christ’s Passion
While it is possible that the sacrament could bring physical healing, Anointing of the Sick is primarily about the healing of hope and of the spirit. Above all, the sacrament allows the person who is ill to unite more closely to Christ’s Passion. This gives suffering a new meaning: a participation in the saving work of Jesus. This is a powerful witness that is for the good of the whole Church. (CCC, 1521-22)