Anointing of the Sick

In the Church's Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, throughthe ministry of the priest, it is Jesus who touches the sick to heal them from sin – and sometimes even from physical ailment. His cures were signs of the arrival of the Kingdom of God. The core message of his healing tells us of his plan to conquer sin and death by his dying and rising.

The Rite of Anointing tells us there is no need to wait until a person is at the point of death to receive the Sacrament. A careful judgment about the serious nature of the illness is sufficient.

When the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is given, the hoped-for effect is that, if it be God's will, the person be physically healed of illness. But even if there is no physical healing, the primary effect of the Sacrament is a spiritual healing by which the sick person receives the Holy Spirit's gift of peace and courage to deal with the difficulties that accompany serious illness or the frailty of old age.

Anointing of the Sick Information Form

Anointing of the Sick at St Johns Parish

Sacramental anointing is available for those who are seriously ill, aged, or facing surgery. Please call the office 619-291-1660 or email at Anointing may be done at home, in a hospital or care facility, or here at the parish as needs require. Please provide the following information: 

1. Name of patient
2. Name of Hospital, address, room number, bed number of hospital or home
3. Name of the closest relative requesting the sick call and telephone number
4. Is the patient conscious or able to speak
5. Is the patient or family member requesting an English or Spanish speaking priest?
After hours & in an emergency blessing, please contact 619-291-1661 ext 14.