Raphael the Archangel

Anointing of the Sick

Anointing of the Sick is "one of the seven sacraments, also known as the 'sacrament of the dying,' administered by a priest to a baptized person who begins to be in danger of death because of illness or old age, through prayer and the anointing of the body with the oil of the sick. The proper effects of the sacrament include a special grace of healing and comfort to the Christian who is suffering the infirmities of serious illness or old age, and the forgiving of the person's sins"

Catechism of the Catholic Church

If you or a member of your family is seriously ill or facing surgery, please inform the parish (610.525.0147) so that one of our priests can administer the Sacrament of the Sick before you enter the hospital. This sacrament is not to be looked upon as the "Last Rites", but as a powerful instrument of God's healing presence. Please avail yourself of this gift.



Death is transformed by Christ. Jesus, the Son of God, also himself suffered the death that is part of the human condition. Yet, despite his anguish as he faced death, he accepted it in an act of complete and free submission to his Father's will. The obedience of Jesus has transformed the curse of death into a blessing. Because of Christ, Christian death has a positive meaning: "For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain." The saying is sure: if we have died with him, we will also live with him. What is essentially new about Christian death is this: through Baptism, the Christian has already "died with Christ" sacramentally, in order to live a new life; and if we die in Christ's grace, physical death completes this "dying with Christ" and so completes our incorporation into him in his redeeming act.

Catechism of the Catholic Church

In the event of a parishioner's death, those in charge should, in addition to calling a funeral home to make appropriate arrangements, call the parish office (610.525.0147) to begin the process of planning the funeral of the deceased.