Anointing of the Sick

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If you or someone you love is going to be or is in the hospital, is having a major health concern, or is entering hospice care, please contact the Parish Office to arrange for a visit and for the sacrament of Anointing of the Sick.

The anointing is for anyone who is sick in any way: mind, soul, or body.

We encourage you to reach out for this care. We want to pray with you if you feel you are in need of this special Anointing of the Sick. Call our office at 301.663.0907 or send an email to our Parish Office.

St. Joseph also has an Anointing of the Sick one weekend a month after all our weekend Masses. Everyone is welcome to receive the anointing. The Anointing usually takes place the first weekend of the month. Check St. Joseph’s home page to find out when the next anointing will be.

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. The sacrament may be repeated if the sick person recovers after the anointing but becomes ill once again, or if, during the same illness, the person’s condition becomes more serious. A person should be anointed before surgery when a dangerous illness is a reason for the intervention (cf. Rite of Anointing, Introduction, nos. 8-10). Learn more: Anointing of the Sick.