The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick imparts many graces upon the recipient, in particular spiritual strength, and even physical strength if it is God's will that the person be healed.
"Anointing of the Sick is not a Sacrament for those only who are at the point of death. Hence, as soon as anyone of the faithful begins to be in danger of death from sickness or old age, the fitting time for him to receive this Sacrament has certainly already arrived. If a sick person who received this anointing recovers his health, he can in the case of another grave illness receive this Sacrament again. If during the same illness the person's condition becomes more serious, the Sacrament may be repeated. It is fitting to receive the Annointing of the Sick just prior to a serious operation. The same holds for the elderly whose frailty becomes more pronounced." (CCC 1514-1515)
Annointing of the Sick is only one of several Sacraments included in what is known as "last rites". In his steadfast love for us, the Lord gives us the Sacraments involved in the last rites to comfort us in our final days and prepare us for the journey ahead. Last rites may include reconciliation, confirmation (when lacking), anointing of the sick, and Viaticum. Viaticum, which is Latin for "that which you take on the road," is meant to the be last reception of Holy Communion before passing from this life to eternity. This special Communion prepares us to travel with the Lord on the final part of our journey.
Please contact the office at (253) 631-1940 to request Annointing of the Sick.