St Anthony
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Anointing of The Sick

“Is anyone among you sick? He should summon the presbyters of the Church,

and they should pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord,

and the prayer of faith will save the person, and the Lord will raise him up.

If he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven.” James 5:14-15



Anointing of the Sick is administered by a priest to those who are chronically or seriously ill, to the elderly and infirm, and to those anticipating surgery, medical procedures or hospitalization. 


Anointing of the Sick helps us persevere during illness and cleanses our souls.

Last Rites (Extreme Unction):


Last Rites are prayers for the dying. They include what is possible and appropriate to the circumstances. Last Rites may include:


1. Anointing of the Sick for healing and forgiveness of sins.

2. Viaticum (Holy Communion) - food for the journey home if the person is physically able to receive).

3. Reconciliation (confession). If a person is unable to communicate, the priest can give the “Apostolic Blessing Absolution”.

4. Prayers of commendation or litany of the Saints for the dying.

5. Confirmation (If a person has not celebrated Confirmation, a priest may confirm in an emergency situation).

6. Prayers after death for the deceased and consolation of the family.


At St. Anthony’s, Anointing of the Sick takes place every First Friday of the month during the 8:30 am Mass. If you have a chronic condition or are anticipating surgery, feel free to request anointing following Masses. You may also call the Parish Office, 573-346-2726, to make an appointment for an anointing.


*Hospital visits: The HIPPA Privacy Act prevents us from visiting unless you are registered as a Catholic. Please register as Catholic upon admission to the hospital so we can visit and provide the sacraments.


*Nursing Homes, Skilled Nursing Facilities, Assisted Living Centers, Hospice: Please notify the parish office, 573-346-2716, when you or a love one is admitted for care, or receives these services. We want to provide you with the sacraments.