The sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, formerly known as Last Rites or Extreme Unction is not a sacrament only for those who are at the point of death. The sacrament is a ritual of healing and confers a particular gift of the Holy Spirit that strengthens and provides peace and courage to overcome the difficulties being faced. As soon as any of the faithful begin to be in danger of death from sickness or old age, it is time that they be anointed. In addition, anyone preparing for serious surgery should be anointed.
If someone needs to be anointed, a call should be placed to the parish office 304-725-5558. When practical, it is best to schedule the anointing at a time when other members of the family can be present. It should also be noted that a person may be anointed more than once. Also, if a Catholic is enrolled in Hospice, he or she should certainly be anointed.