Mass for the Anointing of the Sick

In Paul Turner's Blog by Paul Turner

Q: My pastor wanted me to contact you in regards to a Mass for the Anointing of the Sick. He wants to see if you know of any parishes who have done this, if they would have information that we might be able to use to do one ourselves. Also does Father need the Bishop’s permission.


A: Father needs no special permission for this because the rite for anointing the sick envisions that this can happen. He probably has the little green book in his car. Have him look at Chapter IV, starting at paragraph 131.

The Ritual Masses in the back of the Roman Missal include one For the Conferral of the Anointing of the Sick. It’s in the second section rite of the Masses for the initiation rites.

Volume IV of the lectionary will have a selection of scripture readings.

It would be pastorally sound to explain to the people beforehand who is eligible for anointing and who is not. As a pastor, I’m neurotic about keeping a list of the names of people I anoint and the dates on which I did it. Father might need someone to compile a list for him during the Mass if he’s interested in that kind of record for himself.