Anointing of the Sick

Extreme Unction is given to those at the point of death, but the Anointing of the Sick is a healing Sacrament and can be given at any time to strengthen those tried by illness.

This Sacrament will often be received in hospital, but the Chaplains will give it to anyone in need, in the Cathedral or during a home visit. The Anointing is often requested for someone going into hospital for planned treatment or surgery.

It is most important to remember that Data Protection Regulations mean that you will not receive a visit from a Catholic hospital chaplain unless you specifically request it. Please make your faith identity known when you are admitted to hospital and ask for the Catholic chaplaincy to be advised of your presence.


‘Among the seven Sacraments there is one especially intended to strengthen those who are being tried by illness, the Anointing of the Sick.’

Catechism of the Catholic Church