Anointing of the Sick

Suggestions to be shared

• Call a priest at the beginning of a serious illness or hospital stay.

• Educate the family to understand that this sacrament is for healing.

• Invite family members to participate in the celebration of this sacrament.

• Do not wait for the last moments when a priest might not be available.

• In the last moments, surround the dying with the presence, love and prayer of family.

To make arrangements for a sick loved one, call the church office at (323) 255-6142, email stbernardla@stbernardla.cc, or visit us in person.


This sacrament is a powerful healing sacrament meant to be given to the sick during their illness. It is not necessary to wait for the last hours, for it is no longer referred to or thought of as "Last Rites."

Part of Jesus' ministry was to heal the sick, and he went about curing those who were ill or disabled, showing that suffering and death have no place in the kingdom of God.

By his sacrifice of himself, he took hold of suffering and death and eliminated their power to separate us from each other or from God.

Our faith tells us that, indeed, God suffers with us. Through Jesus' suffering and death, God joins his suffering to the suffering of human beings. And by doing this, he transforms and gives it a new meaning.

This sacrament shares the sacramental gift of Jesus Christ for the purpose of strengthening, encouraging, and healing a person deep within their spirit.

Even if one should die, this sacrament usually prepares them and gifts them with healing peace. Some suggestions to be shared with all your family members:

  • Call a priest at the beginning of a serious illness or hospital stay.
  • Educate the family to understand that this sacrament is for healing.
  • Invite family members to participate in the celebration of this sacrament.
  • Do not wait for the last moments when a priest might not be available.
  • In the last moments, surround the dying with the presence, love and prayer of family.
  • Through the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, we are assured that God will raise us up, like Jesus, from our bed of pain and sickness and lead us to eternal life.