Click here to read Bishop O'Connell's column on the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.Click here to read stories on the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.
Click here to read Bishop O'Connell's column on the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.

Click here to read stories on the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.

True or false.

When a priest shows up at a hospital to anoint a patient, it means the patient is going to die.

The proper name for the Sacrament is called Extreme Unction.

It is the hope that the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick and Dying will give strength and grace to a person who is suffering from some form of illness.

Only a priest can administer the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick.

With this issue of The Monitor, which includes several pages dedicated to health and wellness, the editorial staff decided it would be most appropriate to once again provide our readers with some good, comforting and accurate information on the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick and Dying. In doing so, we’ve resurfaced two excellent packages that address the Sacrament and may be found on TrentonMonitor.com.

The first is a comprehensive, thought-provoking column written by Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., in 2014 in which he substantiates the theology behind the Sacrament by using citations from Scripture, Vatican doctrinal documents and the Code of Canon Law. 

The second piece is a compelling package that was prepared for Monitor pages in March, 2010, that gives perspective on what it means to have the Sacrament, clarifies some of its misconceptions, and how it is indeed meant to be a source of comfort to a person in their time of need.