Is anyone among you suffering? He should pray. Is anyone in good spirits? He should sing praise. Is anyone among you sick? He should summon the presbyters of the church, and they should pray over him and anoint [him] with oil in the name of the Lord, and the prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise him up. If he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven.”
– James 5:14-16
Christ, understanding human illness, gave his Church the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick so all the baptized can access and experience his healing Spirit. The Sacrament, also commonly known as “Last Rites”, is not just for those are near death, but for all those who find their lives afflicted with serious illness (e.g. hospitalization, needing surgery, long-term illness).
If you are in need of a priest to come to anoint someone who is sick, please contact the parish office at 303-455-3613.
For more on the Church’s teaching on the Sacrament, see the Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1499-1532.