Anointing of the Sick
Contact: (413) 596-4232
42 Main Street - Wilbraham, MA 01095

Anointing of the Sick

anointingThe Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is offered on the first Sunday of the month in the Church at 12:00 PM. (From Memorial Day through Labor Day, it will be offered at 11:00 AM.) Many years ago, this sacrament was called Extreme Unction and was conferred almost exclusively on those who were at the point of death. The Second Vatican Council wanted to remedy this situation. Today the use of the sacrament is broader. Anyone who is seriously ill, but not necessarily in danger of death is encouraged to receive this special Sacrament. A parishioner may also call for an appointment.

More has changed than the sacrament’s name:


  • This sacrament is a community celebration. The care and concern of the community is a sign to the sick person of the Lord’s own concern for our bodily and spiritual welfare. We are to be a Church of healing and reconciliation. The celebration of the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is a ritual moment which makes visible and present to the sick and the whole community an image of who we are as a Church, that is, a community of mutual healing and support.
  • Sickness involves more than bodily illness. The Anointing of the Sick is a different kind of healing. It offers grace that touches body, soul and spirit. Up until recent years, we thought of “sickness” exclusively in times of bodily illness. Now we are more aware of the holistic nature of health.
  • Anointing heals us through faith. Through the Anointing of the Sick, the person is strengthened and provided with the strongest means of support. The sacrament gives the grace of the Holy Spirit to those who are sick. Thus the whole person is helped and sustained by trust in God. The principal effect of the sacrament is to give comfort, peace, and courage to those facing serious illness or the frailty of aging.

Anyone is invited:

  • Who is seriously ill with prolonged, chronic illness or disease (heart, cancer, respiratory ailments, diabetes, etc.)
  • Who is suffering with the disease of alcoholism or other addictions
  • Who is facing exploratory surgery with its uncertainty and anxiety
  • Who is experiencing aging with its limitations, fears, and isolation

We can receive this sacrament throughout our lives when we are in need of the Lord’s healing and strength. The community’s role is to pray along with those who need the healing power of the Lord and the Church. This sacrament reminds us of the frailty of human life and the care and support we give to one another as part of a praying community.






Saturday: 4:00 PM
8:00 AM, 9:30 AM & 11:00 AM


Monday: 5:30 PM (Miraculous Medal Novena)
Tuesday - Thursday: 9:00 AM

Eucharistic Adoration
Tuesday: 4:00 - 8:00 PM
Thursday: 9:30 - 11:00 AM

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Saturday: 3:00 - 3:30 PM
(or by appointment)

Sacrament of Baptism
Please contact Deacon James Ziemba (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 413 599-1401) for an appointment.

Sacrament of Marriage
Fr. Connors meets with each couple before their marriage.  Please contact him one year in advance (413 596-4232 x102).

Sacrament of the Sick
Anointings the first Sunday of each month at Noon.

Monday - Thursday
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM