Anointing of the Sick


Pastoral Secretary/Receptionist


Only a validly ordained Priest may administer the sacrament of Anointing of the Sick.  If a person is able to do so, they may wish to receive the sacrament of Reconciliation prior to anointing, and then Holy Communion (known as viaticum if the person is dying).

This sacrament is given to those who are seriously ill by anointing them on the forehead and hands with blessed oil saying once: “Through this holy anointing may the Lord in his love and mercy help you with the grace of the Holy Spirit. May the Lord who frees you from sin save you and raise you up” (Catechism of the Catholic Church no. 1513).


Please call the parish office at 425-483-9400 to request a visit by a priest.

After office hours, please call the Eastside Deanery Priest on Call line: 425-655-3200.


From the very first days of the church, Christians held the view that anointing was for physical and spiritual healing.  Through the centuries, the sacrament of Anointing became firmly established as a sacrament that is part of a fully developed healing ministry to the sick that brings the intense love of Christ to their suffering.  This sacrament is not intended only for the dying, but should be celebrated as soon as a person becomes seriously ill.  It should also be celebrated before surgery, or when a person, by virtue of age, is in frail health.


Information from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is anointing of the sick celebrated?
Since those receiving this sacrament are usually seriously ill, it is common for people to be anointed at home, or in a care facility such as a hospital or nursing home. It may also be celebrated at church after Mass on Sundays, or by appointment.
How does anointing of the sick differ from last rites?
Last rites includes the sacraments of Reconciliation, Anointing of the Sick, and the Eucharist.