Is there anyone sick among you? He should ask for the presbyters of the church. They in turn are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. This prayer uttered in faith will reclaim the one who is ill, and the Lord will restore him to health. If he has committed any sins, forgiveness will be his.
— James 5:14–15

Anointing of the Sick

Formerly known as Last Rites or Extreme Unction, the Anointing of the Sick brings Christ's sacramental healing presence to the sick or aging.

At St. Rita, Anointing of the Sick is available upon request. Contact the Church Office at (504) 866-3621.  In case of an emergency after hours, our answering service will assist you in locating a priest.

Please notify the the Church Office at (504) 866-3621 when a parishioner is in the hospital or unable to attend Mass.

Some frequently asked questions about the sacrament:

Q: Who should receive the Anointing of the Sick?
A: Anyone who is ill, about to have or has had surgery, the chronically ill, those suffering terminal or other illnesses.

Q: When should the sacrament of the sick be administered?
A: It is not necessary to wait until a person is dying before calling a priest. The Anointing of the Sick “is not a sacrament for those only who are at the point of death” (CCC 1514).

Q: I have been anointed in the past, and I am ill again. May I be anointed again?
A: If some time has passed and you are experiencing another illness, you may receive the sacrament again.