Extreme Unction

Sometimes known as the ‘anointing of the sick’ this sacrament is for those who are ill or are close to death. The person is anointed with holy oil. This increases sanctifying grace, remits venial sins and in the case of unconscious people, can also remit mortal sins which they are unable to confess. If the person is conscious they may also receive the sacraments of Penance and Holy Communion.  The sacrament can improve the health of the person or help them to offer their suffering to God and use it to grow closer to Him.