Anointing of the Sick and Viaticum
The blessing of the sick is an ancient custom, having its origins in the practice of Christ himself and his apostles. When a priest visits those who are sick, they are to respect the provisions of Pastoral Care of the Sick: Rites of Anointing and Viaticum. Viaticum means "food for the journey". (Many people still use the term "last rites" but the Church no longer uses that term.)
The primary concern of every minister should be to show the sick how much Christ and his Church are concerned for them.
Call the parish office to schedule a priest to anoit after Mass, or visit a home, hospital or hospice.
St. Stephen Parish also offers the Communal Rite of Anointing the Sick every spring and fall.
Check the parish bulletin for details or call the Parish Office at 414-762-0552