There are two times in the Church year when we celebrate the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick during the weekend liturgies: October and after Easter. Anyone may contact the priest for the sacrament at a time of extreme illness or if preparing for surgery.
The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is a special way in which the recipient is bound close to Christ (Christ's life, suffering, and resurrection). The reception of the sacrament is a particular grace of the Holy Spirit, a union with the passion of Christ, a moment of solidarity with the whole praying Church, and a preparation for our final journey. The sacrament allows, in a very priviledged way, for one to know the compassion of our God in our moments of difficulty, anxiety, and especially illness. The sacrament is not a "magical cure," but more closely unites one to Christ who is our healer and yet even had to endure suffering within this imperfect world.