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“Is anyone among you sick? He should summon the presbyters of the church, and they should pray over him and anoint [him] with oil in the name of the Lord, and the prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise him up. If he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven.”


James 5:14-15


The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is for:

  • Those whose health is seriously impaired by sickness (including mental illness) or old age.

  • Those who are preparing for surgery whenever a serious illness is the reason for it.

  • Elderly persons who have become notably weakened even when they do not have a serious illness.

  • This sacrament includes the forgiveness of sins. That is why sick children who have reached the age of reason (usually age 7) can receive this sacrament.

Unable to come to Sunday Holy Mass due to illness?

Contact Father Raymond Harris (410.922.3800, ext. 6 or Either he or a Communion Minister will arrange a time to visit you.


Preparing for surgery?

Please ask to receive the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick after Holy Mass on the Sunday prior if possible.


Are you or a loved one in the hospital?

You or a family member must let Father Harris know. Usually, the hospital will not call us due to privacy laws.


Pastoral Emergencies

NOTE: During the pandemic, Father Harris is following his doctor's instructions to refrain from visiting the hospitals due to his pre-existing conditions. His brother priests in the area know about it. They can be available when they are able for pastoral emergencies.

If someone needs to receive the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, 

please call the Parish Office (410-922-3800, ext. 4)

during Office Hours (Monday - Friday from 9 AM - 5 PM

or the Answering Service after hours (410-879-2831).


When Father Harris is on his day off (Wednesdays) or on vacation (announced in the Sunday Bulletin),

please contact a neighboring parish:

Sacred Heart Parish, Glyndon


Saint Charles Borromeo Parish, Pikesville



Saint Alphonsus Rodriguez Parish, Woodstock



Saint Joseph Parish, Eldersburg


Links - for more information about this sacrament:


Catechism of the Catholic Church


United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

These links are provided solely for the user’s convenience. Holy Family Catholic Church assumes no responsibility for these websites, their content, or their sponsoring organizations.

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