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Sacrament of the Sick

Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord.James, chapter 4 verse 14

This sacrament was traditionally called Extreme Unction and is still remembered as such by many older Catholics.

Today the sacrament of the sick is offered to those who are gravely ill or are about to undergo a serious operation, for the recovery of their health and for spiritual strength to bear their suffering. For those who are nearing the end of their journey, it prepares them for their meeting with Jesus Christ after death.

It consists primarily of two parts. First there is as an opportunity to seek forgiveness for sins committed throughout life. The second is to receive Holy Communion, the body and blood of Jesus, the giver of all life, who gave his life so that they might live and ultimately have eternal rest in that heavenly kingdom that he has prepared for us.

Requesting the Sacrament of the Sick in St Mary’s Parish

If you are living in the St Mary’s parish, in your own home or in residential care, the Sacrament of the Sick will be administered by the parish priest.

To arrange a visit, please contact the Parish Office by phone or use our Contact form.

Requesting the Sacrament of the Sick in Hospital

If you are in hospital and would like to see a priest or chaplain, please contact the hospital chaplaincy and ask for the Catholic priest to visit.

Chaplaincy Telephone Numbers

Contact numbers for chaplaincies at our local hospitals are provided below.
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Royal Stoke University Hospital:  01782 676400

Macclesfield General Hospital:  01625 663816 or  01625 661334

Leighton Hospital, Crewe:  01270 255141

Derby Royal Hospital:  01332 789500

Stepping Hill Hospital:  0161 419 5889

Cheadle Hospital (served from St Giles Catholic Church):  01538 753130

Spire Regency Hospital, Macclesfield (served from St Albans Catholic Church):  01625 423446

Christies Hospital, Manchester:  0161 446 3000 (via hospital switchboard) or leave a message at Chaplaincy Office:  0161 446 3097

Douglas Macmillan Home (served from St Teresa of the Child Jesus):  01782 658063