Annointing of the Sick

Anointing the Sick

The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick gives strength and support and can be administered to anyone struggling with an illness.

Who may receive it?

In the Catholic Church, Extreme Unction or the Last Rites is the anointing at the time of death. Since the Second Vatican Council, this sacrament is now called the Anointing of the Sick and has been broadened to offer healing and comfort in times of illness that may not lead to immediate death. Speaking about a wider implementation of this sacrament, Pope Paul VI advocated for “a wider availability of the sacrament and to extend it—within reasonable limits—even beyond cases of mortal illness."


Unlike the traditional understanding of the Last Rites, the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is, ideally, to be administered in a communal celebration.


The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that when the sick are anointed they should be "assisted by their pastor and the whole ecclesial community, which is invited to surround the sick in a special way through their prayers and fraternal attention" (1516). "Like all the sacraments the Anointing of the Sick is a liturgical and communal celebration…It is very fitting to celebrate it within the Eucharist" (1517).


Spiritual Healing

The healing that occurs in this sacrament of anointing is not necessarily physical healing. While we believe that physical healing can occur through the great power of God, the grace that is infused through this special sacrament is the reminder of the eternal presence of God in our human suffering.

When the priest blessing the oil of anointing, he asks God to "send the power of your Holy Spirit, the Consoler, into this precious oil. Make this oil a remedy for all who are anointed with it; heal them in body, in soul, and in spirit, and deliver them from every affliction" (Pastoral Care of the Sick, #123).

Please contact our parish office for an appointment.


The sacrament of baptism ushers us into the divine life, cleanses us from sin, and initiates us as members of the Christian community. It is the foundation for the sacramental life.

Freed from Sin

Baptism frees us from the bondage of original and actual sin. Water is poured in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Today, the sacrament of baptism is often performed on infants, shortly after birth. Adult baptisms take place at the Easter Vigil through the restored Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. Adults or children who have been baptized in a valid Christian church are not baptized again in the Catholic church. As we say in the Nicene Creed, “I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins…”

Baptismal Symbols

Water – The waters of baptism recall Jesus’ own baptism by John the Baptist in the River Jordan. Water is a symbol of cleansing and renewal as we begin a new life in Christ. We are washed clean of sin.

Oil – At baptism, we are anointed into the life of Christ as “priest, prophet, and king.” A cross is traced on the candidate’s forehead as a reminder that we are inheritors of the Kingdom of God.

Light – The baptismal candle is lit from the Paschal or Easter candle that stands in the church as a sign of Christ’s light in the world. At baptism, we receive the light of Christ and are called forth to share this light with the world.

White garment – The white garment that is placed upon us at baptism is a symbol of Christ’s victory over death and his glorious resurrection. Likewise, the white garment or pall that is placed over the coffin at the time of death recalls our baptismal promises and reminds us that we are destined for eternal life.

While in ordinary circumstances, sacraments in the Catholic Church are administered validly by a member of the ordained clergy, in an emergency situation, the sacrament of baptism can be administered by anyone. In case of necessity, any person can baptize provided that he has the intention of doing that which the Church does and provided that he pours water on the candidates head while saying: “I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit" (CCC 1284).

Baptism at Prince of Peace

Bridet Fry 812-265-4166 EXT 239 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Our parish provides a baptismal program designed for parents. One goal of the program is to help parents become aware of the significance of baptism as being the beginning, not an end, to a lifelong commitment. The program addresses the purpose of baptism from both a spiritual and practical standpoint.

Baptismal preparation programs are typically held in January, March, May, and September.

If you are interested in the sacrament of baptism at Prince of Peace, you must be a registered parishioner.

To register your child (INFANT - 5 YEARS) for baptism please use this Baptismal Registration Form; for more information please email Bridget Fry 812-265-4166 ext 239

To register your school-aged children (6 YEARS to 17 YEARS) for baptism please use this Baptismal Registration Form; for more information please call or email Bridget Fry 812-265-4166 ext 239 

 Adults (18 YEARS +) wishing to complete the Sacrament of Baptism please see (RCIA).

 Amen, amen, I say to you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. (John 3:5)



The Most Reverend Charles C. Thompson

Archdiocese of Indianapolis

1400 N. Meridian Street

Indianapolis, IN 46202-2367 317-236-1403 


Nov. 4, 2021

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ

The Archdiocese of Indianapolis will take up the national collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) November 21, 2021. Your support for this collection brings change to communities across the country and empowers those living in poverty to transform their communities into reflections of the Kingdom of God. In addition to making an impact nationally, those living in poverty in our own diocese are empowered through the 25% share of our collection that stays here

The program, Teen Mother Choices in the Batesville deanery mentors teen mothers providing them with life skills and parenting strategies to enable them to break the cycle of poverty. Teen Mother Choices participates in building the Kingdom of love by loving these mothers as Christ would love

Dathouse, Inc. provides a free after-school program, DAT Kidsin the Bates-Hendricks neighborhood of Indianapolis. This program serves at-risk children and youth providing a safe environment to foster practical social and emotional skills to the next generation of community members. They participate in building the Kingdom of peace through their investment in youth

In Bedford, The Men's Warming Center provides shelter, sleeping accommodations, and other basic needs to homeless men. The Center was established in 2014 after a homeless man froze to death on a street in Bedford. They participate in building the Kingdom of justice by acknowledging their dignity as children of God

Your prayerful support of the annual collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development is appreciated by those who serve the Kingdom of God on the margins


Sincerely yours in Christ 

+ Charles C. Thompson 

Most Reverend Charles C. Thompson Archbishop of Indianapolis

Bible Studies



Bible Study 

Bible study takes place on Wednesday mornings at 9:30 from September through May. 

If interested in participating please call the parish office at 812-265-4166.