The seven sacraments of the Catholic Church are administered to/for the living and that they are a gift/sign of God’s presence/grace in our lives – nobody has a right to receive/demand a sacrament.



The Sacrament of the Sick can and should be administered when you are seriously ill or undergo an operation. Please contact a priest as early as you can. If you are in doubt and in order to understand the Sacrament more deeply, a simple change of thought might help: DON’T THINK OF IT AS THE SACRAMENT OF THE DYING BUT A SACRAMENT OF THE LIVING. Please notify your parish priest if you are going into hospital for an operation or are seriously ill.


It is most important that on admission to hospital a patient (or his/her carers) inform the admission staff that they are Catholic and wish to be visited by the Catholic Chaplain. The hospital will not ask for this information, it is up to the patient to make it known and to make sure that a note is made.

If you are Catholic and have been admitted to Cheltenham or Gloucester hospital, please ask the nursing staff to contact the catholic chaplain for the hospital on 01242 523737, Thank you.

If possible the patient’s own Parish Priest should also be informed.



If you need a priest in an emergency and you can’t contact the parish priest at Sacred Hearts please contact the Cheltenham Dean at St Gregory the great, 10 St James Square, Cheltenham, GL50 3PR, on 01242 523737

Please remember the Sacrament is not given if a person has died.