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In short, the answer is “yes,” if that is at all possible. By “last rites” is usually meant the administration of the Sacraments to the dying: namely, the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession), the Annointing of the Sick, and the Eucharist, commonly called the Viaticum (the “food for the journey”). (Evidently, Reconciliation and the Eucharist are given ...


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St. Damien ministered to leper colonies, himself becoming infected with leprosy: One cannot modify the form or matter of a sacrament without invalidating it.



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