Anointing of the Sick

"Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders (presbyters) of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up; and anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven." James 5:14-15 

At the Parish of St. Timothy, the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is administered to those wishing to receive it, during weekday mass the first Thursday of every month. See the parish calendar for the next opportunity to receive this sacrament.

You may also request to receive this sacrament by contacting Fr. Chrys directly at 204-257-3723 or
Fr.Chrys@st-timothy.ca.

What does the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick do?

"The special grace of the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick has as its effects: 

  • the uniting of the sick person to the passion of Christ, for his own good and that of the whole Church; 

  • the strengthening, peace, and courage to endure in a Christian manner the sufferings of illness or old age; 

  • the forgiveness of sins, if the sick person was not able to obtain it through the sacrament of Penance; 

  • the restoration of health, if it is conducive to the salvation of his soul; 

  • the preparation for passing over to eternal life."

(Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraph # 1532)​

Viaticum

For those who are about to die, the Church, in addition to the Anointing of the Sick, offers the Eucharist as viaticum – spiritual nourishment for their journey home.

"Thus, just as the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist form a unity called "the sacraments of Christian initiation, so too it can be said that Penance, the Anointing of the Sick and the Eucharist as viaticum constitute at the end of Christian life the sacraments that prepare for our heavenly homeland or the sacraments that complete the earthly pilgrimage." (Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraph # 1525)

 

It is best to contact a priest as soon as possible so that the priest can attend to the person promptly, rather than wait until the last minute.