Annointing of the Sick

Annointing of the Sick
 
Lord God, loving Father, bring your healing to the sick through your Son Jesus Christ.  Hear us as we pray to you in faith, and send us the Holy Spirit, our Helper and Friend, upon this oil, which nature has provided to serve the needs of your children.  May your blessing come upon all who are anointed with this oil, that they may be freed from pain and illness and made well again in body, mind and soul.
                                                                - Rite of Anointing of the Sick
 
 
The Catechism of the Catholic Church's section on the Anointing of the Sick defines the purpose of the sacrament as "the conferral of a special grace on the Christian experiencing the difficulties inherent in the condition of grave illness or old age." (Catechism, 1527)

The oil used in administering the sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is called Oil of the Sick. It is one of the three Holy oils blessed by the bishop of the diocese at his cathedral on Holy Thursday morning, the other two Holy Oils being Holy Chrism and the Oil of Catechumens, which is used in Baptism.
 
The primary purpose of the special grace of Anointing of the Sick is to comfort and to strengthen the soul of the sick person.
• This is the grace that quiets anxiety and dissipates fear.
• It is the grace which enables the sick person to embrace God's will and to face the possibility of death without apprehension.
• It is the grace which gives the soul the strength to face and conquer whatever temptations to doubt, despondency, or even despair
may mark Satan's last effort to seize this soul for himself.

If you, or a loved one is in need of the Sacrament of Annointing of the Sick at your home or in the hospital, call the church office at 889-3248.  If you get the answering machine, please leave a message with your contact information - this line is monitored for emergencies.
  
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St. Charles Catholic Parish
320 St. Charles Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada  R3K 1T7
Tel: (204) 889-3248  Fax: (204) 885-1997  Email: stcharls@mts.net
 
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