Anointing of The Sick
The Anointing of the Sick, is the Sacrament by which, through the prayers of
a priest and the anointing with olive oil (blessed by the Bishop), a person
who is in danger of death from sickness is given health of the soul and
sometimes also of the body. At Our Lady Queen of Poland, the olive oil
which is used by the priests is blessed by the Archbishop of Edmonton at the
Chrism Mass at
St. Joseph's Basillica.
Those who are in need of this Sacrament are asked to contact a priest in the
parish office at 780-439-8800 to make arrangements. It is prudent to
receive the Anointing of the Sick prior to serious operations or whenever
there is a serious danger to health. We ask the families of Our Lady Queen
of Poland to contact the parish on behalf of loved ones who may be seriously
ill or near death.
“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 1532).
Does a person have to be dying to receive this sacrament? No. The
Catechism says, “The anointing of the sick is not a sacrament for those
only who are at the point of death. Hence, as soon as anyone of the faithful
begins to be in danger of death from sickness or old age, the fitting time
for him to receive this sacrament has certainly already arrived”
(Catechism of the Catholic Church 1514).