Anointing of the Sick
The Sacraments of Penance and the Anointing of the Sick are the two Sacraments of Healing that were instituted by Christ to strengthen us in our physical and spiritual weakness. Any Catholic whose health is in a critical state can receive this sacrament more than once, on such occasions such as grave illnesses or serious operations.
In a unique way, this sacrament unites those who are suffering with the sufferings of Jesus, who also experienced fear and pain during His time on earth. This profound experience sometimes brings physical healing to those who are gravely ill. Moreover, celebrating this sacrament unifies the communion of the saints in interceding for the sick person, “contribut(ing) to the sanctification of the Church and to the good of all men for whom the Church suffers and offers herself through Christ to God the Father.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1522)
Arrangements for the sacrament can be made through the parish office, and it can appropriately be celebrated in church, after Mass. Communal celebrations are also arranged annually in Good Shepherd Church.
In all urgent cases, one of the priests should be contacted. During office hours, call the parish office: 604-531-5739. After office hours, call the emergency line: 604-831-1162.