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Anointing of the Sick
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Anointing of the Sick

The William Osler Centre (formerly Etobicoke General Hospital) is supported by our Salesian priests and the clergy of the other local Catholic parishes by being on-call for sacramental emergencies.

St. Benedict parish ministers to the Catholic patients at William Osler Centre together with the hospital’s Pastoral Care Team. Parishioners who are patients at this hospital and wish to receive the Sacrament of the Sick, Communion, Reconciliation or a Pastoral Visit are required to communicate their need to the parish either personally or through a family or community member.

The sacramental needs of parishioners admitted to other hospitals are usually met through the Pastoral Care department of that particular hospital.

Arrangements for any of these Sacraments at home may be made through the parish office.

Parishioners in hospital or who are homebound are encouraged to request the prayers of the parish. To request prayers, or to include the name of a parishioner in the ‘Pray for the Sick’ section of the weekly parish bulletin, family members or friends are required to contact the parish office.

The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is celebrated with those who are seriously ill, those who are preparing for surgery, and the elderly. This sacrament of healing is meant to heal the whole person, spiritually and physically while at the same time reassuring the person of God’s love and mercy. The preferred place for celebrating this sacrament is in the church with family and members of the church community present. Celebrating the sacrament before entering the hospital, rather than waiting until their condition is critical, means the ill person can better appreciate the prayers and symbols of the rite.

1. Understanding the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick:

The Healing Sacrament of the Living is a brief and helpful document prepared by our Archdiocese of Toronto.

It answers questions and addressed topics such as:

  • What is the sacrament of the anointing of the sick
  • The graces of teh sacrament of teh Anointing of the Sick
  • How is the sacrament celebrated?
  • When and how often does one celebrate this sacrament?
  • Who should celebrate the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick?
  • Ways of caring for the sick
  • The Gift of the sick

To access this document in English, French, Italian, Spanish or Polish, click here: http://www.archtoronto.org/discipleship/resource.htm

2. Are You, or Someone You Love, Sick or in Hospital?

View our archdiocesan brochure with helpful information on your spiritual care; available in English, French, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Portuguese, and Chinese http://www.archtoronto.org/discipleship/resource.htm

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