The rite of the Anointing of the Sick consists of the priest laying hands on the sick, anointing him or her with blessed oil, which has been blessed by the Bishop, and praying over them.


1517 like all the sacraments the anointing of the sick is a liturgical and communal celebration, whether it takes place in the family home, a hospital or church, for a single sick person or a whole group of sick persons, it is very fitting to celebrate it within the eucharist, the memorial of the lord's passover.  if circumstances suggest it, the celebration of the sacrament can be preceded by the sacrament of penance and followed by the sacrament of the eucharist.  as the sacrament of christ's passover the eucharist should always be the last sacrament of the earthly journey, the "viaticum" for "passing over" to eternal life.

(excerpt taken from Catechism of the Catholic Church; copyright © 1994 Concacan Inc., Canada)



  • Mass starts in the usual fashion with a welcoming and special prayers for those who are to be anointed.
  • After the readings and homily there is a litany of prayers for those being anointed and their caretakers.
  • The sick come to the altar where the priest lays his hands on the head of each person.
  • The blessed oil is brought to the altar and a prayer is said over the oil.
  • The priest then makes the Sign of the Cross with the blessed oil on the sick person's forehead while praying over them, "Through this holy anointing may the Lord in his love and mercy help you with the grace of the Holy Spirit." Response: "Amen"
  • Next the priest anoints the palms of the sick person's hands with the Sign of the Cross praying, "May the Lord who frees you from sin save you and raise you up." Response: "Amen"
  • The bread and wine are brought up and the Mass continues as usual.  


St. Martha's Parish holds Anointing of the Sick Masses 2 to 3 times throughout the year.

anointing in a home or the hospital
  • The rite begins with the Sign of the Cross with blessed water which is to remind us of our baptismal promise to die with Christ so that we might rise to new life.

  • Readings from Scripture are adapted to the condition of the sick person.

  • The priest lays hands on the sick person, prays over the oil and anoints the forehead and hands of the sick person.

  • The priest then prays for the sick person and invites those present to recite The Lord's Prayer.

  • Holy Communion may be received at this time.

  • The priest blesses the anointed person and all who are present.


    Please be reminded if you have a relative who has been admitted to hospital it is most important to let the admitting clerk know their faith denomination. Without a request or without this information being on record, anointing is often overlooked and the family is left saddened by the omission of this sacrament.


  • Here at St. Martha's we are blessed to have dedicated pastoral care team. If you or a family member is sick, hospitalized, or shut-in, please know that we are here to help spiritually, with prayers and sacraments.To arrange an appointment with the pastoral care team and/or with Father Salvador, please call the parish office @ 403-381-8891


James 5:14-15

14 Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven.