Anointing of the Sick
The Anointing of the Sick—formerly known as ‘last rites’—is no longer considered a sacrament only for those at the point of death. Instead, this healing sacrament is for all those who are facing major surgery, chronic illness, or the weakness that comes with age.
Patients at the North York General Hospital
St Gabriel’s Parish ministers to Catholic patients at North York General Hospital together with the staff of the hospital’s Religious and Spiritual Care Office. Patients who are registered as Roman Catholics are automatically visited by our Hospital Eucharistic Ministers, to determine if they wish to receive Communion, Reconciliation, or the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. Communion is brought to the hospital three times a week. The Pastor usually visits the hospital each Friday morning, and as needed in emergencies.
Patients at other hospitals
Parishioners admitted to other hospitals are encouraged to request the prayers of the parish. Patients’ sacramental needs are usually met through the Pastoral Care department of that particular hospital.
Arrangements to receive any of these Sacraments at home for those with special needs can be made through the Parish Office.
Communal celebration of the Sacrament of the Sick
Once a year, the parish gathers to celebrate a “Healing Mass” — a communal celebration of the Sacrament of the Sick. All who feel the need for it are invited.