Roman Catholic Church

St. Stephen’s

9748 State Route 812, Croghan, NY 13327

PREPARATION: The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is a liturgical and communal celebration whether it takes place in the family home, hospital or church and is celebrated with one or a group of sick persons. It is not a sacrament for only those who are near death. By anointing them on the forehead and hands with blessed oil saying, “Through this holy anointing may the Lord in his love and mercy help you with the grace of the Holy spirit. May the Lord who frees you from sin, save and raise you up”.

WHEN AVAILABLE: The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick may be requested by calling St. Stephen’s Parish Office at 315-346-6958 or email the Parish Office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CONTACT: The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick may be requested by calling St. Stephen’s Parish Office at 315-346-6958 or email the Parish Office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT ANOINTING OF THE SICK: Scripture awakens the faith of the sick and family members and friends to pray to Christ for the strength of his Holy Spirit. The priest lays his hands on the head of the sick person. He then proceeds to anoint, with the blessed Oil of the Sick, the forehead and hands of the sick person (in the Roman Rite). He accompanies these acts with the words, "Through this holy anointing may the Lord in his love and mercy help you with the grace of the Holy Spirit. May the Lord who frees you from sin save you and raise you up" (CCC, no. 1513). A bishop or priest may be ministers of the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. A penitential rite followed by the Liturgy of the Word opens the celebration.

The Rite of Anointing tells us there is no need to wait until a person is at the point of death to receive the Sacrament. A careful judgment about the serious nature of the illness is sufficient. The Sacrament may be repeated if the sick person recovers after the anointing but becomes ill once again, or if, during the same illness, the person's condition becomes more serious. A person should be anointed before surgery when a dangerous illness is the reason for the intervention (cf. Rite of Anointing, Introduction, nos. 8-10).