More Sacraments


The Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist is “the source and summit” of our lives.  The Eucharist is the highest form of worship we offer to God the Father, through the Son and in the Holy Spirit.  In the Eucharist we encounter the crucified and risen Lord in the gathered people, in the ministries of priest and deacon, in the proclamation of the Word and in the great prayer of thanksgiving.  In the Eucharistic Prayer, the Holy Spirit transforms our gifts of bread and wine and our lives into the Body and Blood of Christ. This great Sacrament nourishes us unto eternity and strengthens us for the work of peace and justice.

The Holy Eucharist is celebrated each Sunday at 8:30am and 10:30am; the Saturday Vigil Mass is at 5:00pm.  Please check the bulletin and website for weekday and Holy Day schedules.

Children preparing for the reception of First Eucharist do so through the Office of Faith Formation (607-432-3920, ext. 204.)

A Sacrament of Healing

The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is a continuation through the Church of the healing ministry of Christ.  The Sacrament should be requested by or for those members…

  • who are physically sick;
  • who are infirm (strength has been depleted by age);
  • who suffer from mental illnesses;
  • and for the dying when the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion (The Last Rites) cannot be celebrated because an individual is comatose, intubated, or sedated. 

The Anointing of the Sick can be received more than once during the course of an illness for the healing and strengthening of the person.


The Last Rites

The Last Rites of the Church for the dying are the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion, known as Viaticum, that is, “food for the journey”.  These Sacraments should be requested as soon as it is evident that a person is dying and needs the grace and strength of Christ.

To request the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, a pastoral visit, or for the Last Rites of the Church, call the parish at 607-432-3920.

The Sacrament of Holy Orders is at the service of the People of God.  Through this sacrament the high priesthood of Jesus Christ is made present in service, Word and charity.  These aspects of the ministry of Jesus Christ nourish the people for the enrichment of the Kingdom of God.  The Sacrament has three Orders: Deacons, Presbyters (Priests) and Bishops.

The role of the Deacon as recorded in the Acts of the Apostles [Acts 6:1-7] is primarily one of charity and service.   Deacons collaborate with the bishop and parish leadership and liturgically may preside over the Sacraments of Baptism and Marriage outside of Mass and the Funeral Rites.  Deacons are Catholic clergy who can be married.

The Priest is a coworker with the Order of Bishops making present the bishop throughout a Diocese.  The priest is commissioned to preach the Word of God and make Christ present in the celebration of the Sacraments.  In collaboration with the rest of the People of God, the priest is responsible for spreading the Gospel, social outreach and the administration of the temporal goods of a parish.

The Bishop is the Chief Shepherd and Priest in a local Church (Diocese).  All bishops are equal in rank and dignity united as a college with the Bishop of Rome.  They are the center of liturgical life in a diocese.

Are you being called by Christ to serve as a Deacon or Priest? 

For Priests, check out the Diocesan Website:

For Deacons, check out the Diocesan Website:

The Sacrament of Marriage Saint Paul teaches, is a mystery, a sign of the bond between Christ and the Church.  Marriage is a vocation and sign to the world of God’s love for all creation.  The Church rejoices with men and women who come together in mutual love and respect to bless and recognize the goodness that God has begun in them. 

Preparation for the Sacrament of Marriage

  • Please make no arrangements until an initial contact has been made with a priest of the parish to ensure that there are no impediments to marriage in the Catholic Church, your proposed date and a priest or deacon are available.  This initial contact should be made by the couple six months to a year prior to the proposed date of marriage.  Only when these are properly ascertained should other arrangements be made.
  • Priests who are members of a family or are family friends are welcome to come and celebrate the Sacrament, if that is the desire of the couple.  In such an instance, the visiting priest will be responsible for making contact with the parish and completing the paperwork and marriage preparation.
  • Marriage Preparation can take a number of forms and the best form will be decided between the priest and couple.
  • The final step is the preparation of the Liturgy which will include the choice of readings, appropriate music and discussion of the rite.
  • Marriages on Saturday will not be scheduled later than 1:00pm.  A later wedding may be scheduled for after 6:00pm.  This will allow for adequate time for Confessions, the Sunday Vigil Mass and any needed preparation.