|March 4, 2013 • VOL. 51, NO. 5 • Oakland, CA|
| Chrism Mass is March 14
"Called to bring glad tidings" is the theme of the Chrism Mass this year, during which Archbishop Alex J. Brunett will consecrate the chrism — the holy oil used in confirmation, baptism and holy orders, and for the dedication of a church, and bless the oils used in parishes for anointing the sick and for anointing catechumens.
While it is the archbishop's duty to consecrate the chrism and bless the oils, there is a role for others at the Mass. The priests of the diocese are invited to renew their vows at this Mass. And there is a role of the laity, who, as baptized Catholics, are also called to bring glad tidings.
Each parish has been asked to send a representative, who will bring two containers filled with olive oil, which will be blessed to anoint catechumens and to anoint the sick, as well as a third, empty container to receive the chrism.
Representatives of the parishes will process into the Cathedral of Christ the Light, using the banners for each parish that were created for the cathedral's dedication in 2008.
The Mass will reflect the rich diversity of the Oakland diocese, with the reading in Vietnamese and Spanish, and the Gospel reading in English. The universal prayers will be offered in several languages.
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