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placeholder March 28, 2016   •   VOL. 54, NO. 6   •   Oakland, CA

Parish representatives line up to present their oils.

Bishop Barber presides at Chrism Mass.

Representatives line up for the march of the parishes.

It is a time for priests to renew their vows.

Holy Chrism is consecrated

The annual Chrism Mass, in which the oil used to anoint Christ's faithful is blessed and consecrated, took place at the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland on March 16. Annually around Easter, parishes bring olive oil to the Chrism Mass, where it is blessed by Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, to become the Oil of the Sick and the Oil of Catechumens. Each parish also brings an empty vessel, which is filled with olive oil mixed with essential oils and perfumes, which, after being consecrated by the bishop, becomes the Holy Chrism, to be used in the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Orders. Representatives of the diocese's 84 parishes carried parish banners into the Cathedral of Christ the Light for the Mass. The priests of the diocese renewed their vows during the Mass.

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