Annual Chrism Mass today in San Angelo

SAN ANGELO. Bishop Michael D. Pfeifer and the priests of the Diocese of San Angelo will celebrate the annual Chrism Massm at 11 a.m. today at the Cathedral Church of the Sacred Heart, 19 S. Oakes, San Angelo.

At the Chrism Mass, the bishop comes together with the whole diocese to celebrate, worship and consecrate the holy oils used in all our parishes this coming year. The oils that will be blessed are the Oil of Chrism, from which the Mass gets its name; the Oil of Catechumens and the Oil of the Sick.The Sacred Chrism is used to anoint people in the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Orders. It is also used in the dedication and consecration of church buildings and altars. The Oil of the Sick is used for the blessing, strengthening, and healing of those who are sick or advanced in age, and the Oil of Catechumens is used to anoint Catechumens and infants about to be baptized.

The bishop is the only minister in the diocese who may consecrate chrism. This Mass highlights his ministry and our union with him. Although he is not able to baptize and confirm everyone in the parishes of the diocese, he will be symbolically present in the chrism which the priests and deacons will use.

The Chrism Mass also celebrates the unity between the bishop and the priests of the diocese. The priests of the diocese, in the presence of and in union with their bishop, renew their commitment to priestly service. It is highly significant and deeply moving for the bishop and priests to recall the promises made at their ordination as they renew their dedication to prayer, service, and celibate chastity.

Bishop Pfeifer has extended an invitation to all Catholics to join him and the priests of the Diocese of San Angelo for this Mass. All members of the media are also welcome to attend this special Catholic celebration. For story ideas or interview, please contact Jimmy Patterson, contact information listed above.

For more information, call Ashlee N. Bates at (210) 828-9921 or (800) 292-2548.

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