Bishop Noonan Invites You to Chrism Mass at St. James Cathedral on April 12

Bishop John Noonan invites you to participate in the celebration of the Chrism Mass on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at St. James Cathedral at 215 North Orange Avenue, Orlando.  The Chrism Mass is celebrated during Holy Week and is one of the most solemn and significant liturgies of our Church.



During the Chrism Mass

Bishop Noonan will consecrate the Holy Oils. The clear aim of the Chrism Mass is for the blessing and consecration of the oils used during the Church year. Pastors carry these oils back to their parishes where they will be part of sacramental and other celebrations for the coming year, beginning with the Easter Vigil. The three Holy Oils are the Oil of Catechumens, the Oil of the Sick, and the Oil of Chrism. We use the first for adult catechumens and infants, the second for anointing the sick, and the sacred Oil of Chrism for Baptism, Confirmation, the ordination of priests, and the consecration of altars. All three are basically an olive oil; Chrism is combination of oil and balsam.

Priests renew their commitment to the priesthood during the Chrism Mass and display their unity with the Bishop. In the Diocese of Orlando, all priests who are able to attend concelebrate the Mass. The renewal of priestly commitment takes place after the homily.

Jubilarians are honored during the Chrism Mass. Our Diocese rejoices with the following priests who are celebrating 25 and 50 year anniversaries of their ordination.

25 Years

Father Binh Tran, Ascension Catholic Church, Parochial Vicar
Father Stephen Baumann, Annunciation Catholic Church, Parochial Vicar
Father Bassam Saade, St. Jude Catholic Church Maronite Rite, Pastor
Father Ronald Oser, Prince of Peace Catholic Church (Retired)

50 Years

Father John Durkin, St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church(Retired)
Father Sean Heslin Our Saviour Catholic Church(Retired)
Father Patrick Murphy, S.J. (Retired)
Father Thomas Shea, C.S.C. (Retired)
Father Raymond Zeugner, St. Matthew Catholic Church, Winter Haven (Retired)