Bishop John Noonan invites all to the Chrism Mass, a Holy Week Celebration to be held on April 20, 6:30 p.m. at St. James Cathedral. This will be Bishop Noonan’s first Chrism Mass in Orlando since his installation as our bishop last December.
During the Chrism Mass, Bishop Noonan will bless and consecrate the oils used for sacraments during the Church year.
All priests of the Diocese who are able to attend renew their commitment to priestly service during the Chrism Mass and they are united with the Bishop as they all concelebrate the Mass.
Also, priests celebrating a 25th or 50th anniversary of their ordination are honored in a special way during the Chrism Mass. Click here to read about all our jubilarians. Of the 25 year jubilarians—Rev. Francis John Cerio, Rev. Anthony Leo Hodges, Rev. Timothy LaBo and Very Rev. Robert Webster—were all ordained by Bishop Thomas Grady at St. James Cathedral on May 31, 1986.
Two of the 50 year jubilarians—Msgr. F. Joseph Harte and Rev. John Edward McMullan—were ordained together in Ireland, and they also studied at the Mount Melleray Seminary in Cappoquin, County Waterford with 50 year jubilarian Rev. Msgr. Patrick Joseph Caverly.
This year also marks the 25th anniversary of the episcopacy of Bishop Norbert M. Dorsey, the third Bishop of Orlando.
Bishop John Noonan invites you to pray the Stations of the Cross at Lake Eola in downtown Orlando on Good Friday, April 22 at 10:00 a.m. This will be the first time Catholics will gather with Bishop Noonan at Lake Eola for Stations of the Cross and we will be joined by Bishop Louis Campese from the Cathedral of the Incarnation, an Anglican Tradition Church located in Orlando.
Stations of the Cross allow us to meditate on Christ’s passion and death. In a venue such as the path around Lake Eola, we also publicly express our faith. The devotion at Lake Eola will be the Scriptural Stations of the Cross – the same used by the Holy Father in Rome on Good Friday The procession of all 14 stations around the lake will begin and end at the Lake Eola Amphitheatre.
St. James Cathedral School parking lots will be open to anyone attending Stations of the Cross.