We are quickly approaching Holy Week. If you haven’t celebrated the Sacrament of Reconciliation yet, I encourage you to find time to do so before Holy Week. Our Lady of Presentation Parish has their Reconciliation Service this Sunday, April 2nd, at 6:30 pm. St. Robert Parish in Blue Springs has their Service Tuesday, April 4th at 7:00 pm. Saturday, April 8th, I will be celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation from 4:00 – 4:30 pm. If none of these times work for you, I am willing to meet with you at a time that is more convenient for you. Just call the parish office.
On Thursday, April 6th, the Chrism Mass will be celebrated at the Cathedral beginning at 7:00 pm. Everyone is invited to join in this celebration. Bishop Johnston has asked the priests of our diocese to attend if it is at all possible. It is one way we show our unity with the bishop. At this mass the bishop will bless the oil of the sick:
…Hear us as we pray to you in faith,
and send the Holy Spirit, our Helper and Friend,
to serve the needs of all.
May your blessing come upon all who are anointed with this oil,
that they may be freed from pain and illness
and made well again in body, mind, and soul…
The bishop will then bless the Oil of Catechumens:
…give wisdom and strength
to all who are anointed with this oil
in preparation for their baptism.
Bring them to a deeper understanding of the gospel,
help them to accept the challenge of Christian living,
and lead them to the joy of new birth
in the family of your Church…
Sacred Chrism is then consecrated:
…And so, Father, by the power of your love,
make this mixture of oil and perfume a sign and source of your blessing.
Pour out the gifts of your Holy Spirit
on our brothers and sisters who will be anointed with it.
Let the splendor of holiness shine on the world
from every place and thing
signed with this oil…
Sacred Chrism is used to anoint infants at baptism, people who are confirmed, and those who are ordained. It is also used for the consecration of altars and churches.
There will not be mass here at Holy Spirit that Thursday. The priests from our diocese will be gathering earlier that afternoon for a day of reflection.