Thursday, March 26, 2009

Parish representatives for Chrism Mass 2009

photo by Kenji NakaiThree representatives from each parish are requested to present the oils for blessing during the Chrism Mass on Tuesday, March 31, 2009, at 7:30p. They should be selected in advance for this responsibility and be seated in their reserved seats in the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Joseph, 80 South Market Street, San José, by 7:10p.

Click here for directions to the Cathedral and parking information.

Click here for a pdf chart showing your parish's reserved seating for your oil representatives.

Rehearsal with these representatives will take place at 7:20p the night of the Chrism Mass.

It is recommended that those presenting the oils represent some link to the oil to be blessed, for example:
  • Oil of the Sick: A minister to the sick, elderly, or hospitalized; or a parishioner who was anointed in the last year.

  • Oil of Catechumens: A parish catechumenate team member; or a catechist working in baptismal preparation. Because the dismissal of catechumens follows immediately after the procession and blessing of oils, catechumens and Elect are discouraged from being the parish representative to carry the oils.

  • Sacred Chrism: A neophyte initiated at last year’s Easter Vigil; or a candidate for Confirmation; or a catechist working in Confirmation preparation. Because the dismissal of catechumens follows immediately after the procession and blessing of oils, catechumens and Elect are discouraged from being the parish representative to carry the oils.

If you have any questions, please contact Diana Macalintal at 408-983-0136.

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