On Monday, March 19th the Most Reverend Columba Macbeth-Green, Bishop of the Wilcannia-Forbes Diocese, will celebrate the Mass of the Holy Chrism with his priests of the Diocese, commencing at 6pm in the Holy Family Catholic Church, Parkes.
This is a twofold celebration.
It is a celebration of the priesthood, with a commitment to their sacred duties and the blessing of the oils used throughout the year during the administration of the Sacraments.
The Mass, which the bishop concelebrates with his presbyterium, manifests the communion of priests with their bishop.
During the bishop’s address to his priests, they renew their commitment of their priestly service.
The sacred oils are also blessed during this service.
These oils include the Oleum Infirmorum (oil of the sick), which is used during the Sacrament of Healing, the Oil of Catechumens, which is used during Baptisms and the Sacred Oil of Holy Chrism, which anoints the recipients of Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Orders.
Normally, this celebration takes place on Holy Thursday morning, with the entire collegium present, at the Cathedral Church of the Diocese at Broken Hill.
Because of the size of the Wilcannia-Forbes Diocese, Holy Family Parish Church has been privileged this year to share this sacred occasion.
All parishioners in the Parkes area, and indeed, the Parkes community, are invited and welcome to share this sacred occasion at the Holy Family Catholic Church.