Chrism Mass at the Cathedral on Tuesday, March 27

Bishop Timothy Doherty will celebrate the annual Chrism Mass at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27 at the Cathedral in Lafayette. Priests serving across the diocese concelebrate this Mass, during which they also renew their commitment to priestly service. Oils to be used statewide in the coming year are presented for the bishop's blessing. These include the oil for the sick, used in anointing the sick; the oil for catechumens, used during baptism; and the oil for the sacred chrism, which is the primary anointing oil. It is used in the sacraments of initiation and holy orders as well as special acts of dedication. The word "chrism" means "consecrated oil."