Rich liturgy planned for annual chrism Mass

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor Each year, just before Easter, the bishop of the diocese blesses the oil that will be used in parishes for the sacraments of baptism, confirmation, initiation, holy orders and the anointing of the sick at a special Mass called the chrism Mass. This year, Bishop Donald Kettler will celebrate the…

Holy oils symbolize Holy Spirit’s power, presence, Bishop Kinney says

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor When the bishop breathes upon the openings of glass vessels filled with fragrant chrism oil at the annual chrism Mass, he does so as a reminder of Christ breathing on the Apostles after his resurrection, telling them to “receive the Holy Spirit.” The Catholic faith is rich with signs and…