The Diocese of Des Moines

Chrism Mass — 

   Bishop Pates blesses the oil of the sick, to be used in pastoral care fo those who are ill or infirm from illness of mind or body, accidents or advanced age.Bishop Pates mixed the sweet-smelling balsam into sacred chrism oil to be used throughout the diocese.

      The annual Chrism Mass was celebrated on Tuesday, March 23, at St. Ambrose Cathedral.

     People from across the diocese filled the cathedral for the annual Mass at which oils and chrism were blessed and distributed to all parishes for use in the ucpoming year.

     The oil of the sick will be used by every Catholic in the diocese who celebrates the sacrament of anointing of the sick.   

     The oil of Priests renew their commitment to priestly service during Chrism Masscatechumens will be used by all those who are baptized through the RCIA process. Bishop Pates breathed over the sacred chrism as a sign of the Holy Spirit's action through holy anointing with the oil.

     The sacred chrism will be used by every baby baptized, every person who is confirmed and ever priest baptized between now and next year's Chrism Mass. And, every new or renovated church and altar in our diocese that is dedicated between tonight and next Priests from around the diocese listen to Bishop Pates' homilyyear's Chrism Mass will be consecrated with sacred chrism.

     In addition, the priests of the diocese, all gathered for the Mass, recommitted themselves in their priestly ministry.