Faithful fill St Patrick’s Cathedral for Chrism Mass

Faithful from parishes, religious orders, migrant chaplaincies and groups from across the Diocese of Parramatta came together.
The principal celebrant for the Mass was the Apostolic Nuncio in Australia, His Excellency Most Rev Dr Adolfo Tito Yllana. Photos: Art in Images.

Posted on 24 March 2016

It was standing room only in St Patrick’s Cathedral last night as the faithful from parishes, religious orders, migrant chaplaincies and groups from across the Diocese of Parramatta came together for the Chrism Mass.

The principal celebrant for the Mass was the Apostolic Nuncio in Australia, His Excellency Most Rev Dr Adolfo Tito Yllana.

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During the Mass, the Oil of the Catechumens and the Oil of the Sick were blessed and the Oil of Chrism was consecrated. Representatives of each parish, together with the priest, were called forward to receive the oils on behalf of their community. The oils will be used throughout the Diocese for celebrating the sacraments.

Glenmore ParkThe Mass was concelebrated by the Diocesan Administrator, Very Rev Peter G Williams, Bishop Emeritus of Parramatta Most Rev Kevin Manning and the presbyterate of the Diocese of Parramatta and visiting presbyters. Deacons from the Diocese assisted.

During the Mass, the priests renewed their commitment to priestly service.

Master of Ceremonies

Rev John Paul Escarlan

Mr Chris Ohlsen

Servers

Seminarians of the Diocese of Parramatta

Readers

First Reading: Narelle Khoury

Second Reading: John Cowen

Gospel: Deacon Wilfred Limjap

Bearers of the Holy Oils

Oil of the Sick: Deacon Joseph Ledang with Margaret Marathakis

Oil of Catechumens: Deacon Nicephorus Tan with Sharon Clarke

Oil of Chrism: Deacon Tony Hoban with John Corrigan

Music

St Patrick’s Cathedral Choir, Parramatta

Organ Scholar: Timothy Coorey

Director of Music: Bernard Kirkpatrick

A light supper was served in the Cathedral hall at the conclusion of the ceremony.

 

 

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