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.
The 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
Seminarians of the Diocese of Parramatta
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
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.