Chrism Mass Registration
You are Invited
Please join the Most Reverend Peter A. Libasci, Bishop of Manchester and the priests in the diocese, for the annual blessing of the oils at the Chrism Mass. These oils will be distributed among the parishes and institutions of the Diocese of Manchester for use during the next year. At this special Mass, all priests will be given the opportunity to renew their priestly promises during the Liturgy.
When: Tuesday, March 26, 2024
Time: Mass begins at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Saint Joseph Cathedral, corner of Lowell and Pine Streets, Manchester, NH
The Catholic faithful of New Hampshire are all welcome to attend the Chrism Mass. Priests are required to register below.
Priest Registration - Priests who plan to attend the Chrism Mass can CLICK HERE to register. Priests who plan on attending the Chrism Mass are asked to fill out this form. Each parish or institution that is to receive Holy Oils must register two representatives to receive the Holy Oils at the Chrism Mass. Use the same registration form to designate your Oil Bearers.
Instructions for Handling Holy Oils
Optional Rite for receiving Holy Oils in Parish
From the Sacramentary Supplement, published by Catholic Book Publishing, Co., New York, 1994, p. 31.
The oil of the sick, the oil of catechumes, and the holy chrism, which are blessed by the bishop during the Chrism Mass, may be presented to and received by the local parish community.
The reception of the holy oils may take place before the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday or on another suitable day after the celebration of the Chrism Mass.
The oils should be reserved in a secure repository in the sanctuary or near the baptismal font.
The oils, in suitable vessels, can be carried in a procession prior to Mass, by members of the assembly.
The oils are received by the priest and are then placed on a suitable prepared table in the sanctuary or in the repository where they will be reserved.
As each of the oils is presented, words may be used to explain the significance of the particular oil.
The people's response may be sung.