The Chrism Mass will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 22 at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle. The Mass will be live video streamed (see link below) and also broadcast on Spirit FM 90.5 (listen online here). The Mass of Chrism usually takes place on Holy Thursday, but since the Diocese of St. Petersburg is so large and the priests and other people have to travel so far, it is held on Tuesday in the Cathedral during Holy Week.
At this Mass, priests, in the presence of the bishop, renew their personal dedication to Jesus Christ, promise to unite themselves closer to Christ and renew their commitment to priestly service. The people promise to support their priests and the bishop asks everyone to pray for him.
During this calendar year 2016, nineteen of our brother priests will celebrate a 25th, 40th, 50th, and 60th anniversary of ordination. As is our tradition, Bishop Lynch will honor them at this Mass. See the names of those celebrating below.
During the Mass of Chrism, the Oil of Chrism is consecrated by the bishop. The bishop mixes olive oil and balsam in a large container before consecrating the Oil of Chrism. This oil is used in local churches during the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, in the Cathedral for the sacrament of Holy Orders, and in the blessing of new church altars.
Parish priests or deacons transport the Oil of Chrism to their local parishes and missions.
The bishop also blesses the Oil of Catechumens and the Oil of the Sick. The Oil of Catechumens is used in a ceremony with people who are preparing to enter the Catholic Church, before they are baptized. The Oil of the Sick is used in the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, when people who are seriously ill are blessed.
Two representatives from 74 parishes, the University of South Florida, Pastoral Center and 7 missions in the Diocese bring vessels of olive oil for the bishop to bless for the Oil of Catechumens and the Oil of the Sick. These blessed oils are brought back to their parishes and missions and solemnly presented during local Holy Thursday evening services.
- Very Rev. Thomas J. Anastasia, V.F.
- Rev. Msgr. Robert F. Morris, V.G.
- Very Rev. Len Plazewski, V.F.
- Rev. William J. Swengros, J.C.D.
- Very Rev. Gregg Tottle, V.F.
- Rev. Gregory Andrews
- Rev. David R. Engbarth
- Very Rev. John F. McEvoy, V.F.
- Rev. Greg M. Speck, S.C.J.
- Rev. Rock A. Travnikar, O.F.M.
- Most Rev. Joseph J. Potocnak, S.C.J.
- Rev. Anthony Carrozzo, O.F.M.
- Rev. Msgr. Desmond Daly
- Rev. Henry L. Hemmerling
- Rev. Joseph M. Hertel, O.F.M.
- Rev. Msgr. Dacian Dee, J.C.D.
- Rev. Gerald M. Dolan, O.F.M.
- Rev. Anthony J. Giannamore
- Rev. Msgr. Edward Mulligan