Bishop Fintan to celebrate his first Chrism Mass with parishioners and priests

The bishop of our diocese is preparing to celebrate his first in-person Mass of Chrism on this Holy Thursday April 12th even though this is his third year in the diocese!

Bishop Fintan Gavin live-streamed the Chrism Mass on Holy Thursday at the Cathedral of St. Mary and St. Anne, Cork, during the pandemic.

The Mass of Chrism is celebrated at the Cathedral every year and includes the blessing of the holy oils which are used in parishes during the year in the various sacraments.

The Mass is concelebrated by the priests of the diocese as well as religious order and missionary priests living in the diocese. The priests renew their priestly promises during the Mass.

The Covid19 pandemic prevented Bishop Fintan from celebrating the special Mass with an in-person congregation.

So this year, for the first time in three years, people can gather for the Chrism Mass in the Cathedral at 10am on Holy Thursday morning.  

Bishop Fintan invites everyone to attend and participate.

“This is the first opportunity since I came to the Diocese that we can gather together in-person for the Chrism Mass as priests renew their priestly promises, as we bless the Oils of Catechumens and Infirmorum and consecrate the Oil of Chrism for the celebration of the Sacraments in parishes for the coming year.  I am really looking forward to this special occasion,” Bishop Fintan wrote in a message to parishes.

“This will also be the first opportunity for people in parishes to join in the Chrism Mass in-person since 2019 as part of our Diocesan family.  I encourage people in all the parishes to join us in-person in the Cathedral on Holy Thursday morning for the Chrism Mass at 10am.  I will also be contacting the religious communities in the Diocese to invite them to participate in this gathering.”

The Mass of Chrism will also be live-streamed on www.corkcathedral.ie