Priests renew vow to announce Gospel with joy at Chrism Mass
Sad people make ineffective missionaries, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, told those who attended the annual Chrism Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. That didn’t appear to be a problem, however, as the “joyfully full” church resounded with prayer, song and applause on April 15.
The liturgy, which included a renewal of commitment to priestly service, derives its name from the blessing and consecration of the oils and Holy Chrism that will be used in sacramental anointing at parishes around the Diocese of Peoria in the coming year.
There was also a surprise for Bishop Jenky, who received flowers, gifts and two huge rawhide bones for his Chihuahuas, Vicar and Monsignor, in honor of his 40th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood. The gifts were presented by students from St. Thomas the Apostle School in Peoria Heights, but represented all of the students of Catholic schools in central Illinois, said Msgr. Paul Showalter, vicar general of the Diocese of Peoria.
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