Educate, nurture our faith

On April 16, 2019, the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston celebrated Chrism Mass at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Wheeling. Chrism Mass manifests the unity between the bishop and priest of a diocese. During Chrism Mass, the three oils used in the Sacraments of Baptism, Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders, and Confirmation are blessed by the bishop. These include the Oil of Catechumens, the Oil of the Infirm, and the Sacred Chrism.

Priests and deacons from the northern and eastern portions of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston attended the Mass as there was a Chrism Mass also held at the Co-Cathedral on Monday of the same week which included priests and deacons from the central and southern regions. Archbishop William Lori of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese celebrated the mass and blessed the oils.

The incorrupt heart of St. John Vianney, the Cure of Ars was present before, during, and after mass in order that the faithful of the diocese would have the opportunity to venerate this holy major relic. St. John Vianney is the Patron Saint of Parish Priests and he is categorized as an “Incorruptible Saint.” This means that part of or the whole body of the Saint’s body is resistant to decay after the death of the body.

For the event, Mr. Takats and Mrs. Granato, Madonna High School’s religion teachers, accompanied students to the Cathedral in Wheeling. They were able to participate in the Mass and witness the blessing of the oils. When mass ended, the group had the opportunity to pray before the Incorrupt Heart of Saint John Vianney. When they finished venerating St. John Vianney’s heart, they were afforded the opportunity to speak with Archbishop Lori and take a photograph with him. The group then enjoyed a meal where they discussed what they just experienced and traveled back to Weirton.

This event is inline with the Madonna High School Mission to educate and nurture students’ faith. They had the opportunity to witness the Blessing of the Oils, which is an important element to the Church making the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Anointing of the Sick available to the faithful during the Liturgical Year. This helped the students to understand their faith more fully and how the Church does things, which is at the heart of their Mission.

At Madonna, we are followers of CHRIST, leaders in the WORLD.

(Chartier is a senior at Weirton Madonna High School)

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