New Time Set This Year for Annual Chrism Mass Celebration to Bless Sacramental Oils and Renew Priestly Commitment Set for 10 a.m. (ET) Saturday, March 12, 2016, in Crypt Church of National Shrine

Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio blesses oils at 2015 chrism Mass for theArchdiocese for the Military Services, USA, on March 23, 2015, in Washington,D.C.

Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio blesses oils at 2015 chrism Mass for theArchdiocese for the Military Services, USA, on March 23, 2015, in Washington,D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – At 10:00 a.m. (ET) this coming Saturday, March 12, in the Crypt Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Avenue, Northeast, Washington, D.C., Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., will celebrate the 2016 chrism Mass to bless oils for sacramental use throughout the coming year in theArchdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS) and for the priests in service to the Archdiocese to renew their ministerial commitment. The Saturday 10:00 a.m. celebration is a new time for the chrism Mass, which, in years past, was celebrated on a weekday evening.

The AMS serves U.S. Military communities all over the world, and veterans hospitalized in VA Medical Centers throughout the country. As always, three types of oil blessed in the annual chrism Mass will be made available to AMS-endorsed priest-chaplains at all locations. They include:

  • The oil of catechumens: used to confer baptism;
  • The oil of chrism: used to administer baptism and confirmation;
  • The oil of the infirm: used to anoint the sick.

The chrism Mass will be concelebrated by AMS Auxiliary Bishops Richard B. Higgins, Neal J. Buckon, and Robert J. Coyle; the Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia, the Reverend Monsignor John J.M. Foster, J.C.D.; and the Judicial Vicar, Father Christopher Armstrong, J.C.D., along with other priests and military chaplains of the Archdiocese. The AMS Chancellor, Deacon Mike Yakir andco-sponsored transitional deacon, the Rev. Mr. Philip O’Neill, will assist at the altar and some co-sponsored seminarians will serve the Mass. The priests present will renew their priestly commitment.

The chrism Mass is open to the public.