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Bishop David Bonnar blessing the oils at Chrism Mass in St. Columba Cathedral, Youngstown, Ohio

Chrism Mass

The Chrism Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, March 26, 2024, at 10:30 a.m. in Saint Columba Cathedral. 

All clergy are invited to concelebrate and parishes are welcomed to send delegations of 5-7 people.  After the Chrism Mass, parishes are invited to obtain the holy oils for use in their parish.  Since there is a provision in the rite for priests to bless the oil of the sick and oil of catechumens, there is concern regarding the sacred chrism.  It is recommended that an appropriate amount of sacred chrism be taken sufficient for parish needs. If a substantial amount of sacred oil is being disposed of each year, please adjust the amount taken. Oils will be distributed in Saint Columba Parish Hall after the Chrism Mass.

Parishioners from across the Diocese representing the parishes, missions and schools in the six county Catholic Diocese of Youngstown will demonstrate the unity of the diocesan Church as they gather at the Cathedral of Saint Columba in Youngstown for the Mass of Holy Chrism on Holy Tuesday, the last Tuesday before Easter.

The Most Reverend David J. Bonnar will be principal celebrant. Priests concelebrating in the sanctuary will include Diocesan Consultors and Deans. Included in the Chrism Mass is the annual renewal of the diocesan and religious priests of their commitment to priestly service.

An additional focus of this Liturgy will be the consecration of the Sacred Chrism and blessing of the Oil of the Sick and the Oil of Catechumens. At the close of Mass each pastor will receive Sacred Chrism and the other Holy Oils for use in their parish.

The Catholic Echo will live stream the Chrism Mass at and it will be posted for future watching on our YouTube channel.

Calling all parish music directors and respective choir members to join the diocesan choir for the Chrism Mass. Last year we had an incredible turn out and it was very spiritually and musically uplifting. Please spread word to your choir, let Ralph Holtzhauser know who is attending, and their voice part:

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Mar 26 2025


10:30 am


Diocesan Event


St. Columba Cathedral
154 West Wood Street Youngstown, OH 44503


Office of Worship
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