“By praying and working together, we will raise up new vocations to marriage and family, to the priesthood, the diaconate and consecrated life,” Archbishop Lori said in his homily.
“By praying and working together, we grow in practicing that charity that evangelizes and helps to transform the society around us in the ways of justice and peace. And yes, by praying and working together, we will ever more become, indeed, that ‘light brightly visible,’” he added, referencing the descriptor – coined by Blessed Paul VI – which became the title for his 2015 pastoral letter inaugurating the pastoral planning process in the Baltimore Archdiocese.
The three churches, already operating in pastorate format, are expanding their umbrella to include St. Bernadette Church.
“Instead of identifying ourselves as different groups in Glen Burnie, we need to identify ourselves as Catholics of Glen Burnie, serving the people of Glen Burnie,” said Drew, who serves as a youth minister.
Mass-goers from across the archdiocese filled the cathedral, including a large number of adults preparing to become full participants in the Catholic Church at the April 15 Easter Vigil.
“I like the connection of (candidates and catechumens) seeing the oils blessed that will be used to baptize and confirm them,” added Marnea Shamblen, also an RCIA instructor at St. Joseph.
Archbishop Lori blessed both the oils of catechumens, which will be used at the baptisms of those preparing for the sacrament through the Rite of Christian Initiation, and the oils of the sick, which will be used in the sacrament of the anointing of the sick. He also consecrated Holy Chrism, a mixture of olive oil and balsam fragrance, which will be used to anoint the newly baptized, to seal candidates for confirmation and anoint the hands of priests and the heads of bishops at their ordination. It will also be used in the rites of anointing at the dedication of churches and altars.
Watch a video of the Chrism Mass here.
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