Catholic Courier 04 01 2017 E Edition Page 2

Catholic Courier Diocese of Rochester, NY April 2017 From theBishop 2 Table of contents ACA replacement decried Failed GOP plan a 'step back' - 3 Prelate, priest die Both were natives of Rochester - 4 Evangelization urged Encuentro to aid in task - 6 Jesus' tomb restored Ecumenical cooperation lauded - 10 Drawn to RCIA Participants share stories - 11 Pilgrimage planned Young adults to gather - 12 Being 'Easter people' Jesus' rising, dying always linked - 15 Renewing the spirit Author offers spiritual guide - 16 Big winners Schools fare well in sports - 18 Kids' Chronicle Jesus enters Jerusalem - 19 Easter 2017 My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Next week, beginning with weekend Masses on April 8 and 9, celebrating Palm Sunday of the Pas- sion of the Lord, we will begin Holy Week, cul- minating in the glorious celebration of Our Lord's Resurrection on Easter Sunday. I take this opportunity to encourage you to attend the Holy Week ceremo- nies in your parish, espe- cially on Holy Thursday, commemorating the in- stitution of the Most Holy Eucharist and the Sacred Priesthood; Good Friday of the Lord's Passion, re- calling the great sacrifi- cial death of Christ upon the cross that all might be redeemed in Him; and the solemn Easter Vigil at which our brothers and sisters enrolled in the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) will be ful- ly incorporated into the church. On Tuesday of Holy Week, April 11 at 7 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, the solemn Chrism Mass will be cel- ebrated, and parishioners throughout our diocese are most cordially invited to attend. At this annual Mass, our priests renew their priestly promises re- solving "to be more united with the Lord Jesus and more closely conformed to Him" as "faithful stew- ards of the mysteries of God in the Holy Eucha- rist and the other liturgi- cal rites," pledging "to discharge faithfully the sacred office of teaching, following Christ the Head and Shepherd" (Solemn Recommit to our Lord Chrism Mass). At this same Mass, the sacred Oil of the Sick and the sacred Oil of Catechu- mens are blessed, and the oil of Holy Chrism is con- secrated by the diocesan bishop. The Oil of the Sick, used in the sacrament of the anointing of the sick, is blessed to be "a remedy for all who are anointed with it; (to) heal them in body, in soul, and in spirit, and deliver them in every affliction" (Ibid.) The Oil of Catechumens is blessed to "give wisdom and strength to all who are anointed with it in prepa- ration for their baptism" and to "bring them to a deeper understanding of the Gospel" and to "help them to accept the chal- lenge of Christian living and lead them to the joy of new birth in the family of the Church." (Ibid.) The "Oil for the Holy Chrism" is consecrated to become "a sign of life and salvation for those who are to be born again in the waters of baptism" and "sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit" in the sac- rament of confirmation. Those called to the Or- der of Priesthood, whose fullness is recognized in the episcopacy, shall be anointed with this Chrism Continued on page 9 Bishop SalvatoreR. Matano From the Bishop On the Cover: Photo by Abir Sultan/ EPA/Newscom of the Edicule, the site of Jesus' burial and resurrection.

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