Hundreds of Diocesan clergy gathered together for the first time since the start of the pandemic to celebrate the Chrism Mass. (Wednesday 13 April)

It was celebrated at our Diocesan Mother Church, St Chad’s Cathedral, by Archbishop Bernard Longley.

During Holy Mass priests renewed the promises they made on the day of their Ordination to serve God and his people.

This Mass symbolises the unity of the Presbyterate as the Bishops, priests and deacons gather around the Archbishop.

His Grace also blessed the holy oils - the Oil of Catechumens, the Oil of the Sick and consecrated the Oil of Holy Chrism - which will be used in the administration of the sacraments in parishes across the Archdiocese in the coming year.

This year’s Chrism Mass was for clergy only due to the continuing threat of the pandemic and the large number of people already in attendance at the cathedral.

The faithful were invited to join via the cathedral’s live stream facility.

Read Archbishop Bernard's Homily

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The Chrism Mass

Holy Week and Easter Liturgies at our Diocesan Mother Church, St Chad's Cathedral

You are also welcome to join via the cathedral's live stream facility on its website

Mass of Last Supper - Thursday 14 April at 7.30pm.

Walk of Witness - Good Friday 15 April. Starting at The Church at Carrs Lane at 10am.

Solemn Liturgy - Good Friday 15 April at 3pm.

Easter Vigil - Saturday 16 April at 8pm.

Easter Sunday - Sunday 17 April - Masses at 9.30am & 11.30am.

Easter Monday - Monday 18 April - Easter Monday Men's Mass at 10am. Open to all.