We are in the process of securing bids for the construction of the ambry. Perhaps you may want to assist in the purchasing of one of the three containers in memory of a loved one or would like to help the parish purchase the ambry please
Some of you may be asking, “Why are there three holes on the right side of the altar? What is supposed to go there? Those three holes are where we will place our Ambry, the boxes that will contain three distinct oils: the Oil of the Sick, the Oil of the Catechumenate and the Sacred Chrism.
On Monday of Holy Week, the priests and representatives of the Archdiocese gathered to celebrate the Chrism Mass with Archbishop Gomez. Here the archbishop blessed three oils – the oil of the catechumens, the oil of the sick and the sacred chrism – which are used in the celebration of sacraments for the year.
This tradition of blessing oil is rooted in the early Church. The early Church adopted the use of olive oil for its sacramental rituals. The Oil of Catechumens is used in connection with the sacrament of baptism. The Oil of the Sick is used in the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. Finally, the Sacred Chrism is a mixture of olive oil and balsam, an aromatic resin. This oil is used in the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Orders.
At the end of the Chrism Mass each parish received bottles of these oils.
These oils were presented to the community. At St. Frances of Rome the oils were presented to the community at the start of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday.
Presently the oils are kept in the sacristy. Once the ambry has been built the oils will be publicly seen in the glass-paneled containers.