A major relic of St. John Vianney, the Curé of Ars, patron saint of parish priests, will be in West Virginia during Holy Week. The saint’s incorrupt heart will be present for the celebration of the Chrism Mass in Charleston and will be available for veneration. The relic is contained in a special casing and will be visible to the faithful. The relic’s visit to West Virginia is part of a national pilgrimage throughout the United States sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Supreme Council. The Knights of Columbus has called this pilgrimage “Heart of a Priest.”
At the Chrism Mass the bishop blesses three oils — the oil of catechumens, the oil of the infirm, and holy chrism — which will be used in the administration of the sacraments throughout the diocese for the year. The Chrism Mass is scheduled for 4:00 pm, Monday, April 15, 2019. Veneration begins with a solemn entrance at 9:00 am and continues to the close of the Chrism Mass. A Eucharistic Holy Hour for Vocations is scheduled for 2:00 pm. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.