The Valley Catholic April 16, 2019 - Page 3 | April 16, 2019 COMMUNITY 3 Diocese of San Jose Easter Message “If Jesus has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain” (1 Cor 15:14). The resurrection of Jesus from the dead is the key to the hope promised by God. God is a God of promises. God promised Abraham a great nation, He promised Moses a land flowing with milk and honey. Through the prophets He promised justice and mercy. Jesus promised a Kingdom of life everlasting, of peace, of eternal glory. However, in order to arrive at the resur- rection, Jesus had to endure his passion and death. This is the Paschal mystery – Jesus’ passion, death, and resurrection which liberates us from sin and opens for us eternal life. What does this mean for us? Because Jesus became human while also remain- ing divine, he had the power in his own person to lift up humanity from the darkness of sin into the light of life. Saint Augustine famously wrote, “God created us without us; but he did not will to save us without us.” Thus, while the Paschal mystery opens for us forgiveness of sins and everlasting life, in order to benefit from it, we must “walk by faith” and follow Christ. And if we follow him, he says, “take up your cross.” We each carry our crosses in life. Daily crosses, heavy crosses. Many carry the burden of illness, of caring for a loved one, of being overworked in order to provide for the family, and so many other crosses, small and large. Yet, we do not carry it alone. Jesus promised that he will be with us until the end of the world. Mary, Saint Joseph, Saint Clare, the angels and saints assist us, as well. The Christian community assists in loving action and prayer. This Easter, let us walk by faith, fol- low Jesus, and enjoy the wonder of His promise fulfilled, the resurrection! Bishop Patrick J. McGrath Coadjutor Bishop Oscar Cantú Diocese of San Jose Celebrates the Blessing of the Holy Oils during Chrism Mass By Liz Sullivan From across the Diocese of San Jose, they came. From every parish, the faith- ful were present to celebrate the Bless- ing of the Holy Oils for use during the Easter season and the entire year. On April 9, at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Joseph, Bishop Patrick J. Mc- Grath, along with Coadjutor Bishop Os- car Cantú, celebrated the Chrism Mass. During the Mass, Bishop McGrath blessed and consecrated the oils to be used throughout the Diocese in the coming year. These oils are: the Oil of Catechumens, the Oil of the Sick, and Holy Chrism, which will be used in the administration of the sacraments throughout the Diocese’s 54 parishes. “The sacramental life of the Church, and these soon-to-be-blessed oils and consecrated Chrism, are both a sign of our unity in Christ and a sharing in his very life, as you and I strive to live that life here, in San Jose and Santa Clara County, and now, in this twenty-first century,” said Bishop McGrath during the homily. This tradition is noted in the early Church as found in the Gelasian Sacra- mentary (named after Pope Gelasius I, d. 496) but was later absorbed into the Photos courtesy of Jen Vazquez. Holy Thursday evening Mass. Pope Pius XII issued a new order for Holy Week, which reinstituted a special Mass of the Chrism, distinct from the evening Mass. Reflecting the population of the Dio- cese, the Mass was celebrated in four languages: English, Spanish, Vietnam- ese and Tagalog. In addition to the blessing of the oils, the numerous priests who were in atten- dance renewed the promises they made at their ordination. The Diocese also welcomed two priests to its presbyter- ate: Father Rolando Santoianni, formerly of the Institute of the Incarnate Word, and Father Athanasius Kikoba, of the Archdiocese of Tororo in Uganda. Both were accepted into permanent ministry as priests of the Diocese of San Jose. “From their earliest years until the twilight of their ministry, our priests have renewed these promises each Detention Ministry Training Session The next training session for Detention Ministry in the Santa Clara County Correctional Facilities will be held on May 18 from 9-11 a.m. at the Chancery, 1150 North First Street, San Jose. This training will be primarily for brand new volunteers. You are needed to direct prayer services and bible studies and possibly to ac- company individual inmates through the RCIA process. If you would like to step into one of our jails to serve incarcerated persons and want to register for this training session and/or further information, contact Sister Maryann Cantlon at (408) 983-0131 or at More information regarding the Diocese of San Jose can be found at day, as they recommitted themselves to unite themselves more closely to Christ, to celebrate the Church’s liturgy with sincere devotion, and to have as their own the heart of the Good Shepherd,” said Bishop McGrath. “Each in his own way has continued to sing the goodness of the Lord by the ways he touches the lives of his people and, at the same time, touching the mysteries by which we have been made the Lord’s own. For Bishop McGrath, this was his 20th Chrism Mass as shepherd of the flock in San Jose, and his last. The Bishop is awaiting confirmation from the Holy Father in Rome when he can retire. “Truly, the years have flown by, even as some days seemed to be without end,” said Bishop McGrath during the homily. “I am so grateful to each of you, to the religious sisters and brothers, to your vibrant witness and that of parish- ioners throughout the Diocese, to our deacons and their wives and our priests, to my brother bishops, Bishop Pierre (DuMaine), my predecessor. Please keep him in your prayers. and Bishop Oscar, my soon-to-be successor. Thank you, all of you, for giving me hope, for instilling in me the joy of serving the Lord and His people, and for imparting to me the spirit of gratitude that should distinguish our lives.” Before the final blessing Bishop McGrath acknowledged those priests celebrating the jubilees of the ordina- tion or who those had announced their retirement. Among those celebrating jubilees were: Father John Hester, 60 years; Father J. Terence Davis, 50 years; Mon- signor Francis Cilia, 40 years; Father Robert Fambrini, SJ, 40 years; Father Richard Hilliard, 40 years; Bishop Cantú, 25 years; Father Saju Joseph, 25 years and Father Paolo Gobbo, 25 years. Bishop McGrath also recognized Father Jose Rubio and Father Oscar Tabujara who are retiring. Father John Hurley, CSP, Vicar for Evangelization for the Diocese, is also retiring the end of June. For more photos from the Mass, visit photos.