Nearly 600 people attended the Diocese of Superior’s annual Chrism Mass Tuesday, April 4, at the Cathedral of Christ the King, Superior. The high point of the liturgical year, the Mass brings together priests, deacons, religious, seminarians and laity from across the diocese. Here, assisting Deacons Sam Schneider, right, and Joe Stefancin, left, watch as Bishop Jim Powers incenses the altar after the opening procession. (Catholic Herald photos by Anita Draper)

Knights of Columbus stand guard around the altar during the opening procession of the Chrism Mass. During the Mass, priests renewed their vows and Bishop James P. Powers blessed the Oil of Catechumen and the Oil of the Sick and consecrated the Chrism. In his homily, the Bishop explained the sacramental importance of each oil and encouraged priests to pray “and allow God to refill your spiritual tank that you might have the grace to share with others.”