You are invited to the annual diocesan gathering, Chrism Mass, this Friday, April 11 at 7 p.m. at St. Ambrose Cathedral in Des Moines. This is a joyful liturgy near the end of the penitential season of Lent as we celebrate our baptismal call to participate in the ministry of Jesus. It's a beautiful celebration of the pastoral and sacramental life of the diocese. Bishop Pates will preside with the priests of the diocese concelebrating. The oils for the sacraments are blessed and taken to the parishes for use throughout the year. And, priests will renew their commitment to their ministry. Representatives of various ethic and cultural groups will be present at the liturgy.