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in baptisms, confirmations, ordi- nations, and the consecration of churches and altars). Chrism is a mixture of olive oil and fragrant balsam. The oils were distributed to representatives of each of the di- ocese's parishes and hospitals for use during the coming year. Anointing with oil, and in a special way with Sacred Chrism, is an ancient sign of both healing

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From left to right: Rabbi David Wirtschafter, Temple Adath Israel; Dr. Jamil Farooqui, Board Member of Bilal Mosque and Islamic Society of Central Kentucky; and Bishop John Stowe. CR photo: Linda Harvey

Interfaith unity forum addresses immigration as justice issue

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St. Paul Parish, Lexington, continued its "uni- ty" series with "United in Mercy Means United in Jus- tice-Immigration, Walls, Se- curity, and Welcome," with a panel of three speakers in Sts. Peter and Paul School theater March 27. Representing the three different religious traditions were: Bishop of Lexington John Stowe, OFM Conv.; Rabbi David Wirtschafter, of Temple Adath Israel, Lexington; and Dr. Jamil Farooqui, of the Bilal Mosque and Islam- ic Society of Central Kentucky. Attendees numbered 242. Rabbi David Wirtschafter spoke first. As the Torah reading for Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, reminds us we stand today with a serious choice before us. Are we going to give the immi- gration crisis the level of commit- ment it deserves?" We have a narrow window of opportunity, to make a tremendous difference. Time is not on our side, and, more importantly, it's not on the side of the refugees either," said Rabbi Wirtschafter. "Human be- ings deserve compassion because they are human beings. What is relevant to this crisis is the danger and deg- radation that hundreds of thousands of peo- ple are forced to endure every day. What is relevant is the loss of life that has taken place already. What is relevant is our capacity to provide refugees with safer escape routes, improve conditions in refugee centers, and take in more refugees." One way or another this crisis will car- ry a great cost. Nothing could be more un- like America than 'American first,'" said Rabbi Wirtschafter. "Those who want to portray the refugee crisis as a threat to se- curity demand that we build a wall. Those of us who see the refugee crisis as a hu- manitarian disaster respond that we must build a bridge. There is real-world validity to the concern that a rush to compassion could have horrible consequences. Yet, it is also true that an overabundance of cau-


Bishop John Stowe, O.F.M. Conv., blessed the holy oils and consecrated the Sacred Chrism for use in parishes across the diocese, during the annual Chrism Mass, Tuesday, April 11, in the Cathedral of Christ the King, Lexington. The priests of the diocese also renewed their commitment to

Bishop blesses the holy oils in annual Chrism liturgy

priestly service, during the Mass. About 900 priests, deacons, men and women religious, Cath- olic School students, and lay per- sons participated in the Mass. The bishop blessed the Oil of Catechumens (for use in bap- tisms), the Oil of the Sick (for use in the Anointing of the Sick), and the Sacred Chrism (for use

CR photo: Cindy Olson

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