Q: Can I anoint with the oil of catechumens before the Easter Vigil? Like on Tuesday of Holy Week?
A: In fact, in the United States, we are not supposed to anoint with the oil of catechumens at the Easter Vigil. The best time is before the Rite of Election. But if you haven’t anointed them yet, then Tuesday is as good a day as any. For details, see my book Celebrating Initiation: A Guide for Priests.