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Mass Intentions

Our Mass intentions calendar is now online.Use it to plan your requests for loved ones.

This is a new page, August 28, 2020. It is still "under construction" and features a new tool we are implementing to assist our parishioners, visitors, staff and clergy. We believe you will like this addition. We might roll out some new features in the future.

To request a Mass intention, please scroll through the calendar to see what dates are available, then call the parish office.  When you see the words, "Holding open" this indicates that the Mass intention is held open for people who recently died. As we get closer to those dates, we open up the intention for others if there have not been recent deaths and requests from the bereaved families. 

If you do not see a Mass listed for a particular date, it means that we have not scheduled a Mass for that date and will not be offering Mass that day. (For example, when the priests are away on retreat or attending diocesan clergy education conferences.)

Use the navigation tools at the top and right of the calendar. (<prev, next>, scroll bar).

 

The COVID-19 pandemic prompted us to look at better ways to serve our members who can not longer easily reach someone in our parish office to schedule Mass intentions for their loved ones.  We believe that Mass Intentions Online© will be a great help to all of us.

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Why "offer" a Mass?

The tradition of offering Masses for others, particularly the dead, originates in the early years of the Church. Catholics believe that just as our prayers for people who are living is a powerful help for them, we can also assist the faithful souls in purgatory in their time of spiritual purification through our prayers and spiritual offerings.

When a priest offers Holy Mass, he has three intentions:

  1. First, to offer the Mass reverently and validly in accord with the norms of the Church.
  2. Second, to offer the Mass in union with the whole Church and for the good of the whole Church.
  3. Third, to offer the Mass for a particular intention, such as the repose of the soul of someone who has died.

An individual may ask a priest to offer a Mass for several reasons:

  1. for the deceased  - for the repose of the faithfully departed soul
  2. for a special intention - examples: wedding anniversary, ordination anniversary, someone who is ill, birthday, gratitude for recovery from illness, etc.
  3. in thanksgiving - for recovery from illness, birth of a baby, newly married
  4. for the people - "pro popolo" - the pastor is directed by church law to offer a weekly Mass for the people of the parish - this means all the people, Catholics as well as others who live in the parish.

To have a Mass offered on the deceased, or on the occasion of a birthday, anniversary or for a special need is appropriate, beneficial and appreciated.  Normally a notice is sent to the person to tell them that a Mass will be offered and the date and time of the Mass.

Graces

When we face the death of someone, even a person who is not Catholic, to have a Mass offered for the repose of his soul and to offer our prayers are more beneficial and comforting than any other sympathy card or bouquet of flowers. 

One must never forget the infinite graces that flow from the Sacrifice of the Mass which benefit one’s soul. Pope Leo XIII in his encyclical "Mirae caritatis" (1902) beautifully elaborated this point and emphasized the connection between the communion of saints with the Mass:

"The grace of mutual love among the living, strengthened and increased by the sacrament of the Eucharist, flows, especially by virtue of the Sacrifice [of the Mass], to all who belong to the communion of saints." 

In his encyclical "Ecclesia de Eucharistia," our beloved late Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, taught, "

In the celebration of the Eucharistic Sacrifice, the Church prays that God, the Father of mercies, will grant His children the fullness of the Holy Spirit so that they may become one body and one spirit in Christ." (No. 43).

The special personal fruits of the Mass benefit the celebrating priest who acts in the person of Christ in offering the Mass and to the people who are in attendance and participate in the offering of the Mass. These fruits are both extensively and intensively finite, since each of us is finite.
 
Is there a fee? 

A person may ask a priest to offer a Mass for a particular intention; usually, a small "Mass offering" is given to the priest for offering the Mass, which thereby in justice creates an obligation which must be satisfied. 

The standard Mass offering is $10 but any offering is much appreciated. Most people give $10 or more, some give less.

The word "offering" signifies that it is given freely by the faithful primarily out of their concern for the Church and their desire to support its materials needs. Offerings for the Mass are made in the name of some person, living or deceased.  The offering establishes an obligation to fulfill the request for the Mass. (CIC canons 945-958) Priests are limited in the amount of offerings they can receive and excess offerings are transferred to the Diocese of Phoenix so that Masses can be offered elsewhere and material needs can be met in missionary locations. The word "offering" replaces the 1917 code use of the word "stipend" which connotes a mercantile exchange of goods or services. The word "offering" conveys the meaning of a free will donation. We cannot "buy" a Mass, since it has infinite spiritual value whether or not a monetary offering is given to the priest or church.

 

 
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