Mass Intentions

A Little Background on Mass Intentions

We Catholics believe in the power of prayer. Members of our parish family often ask for prayer for particular causes: We have an active Prayer Chain, and many who pass through our church entry write thanks and needs into our Book of Prayer.

For us, the highest, most sanctifying prayer is the Mass. In our tradition, the prayer of all present at Mass is united in the priest who enacts the Holy Eucharist in our midst. We believe that a special grace comes from dedicating the prayer intention of a Mass.

Many Mass Intentions are petitions for the souls of people who have died. Intentions of thanks or celebration are also welcome.

Our experience is that we receive more requests for Mass Intentions than we have Masses. So we have published the policy at right.


Parish Policy on Mass Intentions

  1. In consideration of the needs of the parish and others interested in having a Mass Intention, when requesting intentions, an individual can request a maximum of ten (10) Masses on specific dates for any particular person or need, within 12 months of the date the request is made. Of these ten (10), three (3) may be requested for either Saturday or Sunday Masses.
  2. Mass Intentions are filled on a first come first served basis.
  3. The date of the Mass Intention is subject to change.
  4. Currently, the offering is $10.00 per Mass requested.
  5. Mass Intentions are published in our bulletin with the names(s) of the person(s) requesting the Mass.
  6. Though the Mass Intention need not be announced at the Mass; it is normally included as part of the General Intercessions.
  7. It is up to the person requesting the Mass Intention to contact those they wish to be notified of the date and time of the Mass.
  8. For Mass Intentions offered at the time of a funeral, one (1) will be scheduled on a weekday closest to the one-year anniversary of death, and ten (10) others may be scheduled as prescribed above. If there are more than eleven (11) Mass Intentions, those remaining may be scheduled throughout the year by the parish secretary as needed on days that have no intentions assigned, or they may be sent to be offered by another priest. If this should be the case, the Mass Intention and the person who requested it, along with who will offer the Mass (but not the date and time of the intention) will be printed in the bulletin.

Updated 24 December 2016