The tradition of offering Masses for others, particularly the dead, originates in the very early Church. 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 can be more beneficial and comforting than any other sympathy card or bouquet of flowers.
Persons for whom a Mass is being offered are named during the Prayer of the Faithful, when the petitions are read and the congregation responds, usually saying “Lord Hear Our Prayer.”
Scheduling Mass Intentions
For each calendar year, there will be two “openings” of the Mass intentions book, as illustrated below.
- The Mass intentions book is currently open for the remainder of 2022.
- In June, we opened the book for the first six month of 2023.
- On February 1, 2023, the last six months of 2023 will be available.
To schedule days and times for the remembrance of your loved ones, please stop by the parish office or call during business hours.
Number of Requests Per Person/Family
Due to the size of our parish, we must limit Mass intentions to four per family per calendar year. Each intention may be for one person or for multiple people if they are related (such as husband/wife, grandparent/grandchild). The number of Masses was determined by Fr. Patrick after consulting parishes of similar size as St. Francis Borgia.
The requested stipend for all Masses is $10 per intention.