Mass Intention Request Policy for 2024 Mass Register
Requesting a mass to be offered for a loved one, living or deceased, is a wonderful and ancient part of our Catholic tradition. The immeasurable grace that flows from the Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the prayer of Jesus Christ to God the Father, is applied in a special way to the soul or intention for whom each mass is offered.
Masses may be said with one of the three following intention formats:
- The person is deceased: Mass is offered/or the repose of the soul of[their name].
- The person is living: Mass is offered for [their name].
- For yourself: Mass is offered for the special intention of[your name] or for the [specified intention]for [your name].
At Holy Spirit, we receive many requests for scheduling Mass intentions. In order to allow as many families as possible the opportunity to schedule Mass Intentions on their special date, the following policy has been established to help accomplish this goal.
Please be sure to read the Mass Intention Policy carefully before completing a Mass Intention Request Form:
- No more than 5 weekday Masses (Mon-Sat 8:00am) and 5 Sunday Masses (including Sat 4:30pm Vigil) intentions per household may be scheduled for the year (Jan-Dec).
- Mass intention requests are processed in the order received. The best method of returning the Request Form is visiting the front desk of the parish office.
- As determined by Diocesan policy, a $10 offering per Mass Intention is requested.
- If a requested Mass is unavailable, or for an unforeseen reason a mass needs to be cancelled, the parish office will contact you to reschedule the mass intention.
- Per Canon Law, one Mass each Sunday must have the intention be Pro Populo (for the people [of the parish]) and thus is unavailable to be requested.
- Mass Intentions may not be made for canonized saints.
- Only one person may be the subject of a Mass Intention. The only exception is a husband and wife together (i.e. Jack and Jill Smith).
- Priests are requested, but are not required, to announce the name of the Intention aloud. Regardless of if read aloud, please be assured the graces of the Holy Mass are still applied to the soul of the person or the special intention that you requested it be offered for. This is done via the silent prayers of the priest, as Canon Law requires.