An individual may ask a priest to offer a Mass for several reasons. For example:
- In thanksgiving
- For the intentions of another person (such as on a birthday)
- Most commonly, for the repose of the soul of someone who has died.
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.
Envelopes used to request a Mass Intention are available in the church office.