The custom of requesting a priest to offer the Mass for a specific intention, even when one cannot be physically present at the Mass, is a longstanding tradition in the Church. This is because the Church considers the Mass as the greatest possible prayer of intercession insofar as it is the perfect offering of Christ to the Father by making present the paschal mystery of his death and resurrection.
Because of the particular role of the priest as mediator between God and man, acting "in persona Christi" when offering the holy sacrifice of the Mass, it is usually considered that special graces may be obtained when he applies the Mass to a particular intention.
The faithful generally make an offering, called a stipend, to the priest in order to apply the Mass to a specific intention. By making this offering, the faithful, by parting with something that is their own, associate themselves more intimately with Christ who offers himself in the sacred Host, and obtain thereby more abundant fruits (See Pope Paul VI's letter "Firma in Traditione" of June 13, 1974). --excerpted from EWTN
As of July 1, 2021, the suggested stipend for a Mass Intention is $10.00, and there is a limit of 5 Masses per year that can be said for any particular soul or intention. Requests can not be made more than one year out to the date. Requests can be made to Martha Barth by email or by calling the Parish Office. Stipends can either be given to staff or put in the the Donation dropbox near the Welcome Desk (please indicate that the donation is for a Mass stipend).
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