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Requesting a Mass to be Offered

The Church considers the Mass the greatest possible prayer of intercession because it is the perfect offering of Christ to the Father by making present the Paschal Mystery of His death and resurrection. It is a longstanding tradition in the Church that a Priest may be requested to offer a Mass for a specific intention, even when one cannot be physically present at the Mass. 

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 are more beneficial and comforting than any other sympathy card or bouquet of flowers.  To have a Mass offered on the occasion of a birthday, anniversary or special need is appropriate, beneficial and appreciated.  Usually a stipend is given to the priest for offering the Mass, which thereby in justice creates an obligation which must be satisfied.  

The faithful make a free will offering, called a stipend, to the priest in order to apply the Mass to a specific intention. By making this offering, the faithful, by making their own offering, associate themselves more intimately with Christ who offers Himself in the Sacred Host, and obtain thereby more abundant fruits (refer to Pope Paul VI's letter "Firma in Traditione" of June 13, 1974). 

You may also request a Mass card be sent to your loved ones.  Please note in the comment section below.

A stipend of $10 per Mass is customary.  All Masses will be said at St. Joseph Catholic Church.  These offerings go to the special Parish Mass Stipend account and then the money is turned over to the parish as the Mass Intentions are fulfilled. Please call our parish office at (231) 421-7310 to process your donation by credit card, place a check in offertory or mail to St. Joseph Catholic Church, ATTN: Mass Intention, 12675 Center Road, Traverse City MI 49686.

Please complete the form below and you will be contacted to confirm date. 

Event Details
Mass Intention For:
Requested Date (leave blank to be assigned next available)
Living or Deceased?
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