Requesting a Mass intention
Holy Mass is the memorial of the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Christ. The celebration of the Eucharist transcends time and space as it makes sacramentally present the sacrifice of Christ on the Cross. The one and only sacrifice of Christ is the central event of human history that brings creation to its fulfillment in God. When Holy Mass is celebrated Christ’s redemption becomes reality for each individual person.
It is an ancient Christian tradition for the faithful to give an offering to apply a Mass for their intention. In doing that, they also contribute to the good of the Church and they support her works and ministers.
Canon law, the law of the Church, regulates this matter very strictly in order to avoid even any appearance of trafficking or trading.
For example, Canon Law states that “nobody is permitted to accept more offerings for Masses to be applied by himself than he can satisfy within a year.”
We are happy to receive your personal intention request for a particular time and date. If you would like to request it, please stop by the parish office at your convenience.
Please note, however, that the date and time you desire may already be taken by somebody else and, according to the law of the Church, we can only receive one offering per Mass. Of course you are welcome, indeed you are encouraged, to come to Mass on that particular day and offer it privately for your personal intention.
Also, note that a Mass stipend, your generous donation, is welcome, but it is not the price you pay for Mass, therefore, it is entirely up to you to decide the amount that you want to give and, even, if you cannot make a donation, we will be happy to offer Mass for the intention you request. Also, because of the large number of requests and limited number of Masses, we ask that you be mindful of the fact that other people may want to request Mass intentions and, therefore, you do not request the same intention for many different days.
Lastly, we ask you to be specific in your request. Your intention could be, for example, for the soul of a deceased relative or friend, for a sick relative or friend, for peace in the world, for souls in purgatory, for the Holy Father, for a living person, in thanksgiving for something or for the canonization of a particular person, thanksgiving for your birthday or your wedding anniversary but we ask you to refrain from requesting “secret intentions”, such as “for a personal intention.”
Also, we would like you to know that If the day you wish is taken already, the Law of the Church provides for an alternative. We can take the donation you are willing to make for your intention and send it to the Archbishop of Miami who will in turn direct it to a place that he deems appropriate and is in need.
Our receptionist will be happy to assist you and can give you a Mass card in English or Spanish for you to keep as a reminder or to send to somebody else.