GUIDE TO MASS OFFERINGS AND MASS CARDS
Any Catholic may offer up the Mass in which he or she participates for any good intention. Certainly, graces will accrue in accordance with the intensity of that person's participation and sincerity. This is a genuine exercise of the royal or common priesthood of the faithful. However, 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.
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. The offering of a stipend is also a means whereby Catholic may contribute to the upkeep of the clergy, and the Church in general. The following are the possible Mass offerings available at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church:
Scheduled Masses: Masses can be scheduled for your specific intentions. These Masses are celebrated here at Holy Name. Suggested donation is $10 per Mass. You will receive a Mass card at your request. You can also request a leather bound Mass card for the suggested donation of $15 per card.
Unscheduled Masses: Masses can be requested for your specific intentions. These Masses are celebrated by Discalced Carmelites Friars around the world. Suggested donation is $10 per Mass. You will can also request a leather bound Mass card for the suggested donation of $15 per card.
Gregorian Masses: Gregorian Masses consist of 30 Holy Masses said in succession and without interruption for the deliverance of an individual soul from Purgatory to heaven. These 30 Masses are called Gregorian Masses because Saint Gregory contributed to the spread of this pious practice. Pope Benedict X111 lauded this pious practice of having thirty Masses said for each departed soul. These Masses are celebrated by Discalced Carmelites Friars around the world. The minimum suggested donation for a set of Gregorian Masses is $250. You will receive a leather bound Gregorian Mass card.
Perpetual Enrollment: The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass has been celebrated daily for all those who are enrolled in the Carmelite Perpetual Enrollment. An individual person or an entire family, living or deceased, can be enrolled in our Perpetual Mass Association. These Masses are celebrated By Discalced Carmelite Friars around the world, for the intentions of all who are enrolled in the Perpetual Mass Association. Suggested donation for a perpetual enrollment is $20. You will receive a leather-bound Perpetual Enrollment card.