Throughout the month of November, we look for ways to honor our deceased family members and friends. One of the best ways to do this is to have a mass offered on their behalf.
Why have a Mass offered?
Simply put, it’s the greatest form of prayer we have available to us on earth. It’s important to remember that once our loved ones have passed away, they can no longer pray for themselves. It’s up to us to keep praying for their souls!
“This teaching is also based on the practice of prayer for the dead, already mentioned in Sacred Scripture: “Therefore [Judas Maccabeus] made atonement for the dead, that they might be delivered from their sin.” From the beginning the Church has honored the memory of the dead and offered prayers in suffrage for them, above all the Eucharistic sacrifice, so that, thus purified, they may attain the beatific vision of God. The Church also commends almsgiving, indulgences, and works of penance undertaken on behalf of the dead…” – Catechism of the Catholic Church #1032
Who can you offer a Mass for?
It’s a common myth that a Mass may only be requested for the dead. You may request that a Mass be offered in celebration of an anniversary, sacrament, or birthday. A Mass can also be requested for those who are sick or suffering.
How do you request a Mass?
You can call your local parish office to schedule a time and date. A monetary donation is traditionally given in return.
The internet gives us access to all kinds of resources, including the ability to quickly request a Mass. Each of the organizations below requests a small donation when you request a Mass, but your donation will go to help their missionaries. The Seraphic Mass Association will also send a card on your behalf to the family of the deceased or the person that you are requesting a Mass for.