SISTERS OF THE PASSION AND CROSS
Monastery of the Most Blessed Sacrament
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HOLY MASS REQUESTS - Individual
MONTH'S MIND MASSES - for the Deceased
THE GREGORIAN MASSES for the Deceased
THE HOLY SACRIFICE OF THE MASS
Give the Priceless Gift of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass - there is no greater gift you can give.
"A single Mass offered for oneself during life may be worth more than a thousand celebrated for the same intention after death." ~ St. Anselm - Doctor of the Church
IN HAVING HOLY MASSES SAID FOR YOUR
OWN SOUL by St. Leonard of Port Maurice
"... get celebrated all the Masses possible in your circumstances not only for the souls departed, but for your own. Do this for two motives: first to obtain a good and holy death - it being the invariable opinion of theologians that there is no more efficacious means for attaining so holy a purpose. Another motive is that you may yourself issue quickly from Purgatory and fly away into eternal glory, there being no means more adapted for obtaining from God a grace so precious as that of going direct to Heaven, or at least a short detention on the way, than indulgences duly gained, and the Holy Sacrifice."
We are now blessed with two retired traditional Catholic missionary priests who are able to accept individual Mass requests. The priests only offer the Holy Mass of Pope St. Pius V (1955 Missal).
The requested Mass stipend (offering) for an individual Mass request (one name or one intention) is $15.00. This is the customary offering (stipend) for a Holy Mass. This offering helps with the expense of the wine and candles for the Mass being offered for you or your intention, and also helps with the support of the retired missionary priests who receive no other remuneration.
Requests for certain dates cannot be accepted. You may request a Mass be offered for: the repose of the soul of a deceased loved one; for a person who is sick and suffering; for someone who is celebrating a birthday or an anniversary; in thanksgiving to Almighty God for a favor received; a special need, or for yourself.
In the box below, please provide the name of the person (please specify "LIVING" or "DECEASED") for each Mass you are requesting, or the intention or prayer request for each Holy Mass. You will receive notification of the month in which the Holy Mass(es) will be offered.
Please note that these are individual Mass requests (one person or one intention), and not collective Mass requests (the remembrance at each Mass of several persons or several intentions) as in a Mass Guild where all those enrolled (living and deceased) are remembered. As the merits of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass are infinite, many names or intentions can be included in a collective Mass remembrance.
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MONTH'S MIND MASSES
for the DECEASED
(Please request the Month's Mind Mass as soon as possible following the death or burial. This Mass is usually offered on the first month's anniversary of death or burial.)
In the Roman Catholic Church - prior to 1960 - a Month's Mind Mass was celebrated in remembrance of a person one month after his or her death. A Month's Mind Mass is a Requiem Mass (pre-1960) offered in remembrance of a person's death, one month after his or her death. The Month's Mind Mass is offered for the deceased on or near the thirtieth day after the person's death or burial. The Month Mind Mass is the Requiem Mass with several prayers added specifically for the person who died during the previous month.
The only countries today where this practice is still widespread are Ireland and parts of England. It is still an almost universal practice in Ireland for Roman Catholic family of the deceased - and close friends - to attend the Month's Mind Mass and following the Mass, have a meal together and remember the departed loved one.
All Roman Catholic families and close friends of the deceased elsewhere in the world, prior to 1960, would attend the Month's Mind Mass, and after the Mass they would have a dinner together and once again remember the departed loved one.
What a beautiful way to help the Poor Souls as well as having additional Masses offered for them during the month of November (Month of the Poor Souls in Purgatory), and also throughout the year.
Below please provide the Name of the Deceased and the Date of Death or Date of Burial - for the deceased ONE month following their death or burial. All other Holy Masses for the deceased can be requested above "The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass" - for the repose of the soul of ----.
The GREGORIAN MASSES for the Deceased
In accordance with a Catholic tradition dating back over 1300 years, a series of thirty Holy Masses, uninterrupted, known as Gregorian Masses, is offered on thirty consecutive days exclusively for the repose of the soul of one deceased person.
This practice of thirty consecutive uninterrupted Masses arose as far back as, at least - the 8th century, and is ascribed to an incident related by St. Gregory the Great (540-604) in his Dialogues (Lib. IV, Cap. 55). Pope St. Gregory ordered a series of Masses to be said for the repose of the soul of one of his monks who had died. At the end of the series of thirty consecutive Masses (GREGORIAN MASSES), the monk appeared to him to announce that he had been freed from Purgatory. The belief arose that, in addition to the intrinsic value of the celebration of thirty Masses for the soul of a deceased person, an extrinsic efficacy was added through the prayers and merits of Pope St. Gregory the Great, inclining God to apply more fully the infinite merits of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass to the deceased person, so that at the completion of the thirty consecutive “Gregorian” Masses he would be freed from Purgatory. This tradition has been declared a "pious and reasonable belief of the faithful" on the authority of the Sacred Roman Congregation on Indulgences.
The Sacred Congregation of Indulgences declared (Acta Sanctae Sedis, XVI, 509) on March 15, 1884, that "the confidence of the faithful, convinced that the offering of thirty Masses called 'Gregorian' Masses possesses a special efficacy for the deliverance of souls in Purgatory, is pious and reasonable, and the custom of celebrating these Masses is approved by the Church."
The Gregorian Masses must all be offered for ONE deceased person only, not for several; and not for the living (S. Cong. Indulg., August 24, 1888) and as noted below:
1) The Gregorian Masses cannot be offered for several deceased, nor for all the faithful departed (Holy Souls in Purgatory), nor for any living person(s).
2) The Gregorian Masses must be offered one Mass each day for 30 consecutive uninterrupted days. Should the series be interrupted for any reason, the priest must begin again. As you can appreciate, there are fewer priests, who by reason of their work, are able to offer the 30 consecutive Masses (Gregorian) without interruption. If in case the priest falls ill, there must be at least one other priest available, and free to continue the Masses without interruption. This will explain why sometimes a higher stipend or offering is requested for the 30 Gregorian Masses as they bind the priest for the corresponding number of days.
The stipend for the Gregorian Masses for 30 consecutive days is $318.00 which includes 3.7% to help pay the PayPal fees so that this amount is not deducted from the stipend given to the priest who will be offering the Gregorian Masses.
The priests who are offering the Gregorian Masses are traditional, validly ordained, elderly, retired priests who only offer the Holy Mass of Pope St. Pius V (1955 missal). Gregorian Masses are usually offered for the deceased person within thirty (30) - sixty (60) days of the priest receiving the request.
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