The tradition of offering Masses for others, particularly the dead, originates in the very early Church. Inscriptions discovered on tombs in Roman catacombs of the second century evidence this practice. An individual may ask a priest to offer a Mass for several reasons: for example, in thanksgiving, for the intentions of another person (such as on a birthday), or, as is most common, for the repose of the soul of someone who has died. The faithful generally make an offering, called a stipend, to the priest in order to apply the Mass to a specific intention—however, a donation is not required. 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” (See Pope Paul VI's letter "Firma in Traditione" of June 13, 1974).
If you would like to request a Mass Intention, please email Peggy Benhken, firstname.lastname@example.org, with your first and second choice of dates and specific mass times, along with the name of the person and/or special intention. She will coordinate with Fr. Jack and will respond as quickly as possible. You may also contact the Parish Office at 206-935-0358.