Offering Mass for a special Intention is a long-standing tradition in the Catholic Church. It is usually considered that special graces are obtained for whom the Mass is said. Masses are offered for many reasons: for the souls in purgatory, in remembrance for someone who is deceased, or in honor of a birthday or special anniversary. The stipend or offering signifies the sacrificial nature of giving of something of yourself to associate more intimately with Christ who offers himself in the Eucharist. It does not mean that the person who has offered the stipend has “bought a Mass.”
Parishioners wishing to book a mass intention for 2024 may do so as of December 1, 2023. No pre-booking will be accepted in advance of that date. This will be the protocol going forward. Thank you for your collaboration.
Bookings are done through the parish office – in person, by phone at 204-233-7367 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Please indicate at the time of booking if the person for whom the mass is requested for is living or (+) deceased.
- If booking in person, the mass stipend ($10.00 per mass intention) must be paid with cash or cheque (made out to “Holy Cross Parish”) at the time of booking. Mass cards ($2.00 each) are available at the parish office.
- If booking by phone or by email, the mass stipend must be paid by cash or cheque (made out to “Holy Cross Parish”) the next business day. Interact e-Transfers for mass intentions are no longer accepted.
- Mass Intentions will not be recorded until the stipend is received. Canon Law requires that all stipends taken for Mass Intentions be said for the intention as designated.
- You are also welcome to write down your mass intention and contact information on a plain envelope with payment, indicating ‘to the attention of the parish office’, and drop it in the Sunday collection basket. Please print your mass intention and contact information clearly.
- Please keep the intention wording concise. Mass intentions can be booked for members of a given family (not all names will be listed). As there is limited space in the bulletin, lengthy intentions cannot be published and will be edited.
- Mass intentions cannot be scheduled for the Holy Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil), or All Souls’ Day (November 2).
- One Mass every Sunday must be scheduled for the intentions of our parishioners known as “Pro Populo” (for the People,) as required by Canon Law and diocesan statute.
- Please note that mass intention stipends do not appear on year-end charitable tax receipts.