Mass intentions are a long-standing tradition in the Catholic Church. Holy Mass is the memorial of the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Christ. The celebration of the Eucharist transcends time and space as it makes sacramentally present the sacrifice of Christ on the Cross.
It is an ancient Christian tradition for the faithful to give an offering for a requested Mass intention. However, Canon Law, the law of the Church, regulates this matter very strictly in order to avoid any appearance of trafficking or trading. The Mass stipend is a donation, not the price you pay for Mass. Stipends are a free-will offering. You decide the amount that you want to give.
So that you may have a better understanding of why we are limiting the number of Masses, the 1983 Code of Canon Law is quoted. Canon 953 states, “no one may accept more offerings for Masses to be celebrated by himself than he can discharge within a year.” We appreciate that our parishioners like to have Masses intended for their loved ones, but we would like to give all of our parishioners the opportunity to do so. Therefore, the following guidelines will help us to adhere to and follow Canon Law.
- We request the limit of five( 5) of the same intention to be received at one time. Any more than five will be sent out of the parish to be fulfilled.
- Canon Law does not permit us to keep Mass intentions beyond those that we are able to schedule in a year’s time. Some intentions may have to be sent to the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston for distribution to other priests who will be able to celebrate these Masses more expeditiously.
- Requests will be honored on a first-come, first-served basis in the order in which the form is received at the parish office. However, we cannot guarantee that these Mass requests will be celebrated immediately.
- No Mass request will be taken over the telephone at the parish office. Homebound and those unable to visit the parish office may mail the request and the Mass stipend to the parish office. Mass Intention request forms are in the Church pamphlet rack and in the Parish Office, or you may download and print the form to the left. Mail to: Sacred Heart, 507 S. Fourth Street, Richmond, Texas, 77469. Attention: Mass Intention
- 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.
- Mass requests will be granted as close to the requested date and time as possible. If it is not possible to comply with the primary request, the next closest date and time will be scheduled. IF we move a request to a different date or time, you will be notified. Therefore it is very important that we have your current contact information. Please print or type all information clearly.
- If you are anticipating a special family event, please request this Mass intention in advance. One such example is a Silver or Golden Wedding Anniversary.
- We ask you to be specific in your request. Examples of intentions: for a deceased relative or friend, for the health of a friend or relative, for peace in the world, for the Holy Father, in thanksgiving for something, in honor of a birthday or anniversary. Requests such as “Special intention” are discouraged.
- We cannot accept Mass intentions for an unknown or private intention or a prayer intention that contradicts Catholic teaching or doctrine.