Mass intentions refer to the particular purpose for which a specific Mass is offered. This may be to honor God or thank Him for blessings received. Technically, a Mass intention means that the sacrifice is offered for some person(s) living or dead. Common examples include, but aren't limited to: for someone who has died/ on the anniversary of their death; for someone who is currently experiencing illness or hardship in their life; for discernment of one's vocation; for certain milestones such as a wedding anniversary, birthday, ordination or religious profession anniversary; and for just causes such as peace in time of war.
Once received, your Mass intention will be scheduled (typically within 2 weeks) unless a specific date is requested in advance. Once the Mass is celebrated, a Mass Intention Card will be mailed to you, or the person of your choice.
A donation for Mass Intentions is optional and serves as a way to give of yourself and share in the sacrifice being offered. A gift of $10 covers the cost of the consumable materials required for a priest to celebrate the Mass and any gift beyond $10 goes to support the work of the Oratory.