Mass Intentions

Mass Celebrated for Your Prayer Intention

The priest offers the Mass for a specific intention because of the immense spiritual value of the Holy Sacrifice of Mass, the most powerful form of prayer that we have as Catholics.


Understanding Mass Intentions

Whenever a priest celebrates Mass, he applies the grace of that Mass toward a specific need or intention which is offered to God in and through the Eucharist. Since the graces of the Mass are infinite, many intentions can be offered up at a single Mass. However, the priest may only accept one Mass intention donation at each Mass, which normally announced during the prayers. In addition, the faithful may bring their own intentions to the Mass, which they each carry privately and place upon the altar spiritually in prayer. The pastor is required by Church law to offer at least once Mass on each Sunday and holy day for the intentions of the people.

A Mass Intention may be set for:

  • A deceased loved one
  • A living person who is sick or suffering
  • A living person who is celebrating a birthday, anniversary, or other special moment in life


A Mass Intention may not be requested for:

  • An unknown or “private” intention
  • A prayer intention that contradicts Catholic moral doctrine

How to set up a Mass Intention

Donation Suggestion

Within the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter the suggested donation for a Mass offering is $10 though it is not uncommon that people will give more than this amount (for those in financial difficulty there is no cost). This offering goes directly to the priest for his support. Fr. Mayer is grateful for your generosity.


Please contact the office within a week of submitting your Mass intention request if you have not received a confirmation that it was received

How to Designate

To set up a Mass intention online, click on giving and select Mass Intentions for your giving category. In the note section list the name of the person that the intention is for and whether that person is living or deceased. You may also give in person on Sundays by using the Mass intentions envelope. 

Selecting a Date

Some people request that the Mass intention be offered on a specific date. Please include any requested dates with your Mass intention and the office will be in touch to confirm or to adjust your requested date based on availability.

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