Whenever the Eucharist is celebrated, it embraces the entire human family, both living and dead. It is not limited to one person or one intention. The benefits of each Eucharist are infinite and include the whole world.
Nevertheless, as Catholics, we believe that there is inestimable value in “having a Mass celebrated” for a particular intention. This refers to holding up to the Lord a special intention in addition to the intentions that are included in the celebration of every Eucharist: the Holy Father, the diocesan bishop, the clergy and “the entire people your Son has gained for you” (the Third Eucharistic Prayer). Those for whom the Mass is thus offered participate in a special way in the grace of the Eucharistic sacrifice.
These special additional intentions are offered to God as prayers of intercession and thanksgiving. In and through Christ’s perfect sacrifice made present to us in the Eucharist, we pray for the deceased, for those who are ill, for those who face various difficulties or challenges. Often people request a Mass as a prayer of thanksgiving to God for their experience of God’sloving grace helping them through a particularly challenging event or circumstance of life.
Please contact the Parish Office if you wish to have a Mass Intention said: (916) 989-7400.