Guidelines for Mass Intentions

Mass Intentions
One of the greatest acts of charity is to pray for the living and the dead, and the greatest and most powerful prayer we have is the Mass, since the fruits of the Mass are the very fruits of Jesus' redemption.   For that reason, all are encouraged to have Mass offered for loved ones who have died, or even for the living who have some need.   This is an ancient Christian practice, and all are encouraged to take it up.

Mass Book Opens
In order to give the opportunity for all parishioners to schedule a Mass intention for their loved ones and to accomodate recently deceased individuals, the Mass Intention book will open for 3 months at a time.   We will not schedule a Mass intentions unless the book is open for those dates.

Months to Schedule Date Book Opens
January, Feburary, and March October 15
April, May, and June January 15
July, August and September April 15
October, November and December July 15

Guidelines for Mass Intentions
A Mass intention may be set for:

  1. A deceased loved one
  2. A living person who is sick or suffering
  3. A living person who is celebrating a birthday, anniversary or other special moment in their life
  4. In thanksgiving to God (including the Lord Jesus or the Holy Spirit)
  5. In thanksgiving for a prayer from a Blessed or a Saint
  6. For a prayer intention (so long as the intention does not contradict Church teaching)

A Mass intention may not be set for:

  1. A unknown or "private" intention
  2. A prayer intention that contradicts Catholic moral doctrine

The normal suggested donation for a Mass intention is $5.00.  Checks are to be made payable to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.

Setting a Mass Intention
To set a Mass intention the request is to be made in person during the time which the the book is open during regular office hours.   No intentions will be taken over the phone or through correspondance unless permission is given by the Pastor.

Only one intention may be set per Mass.   Masses designated as "Collective Masses" may have more than one intention.  Only one "Collective Mass" is scheduled per week, normally on a Sunday.  

One Mass per Solemnity is designated by the Pastor as "Pro-Populo" or "for the People" either for the parishioners, benefactors, or a segment of the parish community (i.e. youth, the sick, children, families, etc..)

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