With great joy, St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church acknowledges the importance of the tradition of requesting Masses to be said for the Repose of the Soul of our beloved dead, or for the intentions of our brothers and sisters here on earth.
The practice of requesting a Mass to be offered for loved ones, living or deceased, is a beautiful part of our Catholic tradition. A Mass intention may be requested for:
- a person who is deceased
- a living person who is sick or suffering
- a living person who is celebrating a birthday, anniversary or other special moment in their life.
- a group of people if they are connected in some way, such as a family or a nationality.
- in thanksgiving to God (including the Lord Jesus or the Holy Spirit)
- in thanksgiving for a prayer answered from a Blessed or a Saint (not for the saint).
- a special intention appropriate to the celebration of the Eucharist, e.g., World Peace, Vocations, Respect for Life, etc.
At our parish there are many requests for scheduling Mass intentions and we are typically left without dates to offer very early in the year. In order to be fair to everyone and to allow as many parishioners as possible to schedule their Masses, we present the following policy:
1. A maximum of five (5) intentions per registered household may be scheduled at the parish and of those no more than two (2) scheduled for a weekend Mass. All other requests will be scheduled for our daily Masses.
2. Non-registered individuals may request (2) intentions and of those one (1) for the weekend.
Requests for Mass Intentions are made at the parish office, by filling out the form found (Here), at the welcome table or the parish office. Those who are homebound or unable to visit the office may call in their requests.
Parish Office Hours:
Mon - Thurs: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
(Closed 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm)
Friday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sunday: 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Lengthy intention listings cannot be published in the bulletin and will be edited for the sake of brevity. Since the purpose of publishing the intention in the bulletin is to notify the family and friends of the intention, we suggest the omission of middle initials, titles, etc. Each intention is limited to either two names or one group i.e., John Brown, John and Mary Brown or The Brown Family.
The schedule of Mass intentions is subject to change according to the Mass schedule and every effort will be made to communicate the change if it were to happen.
Remember, every faithful who attends Mass in virtue of their royal priesthood joins in the offering of the Eucharist by offering up their personal intentions and sacrifices.
To learn more about Mass intentions click on the sugguested readings below :