There are three types of prayer requests:
A. Mass Intentions
There are two types of mass intentions. One is called an "Announced" mass and the other is an "Unannounced" mass.
An "Announced" mass is a mass that is requested by one person for another. The person for whom the mass is being requested may be deceased and so the mass is for the repose of that person's soul. Or the mass may be for a person who is still alive and in which case the mass is offered for the person's intentions whatever they may be.
The date and time when an "Announced" mass is being offered is printed in the parish bulletin. The name of the person for whom the mass is offered and the name of the person requesting the mass is indicated. This is to let the parishioners know when the mass is been offered so that anyone who wants to pray for the person for whom the mass is offered might attend.
The offering for an "Announced" mass is $20.00. The mass may be requested by contacting the parish administrative assistant ( ) from Monday to Thursday during office hours (9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) and requesting a mass. The administrative assistant can check the available dates and book the date you wish if another mass has not already been scheduled on that day. Announced masses may only be offered from Monday to Friday. There are no Announced masses scheduled for either weekend liturgies or special feast days such as Christmas (when Christmas falls on a weekday).
An "Unannounced" mass is exactly the same as an "Announced" mass except that it is not published in the bulletin. An "Unannounced" mass is said privately by one of the priests at a mass at which there is no other scheduled intention. Unannounced masses are said at the earliest convenience of the priest saying the mass.
The donation for an "Unannounced" mass is $10.00. Unannounced masses may be arranged in exactly the same way as an Announced mass, by contacting the parish administrative assistant ( ) from Monday to Thursday during office hours (9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) and requesting a mass.
B. General Intercessions at the Weekend Liturgies
Prayers for those who are currently sick or those who have just recently died may be included in the General Intercessions that are offered at every weekend mass. The name of the sick person or of the person who has died is included in the prayer for the sick or the dead. These names are usually included only once unless the person is seriously ill for a number of weeks or has a chronic illness. In these cases the name may be included for a number of weeks so that the community remembers to continue to pray for them.
Requests for names to be included in the General Intercessions may be made by calling the administrative assistant and giving her the name of the person for whom prayers are being requested.
It should be noted that there is a difference between the name included in the General Intercessions and the one included in Announced and Unannounced masses. For those whose name is included in the General Intercessions:
- the mass is not offered for the person
- neither the name of the person prayed for nor the name of the person requesting the prayers is printed in the bulletin
- there is no donation required for names included in the General Intercessions.
However, these differences do not lessen the fact that the person prayed for in the General Intercessions is being prayed for by the whole parish community.
C. Private Prayer Requests
At any time any of the priests may be asked to remember someone in their personal prayers. To request prayers in this way, simply ask any of the priests to remember your intention in their prayers. Each day every priest prays what is called the "Prayer of the Church" and included in this prayer are a series of intentions for the church and the world. If the priest has been asked to remember an intention in his prayers, it would be in the context of this prayer that the intention would be recalled and offered to God.
Feel free to submit any private prayer intentions.