Why offer Mass for an intention?

Why offer Mass for an intention?

The Mass is the most powerful of all prayers, and so it is a very effective way to pray for loved ones. Offering Mass for loved ones is an ancient tradition.

Mass can be offered for family members, friends, or any special intention, but Masses offered for the dead are particularly powerful. Since the souls in Purgatory are no longer able to pray for themselves, they rely on the prayers and good works of those still on Earth to help them along in their journey to paradise. In fact, many souls have actually appeared to loved ones to ask for Mass to be said for them so that they will be released from Purgatory.

Requesting a Mass for your special intention is as easy as calling the parish office. It is customary to give a small monetary donation when requesting a Mass for a special intention, to help support the parish. But this is not “payment”. The value of a Mass is infinite, and can never be paid.