The Church understands the Sacrifice of the Mass to be the greatest possible prayer of intercession. It is the perfect offering of Christ to the Father by making present the Paschal Mystery of His death and resurrection.
It is a longstanding tradition in the Church that a Priest may be requested to offer a Mass for a specific intention, even when one cannot be physically present at the Mass. Masses may be offered for a living person, a deceased person or a special need.
The faithful make a free will offering, called a stipend, to a priest or Religious Community in order to apply the Mass to a specific intention. By making this offering, the faithful, by making their own offering, associate themselves more intimately with Christ who offers Himself in the Sacred Host, and obtain thereby more abundant fruits (refer to Pope Paul VI’s letter “Firma in Traditione” of June 13, 1974).
The offering of a stipend is also a means whereby a Catholic may contribute to the upkeep of the priest, serving in a diocese or religious community. The Sacrifice of the Mass is offered everyday by the priests of the parish, and continue to do so during this pandemic. Some Masses are offered publicly (at present via live stream) and others said privately. All Mass intentions are publicised on the weekly Newsletter and includes the donor’s initials in brackets for you to identify.