Your Mass Intentions
Your Mass Intentions
Mass is still being offered daily in our Parish even in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic (albeit privately). Please continue to provide Mass intentions by posting them in an envelope – with all the details and offering contained therein) or by emailing: email@example.com
The customary Mass offering can be placed by bank transfer by donors using the following details:
Account Name: Catholic Parish of St John Vianney & St Monica
Account Number: 11334611
Sort Code: 40-27-02
Alternatively, a cheque can be issued to: ‘The Catholic Parish of St John Vianney & St Monica, Blackpool’ and sent in the post to: The Rev D Etienne, The Presbytery, 26 Glastonbury Ave, Blackpool, Lancs, FY1 6RD (UK).
When people approach the Church to “have a Mass said”, they are referring to an ancient practice whereby they have Mass offered for someone who has died, a special intention of the living or, in general, for the souls in Purgatory.
In asking a priest to offer Mass for a certain intention, the accompanying gift to him is looked upon as an offering for the support of the priest himself (it is usually counted as part of his living allowance), or the Church at large, or for a particular mission endeavour in some part of the world. It is never considered as payment for a Mass.
Current Church law tells us (Canon 945) that “in accordance with the approved custom of the Church, any priest who celebrates or concelebrates a Mass may accept an offering to apply the Mass for a specific intention”.
The customary amount of the offering varies in different areas of the country. Again, Church law sanctions the custom by noting that whoever makes such an offering contributes “to the good of the Church and by that offering my share in the Church’s concern for the support of its ministers and its activities”. (Canon 946)
The Mass is the most perfect prayer offered to God. That is why so many Catholics want to continue the beautiful practice of having a Mass celebrated for someone, or an intention, close to their hearts.