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Your Mass Intentions

Your Mass Intentions

Mass is still being offered daily in our Parishes even in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic. Please continue to provide Mass intentions by posting them in an envelope to the presbytery – with all the details and offering contained therein) or by emailing: catholicsinsouthblackpool@gmail.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

or:

        Account Name: Catholic Parish of St Cuthbert

        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’ or to: ‘The Catholic Parish of St Cuthbert, 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.