Masses for the Deceased

Author: 
Father Dennis Noon
Date: 
Sunday, May 28, 2017 - 9:30am

 

            From the very beginning, the Church has honoured the memory of the dead and offered prayers for them, above all, the Eucharistic sacrifice, so that purified they may have the beatific vision of God.  (Catechism of the Catholic Church #1032.  Indeed, St. Ambrose preached, “We have loved them during life, let us not abandoned them in death, until we have conducted them by our prayers into the house of the Lord.”  It remains the custom of Catholics, on the occasion of death, to request that a Mass be offered for the deceased. The usual offering made to the parish is $10. The presentation of a Mass card to the bereaved is one of the most beautiful expressions of sympathy we can offer to those who mourn. It is also a powerful expression of our faith in the Lord’s promise of eternal life and a loving gift to the faithful departed. A Mass for the deceased may be requested at any time and it is a fitting way to remember our brothers and sisters who have gone before us on the anniversary of their death and on other special occasions.