The daily Mass is still being offered (without a congregation) at All Souls during the COVID-19 crisis.
Requesting a mass intention
To request a Mass intention please email Fr Paul at email@example.com or phone 024 7667 4161 or post an envelope through the presbytery letter box. In the information you provide please include:
Your phone number
Your email address
The name of the person(s) receiving the Mass intention
Your preferred date and time of Mass (Note: dates and times can not be guaranteed until we have confirmed the date and time are available. Thank you for your understanding).
Reason for the Mass intention (death, anniversary, birthday, in thanksgiving etc)
Offering (this is a free-will gesture and not an obligation)
Your intention will be included in the parish newsletter and also mentioned during the Mass.
For the time being, because of COVID-19 and church closures, there is only one Sunday Mass
Alternatively use the form below and your intention will be emailed to Fr. Paul.
Many people would like a Mass to be offered for their intention on a Sunday. We will try our very best to facilitate this, but please note that Fr Paul as parish priest is obliged to offer one of the Sunday Masses in the parish for the living and deceased members of the parish (indicated on the newsletter as ‘For the People’ or ‘Pro populo’). A concelebrating priest may also offer the same Mass for a particular intention (on most Sundays Fr Tim concelebrates the 11.15 am Mass).
We receive lots of requests for Masses, so we thank you for your patience in the scheduling of yours
What does it mean to have a Mass “offered” for someone?
The Church considers the Mass the greatest possible prayer of intercession because 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.
An individual may ask a priest to offer a Mass for several reasons: for example, in thanksgiving, for the intentions of another person (such as on a birthday, on a wedding anniversary, during a time of illness etc), or for the repose of the soul of someone who has died. The grace of that Mass is applied to the specific intention.
The tradition of offering Masses for others, particularly the dead, originates in the very early Church. Inscriptions discovered on tombs in Roman catacombs of the second century evidence this practice. For example, the epitaph on the tomb of Abercius (d. 180), Bishop of Hieropolis in Phrygia, begs for prayers for the repose of his soul. St. Ambrose (d. 397) preached, “We have loved them during life; let us not abandon them in death, until we have conducted them by our prayers into the house of the Lord.”