Mass Intentions

At each Mass the whole of the Church and the world are offered up to God in prayer. This is the general intention of every Mass. It is an ancient and worthy custom to also offer the Mass for specific intention. The priest celebrating the Mass applies the fruits of that Mass in a special way to the intention of the person who requested the intention or for the parish. Usually someone give an offering to the priest for the celebration of Mass for that specific intention. In giving this gift they are contributing to the good of the Church and supporting their priests.

It is wonderful and pious practice to have Mass offered most importantly for those who have died. It is common to have Masses said for deceased family members or friends.

People wishing to have Mass celebrated for either for a deceased family member or friend or for a special intention at St. Joseph’s should stop by the parish office. Each diocesan bishop sets a suggested offering for a Mass intention, and here in the Archdiocese of St. Louis it is $5. We can also provide cards to send people to inform them of the Mass. Such a card, and the Mass or Masses said, can be a great comfort to a grieving family.


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