Masses can be celebrated for deceased members of family or friends, thanksgiving, anniversaries, vocations, for the sick and for any particular need. If you would like a Mass said please fill in the Mass envelope at the back of Church and give it to a priest or drop it into the Parish Office.
There is also an old tradition of Gregorian Masses. Gregorian Masses are a series of Holy Masses traditionally offered on 30 consecutive days as soon as possible after a person’s death. They are offered for an individual soul. The custom of offering Gregorian Masses for a particular soul recognises that few people are immediately ready for heaven after death, and that, through the infinite intercessory power of Christ’s sacrifice, made present in Holy Mass, a soul can be continually perfected in grace and enabled to enter finally into the union with the Most Holy Trinity – our God, Who is Love Itself.
Just to avoid confusion, Gregorian Intention is not a Mass said in the Old Latin Rite but 30 consecutive Masses offered for one soul and must be said each consecutive day.
History of Gregorian Masses.
Gregorian Masses take their name from Saint Gregory the Great, who was sovereign Pontiff from 590 to 604. St. Gregory the Great contributed to the spread of the pious practice of having these Masses celebrated for the deliverance of the souls from purgatory. In his Dialogues, he tells us that he had Masses on thirty consecutive days offered for the repose of the soul of Justus, a monk who had died in the convent of St. Andrew in Rome. At the end of the thirtieth Mass, the deceased appeared to one of his fellow monks and announced that he had been delivered from the flames of Purgatory.
What are Gregorian Masses.
It is easy to confuse it with Masses in said in the Old Latin Rite as the terminology is similar. Buy Gregorian Masses are a completely different story.
It is the 30 Masses celebrated for the intention of the deceased on thirty consecutive days. The history and significance of the phenomenon of these Masses goes far to the times of Pope Gregory the Great.
It all started with a scandal. Before he was elected to the See of Peter, Pope Gregory the Great was the superior of the monastery he founded on the Celio Hill in Rome. When one of the monks have died, on his body some gold coins were found, the presence of which clearly contradicted the rule of poverty. Tradition says that for this he was buried in unconsecrated ground. Gregory the Great, however, felt guilty about this brother. He decided that for his intention Holy Masses should be celebrated every day. And so it happened. On the 30th day of the celebration of the Masses an extraordinary thing happened. The deceased brother for whom the Masses were celebrated, appeared to a younger monk and informed him that he had been released from punishments. The confused brother did not know about the Masses being celebrated, so he quickly told the other religious about it. The 30 Holy Masses celebrated for him saved him from condemnation.
It did not take much for the news of this miraculous event to spread to the farthest directions, and people began to order 30 consecutive Masses for the intentions of their deceased relatives. The Church, seeing this phenomenon, officially recognised it in 1884 as the valid Catholic form of intercession for the dead.
How does it look in practise?
Gregorian Masses may be celebrated for only one deceased, never collectively for several deceased. It is also indicated that it is not necessary for the Masses to be offered by the same priest or at the same altar (church). The continuity of the days is important, while the Holy Masses themselves can be celebrated by many priests and in many places.
Let us pray for the dead. Our prayer is really saving.