Rome Newsroom, Mar 16, 2022 / 08:47 am
One way Catholics can pray for people in need, both the living and dead, is through having a Mass said for that intention.
According to Church law, priests may accept a donation — often around $10 per Mass — for offering the celebration for that intention. If someone is unable to provide the donation, but would really like a Mass intention to be said, the stipend can also be waived.
The law does not say how many Mass intentions a priest or Catholic parish can accept, but stipulates that the number should not be more Masses than can be reasonably said in one year’s time.
So what happens if a priest, even with the best of intentions, accepts Mass intention offerings he cannot fulfill within the course of a year?