“The Christian faithful who make an offering so that the Mass may be applied for their intention contribute to the good of the Church and by their offering take part in the concern of the Church for the support of its ministers and works.”
(CIC # 946)
Close to sixty of our Friar Priests serve in ministries which are not in parish communities, live in Senior Friar Residences, or live in Care Facilities. These friars rely on Mass Intentions, and in turn Mass Stipend Donations, submitted via our Fr. Justin Rosary Hour and Companion of St. Anthony Ministries. In recent years, requests for Masses to be celebrated in honor of, in memory of, in celebration of specific event, or for a special intention have seen a vast decline. The majority of our friars celebrate Daily Masses in community in our friaries. Remembering your intentions during these Masses further draws us in communion with you, through our Liturgy. We ask that you prayerfully consider submitting your Mass Intentions to our province. For each request of an individual Mass Intention, the suggested $10 or $15 stipend is encouraged. If you would like to request a Gregorian Mass (30 consecutive days of Masses for the same deceased individual), a $450 stipend is encouraged.
You can mail these requests directly into our Provincial House Offices:
Our Lady of the Angels Provincial House
12300 Folly Quarter Road
Ellicott City, MD 21042
We appreciate your generous stipends, but mostly our Franciscan Conventual community is grateful that you are prayerfully considering entrusting your requests with us. Given our varied ministry commitments, we cannot promise a specific friar or date for Mass Intentions to be celebrated. We honor each request in the order in which it is received. Please know that several friars from our province are on a waiting list, hoping to be able to celebrate your Mass request soon. Throughout our Franciscan fraternity, the friars remember the needs and intentions of our benefactors, to the Lord.
Fr. Jude Winkler, OFM Conv., Assistant General of our Order and a friar of our province recently produced an article: “Mass Intentions: Offerings of love and healing,” via our Companions of St. Anthony.