It is a well-known tradition within the Catholic Church to have a Mass offered for someone after they die. Some people are devout when it comes to attending the Masses they requested or the Masses being offered for their loved one. In the Diocese of Jackson, there is an agreement and tradition amongst us brother priests to offer three Masses, as soon as possible, for a deceased brother priest from the diocese.
The Holy Mass is the greatest prayer that Jesus gave us. It continues the work of our redemption and salvation, bringing Heaven down to Earth and making Jesus truly present in the Holy Eucharist. There is no better prayer to offer for someone than the Holy Mass. The reason why we offer it for the deceased is to pray them out of Purgatory faster. This is a recognition of the reality of sin and its effects on our soul. All sin leaves us wounded; and unless we do enough penance in this life, we must complete it in Purgatory after death before entering Heaven. Having the Mass offered for them wins God’s grace for them and eases their sufferings. This is exactly why we have Funeral Masses—to pray for the deceased to be forgiven of their sins, not to honor them for the good work they did. But in many cases, a single Funeral Mass isn’t enough to heal the departed soul, assuming the soul died in a state of grace. Therefore, we have the custom of additional Masses being offered later on for the deceased soul’s intention.
Consider this quote from Pope Benedict XV: “The Holy Mass would be of greater profit if people had it offered in their lifetime rather than having it celebrated for the relief of their souls after death.” While we are alive, we can save time from Purgatory by striving for virtue now. So don’t wait to pray for someone after they die. It might be too late by then. Instead, pray for their conversion before death to ensure that they die in a state of grace instead of a state of sin that merits eternal death.
To have a Mass offered for someone, you can send a donation to the parish office with a note detailing for whom the Mass is to be offered and to whom a notification should be sent. It is customary for the office to send a special card to the next of kin stating that a Mass will be offered for their loved one. ---
Fr. Scott and Fr. Mark plan to trade months in offering a weekly reflection or catechesis in our future bulletins. Be sure to check out what they have to share!.
Spiritual Leader: Fr. Scott Thomas – Group Leader: Erica Unz, DHS
September 27 – October 6, 2021
*Optional Pre Tour to Jordan: September 24 – 28, 2021
Make your way through the Holy Land to experience Him, follow in His footsteps, and see Him in the works He performed - your footsteps will become His. Celebrate votive Masses in the very places where these miraculous gifts became pages in the Gospel. See where He was back then, and feel how He is still there today!
For more information visit Father Scott's webpage.