Memorial Mass Policy
A Memorial Mass is considered a private mass, often requested upon the immediate anniversary (i.e. 1 month, 40 days) of the passing of a loved one and sometimes upon the first annual anniversary of the deceased, or even some later annual anniversary.
Regrettably, as Fr. Michael is on his own at the parish and as priests are not supposed to be binating (celebrating two masses per day) let alone trinating (celebrating three masses per day) unless it is truly necessary as on Sundays, or for a funeral, wedding, nursing home or school mass.
In the case of an anniversary to mark the first month or 40 days of the deceased passing, the parish will endeavor to obtain the pastoral service of a retired or religious order priest, though there is no guarantee of being able to do this. Unfortunately due to health reasons, Pastor Emeritus, Rev. Leslie Tamas is no longer able to assist in this regard.
If it is an annual anniversary, we draw your attention to the following. If the family acts promptly, there is a very good chance that they can book a memorial mass for their loved one on or very close to the date they want. The new mass intention book for the upcoming years is open for bookings on the first Sunday after Thanksgiving. And of course mass requests can be booked through the office during regular weekday office hours – Tuesday to Friday – 9 am to 3:30 pm.
To assist with this option of having a mass offered for the repose of the soul of a loved one on their annual anniversary is our plan to now make both the Tuesday night and the Saturday morning masses multi-intentional masses, with up to three intentions at the Tuesday night mass and five intentions for the Saturday morning mass. One intention on each day will be held in reserve in the event of an emergency situation arising.
Hopefully, the above plans will go some way to better service the needs of our parishioners.
Stipends for the visiting priest and musician (if requested) are a set rate.
God bless you for your understanding and co-operation.