Whenever the Eucharist is celebrated, it embraces the entire human family, both living and dead. It is not limited to one person or one intention. The benefits of each Eucharist are infinite and include the whole world.
Nevertheless, the custom of requesting a priest to offer the Mass for a specific intention is a long-standing tradition in the Church. This is because the Church considers the Mass as the greatest possible prayer of intercession insofar as it is the perfect offering of Christ to the Father by making present the Paschal Mystery of the death and resurrection of Jesus.
This refers to commending to the Lord a special intention in addition to the intentions that are included in the celebration of every Eucharist: the Holy Father, the Diocesan Bishop, the clergy and “the entire people you have gained for your own” (Eucharistic Prayer III). Those for whom the Mass is thus offered participate in a special way in the grace of the Eucharistic sacrifice.
Masses may be offered for any good purpose, most commonly for the repose of the soul of someone who has died, but also for the living, as on anniversaries, birthdays, times of illness, or in thanksgiving. The faithful generally make an offering, called a stipend, to the priest in order to apply the Mass to a specific intention.
The scheduling of Mass intentions at All Saints Parish is done through the parish office. Please note the following:
- Scheduled Masses — If you are a parishioner and would like to have a Mass offered for someone, please come by the parish library in the church, on Tues.-Wed, Dec. 1-2, from 10:00–11:45 am and 1:00–2:30 pm. To expedite matters, you may come by the parish office and pick up envelopes early and then fill them out at home; in this way when you come in, you’ll be ready to go!There are many requests for the limited number of Masses offered each year. In view of this fact and the size of our parish, to ensure some fairness in the procedure, we are asking that each family limit their Mass Intentions to no more than eight (8) scheduled Masses per year. The customary Mass stipend in the Province of Baltimore, to which the Arlington Diocese belongs, is $10.00.
- Unscheduled Masses — If you wish to have other Masses offered for an individual or need, an unscheduled Mass will be offered within a short period of time by a priest of the parish or sent to a priest in a seminary, campus ministry, retreat house, or the missions.
- Purgatorial Society — Deceased family members and friends of our parish may be enrolled as a member of the Purgatorial Society of All Saints Catholic Church, and as such will be remembered in a special Mass each month for one year. Suggested Mass donation is $20.00.
- All Saints and St. Gabriel Mission — Mass intentions for Masses at All Saints Church will be taken at the All Saints parish office. Mass intentions for Masses at St. Gabriel Mission will be taken at the St. Gabriel Pastoral Center, Manassas Park.
Mass intentions will only be taken Monday – Friday, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. For further information, please contact Linda (email@example.com or 703-393-1430).