The practice of offering Masses for the particular intentions requested by the faithful is an ancient custom. One may make a free will offering, which is given to the priest who says the Mass as part of his daily support. Here in the Diocese of Phoenix, the customary offering is $10 per Mass. If one is truly poor and unable to afford it, the pastor will happily say a few Masses for you for a lesser amount or even for free.
We would like to follow a clear procedure when requesting Masses. Please make written requests, with the intentions clearly spelled out, who the Mass is offered for, and who is making the request. Make sure you specifically mention how many Masses you are asking for (please limit the number to 5 per month for now). Specific dates might not be available, but we will try to accommodate. Also, if you would like to know the dates the Masses are scheduled, please include an self-addressed, stamped envelope or email address and we will respond. Make checks out to “Mater Misericordiae Mission”. Cash is fine also. Place all of this in an envelope and clearly mark the outside as “Mass Intentions” then either mail it to our address or place it in the collection basket. The intentions are published in the Notitiae. If you don’t want the intention made public, we print “Special Intentions by Anonymous”. Also, it is customary to put “+” before the name to indicate a person is deceased.