HOW DO I SCHEDULE A MASS?
Some parishioners have recently asked how Mass intentions are scheduled because they have been unable to request a Mass for their loved one on a particular day.
First, Mass intentions are taken on the first business day of the new month and are scheduled three months in advance. For example, on Monday, May 3rd, parishioners will be able to schedule Mass intentions for August and any remaining Masses from the prior months. Mass intentions for July were available beginning in April and Mass intentions for June were available beginning in March. Mass intentions are scheduled on a first-come basis.
Secondly, some Masses within those three months may be already scheduled. That is because the parish schedules a Mass to be celebrated for any parishioner who recently died. For example, if a funeral was celebrated in March or April, a daily (7:00 or 8:00 a.m.) Mass intention might have been scheduled during June, July, or August. Some weekend Masses are also unavailable because at least one Mass during the weekend must be celebrated as Pro Populo (for the people). This intention is for all the living and deceased members of the parish. The Mass Pro Populo rotates and is not always the same Mass.Also, some Masses may not be available because of a special novena that is offered. For example, during the weekend of Mother's and Father's Day, those Masses are offered for the intentions that have been received in the special Mother's and Father's Day offering. Please remember, that the Parish may change the date or time of a Mass intention when a priest is unavailable or if there are any unforeseen changes in the Mass schedule. Masses can be requested by any parishioner; however, a Mass intention for a particular person/family can only be scheduled twice per year.
Finally, according to Canon Law (Church Law) the parish reserves the right, when there are too many Mass intentions that can be celebrated in a given year, to have those Masses sent to the missions in order that the intention be honored in a timely manner. Again, thank you for your understanding and patience.