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“Ask a Priest: Could My Priest Celebrate a Mass Intention for Himself?”
Q: I recently read that it’s good to have a Mass said for your priest. How would this be done? I can’t imagine my priest could pray the Mass for himself. Do I have to go to another church? Also, if a Mass is prayed for a “special intention,” does one need to make known what the intention is? We have this often in our parish. – E.H.
Answered by Fr. Edward McIlmail, LC
A: It’s nice of you to be thinking of the well-being of your priest.
You can simply ask your parish or any parish or congregation of religious priests to celebrate a Mass for the intention of the priest you have in mind. There might be a simple form to fill out. It is customary to offer a stipend with the request.
It doesn’t matter who celebrates the Mass — it could be the priest himself. In fact, the Roman Missal has a special Mass for priests who offer the Eucharistic celebration for themselves.
If you don’t want to mention the priest by name, you could just ask for a “special intention” and leave it at that. God knows what you have in mind.
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