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New Mass Intention Guidelines

From Fr. Keith

The diocese has reminded me of the Pastoral Policies of the diocese for Mass Intentions. To be direct, we are not in compliance with some of these policies and as pastor, the following changes will be implemented effective immediately. (Please know that Intentions that have already been scheduled will not be effected.)
* Mass Intentions will be listed in the bulletin but not included in the Prayers of the Faithful (General Intercessions/Petitions) at Mass.
* One Sunday Mass shall be offered for the people of the parish. (This Mass will be celebrated for both St. Ignatius and OLMC at St. Ignatius.)
* One Mass intention may be scheduled per Mass at other Sunday Masses and Tuesday and Thursday Masses.
* Two Mass intentions may be combined Wednesday and Friday.
* Mass Intentions for living persons – only for the Wedding Anniversary of a Married Couple.
* Mass intentions for those who are deceased may take the following forms:
~Bob and Sue Smith (husband and wife)
~Deceased members of the Smith family. (not individual names and only one last name.)
~Special Intention
~Holy Souls in Purgatory
With the implementation of these policies, we will limit an individual to offer one Mass intention per week. This is to be fair and make sure everyone has the opportunity to offer a Mass intention. It is subject to change. If we find ourselves with excess openings, we could increase the frequency, however if we find ourselves with a shortage of openings, we may have to decrease the frequency.
Requests will be honored on a first-come, first serve basis in the order in which the request is received at the Parish Office. A $10 stipend, as determined by diocesan policy, is to accompany each Mass request. 
Mass intentions cannot be scheduled for Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter, Christmas or All Souls Day (November 2).
I know this may be difficult for some who are accustomed to the way we have scheduled in the past. I would ask for your patience as we begin these changes.
God Bless, Fr. Keith

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