If you wish to offer a Mass or donate altar flowers for someone living or deceased at Holy Redeemer please contact the office at 419-629-2543 to schedule the date.
Each Mass intention is a $5.00 donation; each donation of altar flowers is $50.00.
"please remember the living and deceased members of the Smith Family"
"we pray especially for Jim Smith"
What are Mass intentions?
An individual may ask a priest to offer a Mass for several reasons: for example, in thanksgiving, for the intentions of another person, or, as is most common, for the repose of the soul of someone who has died. One must never forget the infinite graces that flow from the Sacrifice of the Mass which benefit one's soul.
St. Ambrose preached, "We have loved them during life; let us not abandon them in death, until we have conducted them by our prayers into the house of the Lord."
When a priest offers Holy Mass, he has three intentions: first, to offer the Mass reverently and validly in accord with the norms of the Church. second, to offer the Mass in union with the whole Church and for the good of the whole Church. third, to offer the Mass for a particular intention, such as the repose of the soul of someone who has died.
Therefore, the effects of the Mass bring certain benefits or fruits. The general fruits of the Mass are the effects upon the whole Church to the living faithful as well as the poor souls in purgatory. For this reason, in the Canon of the Mass (the Eucharistic Prayer), a special mention is made for both the living and the dead.
We find not only the origins of this practice dating to the early Church but we also clearly recognize its importance. We realize that we are all the Body of Christ; those living on earth, those souls in Purgatory, and those who are in heaven, and that we share spiritual goods. When we face the death of someone, even a person who is not Catholic, to have a Mass offered for the repose of his /her soul and to offer our prayers are more beneficial and comforting than any other sympathy card or bouquet of flowers. To have a Mass offered on the occasion of a birthday, anniversary or special need is appropriate, beneficial and appreciated.
What are Altar Flowers?
Fresh flowers are placed at the altar to beautify the sanctuary and honor God. Altar flowers may be dedicated to commemorate a special event, for a family, or in remembrance of a loved one. Dedications are listed in the church bulletin.