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The Eucharistic Sacrifice is offered to everyone. The Church allows the faithful to bring themselves closer to the sacrifice of the Mass by communicating a specific intention to the celebrant, who can add this specific intention to the general intention.

 

To download the form to request a Mass, click here.

 

INTENTIONS

A Mass can be requested: for grace for newlyweds, or for a golden wedding anniversary; for a baptism, the arrival of a child, or a birthday; for the deceased; for someone who is sick, has healed, or is in need; for a specific intention (which can remain unnamed out of discretion). During the Mass, only the Christian name (and not the family name) of the person will be said at the corresponding memento. If it is for several people, the officiating priest will celebrate it in the specific intention of a family who requests prayer from the Church, without stating the name of the family or families.

DATE

At the Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral, Mass cannot be celebrated on a specific date, because of the large number of requests. However, you will receive a letter or an email letting you know the date when Mass will be celebrated in your intention, so that you can unite in prayer. During the Dominican Masses (Saturday evening and Sunday), intentions will not be said aloud.

OFFERINGS

Mass does not have a price. But since the beginning, the faithful have wished to participate in the Eucharist through offerings of the fruits of nature or of money. They were given to cover the costs of the service, the livelihood of the clergy, and the life of the Church. This practice is at the origins of making donations for Mass, which dates back to the 8th century and has its roots in the Old Testament where the priest received part of the sacrifices made to God. The priest must always be able to live from the altar. Canonical law legitimates this practice (C.945) and regulates it (C.946 et following). The material life of the Church and of its clergy thus depends on this voluntary contribution from the faithful. It need not be reminded that, since 1905 in France, the French Republic pays no salaries to religious orders - except in Alsace (départements 67 and 68) and in the département of Moselle (57).

The word offering is used. But again, it is important to be clear: it is an offering made to the cathedral for the livelihood of the clergy and it is not an offering given at mass, as in the Eucharist, there is no other offering than that of the sacrifice of Christ to his Father to which the whole Church unites its offering: In memory of His death and resurrection, we offer you, Father, this life-giving Bread, this saving Cup. We thank you for counting us worthy to stand in Your presence and serve You. (Second Eucharistic Prayer) (Centre National de Pastorale Liturgique 1998).

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The amount of the offering is suggested by the Assembly of Bishops.
- For a Mass, the offering is currently €17.
- For a novena (celebration of 9 consecutive Masses, 9 days), an offering of €160 is suggested.
- For a Trentain (celebration of 30 consecutive Masses, 30 days), the offering is €560.

 

To download the form to request a Mass, click here.

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