Mass Card Offerings

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,


Peace and all good things!


I write to you now regarding the long standing custom of Mass Offerings.  The purpose of this letter is to remind everyone of the meaning and importance of Mass Offerings; and to state the policy for such Offerings in the Diocese of Savannah.


Whenever the Eucharist is celebrated, it embraces the entire human family, both living and dead.  It cannot be limited to one person or one intention.  Rather, the benefits and effects of each Eucharist are infinite.  Nevertheless, as Catholics, we strongly believe in the value of having a Mass offered for a particular intention.  Such a special intention is presented to the Lord, in addition to the intentions of the whole church, so that those for whom the Mass is offered may participate in a special way in the grace of the Sacrifice of the Mass.  A request can be made that the Mass be offered for someone who has died, for someone who is ill, or for those who face special challenges of difficulties.  A Mass can also be requested as a prayer of thanksgiving to God for graces received.


When a Mass is requested for a particular intention, it is customary to make an offering which is given to the Priest who celebrates the Mass.  Pope Paul VI wrote that “the faithful desiring in a religious and ecclesial spirit to participate more intimately in the Eucharistic sacrifice, add to it a form of sacrifice of their own by which they contribute in a particular way to the needs of the church and especially to the sustenance of her ministers.”  Canon 946 of the Code of Canon Law states:  “Christi’s faithful who make and offering so that Mass can be celebrated for their intention contribute to the good of the Church, and by that offering they share in the Church’s concern for the support of its ministers and its activities.”


The suggested offering is established by the Bishop following consultation with the Bishops of the Province of Atlanta and the Presbyteral Council of the Diocese of Savannah.  Since the conclusion of the Second Vatican Council, the suggested offering in the Diocese of Savannah has been $5.00.  Having noted the custom in the surround dioceses, and considering the needs of our Priests, I now establish that the suggested offering for the celebration of a Mass will be $10.00.


I thank you, the faithful people of the Diocese of Savannah, for your devotion to the Holy Eucharist and your love and support for our Priests.


Sincerely yours in Christ,


Most Reverend Gregory H. Hartmayer, OFM Conv.