Guidelines for the Mass Intention Book

The book of Mass Intentions each year opens in late winter of the previous year for in-person registration in the Parish Center on a designated Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon (announced in the bulletin and on the home page of this website).

In order to accommodate the requests of many PARISHIONERS, we remind you:

Only three Mass intentions per PARISHIONER will be allowed on the day the Mass Book opens.

Please use this downloadable/printable form to record your mass intention requests and bring it with you to the Parish Center on the designated Saturday.

Download the 2018 Mass Intention Guidelines here

Download the Mass Intention Request Form for 2018 here

Once parishioners have had a chance for an initial three intentions, you are then free to return beginning on the Monday 2 weeks after the Saturday registration (to give the office enough time to record the Mass requests) or any future time for additional requests. Please keep in mind that only three Sunday masses are allowed per deceased.

We hope this will reduce your waiting time and give you an opportunity to seek your most important date requests.


Only those confined to the home should make requests by mail.


Please review the general guidelines below for requesting a mass intention:

Each parish family is allowed up to 6 scheduled Masses (up to 3 of these can be Sundays).

Only 1 Mass per day can be prayed for any individual intention.

No Mass will be reserved in the book without a stipend of $10.00.

There will be no limit on unannounced Mass requests. These Masses are available at anytime and are sent to other parishes in need.

Those who are homebound or unable to visit the office may mail in their requests along with a check or cash with the proper offering.  Forms are available on our parish website and in the rectory.  These requests will be processed after the initial offering – no exceptions.  Please do not call in your requests as we cannot process requests over the phone.

Mailed in requests must be postmarked the day before the book opens, or anytime later.  All requests dropped off to the rectory must be done so after the initial opening date.

Christmas Vigil and Christmas Day, Easter Vigil and Easter Masses, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day Masses are always for the intentions of the Living and Deceased Members of the Parish.  In addition, one Sunday Mass per weekend is offered for the intention of the Parishioners of St. Peter’s.

Please also note that Church governance requires that only one intention (person) per Mass. However, for pastoral concerns to better accommodate the needs of the parishioners, we will adhere to the following:  Up to three first names with the same last name (i.e. John, Paul and Mary Smith) or two last names only (i.e. Scott and Smith Families) will be allowed per intention.

Due to the large size of the parish, it is absolutely First Come, First Served.  We will process in-person requests on the announced Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  Mailed in or dropped off requests will be processed starting the Tuesday after.

For more information, contact:

Jane Daly
201-261-3366
JDaly@saint-peter.org