Requesting Masses for Personal Intentions and for Healing Your Family Tree
To complete your Mass request online, including your intentions and preferred dates, and pay with a credit card on PayPal:
Mass Stipend Information
Each Mass, as the re-enactment of Jesus’ redemptive act of Calvary, has an infinite value, intrinsically. But extrinsically, it is not infinite in application, since that depends on the faith of the petitioner. The Mass with its infinite value in God’s eyes is not infinite in terms of its spiritual application; it is spiritually effective only in proportion to one’s faith. The quality of one’s faith is a major determinant in the outcome of any petition prayer, as Jesus teaches (Mark 11:23-24). The Mass is the greatest of all prayers, but it is subject to that same faith-proportionate principle for its ultimate effects.
Each Mass makes available an infinite ocean of graces. But some persons “dip into the ocean,” as it were, with a teaspoon, others a cup, others a bucket, tub, or vat. Jesus’ words are appropriate: “Be it done to you according to your faith” (Matt. 9:29). Very few humans have the “mountain-moving” faith that Jesus urged us to have. Hence, to compensate for our human weakness in faith, many people request multiple Masses, such as a triduum (3) or novena (9), or a series of monthly Masses, etc. But ultimately, the stipend petitioners get out of the Mass what they “put into” it; it’s proportionate to their faith-expectancy.
It is important to keep in mind that a stipend is not a “payment” for Masses. But a Mass stipend (usually between $10 and $50 per Mass) is a customary free-will offering to the priest by the petitioner as a sacrifice, by which a person seeks to share in the sacrifice the priest offers—the Sacrifice of the Mass. Old Testament priests (Levites) were supported, not by allotment of assets, but by ministering the altar sacrifice (see Josh. 13:14 and Deut. 10:9). By stipend-offerings the laity’s priesthood mingles with the celebrant’s ministerial priesthood; together they “offer spiritual sacrifices to God” (1 Pet. 2:5).
All our incoming stipends are directed to help the poor of our missions overseas. Stipends can be submitted to our CTM ministry by check, cash, or credit card (Visa or MasterCard, Discover & American Express), and they may be submitted by mail or phone at: 310-782-6408.
Also, you may request Masses online by clicking here.
I submit all monetary stipends and assigned Mass dates to the provincial stipend collector for registration, for priest-celebrant assignment, and for the stipend-offering to be sent to our missions for the support of the poor. With hundreds of stipends coming in every month, it’s extremely difficult, once that registration process is initiated, to retrieve the information for any petitioner who may present follow-up questions or instructions. Please remember that God knows your exact intentions and His own expanded-intentions at the time the Mass is actually offered.
Thank you for your devotion to the Eucharist and for your interest in submitting stipends that will be used to help the poor of our missions. Let us pray for one another. God bless you and your loved ones.
John H. Hampsch, C.M.F.
If you wish to mail in a Mass request with a check, send your request to the address below and make your check out to CTM.
Claretian Teaching Ministry
10203 Lower Azusa Rd
Temple City, CA 91780