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Why should we have Masses said for our intentions?

We can pray for anyone at any time. So why do Catholics talk about having Masses said?

When a priest offers the Holy Mass, he prays that the graces which come from the Mass be bestowed on someone in particular, such as a parishioner, family member, or departed soul.

The intention he prays for is usually one that has been requested by a parishioner. That’s right!

We, the laity, can ask a priest to offer Mass for someone we are praying for, whether that person is someone who has passed away or who is still living. The intentions can vary: for conversion, for health, on birthdays or anniversaries…