Background on Mass Intentions

Whenever a priest celebrates Mass, he has at least two specific intentions.  The first intention is to celebrate the Mass according to the rubrics the Church provided for how to say the Mass.  The second is to apply the grace of that Mass toward a specific need or intention. This second intention, commonly called “the intention of the Mass,” are special intentions offered to God as prayers of intercession and thanksgiving in and through the Eucharist.  Since the graces of the Mass being infinite, many intentions can be offered up at a single Mass. While a priest may only accept one intention at a single Mass, he may have many other intentions not attached to an offering. In addition, the faithful may bring their own intentions to the Mass, which they each carry privately and place upon the altar spiritually in prayer.

Mass Intention Policies

At the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas, there are many requests for Mass Intentions.   We are happy to receive requests from current students, faculty and staff, as well as members of our alumni community and donors. We will do our best to find a date for your intention within four to six weeks. 

When a date is set for a Mass intention, a Mass card will be sent to the family of the person for whom that Mass intention is requested. You will find a place to include that information on the request form.

A Mass Intention may be set for:

  • A deceased loved one
  • A living person who is sick or suffering
  • A living person who is celebrating a birthday, anniversary, or other special moment in their life

A Mass Intention may not be requested for:

  • An unknown or "private" intention
  • A prayer intention that contradicts Catholic moral doctrine

To Request a Mass Intention:

Simply follow this link to complete a request form.

A donation for a Mass Intentions is an optional personal decision. The suggested amount is at least $7-$10. This signifies the sacrificial nature of giving of something of yourself. If you would like to make a donation online, please visit our Pastoral Care & Worship page to access the online giving form. You may also mail a check payable to University of St. Thomas to Campus Ministry 2115 Summit Ave Mail ICF LL18  St. Paul, MN 55105