Mass Stipends, Gregorian Masses and Deferred Mass Stipends
To Apply for Mass Stipends
Individual priests may apply for Mass stipends. Dioceses and Religious Communities may apply for Mass stipends and Gregorian Masses to distribute to priests in their diocese or religious community. Please fill out and send in the appropriate Mass Stipends application form, as indicated below. Deadline for applications is November 1, 2015 for consideration for next year's 2016 program. If accepted, you will receive an email in January 2016. Individual priests and dioceses/religious communities are expected to follow canon laws related to the offering made for the celebration of the Mass.
Download your Mass Stipends application form for individual priests here:
Mass Stipend Application: Individuals
Dioceses and Religious Communities
Download your Mass Stipends application form for Dioceses and Religious Communities here:
Mass Stipend Application: Dioceses-Communities
Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered. Application forms must be fully complete and an official letter of suitability must be included with your application.
Mass stipends for your intentions are wonderful remembrances and tributes to loved ones, both living and deceased, and are great contributions to the mission work of the Church. A mission priest will celebrate Mass for your intention. Your Mass offering is a special help to the priest – poor himself and serving among the poorest of the human family. For many mission priests, Mass offerings are a substantial means of day-by-day support for their ministry and the people they serve. In the Archdiocese of St. Louis, the majority of our Mass stipends are distributed to foreign missionary priests around the world, as well as our own St. Louis priest missionaries in Bolivia and retired priests of our Archdiocese.
To request that Masses be offered: If you would like Masses offered, please call 314-792-7655 or fill out our Mass Request Form (along with our Credit Card Sheet for Masses if donating by credit card). Otherwise checks can be made payable to: Society for the Propagation of the Faith. Mail everything to: Society for the Propagation of the Faith, 20 Archbishop May Drive, St. Louis, MO 63119. MasterCard, VISA and Discover are accepted. A stipend of $5.00 per Mass is appreciated. Credit card charges must be a minimum of $25.00.
About Gregorian Mass Stipends
Gregorian Masses have existed since the first centuries of the Church – more than thirteen hundred years. The value of these Masses is that once completed, the person for whom they were intended to benefit would be released from Purgatory. The name "Gregorian" refers to Pope St. Gregory the Great, who reigned from the year 590 to 604. He wrote in DIALOGUES that when he had finished a series of thirty Masses for a departed monk named Justus, he received a visitation from the monk who told him that he had been released from Purgatory and had entered heaven. In 1884 and 1888, the Congregation of Indulgences declared the confidence of the faithful in the efficacy of Gregorian Masses to be pious and reasonable and asserted their approval by the Church. Pope Benedict XIII praised the pious practice in a sermon when he preached, "The merits of the Gregorian Masses lie in the great power which St. Gregory has before the throne of God." The practice of having Gregorian Masses offered for the deceased has remained a custom of the faithful for centuries.
There are a number of simple requirements to gain this benefit for a departed loved one.
- It is required that thirty consecutive Masses be said – one per day for thirty days.
- Masses must be said on thirty consecutive days WITHOUT interruption.
- Masses can only be offered for one deceased person, not for several and not for all of the faithful departed.
- It is not required that Masses be said by the same priest, but they must be said for thirty consecutive days, whether by one, two, or more priests, and all for the same intention.
To request that Gregorian Masses be offered: If you would like Gregorian Masses offered for a deceased loved one, please call 314-792-7655 or fill out our Gregorian Mass Request Form (along with our Credit Card Sheet for Gregorian Masses if donating by credit card). Otherwise checks can be made payable to: Society for the Propagation of the Faith. Mail everything to: Society for the Propagation of the Faith, 20 Archbishop May Drive, St. Louis, MO 63119. MasterCard, VISA and Discover are accepted. A stipend of $150.00 for 1 set of Gregorian Masses is appreciated, plus a $25.00 processing fee. While we make every effort to ensure that Gregorian Masses begin approximately one month within receiving donations, we cannot guarantee this.
About Deferred Mass Stipends
Deferred Mass Stipends are arranged when an individual sends a donation for Masses or Gregorian Masses
in advance (for either oneself or a loved one – known as the "beneficiary"), so that when the beneficiary passes away, the Masses can be offered. It is a great comfort for many people to know that arranging Masses in this way will ensure that the Masses will be offered at the time of death.
When you inquire about Deferred Mass Stipends, we will send you an introductory letter with several forms, including: a Proposal for Deferred Mass Stipends, an Explanation of Mass Types (regular Masses or Gregorian Masses), and an Agreement Form. We ask that you fill out and sign the Agreement Form and return it to our office. Once received, we will send you an acknowledgment letter and a form to give to the individual who will notify the Mission Office upon the beneficiary's death.
To request information on Deferred Mass Stipends: Please call 314-792-7655 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
and we will send you information.
NOTE: If you have established a Will or Trust, you may not need to establish a Deferred Mass Stipend Account. You could direct in your will that a specific amount of money be "distributed to the Mission Office, Archdiocese of Saint Louis as an unrestricted distribution, in name and memory of (Name) for Masses to be celebrated for the repose of their soul." (Suggested wording for Will or Trust.) Or, you could direct in your will that the amount be directed to your parish for the Masses to be celebrated.