St Mary's & St John Bosco

the Parish of St Mary and St John Bosco, Leicester.

St Mary's & St John Bosco Parish - Mass intentions


When a priest offers Holy Mass, he has three intentions:

First, to offer the Mass reverently and validly in accord with the norms of the Church.

Second, to offer the Mass in union with the whole Church and for the good of the whole Church.

Third, to offer the Mass for a particular intention, such as the repose of the soul of someone who has died.

Therefore, the effects of the Mass bring certain benefits or fruits. The general fruits of the Mass are the effects upon the whole Church to the living faithful as well as the poor souls in purgatory. For this reason, in the Canon of the Mass (the Eucharistic Prayer), a special mention is made for both the living and the dead. The special ministerial fruits of the Mass are applied to the particular intention of the Mass, i.e. "for whom the Mass is offered." The special personal fruits of the Mass benefit the celebrating priest who acts in the person of Christ in offering the Mass and to the people who are in attendance and participate in the offering of the Mass. These fruits are both extensively and intensively finite, since each of us is finite.

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