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Saturday - 7:30 am and 5:30 pm
Daily - 7:00 am and 11:15 am
School Mass - Wednesday 8:30 am (during school year)

Holy Day Masses
Vigil - 5:30 pm
Holy Day - 9:00 am or 7:00 pm 

 

Confession Schedule
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Saturdays - 4:00 - 5:00 pm

 

 

Holy Mass Times and Intentions

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Saturday - 7:30 am and 5:30 pm
Daily - 7:00 am and 11:15 am
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SEPTEMBER MASS INTENTIONS

1Tues7:00John Zimmerman + (B)
  8:30school families
  11:15Leo/Kathryn Nebel + and family
2Wed7:00Margaret Ne Meh +
  11:15Maria Lanh Nguyen
3Thurs7:00Robert Vana + and parents +
  8:30school teachers
  11:15In thanksgiving
4Fri7:00Maria Lanh Nguyen
  11:15Jackie McCarthy + & Zachary Fogarty +
5Sat7:30Missy Albright + (B)
  5:30Leo Batenhorst +
6Sun7:30Scott Werner +
  9:30Rosa Gonzalez de Delgado + (B/A)
  11:30Alice & Ray Fitzgerald + (WA)
  5:30Saint Cecilia Parishioners
7Mon9:00Saint Cecilia Parishioners
Labor Day   
8Tues7:00Mary Lou Beal +
  8:30Marie Bell
  11:15funeral
9Wed7:00Leona Lindsay + (B)
  11:15funeral
10Thurs7:00Raymond L. Manuel +
  8:30Nancy Vaughan +
  11:15Donald Kestel + (A)
11Fri7:00Helen Vana and family
  11:15Catherine Hays +
12Sat7:30Anthony Homan +
  5:30Sharon Osler +
13Sun7:30Margaret Ne Meh +
  9:30George Miller +
  11:30Saint Cecilia Parishioners
  5:30Jacqueline McCathy +
14Mon7:00Maria Lanh Nguyen
  11:15Monte C. Anderson +
15Tues7:00Ken Lampert +
  8:30Catherine Hays +
  11:15Jim Malkowski +
16Wed7:00Maria Lanh Nguyen
  11:15Blake Smola +
17Thurs7:00Michael Korth +
  8:30Leonard T. Higgins + (B)
  11:15Esther Wageman + (B)
18Fri7:00Maria Lanh Nguyen
  11:15Jay Robinson +
19Sat7:30Mary Lou Beal + (A)
  5:30Helen Mathouser + (A)
20Sun7:30Zachary Fogarty +
  9:30Hilda Schulte +
  11:30Saint Cecilia Parishioners
  5:30Cathy Lyons
21Mon7:00Margaret Ne Meh +
  11:15Marie Bell
22Tues7:00Maria Lanh Nguyen
  8:30Loreta DeMarco +
  11:15Catherine Hays +
23Wed7:00Paul Christpher Kowal +
  11:15Anna White +
24Thurs7:00Agnes and Harold Higgins + (WA)
  8:30Healing of our nation
  11:15Betty Barnes + (A)
25Fri7:00Maria Lanh Nguyen
  11:15Margaret Ne Meh +
26Sat7:30Marie Bell
  5:30Ed Warin +
27Sun7:30Jackie McCarthy + & Zachary Fogarty +
  9:30Jack Blanke +
  11:30Fred Cuva + 
  5:30Saint Cecilia Parishioners
28Mon7:00Catherine Hays +
  11:15Paul Christpher Kowal +
29Tues7:00Maria Lanh Nguyen
  8:30Anna White +
  11:15Holy Souls in Purgatory
30Wed7:00Margaret Ne Meh +
  11:15Catherine Hays +

Mass intention key:

+ indicates the person is deceased
B indicates the person's birthday
A indicates the person's anniversary of death
WA indicates the couple's wedding anniversary

To Request Mass Intentions
Call Sheila at 402-551-2313 or email sgraham@stceciliacathedral.org to schedule.
$10 offering per Mass is requested.

What are Mass intentions? And why do we have to pay for them?

Philip Kosloski | Sep 02, 2017

One part of Catholic culture that is sometimes hard to understand and very often misunderstood is the custom of offering Mass intentions. When a priest celebrates Mass each day, he offers each celebration of the Eucharist for a particular person, or intention. By doing so he applies special graces from God upon that person or intention.

Similar to how we are able to intercede for others by our personal prayers, the Church is able to intercede for us through the celebration of the Mass. However, since the Eucharist is the “source and summit of the Christian life” the Mass possess a power that our personal prayers do not.

The practice of offering Mass for particular intentions is an ancient one, dating back to the early Church.

Fr. William Saunders explains, “Inscriptions discovered on tombs in Roman catacombs of the second century [give] evidence [for] this practice: for example, the epitaph on the tomb of Abercius (d. 180), Bishop of Hieropolis in Phrygia, begs for prayers for the repose of his soul. Tertullian (c. 200) attested to observing the anniversary of a spouse with prayers and sacrifices, i.e. the Mass.”

This tradition is also seen in St. Augustine’s Confessions (c. 397), where Monica asks Augustine, “One thing only I ask you, that you remember me at the altar of the Lord.”

Canon Law confirms this practice and states, “In accord with the approved practice of the Church, any priest celebrating or concelebrating is permitted to receive an offering to apply the Mass for a specific intention” (Can. 945 §1).

Furthermore, it continues by saying, “The Christian faithful who give an offering to apply the Mass for their intention contribute to the good of the Church and by that offering share its concern to support its ministers and works” (945 §2).

What this refers to is a longstanding practice in the Church of offering a specified amount of money to the Church for a particular intention offered by the priest. Upon hearing this practice many people might be tempted to think it is “simony,” the selling of sacred things for money. However, the Baltimore Catechism explains, “It is not simony, or the buying of a sacred thing, to offer the priest money for saying Mass for our intention, because the priest does not take the money for the Mass itself, but for the purpose of supplying the things necessary for Mass and for his own support.”

While it is true that this custom has been abused in the past, the Church lays out specific rules regarding the money paid for Mass intentions. Each council of bishops determines the amount acceptable for the region, but the priest will offer a Mass for an intention even if someone doesn’t have the money for it. In many places the cost of a Mass intention is $10.

The important part is to remember that you are not paying for the graces from God (which are of infinite value and can not be paid for), but for the material things that are involved with celebrating that particular Mass. With that in mind it makes much more sense and is not something that should cause scandal.

Pope Paul VI said, “The Mass is the most perfect form of prayer!” It has immense power and countless miracles and conversions have occurred throughout the centuries by offering Masses for a specific intention or person. Mass intentions are a great treasure of the Church and have a spiritual weight that is incalculable.