On Tuesday 15th March 2022, the Mass Intention at the 9.00am Mass at St Margaret of Scotland Church was “The Holy Father Pope Francis Intention to consecrate Ukraine & Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary”

In the afternoon Pope Francis announced that Russia and Ukraine would be consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on Friday 25th March 2022 – the feast day of the Annunciation of the Lord.

It just goes to show the power of the Mass – but of course, many people had been praying for this intention and the Ukrainian Bishops had also called for it.

When was the last time that you requested a Mass Intention?

Any Catholic can ask their priest to celebrate Mass for an intention of their choice. This long tradition was common knowledge in the past but it is no longer so well known. The intention not only has huge spiritual benefit to the recipient be they living or dead, but also helps to support our clergy with the offering provided.

Why have intentions at Mass?

Holy Mass makes present the mystery of Christ’s death and resurrection. There is no greater prayer, because the Mass is the perfect offering of the Son of God to his heavenly Father. In offering Mass for a specific intention, the priest prays to God that the fruits of Christ’s redemptive sacrifice be applied to the requested intention, for the spiritual and temporal good of the person(s) concerned.