Question from on 05-19-2007:
I requested a Mass for the repose of the soul of a friend and paid a $10.00 stipend. The Church where I requested the Mass later added two other individuals names as well as the intention for that Mass. I've never seen that before. Usually the Mass has always been for the one intention. Is this something new?
Answer by Rev. Mark J. Gantley, JCL on 05-19-2007:
If the usual offering in your areae is $10, then the additional names should not have been added. You should inquire with the parish about this.
A priest may only combine intentions if the offerings made were less than the usual amount (e.g., $5 + $3 + $2) and with the prior consent of those making the offering.