What is a Mass Intention?

Whenever a priest celebrates Mass, he has at least two specific intentions. The first intention is to celebrate the Mass according to the rubrics the Church provided for how to say the Mass. The second is to apply the grace of that Mass toward a specific need or intention. This second intention, commonly called "the intention of the Mass", are special intention offered to God as prayers of intercession and thanksgiving in and through the Eucharist.

Since the graces of the Mass are infinite, many intentions can be offered up at a single Mass. While a priest may only accept one intention per offering at a single Mass, he may have many other intentions not attached to an offering.

In addition, the faithful may bring their own intentions to the Mass, which they each carry privately and place upon the altar spiritually in prayer.

Request a Mass Intention

Mass Intentions are open to current students, faculty, staff, as well as members of our alumni community and donors.

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Giving Something of Yourself

Suggested Donations

A donation for Mass Intentions is an optional and personal decision. The suggested amount is at least $7-$10. This signifies the sacrificial nature of giving something of yourself.

If you would like to donate online, please visit the St. Thomas Giving site and choose 'Campus Ministry' in the form designation. You may also mail a check payable to the University of St. Thomas to:

Campus Ministry
2115 Summit Ave.
Mail ICF LL18
St. Paul, MN 55105