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Just some thoughts on Catholic things…
Often times people ask, “Fr. Tom, how do you have a mass said in someone’s honor? I see the names in the bulletin, but I don’t know how to do it.” It has always been a custom in the Church to pray for our deceased loved ones and to remember them in a special way at the Eucharist. People often have a mass said on the anniversary of the date of death, a birthday, or some other significant event in the family. When you request a mass “intention,” we will also provide you with a beautifully printed “mass card” that may be sent to a friend or family member to let them know you have requested this intention. The typical mass offering is $10 and our secretaries do their best to find a date in the mass book that will serve your family’s needs. You can schedule a mass by calling the rectory or stopping by during business hours. Your loved one’s name will then be prayed aloud during the Eucharistic prayer at mass.
Baptisms of children at St. Dominic are scheduled through the parish office. We strongly encourage parents to have their baptism during a weekend mass as the child is being baptized into this community! At times family schedules do not permit this, and we try to accommodate you the best we can. First-time parents are required to attend a pre-baptism class which explains the history, rituals, and basic theology of baptism. Catholics are required to have at least one Catholic godparent; the other may be a practicing Christian. In order to keep the penitential nature of Lent, we do not do baptisms during mass throughout Lent, yet a baptism after mass is permitted. There is no charge for baptisms at St. Dominic.
Weddings are always scheduled directly with me and the bride or groom is asked to make the appointment (not mom or dad). There is a standard six-month wedding period for the engagement, during which time the couple does their pre-cana preparations with me. The bride or groom must be a registered member of the parish. If they are coming from out of town to celebrate here with their parents, a simple letter of permission is needed from their parish of residence. Extended relatives (i.e., grandchildren) are welcome to have their wedding here if the date is open and they contact me to explain their circumstances. There is no charge for weddings at St. Dominic.
I hope these office notes help clarify things for you! More to come!