As Christians, you and I believe in our unity with Christ, so we pray for one another. We offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and ask our merciful God to purify the souls of the deceased and bring them to the eternal joys of heaven, or we beseech our God to grant our special needs and intentions.
Here at the Franciscan Missions Chapel in Burlington, Wisconsin, the Mass is celebrated daily, as it is in our missions around the world. The Franciscans know how important prayer is – on earth, it is our lifeline to heaven. It keeps us connected with those we love.
We want to offer you the opportunity to arrange to have Masses offered by our Franciscan missionaries. The Franciscans have 5,400 missionaries and over 800 missions throughout the world.
They serve the poor on six continents. Life in the missions is especially challenging and difficult these days. Your prayers, generous donations and Mass stipends of $10 or more help our missionaries feed the hungry, give water to the thirsty, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless and provide medical treatment to the sick, including some of the poorest children in the world!
For many of our Franciscan priests, Mass stipends provide them with the financial means to live and serve the poor in some of the most extreme and dangerous places in our world.
They use stipends to buy food, fuel and medicine. If you would like to arrange to have a Mass or a series of Masses offered, please complete the enclosed form and return it to me in the envelope provided.
Mass stipends are also sent to Franciscan formation houses in developing countries. Franciscan missionary priests celebrate the Masses, and the stipends help pay for the formation and education of friar students.
I will arrange for one of our priests to celebrate a Mass for your intentions as soon as possible.
Your charity gives our Franciscan missionaries the help they need.
May God richly bless you!