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A ministry of the Dominican Friars in Chicago

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Single Mass

The Shrine of St. Jude is fortunate to be sponsored by the Dominican Friars of the Province of St. Albert the Great and to be able to invite those friars to celebrate your mass intentions.  The money you donate for the celebration of Masses goes toward the training of young men to become Dominican Friars and the support of elderly friars who are no longer able to engage in active ministry.  Thank you!


Offering or requesting a mass refers to the priest’s intention when he celebrates a Mass.  The priest celebrates a Mass seeking to apply the spiritual benefits of the Holy Sacrifice of Jesus Christ to the requested intention.

For more information about the following topics, please consult the links below:

History of offering masses, here and here.

Is this practice simony?  Is this the selling of the sacraments? Here.

Canon law regarding mass offerings, part 1 and part 2.

Spiritual benefits of offering masses.

Since this ministry of offering masses on behalf of the patrons of the Shrine of St. Jude involves many Friars throughout the Province, we cannot guarantee which Friar will celebrate each mass intention, the location of the chapel in which your mass is celebrated, or the date on which your mass is celebrated.  What we can guarantee is that by accepting your donation we incur a sacred and solemn obligation to follow through and that no donation may be used to support our Friars until the corresponding mass intention has been fulfilled.

Suggested Donation: $10.00

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Gregorian Mass

We accept requests for a Gregorian series of 30 consecutive Masses!


Gregorian Masses for the dead are a very old practice dating back to Pope St. Gregory the Great in the 6th century.  The custom involves offering a mass each day on behalf of a deceased loved one for 30 consecutive days.  While typically requested soon after someone dies, a “Gregorian Thirty” aka “Gregorian Mass” aka “Thirty Masses” may be offered on behalf of a soul in Purgatory at any time.  You can find more information about this custom, its spiritual effects, and its legitimacy at these sites (herehere, and here).

Suggested Donation: $350.00

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