Mass offerings for poor priests
Ten percent of the world’s priests rely on Mass offerings in order to survive and to minster to their people. In many regions of the world, the local bishops have no resources; their priests are as poor as the people they serve. For over fifty years Aid to the Church in Need has passed on the Mass offerings of our benefactors to help poor priests survive. In return these priests offer a Mass for the intentions of the donor. This custom of Mass offerings - dating back to the second century - is a tangible sign of the spiritual and material dependance we Christians have on one another. There is no more beautiful gift than the gift of the Mass. Each year around 40,000 priests - ten percent of the world’s priests – are supported by 1.5 million Mass offerings.