Br. William Martin, FSC, along with his assistants, Mrs. Theresa Repert and Mrs. Marie Butler prepare packets of cards to fulfi ll daily orders.
The Christian Brothers Mass Card program, known as The Saint La Salle Auxiliary, has been very busy over the past few months. Increases have been seen—by mail, e-mail, phone, and website—in both the number of orders (requesting various cards, that can be filled out as needed), and in enrollments (sending the name of someone to be prayed for, along with your donation). Those enrolled in the Auxiliary are remembered by the Brothers of the District and share in the merits of their daily prayers, Masses, and good works.
Br. William Martin, FSC, director of the Auxiliary, commented,
“Many of those who are calling in to order Mass cards have said that since they have not been able to be with someone at a joyous or sad moment, they feel that sending prayer intentions for them is a way to be there emotionally.”
While the most well-known use of Mass cards is for condolences at wakes and funerals, Br. William states that they offer cards with prayer intentions for a variety of circumstances. There are prayers for healing and get-well cards. There are also cards for happy occasions such as birthdays, weddings, and newborns. Cards are even available for Christmas and Easter. They have the look of a traditional religious holiday card, but offer the recipient a Novena of Masses celebrated in the Holy Land. The Christmas Novena is held at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, and Easter Novena is held at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.
Samples of Mass cards that are offered may be seen and ordered on the Auxiliary website at www.dlsaux.org. Those interested can also call the Auxiliary at (732) 842-4359, or toll free at (866) 785-2725, to ask for a brochure and a selection of cards to be sent to your home.