Inauguration Day Mass Intentions

by | Jan 12, 2009 | Prayer Request, Pro-Life | 13 comments

A couple weeks ago, I was sent this prayer request, and since it is such an awesome idea, I wanted to pass it on to you all so that you can help out as well!!

WHO: A few faithful Catholic lay people and priests. (Anyone can do this: stay-at-home moms, singles, retired people, students–anyone–and we can have a huge impact on our country’s future.)

WHAT: Have a Mass said on Inauguration Day for our new President. It can be said for his conversion or, “That our new president will work to protect the dignity of each human life.” Consider that St. Leonard of Port Maurice said that one Mass offered before death may be more profitable than many after it, and St. Anslem affirmed this.

WHEN: Tuesday January 20, 2009 Inauguration Day

WHERE: Throughout our country in as many Catholic churches as possible.

WHY: Because offering the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for an intention is very powerful.

HOW: Simply call your local parish and ask to reserve January 20th for your intention. Then send a check for $10 to the priest for your Mass intention. Next please choose three friends (or more) to pass this request on to.

I’ll be calling my local parishes this week to request Masses for this intention. Here is the list of Masses being offered (as of a couple weeks ago — I am sure there are many more!) Won’t you help us get YOUR parish onto this list?

Updated 1/12/2009

222 Masses in 41 States, Washington DC; Rome, Italy; Fatima, Portugal; the Dominican Republic; Haiti; India; United Kingdom; Meru, Kenya: and Calgary, AB, Canada.

Alabama (AL)
Gulf Shores, AL: retired priest (private Mass)

Alaska (AK)
Anchorage, AK: Holy Family Cathedral
Anchorage, AK: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton’s (April 13)

Arizona (AZ)
Coolidge, AZ: St. James’

Arkansas (AR)
Cherokee Village, AR: St. Michael’s Church, Fr. Demets, FSSP

California (CA)
El Cajon, CA: St. Ephrem’s
Hawaiian Gardens, CA: St. Peter Chanel Church, Fr. Fernando Cuenca, OMV
Newport, CA: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA: San Francisco Solano’s
San Bernadino, CA: Our Lady of the Assumption
Santa Paula, CA: TAC (St. Thomas Aquinas College), Fr. Rafftery
Vina, CA: Abbey of New Clairvaux, Fr. Schwan, OCSO

Colorado (CO)
Denver, CO: Christ the King Seminary Chapel, Bishop Conley
Littleton, CO: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
Littleton, CO: St. Frances Cabrini (Feb. 12)
Pueblo West, CO: St Pius X / St. Paul the Apostle by KC’s of Pueblo West

Connecticut (CT)
(2) West Hartford, CT: St. Thomas the Apostle’s (8 AM and Noon)

Delaware (DE)

Florida (FL)
Deltona, FL: Our Lady of the Lakes by Doris &
Jenson Beach, FL: St. Martin de Porres’, Fr. Molgano
Orlando, FL: University of Central Florida–Catholic Campus Ministry
St Petersburg, FL: St. Raphael’s
Sebastian, FL: St. Sebastian’s (Jan. 23)
FL: Fr. George Restrepo

Georgia (GA)
Canton, GA: Our Lady of Lasalette’s

Hawaii (HI)
Honolulu, HI: Father Damien’s on Aliamanu Military Reservation

Idaho (ID)

Illinois (IL)
Alton, IL: St Mary’s of the Immaculate Conception (6:30 am Mass)
DeKalb, IL: Christ the Teacher Parish, Northern Illinois University,
Streator, IL: St. Anthony’s
Westmont, IL: Holy Trinity 

Indiana (IN)
Montgomery, IN: St. Peter’s (Jan. 21)
Notre Dame, IN: Basilica of the Sacred Heart (Date TBA)
(2) Washington, IN: Our Lady of Hope (Jan. 18 @ 11 AM and Jan 20)

Iowa (IA)
Iowa City, IA: St. Mary’s
Sioux City, IA: Carmelite Monastery

Kansas (KS)
Concordia, KS: Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Jan. 22 @ 7:15 AM)
Dodge City, KS: Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Garden City, KS: St. Dominic’s

Kentucky (KY)
Morganfield, KY: St. Ann’s
Russellville, KY: Sacred Heart, Fr. Peter

Louisiana (LA)
(2) Baton Rouge, LA: St. Alphonsus of Liguori (Jan. 13 & 20)
New Orleans, LA: Old St. Patrick’s (Noon)

Maine (ME)

Maryland (MD)
Rockville, MD: St. Mary’s (7 AM)

Massachusetts (MA)

Michigan (MI)
Ann Arbor, MI: Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist
Dearborn, MI: Sacred Heart (Jan. 23 @ 9 AM)
Dearborn Heights, MI: St. Sebastian’s (Jan. 19 @ 6:30 PM)
Livonia, MI: St. Michael’s
Michigan City, MI: St. Stanislaus Kostka’a (7 AM), Father Walter Ciesla
St. Clair, MI: St. Mary’s
Troy MI: Elizabeth Ann Seton’s
Troy, MI: St Anastasias’ (7 AM)
Troy, MI: St Thomas Moore’s (9 AM)

Minnesota (MN)
Alexandria, MN: St. Mary’s
Bayport, MN: St. Charles
Crookston, MN: Diocese of Crookston Chancery
Crookston, MN: Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
Crookston, MN: Villa St. Vincent
Greenbush, MN: Blessed Sacrament
Jordon, MN: St. Patrick’s (Fri. Jan. 16)
Rochester, MN: Pax Christi
St. Paul, MN: St. Agnes’ (Date TBA)
South St. Paul, MN: Holy Trinity (Jan. 22)

Mississippi (MS)
(3) TBA

Missouri (MO)
Chesterfield, MO: Ascension (Jan. 22 and 23)
Excelsior Springs, MO: St. Ann’s
Kansas City, MO: Our Lady of Good Counsel, Msgr Blacet
Palmyra, MO: St. Joseph Parish, Rev. Christopher Smith

Montana (MT)
Belt, MT- St. Marks
Columbus, MT – St. Mary’s
Great Falls, MT – Our Lady of Lourdes
Great Falls, MT – Blessed Sacrament
White Sulphur Springs, MT: St. Bartholomew’s

Nebraska (NE)
McCook, NE: St. Patrick Church (8:00 A.M. Elementary School Mass)
Omaha, NE: St. Margaret Mary’s
Schuyler NE: Benedictine Mission House, Father Volker

Nevada (NV)

New Hampshire (NH)

New Jersey (NJ)
Buena Borough, NJ: Queen of Angels Parish by Christa
Medford, NJ: St. Mary of the Lake
Washington, NJ: National Blue Army Shrine of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

New Mexico (NM)
Roy, Mosquero, and Wagon Mound, NM: Fr. Imbarrato

New York (NY)
NYC, NY: Church of Notre Dame (Jan. 19) Fr. Andrew Fornal

North Carolina (NC)
Fayetteville, NC: Fr. Ovsak

North Dakota (ND)
Beach, ND: St. John’s, Fr. David Richter
Belfield/South Heart, ND: St. Mary’s/St. Bernards, Fr. Lucht
Bismarck, ND: Fr. Richter
Bismarck, ND: Ascension
(3) Bismarck, ND: Cathedral of the Holy Spirit (both 6:45 and 8 AM),
and (8 AM on Jan. 22)
Bismarck, ND: Annunciation Monastery
Bismarck, ND: St. Vincent’s Care Center
Bismarck, ND: Marillac Manor Retirement Place
(5) Bowman, ND: St. Charles’ (Jan. 20)
and several more (which will be offered close to 1/20)
Carrington, ND: Sacred Heart, Fr. Syverson
Dickinson, ND: St. Patrick’s, Fr. Kreitinger
Fargo, ND: Sts. Anne and Joachim (12:10 PM), Fr. Gunwall
Fargo, ND:
Fargo, ND: St. Mary’s Cathedral, Fr. Wilhelm
Flasher, ND: St. Lawrence’, Fr. Berg
Glenburn, ND: St. Philomena’s, Fr. Gardner
Grand Forks, ND: UND Newman Center, Fr. Courtright
(2) Grand Forks, ND: St. Mary’s
Hankinson, ND: St. Francis Convent, Fr. Bud Brooks
Hebron, ND: St. Ann’s by Diane Wanner
Jamestown, ND: St. James Basilica
Karlsruhe, ND: Sts. Peter & Paul, Fr. Gross
Lamoure, ND: Holy Rosary Church (8:30AM) Fr. Callery
Lidgerwood, ND: St. Boniface’s, Fr. Smith
Linton, ND: St. Anthony’s, Fr. Benz
Mandan, ND: Christ the King (8:00 AM), Fr. Waltz
Mandan, ND: (Jan. 19-private Mass) Fr. Joshua Waltz
Mantador, ND: Sts. Peter and Paul, Fr. Anderl
Minot, ND: (Jan. 19-private Mass) Fr. Justin Waltz
Minot, ND: Little Flower, Fr. Harvey
(2) Minot, ND: Our Lady of Grace , Fr. Krebs and another (Date TBA)
Minot, ND: St. Leo’s, Fr. Vetter
Napoleon, ND: St. Philip Neri’s (Jan. 19), Fr. Leiphon
New England, ND: St. Mary’s, Fr. Basil, OSB
New Rockford, ND: St. John’s, Fr. Pfau
(2) Park River, ND: St. Mary’s, (Jan. 20 & TBA) Fr. Unger
Parshall, ND: St. Bridgett’s, Fr. Synek
(2) Richardton, ND: Assumption Abbey, Abbot Brian Wangler, OSB and Fr. Dietlein, OSB
Richardton, ND: Sacred Heart Monastery (Date TBA), Benedictine Sisters
Richardton, ND: St. Mary’s, Fr. Muggli, OSB
Rugby, ND: Little Flower’s, Fr. Graner
Valley City, ND: Maryvale-Sisters of the Presentation Convent, Fr. Seeberger
Valley City, ND: St. Catherine’s
Warsaw, ND: St. Gianna Maternity Home
Williston, ND: St. Joseph’s, Fr. Schafer

Ohio (OH)
Dayton, OH: listed as Special Intention
Columbus, OH: Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Oklahoma (OK)

Oregon (OR)
Beaverton, OR: St. John Vianney Retirement Center, Fr. Jacobson
Grants Pass, OR: St. Anne’s (Jan 26th, 7:45am)
Hillsboro, OR: St. Matthew’s
Joseph, OR: St. Katherine’s
Junction City, OR: St. Helen’s, Fr. Zach
La Grande, OR: Our Lady of the Valley
Portland, OR: (private Mass) Fr. Banfield
Portland, OR: Holy Rosary (Noon)
Sherwood, OR: St. Francis’
Tillamook, OR: Sacred Heart

Pennsylvania (PA)
Mars, PA: St. Kilian’s (Jan. 18)
Pittsburg, PA: Seraphic Mass Association

Rhode Island (RI)
North Kingstown, RI: St. Frances de Sales’

South Carolina (SC)
Rock Hill, SC: St. Anne’s

South Dakota (SD)
(2) Aberdeen, SD
Redfield, SN: Sacred Heart
Sioux Falls, SD: Holy Spirit Parish

Tennessee (TN)
Antioch, TN: St. Ignatius of Antioch (Feb. 28 @ 5:30 PM)
Nashville, TN: Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia’s
Texas (TX)
El Paso, TX:
Houston, TX: St Bernadette’s
Houston, TX: St Clare’s
(2) Houston, TX: St Paul’s (2 on 1/20)
Houston, TX: Holy Rosary
Houston, TX: Holy Family
Houston, TX: St. Francis of Assisi (2 masses)
(2) Houston, TX: 2 more parishes
Rio Grande City: The Benedictine Monastery of the Good Shepherd

Utah (UT)
Salt Lake City, UT: The Carmel of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Vermont (VT)
Westfield, VT: Immaculate Heart of Mary, Benedictine Monastery

Virginia (VA)

Washington (WA)
Bremerton, WA: Our Lady, Star of the Sea, Fr. Lappe
Camas, WA: St. Thomas Aquinas’
Federal Way, WA: Pasisades Retreat House, Fr. Horan
(2) Seattle, WA: Sacred Heart, Fr. Konen
Vancouver, WA: Holy Redeemer
Vancouver, WA: St. James’

West Virginia (WV)

Wisconsin (WI)
Altoona, WI: Augustine-St. Mary’s (8 AM)
Appleton, WI: St. Pius X’s (1/8/09)
Eau Claire, WI: Regis High School Chapel (7:25 AM)
Green Bay, WI: St. Joseph Oratory, Extraordinary Rite (8:45 AM)
Kaukauna, WI: Holy Cross (Jan. 21 @ 7 AM) Church
Mt. Horeb, WI: St. Ignatius’ (5:30 PM), Fr. Richard Heilman
Seymour, WI: St. John the Baptist’s, Fr. Kabat

Wyoming (WY)
Cody, WY: St. Anthony of Padua
Evanston, WY: St. Mary Magdalen’s
Kemmerer, WY: St. Patrick’s
Thermopolis, WY: St. Francis’, Father Blotsky, OSB

Washington D.C.
Basilica of the Immaculate Conception (Date TBA)
(Private Mass) Fr. Jim Steffes, STL, Secretariat of Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations @ USCCB

Dominican Republic
Calgary, AB, Canada; St. James’ (7 PM)
Haiti; Missionaries of Charity, Fr. Wayne Sattler
Bangalore, India (3) Holy Ghost Church, Redemptorist Father’s chapel, Catholic Center Church, Frs. Vailatt and Edayodil,
(2) Rome, Italy
Fatima, Portugal: Parish Church of the Seers of Fatima (7 PM)
Franciscan Mission Associates (5) (TBA)
United Kingdom
Meru, Kenya
10 Masses (Jan. 29)
1 Mass

This grassroots Inauguration Day Mass Intention project is being promoted . . .
on AM 1370 in Grand Forks.
in Fargo Diocese paper, New Earth, December issue
by the Sisters of the Monastery of the Good Shepherd in Rio Grande City
by Human Life PAC of WA State
by USCCB Respect Life Committee
by Lighthouse Catholic Media
by History Links—Integrated Learning for Catholic Families
by Crookston Diocese’s Office of Christian Service
by Fr. John Hampsch & the Claretian Teaching Ministry
by Mary’s Touch radio show
on National Catholic Register blog, Mark Shea’s blog, and a multitude of others

If you are able to schedule a Mass, please either leave me a comment or email me, and I will forward it on so that it can be added to the list. THANKS!!

May God bless you all and your families, and may He hear our prayers for the sake of the unborn and the most vulnerable among us in this new year.


  1. Allison

    WOuld one on Friday the 16th at St. Hedwigs in Wilmington DE count?

  2. Jessica Gordon

    +JMJ+ ~ That would be wonderful!! Thank you!!

  3. Anonymous

    The Masses in our parish are spoken for months in advance, so scheduling one would be impossible. However, if this is the case for anyone else, one can attend Mass on that day and personally apply that Mass and Holy Communion for this very important intention.

  4. Anonymous

    PS I forgot to sign that earlier comment. Jessica, I am Sarah Hatke Antonio’s mother. She has spoken of you many times! And we both read your blog every day!! And have gotten many great ideas from it. God bless you in this new year!
    Mrs. H.

  5. Jessica Gordon

    What a wonderful suggestion Mrs. Hatke! Thank you!!

    I ran into the same problem here, and was able to request one Mass in January, though not on the 20th. I think my children and I will do just what you suggested!

    Also, thanks for saying hello! I wish you all didn’t live so far away. It would be nice to meet you and see Sarah and her family again! God Bless!

  6. Jamie Jo

    Masses are scheduled months in advance in our town too, but I will try anyway and if not, we will try to go to Mass that day!

    This is such a great idea Jessica!

  7. Jamie Jo

    Oh, yeah, Go ND!! Wow, that’s super!!

  8. Anonymous

    McKeesport, PA St. Mary’s Romanian Byzantine Church

    🙂 Thank you for spreading the word about this! God Bless You!

  9. Anonymous

    What a wonderful idea! God bless you for it. I called our parish and got the intention of the conversion of our new president put down for Jan.20th. So please include us on the list (Delta,Co: St. Michael’s Curch) Thank you!

  10. Anonymous

    I just want to encourage people to contact their parishes even if you think that the Intention schedule is booked. Just today we called a local parish that was booked. We knew the priest was very pro-life so encouraged the secretary to ask him when he called in. She did and he approved some rearranging and the Mass is scheduled for the 20th. Someone else told me today that all the days next week were booked–escept the 20th!.

    And there are places other than parishes that don’t get booked as quickly: monasteries, Catholic schools and nursing homes, priests’ retirement centers. And don’t forget that faithful semi-retired priest who would just love to pray for this intention.

    That’s my $.02 worth of encouragement. Blessings to all of you for your prayers for Life.


  11. Cathy

    I also could not get a mass scheduled until May – so I went ahead and scheduled 05/14/09 at Nativity Catholic Church in Brandon, FL and also one in May 2009 (exact date ??) at St. Francis of Assissi in Seffner, Florida. Although later than requested I was pleased they are in the month of Mary! Hope this was okay. God’s blessings ~

  12. Anonymous


    That’s great! Two more Masses. God works outside of time. The time-frame is just for us humans.

    We logged 49 Masses yesterday and added 19 more today, for a total of 353 Masses for this intention–even one in Vatican City!

    Thanks everyone for caring for the most vulnerable among us!



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