I’m not quite sure where to put this, but I need some guidance. A friend of the family passed away on Monday evening from cancer. He has asked for no flowers, but I would like to do something for him.
He was a faithful and serious Catholic throughout his life. It is my understanding that he attended Mass until he became too ill to do so. I would like to have him mentioned in a Perpetual Mass, but am unsure how to go about this. I am not Catholic, but have attended Masses at my local parish several times as I am spending quite a bit of time familiarizing myself with the Catholic faith, and leaning toward Catholicism, Eastern Rite. However, the Parish I visit is not Eastern Rite, but Latin Rite.
I am vaguely familiar with the custom of Perpetual Mass for this reason. My paternal grandfather converted to Catholicism several years ago on his death bed (this was the seventies, and I think the priest worked with him on an individual basis for several months beforehand). My father later visited the parish he attended, and had his dad mentioned in a Perpetual Mass. My father, also, is not Catholic.
How exactly do I go about this? I need to call the priest, I know. What is the usual custom for this sort of thing? I would appreciate any advice and guidance you can give.
Thank you and God bless you all.