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Joe wrote:

Hi, guys —

I was at a friend's house and they brought up a question I couldn't answer.

  • If you have a Mass said for a soul in Purgatory, and the soul is already in Heaven, what happens to the grace from that Mass?
  • Does it apply to someone else?

Thank you.


  { If you have a Mass for a Soul in Purgatory now purified, what results in the grace from that Mass? }

Mike replied:

Hi, Joe —

Thanks for the question.

Your question falls into the area of "theological opinion". The Church has no official teaching but is guided to a "common sense" answer based on her other teachings.

I would say that because the ultimate goal of spreading the Gospel is for all mankind to be one with the Lord in Heaven, the Lord and the soul, now one together in Heaven, would use the grace of that Mass for:

  1. the good of the person who offered the intention
  2. for those on earth who need the grace the most from that Mass, or
  3. maybe another family relative in the Holy Soul's ancestry

Thanks for the question.

Also, if you, family, friends or Church parishioners have a strong devotion to the Holy Souls, check out my other web site dedicated to praying for the final purification of the Holy Souls.
We have a FREE Purgatory Prayer Program starter kit, for those interested.

Just click on the "Start your own" tab.

Mike Humphrey

Rob replied:

Hi, Joe —

My own personal belief falls along this line: God is omnipotent and omnipresent. Time does not apply to God. A Mass said for someone is part of the grace which "that person" receives in his or her journey.

When the Mass is said is irrelevant to the grace it provides.

Rob Coutinho

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