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Valerie Pynenburg wrote:


I would like to know if a Catholic can have a Mass offered for a non-Catholic.

  • How can I help a deceased non-Catholic's soul if they did not attend any church or possibly did not believe in Christ?
  • Is there any hope for them  — Can I help to save their souls?
  • Finally, I would like to know if a miscarried baby has a soul and, if so, what steps do I take to pray for my lost child?

Thanking you in advance and God Bless,

Valerie Pynenburg

  { How can I help a deceased non-Catholic's soul and does a miscarried baby have a soul? }

Mary Ann replied:

Valerie —

A Mass may be offered for anyone. As for saving a person's soul, that is decided by a person during his lifetime and at the moment of death. Mass may be offered for the living, and the grace will benefit that person.

Mass can help a deceased person who is in a state of purification, but not one who is damned.
We don't know who, if anyone, is damned, so it is good to offer Mass for anyone.

Mary Ann

Eric replied:

Hi, Valerie —

A miscarried baby indeed has a soul. There is no special prayer for a miscarried child.

You can:

  • pray in your own words for the salvation of the child
  • you can pray an Our Father and a Hail Mary
  • you can pray a Rosary, or
  • you can have a Mass offered.


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