I ran across this site, Holy-Post.com, that’s producing online Mass Cards with a donation going to the church whose parishioners created the site for. Its a very interesting idea and currently in its first iteration. In talking with the founder of the site, Pat Rosensteil, who runs his own digital agency, he had some of his employees work on the site in the spare time as a way of giving back. He personally is hoping to help build “a greater affinity toward faith” and sees this project as one way of doing just that.
Future versions of the site will allow for the proceeds to be directed toward any church. Its an interesting idea and a very nicely designed site. I would encourage you to check it out. Below is the background on the project provided by Holy-Post.com:
A site that is bridging the gap between a traditional way to pray for a friend or loved one and a more contemporary and social expression of faith is Holy-Post.com. Holy-Post.com invites Catholics of all ages to share their faith with others on social platforms by purchasing and personalizing a Mass Card that can be delivered via email or posted on a friend or loved one’s Facebook page.
There is an asking contribution of $13 for each Mass Card. $10 goes directly to the parish where the Mass is being celebrated, and the remaining $3 is used for website maintenance. All Holy-Post.com Mass Intentions are currently being offered at the National Shrine of the Cross in the Woods parish in Indian River, Michigan. Pastor Fr. Mike Haney OFM, is using the contributions from the Mass Intentions to continue to build the Catholic community in Northern Michigan.
What exactly is a Mass Card? Traditionally, the most common reason for offering a Mass was to honor and remember the life of a friend or loved one. Mass Cards, sometimes referred to as Holy Cards, are now used for many different occasions such as a wedding anniversary or Father’s Day and as simple as an expression of gratitude or a prayer of healing and hope. Once the Mass Card is purchased, a Catholic Priest will celebrate a Mass on behalf of your friend or loved one. Generally, when asking someone about purchasing a Mass Card, you would be told to visit your parish office. As technology advances, we discovered a way to give all Catholics real-time access to expressions of faith.
This past summer, Pope Francis established a new Secretariat for Communications. The Pope wrote that the development of digital media, with its converging technologies and interactive capabilities, “requires a rethinking of the information system of the Holy See.” This message from Pope Francis calls for all Catholics on an individual basis to look for more effective means of communicating in today’s highly digital world. The growing network of social media presents many opportunities for Catholics to spread their evangelism and Holy-Post.com provides the perfect way to do just that.
Our hope is that Holy-Post.com will be home to many different Catholic parishes. From the home page at Holy-Post.com, you will soon be able to select where you would like your Mass celebrated at. It is the goal of Holy-Post.com to offer Catholics the opportunity to contribute to many Catholic communities through Mass intentions for friends and loved ones.
“Rejoice in the Lord always. Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”