Masses being outsourced to India
Requests for Masses to be said for particular intentions are being collected by priests in European, Canadian and American churches and then communicated to priests in India, who then offer the Mass.
Beliefnet reports that the practice is increasingly widespread, given the shortage of priests in Western countries and the comparatively large number of priests in the southern Indian state of Kerala.
It says the lack of priests in the US means there's often a long wait for a special mass dedicated to a single intention. Outsourcing the mass to India can often ensure that it is offered immediately, or on the required day.
Outsourcing Prayers (Beliefnet)
27 Aug 2004