What is the purpose of a Mass Card? My wife's brother died and a nice couple sent a card that reads like this. What does it mean? "For the Comfort of God's Healing Care Perpetual Membership in the Marianist Spiritual Alliance has been conferred upon George Capuano who will share forever in the Masses, Prayers, and Good Works of the Marianists. With certain hope that the lasting love and comfort of God's healing care will be with you. Requested by _Maggie & Bill (signed) Brother Ron, S.M. Brother Ronald L. Overman, S.M. Director Again, what is the meaning of ' . . . and the good works of the Marianists?' Does this mean that some of the spiritual merits of the praying brothers will be added to the deceased persons account? Is this to give assistance to get a Catholic person out of purgatory? If this somehow means that George Capuano will allegedly receive the spiritual merits, credits, or good works, it should be easy for Catholics to understand the Apostle Paul when he says, that the merit/righteousness of Christ is placed, as it were, in the account of Abraham. [Romans 4:3] The same is true of sinners when they receive Christ. [John 1:12] All of the merits of Jesus are placed in our account so we will never run short at any time in our Christian lives. He is our righteousness, holiness, atonement, grace and unending spiritual life. Christians call this everlasting life. This is the meaning of imputation according to Romans chapter 4:6 where David was imputed with the righteousness of Jesus Christ. Again, I'm just trying to understand the meaning behind the Mass card.