Evening folks. Can I tell you a quick pet peeve? If you are one to let little tidbits like this distract you at Mass, I suggest you scroll down to Steve’s posts below.
At daily Mass, during the intercessions, the floor is often open for spoken prayers from the congregation. There’s one parish my wife and I go to on Saturday mornings where they go like this:
Leader: Are there any intentions from the assembly?
Congregant 1: For a special intention…
Congregant 2: For a special intention…
Congregant 3: For a special intention…
Congregant 4: For a special intention…

This sometimes strikes me – first as a misuse of the English language. Is your intention really “special?” If so, it could be like this:
Congregant 1: For a special intention…
Congregant 2: For a more special intention…
Congregant 3: For a super-duper intention…
Congregant 4: For a deluxe intention…

It’s a *private* intention. Special is weird – private is not.