Q: Regarding Masses on the anniversary of a death, GIRM 381 permits a Mass for the Dead on the First Anniversary of someone’s death. Do I read that as meaning that other anniversaries (10 years, 20 years, 100 year (see below) etc.) cannot be offered as a Mass for the Dead? If not; My maternal grandparents died on solemnities. Can the anniversary be celebrated on another day which would be permitted under GIRM 380?
A: The second paragraph of GIRM 381 addresses your situation, as does the missal’s masses for the dead under the heading II. On the Anniversary, you may not use the missal’s texts or lectionary’s readings for other anniversaries except during Ordinary Time. However, you may make them the intention for any mass, even without using the texts for a mass for the dead.