Mass Stipend Guidelines

The purpose of offering a Mass stipend for a particular Mass intention has been twofold. The money that a priest received for saying his daily Mass for a specific intention was essentially his source of income-and in some poorer countries (India and Africa come to mind) it sometimes still is. At the same time, by giving a stipend, the person requesting that a Mass be celebrated made a sacrificial offering of his own.

Nowadays, of course, priests generally are not reliant on their daily Mass stipends to pay for their basic necessities. A stipend allows a priest to have a supplement to their set income. The laws surrounding the whole notion remain basically the same. This tradition is referenced in Cannon 946, which states that those members of the faithful who give Mass stipends are contributing to the good of the Church, for they share in the Church’s concern for the support of its ministers.


Suggested Stipends:

  • Renewal of Wedding Vows – $100 – $200.00
  • Funerals – $150.00 – $250.00
  • Baptisms – $50.00 – $150.00
  • House blessings – $50.00 – $100.00
  • Masses – $10.00- $20.00
  • Weddings – $150.00 – $250.00 (for out of town weddings, all travel, food and lodging expenses are customarily paid by the couple)

*These are suggestions only. We are always aware that some people cannot afford any of the above and some may want to give more.


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