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A Mass stipend is an offering (donation) given for Mass...

"It is lawful for any priest celebrating and applying Mass to receive an offering or stipend, the amount to be determined by the local ordinary or legitimate custom. Masses for which stipends have been received must be applied for the intention of the donor under an obligation of justice and within a reasonable time, according to the rules laid down in canon law." (Catholic Dictionary)

An offering for Mass is NOT a sale of the Mass...

"To buy or sell or otherwise traffic in the celebration of Mass is a sin of simony. Nevertheless, an offering of money or goods may be made to and accepted by a priest who undertakes to offer the Sacrifice for a specific intention. Such stipends take the place of the offerings of bread, wine, candles, etc., made in primitive times by the congregation at every Mass for use at the altar and what remained over for the priest. But it must be clearly understood that this is not meant to be, nor in fact is regarded as, the price of a Mass, but as a contribution for the priest's support or an alms." (Catholic Dictionary)

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"Presbyters (priests) who preside well deserve double honor, especially those who toil in preaching and teaching. For the scripture says, 'You shall not muzzle an ox when it is threshing,' and, 'A worker deserves his pay.'" (St. Paul, 1 Tm. 5:17-18)


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