Stipend for Mass
Offering for Mass
Donation for Mass
Amount Offered for Mass
Stipend | Stipends
Offering | Offerings
Donation | Donations
'Fee' Paid for Having Mass Said
Stipend 'Fee' Paid to Priest for Saying Mass
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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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