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Thoughts for the Week
 
 

 

Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Thoughts for the Week - Fr R Taouk 
15th November 2015

What is a Mass Stipend? by Rev. Fr. M.J. Huber C.Ss.R.

A Mass stipend is an offering which a person makes to a Priest with the understanding or agreement that the Priest will offer a Mass for the intention of the person who makes the offering. It is not correct to call this offering which is made to the Priest a donation. A donation is something which is given to another without any agreement or condition, without any resulting obligation on the part of the person who receives the donation.

A Mass stipend is not a donation because a Priest, when he accepts it, binds himself by a serious obligation to offer a Mass for the intention of the person who gives the stipend. The giving and taking of a Mass stipend is not a purchase or exchange. In a purchase or exchange one person gives something that can be measured in terms of value and expects to receive something of equal value. In the case of a Mass stipend, there can be no question of purchase or exchange because the Mass is something spiritual and its value or worth cannot be measured or bought by material things like money. It is easy for persons who do not understand clearly what a Mass stipend is to use expressions that are not only incorrect but somewhat embarrassing to a Priest and misleading to those who are not Catholics. One of the most common expressions is, "How much does a Mass cost?" Another is, "Father how much do you charge for a Mass?" The correct words are, "How much is the stipend for a Mass?"

It is true that the person for whose intention the Priest offers the Mass derives great personal benefit―it is good and praiseworthy to keep this in mind―but there is another and a far nobler view. It is that of the glory we give to God and the benefits we procure for our fellow-men living and dead. It is God's will that holy Masses, with all their wondrous effects, be offered up continuously. In order to make this possible, the Priests who celebrate these Masses must be supported. It is God's will that we all help in this matter, each in proportion to his means, the widow with her mite, the rich man with his treasures. There is no question of buying one's way into Heaven. The graces we need to live a good life and die a good death are not set up for sale like remnants on a bargain counter. We cannot haggle with God over the price of salvation. Money helps us to get to Heaven, just like any of the other natural gifts God has given to us, if we acknowledge that it really belongs to Him and that He has merely loaned it to us, and if we gratefully and generously use it in His service.

A genuine test of faith and love of God in any family, parish, or country is the zeal displayed in having Mass said as often as possible. It is not a question of the man with the most money buying the most graces, but a beautiful example of the unity of Christ's Church, where rich and poor, Priest and people, contribute each of the gifts he has received, to further the glory of God, the welfare of the living, and the cleansing of the souls in purgatory by the perpetual celebration of the holy, adorable, and all-powerful Sacrifice of the Mass. Having a Mass said remains the most effective means of praying for material and spiritual needs, and for the souls of loved ones called by God in death. In sickness, of oneself or of others dear to one, in the need of a job or a home or victory over some temptation, in the desire to reach beyond the grave with charity toward the dead, the good Catholic thinks at once of "having a Mass said" for his special and urgent intention.