5.F.3 Mass Offerings, Stipends

1. The bishops of the Province of Detroit have established $10.00 (ten dollars) as the amount for a Mass offering (stipend). [1] Individual parishes and ministers are not competent to set other amounts, and no one may ask for a sum that exceeds the established amount.

2. Priests who opt for Mass stipends as part of their base remuneration may accept one Mass intention per day and receive the established amount, with the exception of Christmas when the established amount for each of the three Masses celebrated at their proper times may be retained. [2]

3. A priest may retain the established amount only and is to forward any extra amount to the parish where the Mass is said or to the Diocese of Lansing for the support of seminarians unless it is clear that the donor intends the extra amount for him personally. However, he is free to accept a lesser amount and is free to decline one entirely.

4. Priests who accept Mass intentions but do not accept stipends as part of their base remuneration may accept Mass intentions but are to forward the offerings to the Diocese of Lansing for the support of seminarians.

5. Priests are advised to recall that any Mass offerings, which they accept and retain, are considered taxable income and are strongly advised to keep a personal record of the amounts received.



[1] As of July 1, 1990 according to a communication on file at the chancery. Also see c. 952 §1.

[2] c. 951 §1.


Date approved by Bishop


Posted by
Msgr. S. J. Raica, chancellor