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Old Dec 29, '11, 11:03 am
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I was wondering what the typical amount would be to give for a house blessing? I don't want to look cheap, lol! Thoughts?
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20% of gross annual income.
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We always had the priest stay for dinner when he was through blessing the house. If he couldn't, my parents would give him about $40.
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I agree on dinner as the correct amount. So if you can't have him to dinner, give the equivalent of a nice dinner out.
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20% of gross annual income.



I've given a bottle of wine, as well. You can give some sort of gift. Don't fret about it.
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Why do we have to pay for a priest to bless a house?

I am not used to this giving of money for spiritual matters. I can understand the dinner.
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Why do we have to pay for a priest to bless a house?

I am not used to this giving of money for spiritual matters. I can understand the dinner.
You do not have to pay for a priest to bless the house. It is merely a gratuity for his time and effort, it is not for the blessing. There is no charge for a blessing, the priest would do it anyway. It is just a nice gesture to give the priest something.

Also, many priests do not keep the money, but instead donate it to charity, but he may keep it if he wishes, it is up to him. My former pastor (may he RIP) used to keep money stuffed in his pockets, and when he heard of someone needing help, he would reach in and pull out some money to give to them. He was very generous with his money.
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Why do we have to pay for a priest to bless a house?

I am not used to this giving of money for spiritual matters. I can understand the dinner.
It's just a nice thing to do. The bottle of wine would work. I bet no priest would accept money.
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It's called a stipend.

This article will explain the idea to you. Although it's specifically about Mass Offerings/Stipends, it covers across the board.
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I was wondering what the typical amount would be to give for a house blessing? I don't want to look cheap, lol! Thoughts?
It's a donation, give what you can, even if you just cook him dinner he will be grateful! They do not expect anything for it
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I was wondering what the typical amount would be to give for a house blessing? I don't want to look cheap, lol! Thoughts?
A nice dinner?
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Old Dec 29, '11, 7:39 pm
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Thanks for all the replies! Since our priest is on a schedule and blessing other homes, then I will just give him an envelope and some cookies.

Side note..The one other time I had our house blessed *that* particular priest would not take the money.
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Thanks for all the replies! Since our priest is on a schedule and blessing other homes, then I will just give him an envelope and some cookies.

Side note..The one other time I had our house blessed *that* particular priest would not take the money.
Some don't, others do keep it for themselves (to live off), put it into the parish funds or even give it to charity. It caries Priest to Priest, as they understand it as a donation, so they can refuse to take it (they may even advise you where you can put the money instead of giving it to them, I do recommend a charity like Caritas which is a Catholic Charity).
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I have always had a dinner and 50-100 dollars available to a priest for doing this. Albeit, thus far I have only had to do this twice.

I have never had a priest reject a gift...
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