The priest is entitled to keep one intention for one Mass on a given day. The stipends for any other Mass(es) said would be given as the Ordinary has directed. It does not assume multiple intentions and stipends offered for the same Mass which is what I think was meant when reference was made to making a refund.
As stated in the Decree on Mass Stipends referenced in a previous post, a priest may, for example, let all know that he will combine all offerings requested for Mother’s Day at a special Mass in the parish. It should be understood that any excess for the combined Mass or the extra Masses said in a day will be used as the bishop decrees. In our diocese it goes to the clergy relief fund (retirement fund).
[size=3]1. In cases in which the people making the offering, have been previously explicitly informed and have freely consented to combining their offerings in a single offering, their intentions can be satisfied with a single Mass celebrated according to a “collective” intention.[/size]
- In cases described in art. 2, par. 1, it is licit for the celebrant to keep the amount of the offering established by the diocese.
In my parishes, I definitely do not have the problem of multiple Mass intentions for any Mass offered. We may get 5 Mass requests after a funeral. With only 8 or so funerals a year, that leaves a lot of Masses that are in need of particular intentions. We get a small handful of intentions for other needs during the course of the year. Thankfully the diocese has some intentions that they can pass on to us. To bad some of these parishes that have an excess don’t think about some of us smaller parishes in need of intentions. I guess that’s my :twocents: worth.