(Closed) How much to “tip” the priest?

posted 10 years ago in Catholic
Post # 3
220 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I would ask his parish secretary for his usual amount.  It will give you a good starting point.  I used to be a parish secretary and people would always ask what to give him.  He hated washing his car so I suggested gift certs to a car wash.  He was always getting "things" and he kept everything, but rarely used them.

Post # 4
158 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2007 - The Wellington House in Fayetteville, NY

I second asking the parish secretary for a suggestion.  She will know him best.

Also, since he is travelling (though not very far) I would maybe add an extra $50-100 to his usual donation.  

Post # 5
16 posts
  • Wedding: June 2008


We are paying the same amount for our church as well, and we will be tipping the priest $100 and also giving him a bottle of Johnny Walker Black (which is pretty cheap at Costco). I am sure they would love the watch too.

When I asked the parish secretary what would be a common donation, she said whatever we felt comfortable giving.

 Hope that helps you.


Post # 6
18 posts
  • Wedding: August 2008

I agree with the previous posters. Another thing you might want to consider is if he is part of an order that holds money in common. If so, the additional donation goes to his community (and him, of course, though maybe more indirectly), which is why the scotch or the watch would be thoughtful as well.

Post # 7
16 posts
  • Wedding: June 2008

When I asked who to make the check out too I was told it all went to the same place so it didn’t matter, which is why we are making sure to give him something else.

 Each church is a little different so make sure to ask. It doesn’t make you look bad!

Post # 8
36 posts
  • Wedding: November 2018



Catholic priests can keep money if the card directly says, "For your own use."

 I don’t know about the pen or watch idea because I am sure that he has plenty of those. I think maybe a gift card to a local coffee place or diner or I like the car wash idea.

Post # 9
52 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

I have the same issue.  What if you give the priest an American Express Gift Certificate to use.  Then he has to use it and he can use it on anything he likes.  Right?

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