Sacramental Assistance Compensation Guidelines

In accordance with the recommendations of the Priestly Life and Ministry Board, minimum guidelines for the remuneration of priests for sacramental work in the Archdiocese of Baltimore are as follows:

  • Weekend or Holy Day Masses $75.00 for each Mass
  • Weekday Masses $50.00 each (minimum)
  • Sacrament of Reconciliation
    Or Penance service

Mileage: There is a further recommendation that transportation costs of $0.53.5 per mile (2017 IRS rate), if there is a significant amount of travel provided with the service (for example, greater than 50 miles)

Budgeting: Any parish that would have difficulty paying these fees should address this situation with the Office of Clergy Personnel. The Priestly Life and Ministry Board wishes to remind pastors that costs for extra clergy help should be anticipated in the parish budget.
(Issued in 2018)