From a reader:
Do you recommend giving a stipend to the priest and/or parish when an infant is baptized? If so, how much is a good amount?
This is the old question of “stole fees” which I have presented on this blog before, such as here, about weddings – more complicated and time consuming.
I cannot recommend any set amount since I don’t know your circumstances or the priest. But I can say this. You may give Father something if you want to. I also doubt Father will be expecting it.
Priests have expenses in order to live and they appreciate an unforeseen gift. I sure do. It raises the spirits. Deacons, who do many baptisms these days, often have families to raise, and things aren’t getting easier in that regard.
That said, it may be that the local diocese has a policy about “stole fees”. You might want to check into that. Also, it may be that the priest would prefer a donation to the parish. You should ask around where you live.
Perhaps some of the readers can chime in with what they have given their priests or deacons. Or bishops! They can baptize too!