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    Why The Pope And Dalai Lama Are Unlisted

    | Southampton, UK |

    (It is nearly Christmas, about 11pm. The Vicar has been out all day visiting elderly parishioners and has fallen asleep in front of the television. The phone rings.)

    Me: “Hello. St. ***’s Vicarage. Can I help you?”

    Man: “I need to speak to the Vicar.”

    Me: “I am afraid he is unavailable at the moment. Can I take a message?”

    Man: “Can’t you contact him? This is really urgent.”

    Me: “I am afraid I can only disturb him in an emergency. What is the problem. I am a Reader (lay minister). Perhaps I can help?”

    Man: “I have this really deep theological question. I’m sure only the Vicar can answer it.”

    Me: “I do have a degree in theology, sir. I’m sure I can help.”

    Man: “When is the Twelfth Day of Christmas?”

    Me: “??”

    Man: “Are you there? I told you, only the Vicar would know.”

    Me: “It’s the 5th of January. The day before Epiphany.”

    Man: “Are you sure?”

    Me: “Definitely. Why do you need to know?”

    Man: “Me and my mates are doing a pub quiz. It’s the one question we couldn’t answer. Thanks. Bye!”

    Me: “…”

    Jesus, Now Peanut Free!

    | Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada |

    (It is Ash Wednesday and we have kids form next door come over for Mass in the morning. I’m serving as a communion minister as the kids start to come up. One little guy came up right away and just stood there with his hands at his sides looking at me.)

    Me: “Do you take communion yet?”

    Him: “Do those have peanuts?”

    Me: “?”

    Him: “‘Cause I can’t have peanuts.”

    Me: “No peanuts here, but have you had communion yet?”

    Him: “I don’t think I should, just in case there’s peanuts. I can’t have any.”

    Me: “How about we just give you a blessing then?” *I make the sign of a cross on his forehead and give him a blessing*

    Him: “Thanks, maybe next time there won’t be any peanuts. I can’t have those.”

    Me: *wonders if we should make up a “Jesus – Now Peanut Free!” sign, just in case* ;o)

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