Summer Chuckles #2

group of clownsWhile I’m on vacation, I thought I’d provide you with some “summer chuckles”: church-related humor to remind ourselves to take ourselves and our ministry a bit less seriously!


A catechist was sitting in a restaurant eating lunch thinking about preparing a lesson on the Corporal Works of Mercy. He opened a letter from his mother he just got that morning. As he opened it, a twenty dollar bill fell out. He thought: “Thanks, mom, I could use that right about now.” As he finished his meal he noticed a homeless person outside on the sidewalk leaning against the light post. He thought: “I should practice what I preach. It looks like this person can use the $20 more than I can.”

So he crossed out the names on the envelope and put the $20 in the envelope and wrote across the top in large letters. “PERSEVERE!” So as not to make a scene, he put the envelope under his arm and dropped it as he walked past the man. The man picked it up and read the message and smiled. The next day, while the catechist was eating his lunch, the same man tapped him on the shoulder and handed him a big wad of bills. Surprised the catechist asked him what that was for? The man replied, “This is your half of the winnings. “PERSEVERE” came in first in the fourth race at the track yesterday, and he paid 30 to 1.”

About Joe Paprocki 2758 Articles
Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at

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