Summer Chuckles #4

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 pastor and the music director were always at odds with one another over the selection of hymns at Mass. Eventually, the pastor announced that he was moving on and told the music director that, in a gesture of good will, she could choose all the music for his farewell Mass without interference from him. When the day came, the pastor said his farewells during his homily and concluded by saying that, although he wished he could stay, that it was Jesus’ will that he move on. As he returned to his seat, the music director invited the assembly to sing, “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.”

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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

2 Comments on Summer Chuckles #4

  1. Thank you for bringing a smile to my face throughout this month with the humorous stories. I am familiar with a slightly different version of Chuckle #2. I’m sharing all the stories with my fellow catechists, DRE, and pastor, as well as, with my family. Thank you, Joe, for making us all smile.

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