Sunday, 4 January 2015

Charade in church

At the back of our church we usually have one or two ushers. Their job is to welcome people coming in to church, hand out the missals and hymn books, take the collection, (and often a second collection), and generally help throughout.

At the end of Mass, just before the blessing and dismissal, our priest usually reads one or two announcements he has to make: change of Mass times during the week, beginning of First Communion classes and so on.

He then looks round the church and asks: have I forgotten anything else?

The other day, the usher at the back of the church, an elderly gentleman in his 70s, raised his hand. The priest looked at him in silence expecting a prompt. The old man raised his leg and started patting his knee. The priest waited in total confusion. The old man then started pacing up and down like a Scot playing the bagpipes. The priest eventually gave up and said: I didn't realise we were playing charades! And gave the final blessing.

As people left the church I heard the priest ask the usher what was all that about.

The usher replied; Pat MacDonald is in hospital. We should pray for him. I patted my knee and walked like a Scot for Mac ...

At which the priest interrupted: How would you have mimed Donald? Impersonate Donald Duck?


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    1. It's good to laugh, Lulu. Best New Year resolution.

      God bless.

  2. Funny! I would have liked to have seen that!

    1. At first I thought the old man had gone mad. He started patting his knee then walking backwards and forwards pretending he was playing the bagpipes.

      It's a big church, so he did not want to shout from the back.

      God bless you Mary.

  3. Hi Victor! We have the same ushers at our church, but I don't think they'd ever dare to add to our priests announcements. Our pastor is a trifle intimidating. I can't even imagine what he'd do if faced by a charades game!

    So good to be back and enjoying your gentle humor my friend. Happy New Year!

    1. Glad to see you back, Ceil. Happy New Year to you and yours.

      We've had intimidating priests in the past in our church. For penance at Confession they turned people into pillars of salt.

      God bless.



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