The Parish Priest – In this “Year of the Priest”

If the Parish Priest preaches for over 10 minutes, he is long- winded.

If his sermon is short, he didn’t prepare for it.

If the Parish funds are low, he is a poor businessman.

If he mentions money,
he is money mad.

If he owns a good car, he is worldly.

If he doesn’t, he is a disgrace to the Parish.

If he speaks freely to his parishioners, he is a flirt.

If he doesn’t, he is snobbish.

If he is jovial, he is light-headed.

If he is serious, he is proud and unapproachable.

If he has raffles and drives, he is bleeding the people.

If he doesn’t, there isn’t enough social life in the Parish.

If he takes time in Confession to help sinners, he is too long.

If he doesn’t, he is not a good advisor.

If he starts Mass on time, his watch is fast.

If he starts Mass late, he is holding up the Congregation.

If he redecorates the Church, he is spending too much money. If he doesn’t, he is letting it run down.

If he is young, he is not experienced.

If he is old, he should retire.

If he dies, “You’d think he would have taken better care of his health.”

Submitted by Doria2


We thank you, God our Father, for those who have
responded to your call to priestly ministry. Accept
this prayer we offer on their behalf: Fill your priests with
the sure knowledge of your love. Open their hearts to the
power and consolation of the Holy Spirit. Lead them to new
depths of union with your Son. Increase in them profound
faith in the Sacraments they celebrate as they nourish,
strengthen and heal us.
Lord Jesus Christ, grant that these, your priests, may inspire
us to strive for holiness by the power of their example, as
men of prayer who ponder your word and follow your will.
O Mary, Mother of Christ and our mother, guard with your
maternal care these chosen ones, so dear to the Heart of
your Son. Intercede for our priests that, offering the
Sacrifice of your Son, they may be conformed more each
day to the image of your Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus
Christ. Amen.
St. John Vianney, universal patron of priests,
pray for us and our priests.

Prayer courtesy of the Knights of Columbus

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