Father O’Malley rose from his bed one morning. It was a fine spring day in his new Ballina parish.

He walked to the window of his bedroom to get a deep breath of the beautiful day outside. He then noticed there was a donkey lying dead in the middle of his front lawn. Not knowing who else to call, he promptly called the local police station.

The conversation went like this:

“Good morning. This is Sergeant Flannagan. How might I help you?”

“And the best of the day to your good self. This is Father O’Malley at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. There is a donkey lying dead right in the middle of my front lawn. “

Sergeant Flannagan, considering himself to be quite a wit, replied with a smirk, “Well now Father, it was always my impression that you people took care of the last rites!”

There was dead silence on the line for a long moment and then Father O’Malley replied:

“Ah, to be sure, that is true; but we are also obliged to notify the next of kin.”

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