The Second Book of Catholic Jokesby Tom Sheridan, Paul Boudreau (Foreword by)
In this follow up to the bestselling Book of Catholic Jokes, Tom Sheridan again offers a hilarious collection of clean and well-intentioned jokes designed to spark smiles, laughter, and maybe even a little introspection on the human condition. With a foreword by Father Paul Boudreau, The Second of Book of Catholic Jokes promises to show that/b>/i>/i>
In this follow up to the bestselling Book of Catholic Jokes, Tom Sheridan again offers a hilarious collection of clean and well-intentioned jokes designed to spark smiles, laughter, and maybe even a little introspection on the human condition. With a foreword by Father Paul Boudreau, The Second of Book of Catholic Jokes promises to show that faith can beand should befun.
It was Palm Sunday but because of a sore throat, little Jonnie stayed home with a sitter. When the family returned home, they were carrying several palm fronds. Little Jonnie asked them what they were for.
"People held them over Jesus' head as he walked by," his father told him.
"Wouldn't you know it," little Jonnie fumed, "the one Sunday I don't go and he shows up."
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In his foreword, Father Paul Boudreau writes of the Catholic penchant for humor, citing material such as "funny hats, unique hardware.saints that fly and find your keys." Author Tom Sheridan goes a step further: "The life God gives us can be very humorous. Comical. Downright laughable." He then offers 78 pages of examples which, like those in the first Book of Catholic Jokes, are taken from public sources, mostly word of mouth. Again Sheridan, a writer, editor, and ordained deacon, covers all the bases: stories about kids, nuns, priests, bishops, rabbis, and ministers. My favorite involves Jesus taking a break from the office in heaven to visit his neighbors. He comes upon a working carpenter who is hoping the sounds of his trade will attract the attention of the earthly son he has yet to find within the pearly gates. "Father?" asks Jesus. The carpenter replies, "Pinocchio?" Comparison jokes featuring Jesuits never disappoint. Summary of a favorite: Augustinian, Franciscan, and Jesuit arriving together in heaven are all asked what they would change if they came back to earth. Augustinian says he'd make people behave better; Franciscan would try to get wealthy to share more with the poor; Jesuit would get a different doctor. Similarly, the lights went out at a retreat house where several different orders of priests were staying. The Franciscans praised God for the darkness; the Benedictines continued to pray from memory; the Dominicans discussed the light "as a signification of the transmission of divine knowledge"; the Carmelites fell into silence and practiced slow, steady breathing; and the Jesuits "sent one of their guys into the basement to replace the fuse." There's a pastor's good-news/bad-news day that includes the women's club decision to send the priest a get well card. Bad news: The vote was 31-30. That's as many spoilers as you will get from this review. Pick up a copy of the Second Book of Catholic Jokes for the full versions of these and the rest of the entries to enjoy and retell.