Because Catholics Can Take a Joke

Because Catholics Can Take a Joke March 9, 2010

Guest post by Allison Salerno
Know any good, tasteful Catholic jokes? On Sunday, the fourth in Lent, our Church will celebrate Laetare Sunday, or Refreshment Sunday. Among the signs of joy you may see at your local parish this Sunday are: the use of flowers on the altar, and of the organ at Mass and Vespers. You will also see your priests robed in rose-colored vestments. One parish friend suggests we think of Laetare Sunday  as “halftime for Lent,” a chance for us to pause and feel joy during our Lenten Journey. How wise our Church and its liturgical calendar are!

Inspired by reader Michelle, who emailed Webster a very funny joke, we will post  some Catholic jokes on Sunday afternoon—all in good taste and respectful of our Church because Catholics do have a sense of humor. Just check out the photo (above) of Sister Rosalba Garcia, one of the twenty-three nuns of the Salesian Sisters of Mary Immaculate Province in San Antonio.

Because Webster and Frank don’t know a whole lot of Catholic jokes (they seem to have little sense of humor), and I know few jokes of any denomination, we need your help. Send your suggestions to me: and I will compile a list. Looking forward to some giggles.

Here’s a little more about Laetare Sunday from my friend, who says he “plagiarized shamelessly and paraphrased from the Catholic Encyclopædia”:

“Strictly speaking, the Thursday before Laetare Sunday is the middle day of Lent, and it was at one time observed as such, but afterwards the special signs of joy permitted on this day, intended to encourage the faithful in their course through the season of penance, were transferred to the Sunday following. The fourth, or middle, Sunday of Lent, gets its name from the first words of the Introit at Mass, “Laetare Jerusalem’—‘Rejoice, O Jerusalem.’”

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  • Anonymous

    cool to know! i had no idea and will be looking for the flowers and the priests colorful garments! 🙂

  • @Anonymous: I am learning with you. Every year, I am trying to understand a bit more about the Church and also about its liturgical calendar. During Lent, we have Gaudete Sunday, which is similar to Laetare Sunday. That is the third Sunday of Advent when we light the rose candle; the other candles on our Advent wreath are purple. (Of course one year – recently! -I put three rose colored candles on my Advent wreath and one purple by mistake and was gently admonished by a visiting Presbyterian friend) from New Advent: Gaudete Sunday, therefore, makes a breaker like Laetare Sunday, about midway through a season which is otherwise of a penitential character, and signifies the nearness of the Lord's coming.So much to learn!

  • oops. I meant to say "During Advent we have Gaudete Sunday, which is similar to Laetare Sunday. "

  • So the Pope comes to visit America. He's late for an important event and asks the driver to speed it up a little. Finally, he says he'll just take over and drive. Well a cop pulls him over for speeding and says, "Your eminancy, do you have any idea how fast you were driving?" The Pope apologizes and the cop lets him go. The cops partner then asks him, "So who was it?" The cop replies, "I don't know, but the Pope was his chauffeur!