Father Ryan rose from his bed one morning. It was a fine spring day in his rural parish. He walked to the window of his bedroom to catch a deep breath of the beautiful day outside. That's when noticed there was a donkey lying dead in the middle of his front lawn. He promptly called the local police station.
The conversation went like this: "Good morning. This is Sergeant Jones. How might I help you?"
" This is Father Ryan at St. Ann 's Church. There's a donkey lying dead on the front lawn and I wondered if you'd be so kind as to send a couple of your lads to take care of the matter?"
Sergeant Jones, considering himself to be quite a wit, thought he would have a little fun with the good Father and so he replied, "Father, it was always my impression that you good people took care of the last rites!"
There was dead silence on the line for a few moments.......
Father Ryan replied: "Aye,tis certainly true but we are also obliged to notify the next of kin first, which is the reason for the call"