Posted by Tempus Fugit on February 11, 2001 at 23:09:58:
In Reply to: Re: Collections posted by JDP on February 10, 2001 at 16:37:51:
I remember my Dad telling the story of a certain character from the Newport Road direction who rarely had any spare cash. The church collection was coming up so he went to the presbytery and asked to see the newly arrived curate. He explained his predicament about having a large family and finding it very difficult to make ends meet, mar dhea!! The curate took pity on him and gave him a few pounds. On relating the story to his fellow priests, the priests had a great laugh and said to him: "That was ..........., he hasnt a large family, and wait till the collection comes and you will see that he will give that donation and have his name near the top of the list. And by the way, he does that every year to the newest curate"
When the collection time arrived, the said gentleman gave what was considered a respectable donation which was duly acknowledged from the altar. And of course, not many members of the laity could ever figure out how ..... could afford such generosity in the first place. tI gather that the character in question enjoyed telling that story himself.
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