by Jackie Galvin, director of development and communications
March 11, 2016
One of the best things about being of Irish heritage is telling Irish jokes. And, I’ve got a good one that I heard recently …
During a visit with the pope, the president noticed a red phone on a small table in the corner of the office. After chatting for a bit, the president asked the pope, “What do you use that red phone for?” The Holy Father turned to him and said, “Oh that’s a very special phone. I can call God directly from it. But, I rarely use it because it costs $20,000 a minute to make a long distance call like that from the Vatican.” Needless to say, the president was impressed, but understood why the Holy Father would only use it in an emergency.
Later, when the president visited Ireland, he saw another red phone in the archbishop’s office just like the one the pope had. Being curious, the president asked the archbishop what it was used for. The archbishop said, “Oh that’s a very special phone. I can call God directly from it. I use it whenever I have any puzzling questions or concerns.” Needless to say the President was shocked to hear this and said, “Boy you must have quite an expensive phone bill considering the pope pays $20,000 a minute when he uses his red phone.” And the archbishop replied, “Oh no. It doesn’t cost much. In Ireland it’s a local call.”
I thought that was so cute! It’s certainly nice to laugh and share in some Irish fun. And, we certainly experienced lots of it and more at our 3rd annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration and Dinner on March 6.
Working diligently with a fantastic team of committee members and volunteers, our collective goal for the dinner was to raise enough funds to purchase new night stands for the Residents’ rooms. I am pleased to report that we did thanks to all of you!
Although this is certainly no easy task, the people who give of their time at this event sure make it feel that way. We are so grateful to them and to all of the people who provided us with sponsorships, bought tickets, donated prizes, and made delicious baked goods for this special day.
But rather than me telling you about the day’s events, check out this story that ran in The Times-Tribune about it. It, as well as the other links to news stories about the event and our dinner program, will show you what a great day it was indeed for Holy Family Residence.
Until next time,