This card came through the letter box today. It's from the church of St. Francis where I was an associate priest until being "made redundant" earlier this year. Somehow, I don't think they really mean it and the last thing in the world they would want is me turning up at one of the Christmas services. Also, the general sentiment of their message is a lie. I am living proof of that.


I VERY MUCH DOUBT IT — 26 Comments

  1. Ha! Right after I got sacked, the first correspondence I received from the Diocese was a fund raising letter asking me for money — seriously!

    I had been taken off all the other mailing lists – but not THAT one.

    I sincerely sympathize, MadPriest.

  2. I have to say I think this was inexcusably rude on the part of the parish which just happens to have put you out in the cold. Really and truly.

  3. In the spirit of the season, let’s assume ever so briefly that the invitation was intentional and authentic. Even so, when I headed out from my faith “camp,” not that staying was an option, if you take my meaning, I was looking to travel some “distance.”

  4. Yes. The subscription thingy is going a lot better than I ever thought was possible. We are over a quarter of the way to the target and I’m actually beginning to have positive thoughts about the future of my ministry. I do not intend for it to be restricted to just my online activities. But the online activities could make it possible for me to do something new and exciting out there in the real world. I’m thinking – The Mimi Memorial Mega-Church. But don’t worry, I don’t expect you to die first. It will be a memorial to a living legend.

  5. Is the address label a sticker or is it handwritten?

    If it is a sticker label, then probably some receptionist like me just stuck it on the envelope like any others and paid no attention to the name on it and stuck it in the mail with everyone else’s. And of course, such labels would be printed from a computer.

    If it’s handwritten, then I should think someone took some note of the name. Maybe. Unless the person doing the mail is new there.

  6. “The subscription thingy”. . . has there been a marked uptick since you put the ‘subscribe’ button in the sidebar? Just wondering.