12 Original Catholics Memes

Tonight, as I was flipping through channels on the television, I noticed the movie, Animal House, was being shown on IFC. It reminded me of a funny meme that I once created for a post on this blog that had to do with sacred music. Once I remembered this meme, it came to mind that I had created quite a few of my own memes over the past few years, which I had used for other blog posts.

Realizing that I had only written once this week, I thought I would share with you some of the memes that came from the creative side of my own brain. Hope you enjoy some Catholic humor for your Second Friday in Lent. Feel free to share any of these memes with your family and friends.

Play Sacred MusicCatholicism - Church LadyFaith and Science - DSMME

JP2 and the Brown Scapular MemeThings St. Francis never saidBig Bang.Yeah That Was MeBrace Yourselves

JP2 and Ratzinger laughing at mediaSt. Nicholas MemeBe Not Afraid - Read Mondays with Mary

Francis.Benedict - SMM Homilies meme


Aaron Rodgers and the “Hail Mary”

Here is a little Catholic humor to start off your Tuesday –

Source of Meme: Facebook, a friend posted it.

Source of Meme: Facebook, a friend posted it.

In case you don’t know, live in a different country other than the United States, live in the USA but were under a rock on Sunday night, or you just don’t follow the NFL, Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers through two very long passes at the end of the Divisional Playoff game against the Arizona Cardinals. The pass that essentially sent the game into overtime, which was won by the Cardinals, was a “Hail Mary” pass. Watch the pass below –


The “Hail Mary” pass originated with two of the four Horseman from the University of Notre Dame. It had to do with a desperation pass that only with divine intercession would be successful. For the most part, until Roger Staubach, the term was only confined to Notre Dame football and other Catholic colleges. The “Hail Mary” phrase become widely popular after the aforementioned Dallas Cowboy Quarterback threw a very long game winning pass to Drew Pearson in a game against the Minnesota Vikings on December 28, 1975. Staubach, a Roman Catholic, said after the game, “I closed my eyes and said a Hail Mary.”

An hour after the amazing plays by Aaron Rodgers, I was home watching television and noticed that everyone talking about the passes kept saying, “Hail Mary.” On my Twitter feed, I posted this: The best part about Rodgers throwing those long passes – ESPN, Local News, NFL Primetime, & others keep saying, “Hail Mary.” #Catholic. 

If you are offended by this meme, there is something wrong with you and not me. This is humor and not meant to be blasphemous, since I know some will take it this way. If you think this is inappropriate, get some tougher skin, it’s humor. It’s meme’s like this that will sometimes cause an individual not practicing their faith or who does not know Mother Mary to look into her and Jesus.

Pope Emeritus Reads TomPerna.org

Wow – you wouldn’t believe what happened on this day! Of all days, this happens today.

While taking a late lunch break at the parish, I checked my gmail account and saw an email titled – “Greetings from Rome.” When I opened up the email, I realized that it was from Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI!

In the email, he told me that he reads my blog posts quite often and finds them very interesting, theologically orthodox, and faithful to the Magisterium. He said that he began reading my blog about 6 months ago after seeing it on NewAdvent.org.

He stated that his favorite blog posts of mine are the posts on the Doctors of the Church, “Mondays with Mary”, and the ones I have done on his predecessor, Pope St. John Paul II. He also asked me when I was going to write my first book because he would be interested in editing it for me. How cool is that!

At the end of his email, he said, “if people are not following your blog, they are truly missing out on solid Catholic theology.” What a compliment!

I am so fired up writing this to you, I can hardly sit still.

This is categorized under “Catholic Humor.” Today is April 1st – April Fools. 🙂

Pope Emeritus B 16 with IPad

St. Catherine of Siena and the High School Classroom

St. Catherine of Siena

Today is the Feast Day of one of four female Doctors of the Church – St. Catherine of Siena. You can read about her life with the provided link. The other three female Doctors of the Church are St. Teresa of Avila, St. Therese of Lisieux, and St. Hildegard of Bingen. Today’s blog isn’t as educational as most, but it’s still good…and funny.

My first year in the high school theology classroom was at a Catholic school in Phoenix, Arizona. I could probably write a book on the funny things my students have said to me over the years, but this one has book title all over it. At some point in the second semester, we were discussing the stigmata – the wounds of Christ. Throughout the history of the Church, quite a few saints have received the wounds of Christ. What’s even more interesting is that many of these saints are female saints.

Somehow the discussion with my class comes around to St. Catherine of Siena. So I start talking and explaining about the life of St. Catherine. I told them about her early life a bit, that she was a Dominican, that she helped bring the Papacy back to Rome after being Avignon, and I explained that she had the stigmata. As I was explaining the stigmata, one of the students raised their hand and asked if the parish and school in South Phoenix was named after her. I affirmed the question and continued to talk about her life. During the explanation, I said that my sister had just begun her first year of teaching at St. Catherine of Siena. I think I spoke about my sister and how great of teacher she could potential become (well, I was prophetic in some sense, Carla was amazing as a teacher for 8 years…her students loved her).

So as the discussion ended, I asked the class some questions about her life and then asked if they had any questions for me. A student in the front row (yes…the front row) raised her hand with a sense of confusion.

The question she asked made me not only laugh, but shake my head too. She asked, “Wait…your sister who works at St. Catherine of Siena has the stigmata?”  “What?!”, went through my mind.

The things kids ask in the classroom! So funny! One of her best friends sitting in the back row piped up and said, “Hello!! Were you not even paying attention to Mr. Perna…brutal!”

So if I ever wrote a book on things kids say in the classroom, it will be titled – “Wait…your sister who works at St. Catherine of Siena has the stigmata?”

St. Catherine of Siena…Pray for Us!