An Irish priest was transferred to Texas.

Father O'Malley rose from his bed one morning. It was a fine spring day in his new Texas mission parish.

He walked to the window of his bedroom to get a deep breath of the beautiful day outside.

He then noticed there was a jackass 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?''

''And the best of the day at yerself.

This is Father O'Malley at St. Ann's Catholic Church.

There's a jackass lying dead in me front lawn."

Sergeant Jones, who considered himself to be quite a wit, replied with a smirk,

''Well now Father, it was always my impression that you people took care of the last rites!''

There was dead silence on the line for a moment

Father O'Malley then replied:

''Aye, 'tis certainly true.... But we are also obliged to notify the next of kin.''