There Was Certainly A Point During My Clown Mass When I Thought, “What The Hell Am I Doing?”

May 23, 2013 by  
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Tuscan, AZ–Pastor of St. Genesius Catholic Church in Tuscan, Arizona Fr. Edmond Harrington confirmed to reporters this afternoon that at one point during his first Clown Mass, he looked at his oversized checkered shoes and thought to himself, “Edmond Reginold Harrington, what the hell are you doing?” “I mean don’t get me wrong, I don’t feel a shred of guilt about it or anything,” Harrington told the press as he brushed away a lock of bright red hair from his painted face, “but I mean…who could deny how freaking weird the whole thing was. As a kid I never imagined myself saying a Mass. I also never imagined myself exerting so much time and effort trying to pick up a host off an altar with oversized white gloves. Definitely harder than it looks.” Harrington went on to say that there was another point just moments after he had said the words of consecration and had raised the host when he just paused there a minute, gazing, “not in adoration, but in absolute disbelief” of what the hell he was doing. One deacon said that he knew the Mass was going to be a touch unusual after Harrington handed him a rubber chicken, and asked him to slap him in the face with it some time during the homily. Harrington told Eye of the Tiber that he had gotten frustrated during the dismissal, after having spent a good minute trying to maneuver his plastic red nose so that he could kiss the altar. “It was humiliating,” he said, before smacking himself in the face with a pie.

  • Kenny

    Yes, God must have been happy with Fathers re-presentation of his Son’s sacrifice that day. Utterly repulsive.

  • benjen stark

    well, at least he didn’t turn his back to the people. that would have been blasphemous.

  • Janeen Fenton

    The arrogance of this Priest, the betrayal, is shocking. That others participated and allowed this is shocking. What is the Bishop doing about it!

    • EBW

      Those who thought this was a satire on a real event are not to be blamed, since this kind of crap happens all the time (cf. the Star Wars Mass just last week, was it?). In fact, the photo is all too real–but they lifted it from a Clown Eucharist that occurred in 2005 at an Episcopal church (to be precise, the particular Episcopal church that drove me to become Catholic):

      • wiffle

        Heh. My Mother was Episcopalian. When I thought about coming back to the Church a few years ago, I thought about going back there. Then I realized that CS Lewis was dead and so was his Church. 🙁 It was pretty easy to stay Catholic.

  • Fidei Defensor

    What I want to know is: where was the MC? Every MC worth his blessed salt knows that he is to remove the clown-celebrants nose before the reverence of the altar and return it to said celebrant’s face once the altar has been kissed. This Priest and MC need to go back to Clown College, er um, I mean Seminary and relearn the rubrics of the Clown Mass. Oh, there is another abuse here. The article states that the celebrant is a priest, everyone knows that red clown noses are reserved for the use of Cardinals. Had this priest actually read the GICM, he would have known that the proper color of nose for his station would have been black. Do people not care about proper liturgy anymore?

    • anita

      fidei defensor–they should add your comment to the article, it is the funniest part! Love that you have a Latin handle but also have a sense of humor!

      • Fidei Defensor

        Been spending most my life living in a V2 paradise. Heard Latin once or twice, living in a V2 paradise.

  • Fr D

    One also wonders how the mime-deacon was able to maintain his role as mime and fulfill his role as deacon, which necessitates speaking.

  • NikJ

    I always find it amusing when people do not realize that this is a parody.

  • Tim

    WHAT???? This is a Parody ????

    • SmokeyBehr

      I wonder sometimes, judging by some of the clowns I’ve seen saying Mass…

  • d frevert

    Well the priest got the “hell” part correct.

  • Joseph Q Pham

    While the clown was funny, Father D was the real comedian here.

  • The elevation of the Host shown in the picture – that looks like pizza. Is pizza valid material for the Eucharist? I don’t think so. Judging by the colour of the chasuble, this was Pentecost, so I think the nose being red is excusable.

  • Panda Rosa

    No wonder so many people think clowns are evil.

  • The Lord is not a clown nor anyone who follows Him!

  • Anthony

    I was wondering, when the Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion came forward, did they do so in a Volkswagon Beetle? And how many did come to minister at the altar of God.

  • Stacy

    What a joke.

  • Knight of St John

    The Novus Ordo Mass in all its Glory! So pathetic!

  • More Tea Vicar?

    Is that Father Ronald McDonald on the altar? Was Hamburglar one of the ‘Eucharistic Ministers’?
    Oh, many, many times I’ve been sorely tempted to smack a rubber chicken across the face of apostates who preach boring, self-serving, prideful, hippy-clappy homilies… and place a whoopee cushion on the altar chair.

  • J Thompson

    That is not how mass should be celebrated, I’m sorry but he made a mockery of Christ’s scarifice