He promptly called the local police station and heard "Good morning. This is Sergeant Jones. How might I help you?"
"And the best of the day t' yerself. This is Father O'Malley at St. Ann's Catholic Church. There's a jackass lying dead in me front lawn, and would ye be so kind as to send a couple o' yer' lads to take care of the matter?"
Sergeant Jones, considering 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 long moment. Father O'Malley then replied: "Aye, 'tis certainly true, but we are also obliged to notify the next of kin first ... which is the reason for me call."