Oh, old church,

when your pipe organ plays

I offer a sporting good prayer,

because while I’m singing,

the sounds that I’m hearing

seem to me more like something

for Mets-Willets Point.

But oh, old church,

When you let me sing

with your stadium hymns,

with joy I’m your Catho-LIC

and you’re mine.

Ryan Vale McGonigle

St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church (LIC, Queens)

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