My contribution to Godsbody’s call for inspirational Sunday obligation messages:


Missing mass for no good reason
Is tantamount to treason,
A breach of faith in any season,
Unless you’re sick in bed and sneezin’.


The 8 A.M. mass has passed like a schooner,
So has the 9, the 10, the 11.
Didn’t there used to be a nooner
Over at Mary Queen of Heaven?

Too late for that, but I’m still
Not screwed, thanks to St. T.M.
College on up on the hill,
Where there’s a 5, an 8 and a 10 P.M.


Get real
Be present
Real Presence


  1. You know, slap that in Catholic update, and the life of the Church would be changed.

    In fact, this poem seeing public light thorugh this blog will likely result in overwhelming numbers of people going to Church this Sunday night. That’ll prove it!

    Thanks for the smile.

  2. Matthew Lickona says

    Thank you for responding to the call. Beats my entry of “Get your ass/to Mass.”

  3. Rufus McCain says

    I liked yours, Matthew. The biblical imagery.

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