People mull around outside after mass in nicer weather. Our parish has coffee and donuts every few weeks. There are holy hours separately for men and women. Family group. And lots of other things going on, like bible studies, ways to help out around the parish, things like that.
Wow, if Holy Communion is not about fellowship, it certainly has been given a misnomer for a name. For the record, I completely and absolutely reject the premise which is the basis of this thread. Was it actually written by a Catholic? I think that is a fair question.
Technically, the Mass is all about fellowship. It’s not fellowship in the sense of the word when used in lots of Evangelical and some other Protestant churches, which seems to be all about socializing, but it is fellowship with Christ our King and Savior and also with all the other members of the mystical body of Christ. In the Mass, Christ is truly present, body, blood, soul, and divinity. When Catholics receive the Eucharist, we are taking part in a profound fellowship with Christ, as well as with everyone else who is the mystical body of Christ. So it is fellowship, just perhaps not the kind a Protestant would be used to.
It can be quite a challenge. I have noticed that most of the parishes in my area have separated the Masses by at least 30 minutes, to give the congregation some social time, but my particular parish has no “gathering space” or lobby. All the doors open directly into the sanctuary, and there is no place except outside where one can chat before or after Mass.
Nice you come from a large family too One of ten children here.And yes,talking with them is instructive,informative and affirming …I couldn’t ask for better as there are religious within the extended family also.Much to be grateful for .
First, why are you separating your “catholic friends” from “believers”?
Your profile says you’re a Christian. Do you not believe that your friends who are Catholic are also Christians (i.e.: believers)?
I hang out with my friends. The churches they choose to worship in aren’t an issue for me. I’ve been to their churches. They’ve been to mine. When we go to get ice cream, the flavors don’t say “Catholic” or “Protestant.”
After the early Mass, we have coffee and doughnuts. There are Bible Studies between the Sunday Masses and during the week. We also have various group activities every week and special events throughout the year.
Catholics are very service oriented. We don’t just talk about Jesus and our faith. We live it in our daily lives with our families, our friends and by serving our communities by volunteering the 3 Ts - our Time, our Talents and our Treasures.
Yes, plenty of time to socialize with others and show the love of Jesus to all.