My son will be going to Kindergarten next year and my husband and I have decided to enroll him in Catholic School. I am very happy and excited about this decision, but didn’t expect to be faced with the need to change parishes to afford tuition. The school is affiliated with another parish in our area. Our current parish does not have a school, and due to the economy is not providing subsidy toward tuition. Subsidy or no, my husband believes we should change parishes so that my son can be seen by his teachers, principals, other families within the school and parish, and be a part of his school/church community.
I am hurting because I have grown so attached to our current parish. I teach Sacramental Preparation for First Reconciliation & First Communion, know many of the families, and participate so much in our parish. Not to mention my admiration for the priest and the way he leads us in worship of God.
Anyone else been faced with this? Can I be a member of two parishes? Can I be a member of one parish and teach at another? I know the “school” parish will need our weekly offering, but could I give my offering to one parish and my time and talent to another?
If anyone has thoughts, they’d be appreciated!