After attending mass at this parish for the past 4 months (we attended a different parish when we first moved to FL for about 2 months) we have found our parish home. We walked out of mass this evening, saying…‘we have found our parish home.’ It took a little getting used to some minor differences from our parish back in PA, but you know what makes an awesome parish? When you see smiles on the priests’ faces…when you see smiles on the parishioners’ faces…when you hear everyone (well nearly) singing with the choir…when you look over at your 15 year old son, and he is praying fervently, and is enjoying mass.:o I can’t explain it, but the priest that heads up this parish, just exudes with the Holy Spirit. The younger priest, Fr Tim–is just such a refreshing person, and his youth makes him very relateable to the parish teens. Tonight, because of the Epiphany…they had three K of C members dressed up like the wise men, and the priest told a story at the end of mass…and they each had an ornament for all the kids! We found that to be special. My son has a smile on his face at mass! Praise be to God! Not that he frowned before, and truthfully–he might be maturing as well in his own faith–but, I remember when he would just stare down at his shoes at mass in PA…and now, he seems a little more eager to get ready for mass. (although he still questions the validity of if Adam and Eve really existed–that’s another thread:D ) My dd has always loved mass…Oh, and my husband really likes this priest. He can be a little critical, if he does not see ‘happy’ priests exuding joy, he does not like the parish. Everyone’s different, I suppose.:shrug: It is a larger parish, so perhaps the chatter that goes on, is just a byproduct of a larger parish. It’s nice to see so many families with young children at mass, too…
So…we have found our parish home! I am going to join the women’s club, too…they do a lot of charity work, etc…and now that I feel ‘home’ here, I am excited to become part of one of the ministries. My husband was a K of C in PA-and wants to join at this one too! Praise be to God, you guys.
So–do you LOVE your parish? If not, what would you like to see different about it? Is it the clergy? Is it the lack of progams? Is it something else?
Look forward to your replies.