What are your thoughts on good ways to get to know fellow parishioners? Our parish currently has too many Mass times in proportion to the number of attendees, so the parish population is spread thin, and there isn’t much for regular parish social events. I am willing to help organize something, but it would be nice if we could get a regular repeating event that people would come to. For example, when I was growing up in a small Protestant church, we had a monthly potluck that almost everyone stayed for, and we had weekly Bible studies or prayer meetings. I miss having “church family,” but the way Catholic parishes are set up makes it very difficult to create that same type of community.
A key part of the problem, in my opinion, is the unnecessary multiple Mass times. Honestly, we could probably fit all the regular weekend Mass attendees into one Sunday Mass, or to be safe you could split it up into two times. But instead we have four, so there are many parishioners who never see each other. And because there are three in a row on Sunday morning, there is not a great time to squeeze in a potluck or coffee / donut hour. What do you think - are there good ways to get around this problem?
P.S. The pastor is not currently willing to drop any Mass times; I suspect he thinks people will leave if we drop their favorite time. Maybe we can persuade him to revisit the idea someday, but not in the near future.