My goodness, this is a strange topic, I suppose. I was raised by borderline Cradle Catholics…Catholic when it suits them. I was very involved in church when I was a teen, participating as a lector, Eucharistic minister, bible school and CCD teacher.
When I was 17, I met my husband, who was anti-Catholic for some ODD reason. He was raised ELCA Lutheran (catholic-lite). His father was Catholic, but excommunicated in the 40’s for divorce. His mother was raised by a Catholic mother and an Episcopalian father and chose to become Lutheran when she went to college. We were from the suburbs of Chicago, so just about EVERYONE was Catholic. Maybe THAT was why he was anti-Catholic. Who knows, he really doesn’t know why now, either. Silly.
Anyway, we married Lutheran, but are raising our four boys Catholic. We had our marriage validated and blessed a few years ago by the Church. DH attends Mass when he can. He works shift work and can only attend Sunday Mass at most twice a month. He would be Catholic by now, if only he could attend RCIA!
My questions are: How do I become more involved in Church now? (I have recently become extremely shy due to anxiety) I don’t feel I could ask my parents. They divorced when I was 19 and neither are active Catholics. We live in Utah now…where Catholics are few and far between. I know very few Catholics, and they are Cradle Catholics…I happen to be the only church going one among the couple of Catholic friends I have. Although I go to Mass on a fairly regular basis, I have a hard time getting to know anyone, due to my shyness.
Also: We really like our parish priest. How do we become friends with our priest? I know that sounds like a weird question. But my parents never had our priest over for dinner. In fact, the only time he ever came over was for my Communion party. I would like to know the etiquette for getting to know our priest on a personal level. He seems like such a neat guy. There is a cultural difference, he is from Poland. I find that fascinating. I am half Polish, but know nothing about my heritage. He is great with kids and seems like such a nice guy. I would like to have the house we just moved into blessed. It is our first home. But I do not even know what is involved there.
I feel dumb for uncomfortable even asking these questions on a FORUM.
I think my main problem is my social anxiety. It is inhibiting me from being a more involved Catholic and gaining Catholic friends. And I just do not know HOW to go about becoming friends with our priest or WHERE I can be more involved in church. I volunteered to help with CCD but was told there was no need for my help.
HELP! How can I become more of a Catholic in my personal life in Mormon-Utah? How do I surround myself and my four children with Catholic friends?