My parents are building a weekend home several hours away from where we live, which is expected to be finished in a few months. We are planning to have a big housewarming party with many friends and relatives when the house is done. My mom has asked me if I could find a local priest to say a mass before the party (and I assume to bless the house).
Herein lies the problem:
My parents, immediate family, and many of my relatives are either non-practicing Catholics or only go to church on Christmas, Easter, or if someone dies.
My parents almost never go to mass at all (whether they‘re home or at our weekend property), and to my knowledge, they’ve never even stepped foot into either of the two local Catholic churches near our weekend property, despite being in the area at the average two weekends per month for the last two years.
I don’t want to contribute to the idea that the mass is a cute novelty and can be ignored whenever there is no coinciding special occasion taking place.
Even if I started attending the local church and get to know one of the priests there, I still would feel uncomfortable asking him to come out of his way to visit our property and say mass for a group of mostly non-practicing or non-at-all Catholics.