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I know that it is ideal to stick with a Parish with which a believer can identify themselves, a place of belonging so to speak. However, I don't think I have identified one yet, hence ever since I was 18 when I able to go to Mass without the restriction of following my parents, I have been attending Parishes either due to geographical convenience or for solitude, away from friends at a particular Parish, so that I could focus on the Mass without distraction. Sometimes I go to the said Parish to see those friends just to maintain the relationship.
I mainly find God through solitude during Mass, so I prefer to sit away from close friends. At the same time, I feel the need to serve others and the community in order to experience God's love through the actions and response of others.
The only solution is to find a Parish that I would stick to 90% of the time, whilst fulfilling the two above criteria.
Another question is, occasionally, would it be okay to attend Mass for geographical convenience in order to see a friend who lives far away and happen to have meetings on a Sunday due to schedule constraints? Is it okay to reject a friend in need just to follow the rule of attending an assigned Parish at a fixed time and day? When would the purpose prevail the rule? What if i would just like to visit a certain friend at a non-regular Parish once in a while?
You should still support your particular church (diocese). Permissions and dispensations will always come from the proper parish (closed to where you have an established domicile or quasi-domicile).
Can. 1247 On Sundays and other holy days of obligation, the faithful are obliged to participate in the Mass. Moreover, they are to abstain from those works and affairs which hinder the worship to be rendered to God, the joy proper to the Lord’s day, or the suitable relaxation of mind and body.
§1. A person who assists at a Mass celebrated anywhere in a Catholic rite either on the feast day itself or in the evening of the preceding day satisfies the obligation of participating in the Mass.
§2. If participation in the eucharistic celebration becomes impossible because of the absence of a sacred minister or for another grave cause, it is strongly recommended that the faithful take part in a liturgy of the word if such a liturgy is celebrated in a parish church or other sacred place according to the prescripts of the diocesan bishop or that they devote themselves to prayer for a suitable time alone, as a family, or, as the occasion permits, in groups of families.
§1. The Christian faithful, even in their own manner of acting, are always obliged to maintain communion with the Church.
§2. With great diligence they are to fulfill the duties which they owe to the universal Church and the particular church to which they belong according to the prescripts of the law.
All the Christian faithful must direct their efforts to lead a holy life and to promote the growth of the Church and its continual sanctification, according to their own condition.