Recently, we moved to Florida, as most of you know–and we joined a new parish, not far from where we live. An important thing for my family and I when seeking a parish ‘home,’ is that it isn’t too far away, because on Sunday, we are always running behind…not sure why, but we always are. So–we found a nice church–the pastor is a bit…sarcastic at times though, in his sermons, which I dislike…and we feel like a number or something. He pitches too much about fundraising for playgrounds, etc…before the mass has concluded–which I’m not even sure if that’s a liturgical abuse or not, frankly. But, other than these issues, we like this parish. I joined a women’s group–love the people I have met.
Well, on Assumption this past week, our parish did not have a vigil mass. I had family coming from out of town on Wednesday, so we had to attend a vigil mass–and found a church about 10 additional minutes away, from our parish. We really liked the priest who gave mass, and after mass, the priest took the time to ask us where we’re from–would my daughter like to be an altar server, etc…where at our current parish, the priest shakes my kids’ hands, without even looking into their eyes. I hesitate to judge another human being–he could be busy, whatever…but, this has happened after every mass…and it’s always been important for us as a family to feel like we are part of our church community–not just a tithing envelope. My husband dislikes our current parish because of the above mentioned things–but also because the mass isn’t as ‘traditional’ as he was accustomed to as a kid, himself. They have even altered the words of the ‘Our Father,’ which is a head scratcher?:shrug:
Now, that being said, I want to start a supper club, so new parishioners can get to know one another, and this priest approved it…so, he’s very in to family participation–it’s just more of a personal thing I feel, when we stop to speak to him.
Ok–so, we’re thinking of attending this other church’s services this weekend–do you think these are ‘stupid’ reasons for potentially wanting to change parishes?? Your thoughts are greatly appreciated!!