I’m not sure if this actually belongs in this sub forum, so feel free to move it:)
We recently moved to a new area. Previously, we attended 3 different parishes at various times, one was an EF parish within our diocese, the other two were OF parishes, also in our diocese. Neither was our “geographic” parish…just ones we chose to attend and register with. I am a convert and did a lot of parish hopping in an effort to find a good, traditional mass, of either form :shrug:
Now we are living in a new county, in a new diocese. There is a church close to home which I assume is my geographic parish. I attend daily mass there occasionally, but it is not my preferred parish for several reasons (it’s very, very small, no regular confession time, and I have difficulty understanding the priest…he’s very sweet, but with a very thick accent). The parish I prefer is in our former diocese, one of the OF parishes we previously attended. It is a 20 minute drive, but it is a place we feel at home, the liturgy is solid and traditional.
My questions are about my obligations and what the best course of action is. I’d love some advice. Now that we are moved and settled and I have seen how several different parishes work, I want to settle into one and make it our home. Am I obligated to register and be a member at my geographical parish? I can see the benefits of that in terms of community and logistics, but it is not my preference. Can we register and be members at a parish not in our diocese? That is what I would like to do, but I have no idea of that is allowed.
Help anyone? I want to do the right thing both spiritually and in terms of church law.