Mass at more than one church


#1

Probably sounds a silly question, but can I ‘mix-and-match’ my churches? During Lent I am going to try to attend Mass daily but due to my schedule I can’t always attend Mass at my usual church so is it ok for me to occasionally go to the Masses at a nearby Catholic church? It’s the same deanery and diocese.

Thanks.


#2

No problem whatsoever.


#3

Of course. Could be at different dioceses or EF or Eastern rite if you wish. No prohibition on visiting which I can think of.


#4

Thanks for reassuring me :slight_smile: I did think it wouldn’t be wrong but wasn’t sure :slight_smile:


#5

During the fall and winter I generally attend my own parish because I am on the RCIA team
and we meet on Sundays after one of the Masses. After the Easter Vigil, however, I often visit other churches for Mass just to appreciate how Mass is said in other parishes and also I may visit a Divine Liturgy to experience Eastern Catholicism. It helps me from becoming too insular, and I appreciate the different music, homilies, etc. Of course I continue to support my parish financially. I also like to check out their bulletins and programs to see if there is anything our parish might be interested in, which I bring to some of the meetings I attend for consideration.


#6

Many people attend different parishes at different times. Especially with daily Mass there may be a parish close to where you work or one that has Mass at a convenient hour that still allows you to get to work on time, so those end up being good choices.


#7

Yes, it’s ok to attend Mass at any Catholic Church anywhere.


#8

Yes it is fine and you may run into some people from different parishes who end up at the same daily Masses that you do.


#9

I enjoy going to various parishes for Mass and other events. I feel like it builds the feeling of family among the diocese. Especially the “Mass Mob” things some people do for smaller parishes.


#10

Of course.


#11

And you may also have your confession heard at any Catholic Church as well.


#12

Thanks for the answers :slight_smile: It is good to know it is quite common to attend more than one church :slight_smile:


#13

Agree with everyone else. Even in Rome!


#14

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