I remember reading an article where a Catholic mentioned she goes to Mass for the sacraments, and a local Non-Catholic, Christian church for fellowship. I remember scoffing at the time but more and more it makes great sense to me.
There is no fellowship at my (rather large) parish despite tries by many over the years. As I said in another post, attending Mass is akin to getting one’s Sunday obligation ticket validated. In and out as fast as possible. Otherwise the parish is empty and quiet. No coffee & donuts. No Bible study. No BBQs or pot lucks, no speakers, no nothing.
I think from now on I’ll simply go to Mass like I normally do and rather than lament not having coffee and donuts afterwards (the current pastor nixed the idea) I’ll simply leave as quickly as I can like the others and then go to the weekly prayer service/potluck at the fellowship down the street from my house on Sunday nights. It’s a nice group of people – I already know a great many. While their service is Christian Lite (yet NOT anti-Catholic) the singing and the fellowship is outstanding. My wife and I both enjoy it so I think we’ll become regulars.
I almost wish I could start a Sunday evening Catholic apostolate locally. Meet for the singing of hymns and prayer, followed by a social hour with either a potluck or a simple BBQ. That wouldn’t work though because I don’t know any local Catholics pastors that would support such a plan. Push hard enough and they might accept it with the stipulation that some layperson on their staff be in charge of it. That along would ensure it would die in a month…