[quote=nrbaldwin]Although Baptized and Confirmed Catholic, I did not attend Mass much growing up. A few years ago, my family joined a Lutheran church.
Recently, my husband and I have decided to send our child to a Catholic school, which has led me to try and reconnect with my Catholic heritage. In doing so, I have recently attended Mass at 2 of my local churches, but they left me feeling cold. There was no warmth among the parishioners, no feeling of community and family. Everyone just came, worshipped, and left. Also, the Priests disappeared after the Mass. They did not stay to greet the parishioners.
In addition, I haven’t seen any sign of Adult Education (Sunday School) or a Bible Study, which I would like to continue.
I would really like to re-join the Church, but am I looking for something that the Catholic Church doesn’t offer?
At the risk of offending everyone at the church you attended and everyone that has responded so far to this thread, I would say that you are looking for something that , while offered by the church, sometimes it does seem rather in short supply.
In a word, I would say you are looking for hospitality. Maybe your not asking for a fatted calf to be killed and so on but at least someone could recognize you exist and give you a job like the rest of the servants.
Anyway, I have learned that hospitality and encouragement are very important and it seems like you didn’t get much the first time. I don’t think there is anything wrong with you for wanting it or for missing it when it isn’t there. I think many Catholic parishioners, especially those who have maintained the practice of the rituals of their faith throughout their lives, don’t appreciate that newcomers (or those who have been away awhile) do need encouragement and hospitality.
The fact is, someone should kill a fatted calf for you and throw a great celebration because you are trying to reconnect with your faith heritage. I say this as someone who has missed chances to be encouraging and hospitable and has regretted it.
Keep trying. Let someone know you are new around and are looking for a way to be a part. People who are stuck in their ways sometimes need a little push.