While I was in dental school in San Antonio, I was a parishioner of Oru Lady of the Atonement Catholic Church (3 out of my 4 years in school). It was heaven on earth. I literally pined away for Sunday to hurry and get here. I took a friend who was entering the Jesuits to church there, and he said, “THAT’S how Mass should be EVERY time, EVERYWHERE!”
When I graduated from school and moved, I was so deflated by the 70’s mood music that haunts so many parishes that I started a men’s Gregorian chant schola (www.brazoschant.org) with my best friend (who was trained to sing in a Cathedral choir). We now enjoy much support from the local congregations and clergy. Our membership has grown from 3 to 12 in four years. I trace this back to my time singing in the choir at Atonement.
People move to be near this parish. It is one of the smallest parishes, but on Pro-life occasions, they are very well-represented. They have a Latin Novus Ordo Mass in the evening, but their signature Mass is the Anglican Use High Mass. The architecture is magnificent (and growing in size), and the artwork truly brings you into a prayerful state of mind.
It is more Catholic than any other parish I have ever been a member of, and I miss my time there.
How many parishes can a member say all of these things about?