I live in a city with two different parishes, and seven churches between the two. My parish is the Jesuit congregation in the neighborhood where I live, while the other parish is in the more urban part of the town. I’ve been with this parish my entire life (I’m a Senior in high school), including going to their Elementary and Middle School for my formative years. I have a strong connection with a few of the priests of the parish, but not as much with the other members.
This is mostly because the members of the parish are 75% old people. There are very few community events, no youth ministry, no anything other than the occasional retreat designed for the older generation. Don’t get me wrong, I love my community and my church. But I want to have stronger spiritual connection with God. As Catholics, this means consistently praying and doing good works, both in a community and by oneself.
My parents are divorced, and I go to mass more times by myself than with either of them. This past Sunday, I went to my first mass outside of parish since I was four. It was a Latin Sung mass at the other parish. I also went the day after to a 7:00 AM mass, at one of the other churches of the other parish. The average age of these masses must have been 20 years younger than my own parish. In their bulletin, they have a weekly High School youth ministry and a few other events that I’m interested in attending. I have classmates who are probably a part of it as well.
It may sound like I’ve made up my mind, but I am far from it. The priests of the other parish were not the ones that I grew up with since I can remember. They were not the ones who served the mass where I sang in a youth choir. They were not the ones who attended my Great-Grandmother’s 90th birthday, or the ones who will marry my brother and his fiance. I’m just looking for some advice of what to do, and I thank you for your time in hearing out my question. God bless.