When I was younger, I was good friends with a Pentecostal man and his family, he was brought up catholic, but when he first went to a Pentecostal church, he never went back to the CC. While I have not seen them for many year or been to one of these services in awhile, I can say, the year or so I was involved, I did truly feel like it I was on the right path, versus being in the CC.
Actually I still think about this alot, I have alot of respect for Pentecostals, I met quite a few of them, and from what I saw, for the most part, they lived their faith, while in my current CC parish, most of the people seem to just ‘go thru the motions’ every sunday and leave their faith at the door when they leave.
The thing that noticed as well, after the services, people would gather outside, or all meet at a local restaurant to eat together, and during these times, they actually talked about the faith, the bible, God, etc. where as most catholics that talk after mass, usually the topics are work, school, kids related, nothing much about the bible, or how they are living their faith.
Another thing Ive noticed about my CC parish, at least with people I know, they actually expect mass to take a certain amount of time and if it goes longer, they usually will get up and leave or get kind of annoyed about it, versus the Pentecostals, their services only list the start times, can go for an hour or it could be 4 hours, no one seems to mind though.
I may be reading the wrong ‘signals’, but I truly feel like alot of catholics at my parish and people from other CCs Ive met, are really only catholic because they were brought up this way, and their parents engrained it into them, and they do the same thing with their kids, but they dont really live the faith (if that makes any sense), like they only go to mass thinking they are somehow doing what God wants them to do and thats where it ends.
I struggle with this alot, I felt like a better person when I was at the Pentecostal church, I felt like I was in a place that God wanted me to be in, Ive never felt this at any CC, Im not sure why this is, but I definitely notice a difference.