The April 2013 issue of US Catholic has an article on “What makes a parish worth sticking around?” They surveyed people on why they have chosen their particular parish.
They asked people how long they’ve been in their current parish, whether they prefer to visit different parishes regularly rather than attend Mass at the same church, whether they attend the closest parish to their home, and other questions. Then they ask about what factors were important to the respondents in choosing a parish:
- The important factors for me in choosing a parish are:
Quality of the liturgy - 84%
Effectiveness of pastor - 69%
Extent of lay involvement - 63%
Music - 60%
Parish programs - 55%
Diversity of parishioners - 46%
Proximity to home - 42%
Mass times offered - 37%
Youth/young adult engagement - 27%
Church architecture - 13%
Other - 16%
There were also open-ended questions:
The reason I stay at my current parish is . . .
A reason I decided against continuing to attend a certain parish was . . .
I know I’ve found the right parish for me when . . .