How did you decide on what church you attend for Mass?
Is it the parish that your family has attended for generations; or is it the one connected to your child’s school; or maybe it’s the one nearest to where you live?
There is no right or wrong way to choose a church – Mass is always a good thing. However, there may be a time when you feel the need for a change, even if it’s just for once in a while for a change of pace.
This weekend, my husband and I were thinking of attending Mass at a different church in our area. We found that it was a more stressful task than earlier anticipated.
We live in Westchester and have a car. We could, in theory, choose any church in our city, or any city nearby. We often drive out of the way to visit our favorite coffee shop, to eat at the diner we like best, and various other places past options that are closer.
But choosing, and then actually attending a different church felt like a big step. Even celebrating Mass, with all its familiarity, felt like taking a chance on the unknown. We drove around to see what a few churches looked like. However, we were unable to take that step into the unfamiliar, at least this weekend.
Are you a “church-hopper” who likes to attend Masses at different parishes? Or do you attend Mass at a parish that feels like home? Please share your story of how you choose where to pray.