Two years ago, a group of musician friends left our old church in search of a better fit for our music. I understand that this is a pretty common event amongst church goers, but that didn’t make it any easier. As a matter of fact, it was quite painful. But after two years, I can honestly say that I wouldn’t change a thing. You want to talk about your proverbial blessing in disguise? That’s exactly how it went.
So here it is two years later, and it’s like we’ve always been there. You look around the church during mass, and all you see are the smiling faces of people you know and care about. It’s like coming home every time you’re there. There’s something so comforting about knowing so many people at your church. It’s like walking into a family get together every Sunday. And really, isn’t it just that? Isn’t it a community family?
When Catholics attend mass, there is a part of the service called “Passing the peace”, where you shake hands and greet those sitting close to you. You know you are with your church family when those brief moments are never enough to greet everyone you know sitting near you!
Until we moved to our current church, we had always belonged to large parishes, but I’ll never go back again. There’s just something about a small church, everyone becomes a family. It’s easier to get to know people, and to get involved. So if you are ever feeling disconnected, find a small parish nearby and you’ll never feel lonely again.