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October 31, 2006


Sissy Willis

I totally agree, although I strongly favor the mystery and magic of the Latin Mass. 'Have written on the subject of spiritual placemaking myself from time to time:

"Like trying to plant cut flowers"

"We have found the enemies of art to be fanatics"


I went through the same thing you describe a few years ago. I remember feeling kind of guilty about the fact that I was always hopping and couldn't be satisfied. Until that one day, when I opened the huge front doors of Immaculate Conception in Jacksonville, Fl. I walked in and knew at once I was finished looking. It's not like it's something fancy- just a couple of good priests offering the mass and the other sacraments, without any of the 'entertainment' value. We drive about 45 miles each way, but I can tell you that I'd drive twice as far. I hope you find a good, holy parish soon. And I'll offer a prayer for you.
I guess you've tried the yellowpages-- If a parish has a lot of confession time and adoration scheduled, it's a good bet I'd like it.

Miss Kelly

Thanks, Ward, your prayers are appreciated here! For a long time, I convinced my self to stay at the churches in my town. That's where I lived, I should try to work within them, maybe they needed me (hah! not!). One church has very low attendance, the other one actually packs in good crowds every week. But I couldn't stand it! I've heard nothing but encouragement to find a church that fits. Off I go!

mary martha

For a variety of reasons I refuse to attend my geographic Parish, and after years of only attending the chapel at the local Catholic hospital I realized it was time to actually find a parish.

I went Parish shopping for about 6 months. After that time I realized that unlike Goldilocks I am not going to find a Parish that is 'just right'. In the end I have compromised.

I attend two Parishes... one very traditional with Tridentine Latin Mass and generally fabulous liturgical environment. The second parish is closer to home, is strictly Novus Ordo but offers a better community atmosphere for me (even if liturgy sometimes makes me very upset). Sometimes I feel a bit torn between the two of them... but it's the best solution I can come up with.

Good luck in your search!


Depending on your location, you might consider St. Patrick's in Nashua, NH, too.


You might want to consider this from Redemptionis Sacramentum:

"6. Complaints Regarding Abuses in Liturgical Matters

[183.] In an altogether particular manner, let everyone do all that is in their power to ensure that the Most Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist will be protected from any and every irreverence or distortion and that all abuses be thoroughly corrected. This is a most serious duty incumbent upon each and every one, and all are bound to carry it out without any favouritism.

[184.] Any Catholic, whether Priest or Deacon or lay member of Christ’s faithful, has the right to lodge a complaint regarding a liturgical abuse to the diocesan Bishop or the competent Ordinary equivalent to him in law, or to the Apostolic See on account of the primacy of the Roman Pontiff.[290] It is fitting, however, insofar as possible, that the report or complaint be submitted first to the diocesan Bishop. This is naturally to be done in truth and charity."

tony c

I know your frustration. Many of us end up in Byzantine Catholic parishes, but I don't necessarily recommend that route. In other words, the decision should not be taken lightly. Plus, I don't think there are any Byz Cath churches to visit in the Lowell area, just Eastern Orthodox.


There are two Eastern Catholic parishes in Lawrence: St. Joseph Melkite Church and St. Anthony Maronite Church, and St. Basil (Melkite) Seminary in Methuen.

Thomas Shawn

Been there. Done that. The prayers for "Diversity" during the collect during the weekend before a big gay marriage vote really sent me over the edge. That, and the head of the CCD handing out gay marriage flyers inside the vestibule after Mass ... sent me immediately to the Tridentine Mass.

Miss Kelly

Yeeks, my churches weren't THAT bad!

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