When it’s hard to commit to a parish

• I just never get around to it. Some parishes don’t announce how to register, so if you don’t take the initiative yourself, you’ll never be an official member. Give yourself a deadline and follow through.


There are things about the Catholic Church that bother me. You are not alone. But belonging to a parish doesn’t mean you don’t have questions about the church. Rather, belonging to a parish means that you have chosen this particular place to continue your faith journey.


• I’m not good enough (or “Catholic” enough). If you think that everyone who goes to church regularly is leading a Mother Teresa-like life, your eyes will be quickly opened once you join a parish. No, you’re not perfect, and you’ve made mistakes along the way—including, maybe, some serious sins—but this is why the church exists. We join a parish, warts and all, because we desire to become better, not because we have it all figured out.

—by Annemarie Scobey  from the pages of At Home with Our Faith, Claretian Publications’ print newsletter for parents on nurturing spirituality in the home. Winner of the 2010 and 2011 General Excellence award from the Catholic Press Association. Here’s a sample issue.

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One Response

  1. Thank you SO much for this post; after watching Deliver Us From Evil, a documentary, I questioned if other religious people were also questioning the Church. My family and I are yearning for a spiritual community but have so many questions ourselves, and want to find the right place for us. We lived in Cortona before moving to Thailand, across from the San Franseco church; we loved it and it made us really feel compelled to give religious life another chance, as we don’t agree with the materialistic view point that is dominating the world’s vision of itself.

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