|Cardinal Mahony's |
So, as I was consulting with Susan, we decided we'd start a page with information about parishes in the places we live and visit.
Obviously that will be a limited selection but I can give some general tips on preparing to attend Mass in an unfamiliar place. It's what I do a few days before we travel:
1) Find the churches near where you will be staying.
2) Check the churches' websites. You can tell a lot about a place by reading its mission statement, checking out it's bulletins, seeing what links are posted, and seeing what groups are active in the parish. If it has an active pro-life group and a Legion of Mary, that's a good sign. If it offers the traditional Latin Mass on occasion, even better. If it links to the National Catholic Reporter, shudder and look elsewhere.
3) Google the pastor's name. If he comes up speaking at a Call to Action Meeting or working with a community organizing group, you know he's a bad guy to be avoided at all costs.
4) Look at photos of the church. If it looks like the one at the top of this page, run for another parish.
And happy travelling. One of the things my husband and I enjoy most is visiting churches and attending daily Mass in other places. It reminds us that the Church is "one" "catholic" and wherever we go we can find a family with whom we can worship together. That's why we check out the churches ahead of time. It's disturbing to get to a church and find out the family's been evicted and the barbarians have taken over.