One consequence of the relaxing of parish boundaries has been this reality, that sometimes people don't associate themselves with a parish, attend Mass at several parishes, or don't have a regular faith community where they worship. Whether that's something good, bad, or neutral will probably depend on your perspective; but it's certainly a change from the past, where Catholics attended, mainly, their geographical parish throughout their lives.
Roughly one-fifth of the Catholics in the US are not associated with a parish, a new study has found.
While there are about 75 million Catholics in the US, “fewer than 60 million are associated with a specific Catholic church,” reports Clifford Grammich of the Glenmary Research Center. Thus at least 15 million people who identify themselves as Catholic but not with any parish.
What are your thoughts, readers, on parishes and your connection to them?
We attend a regular parish and are registered there, but that hasn't always been the case. At times we had looser affiliations with parishes; at times, we attended one of several parishes depending on Mass times and other considerations without officially belonging to any of them. So I'm interested in the following (yes, another survey!):
1. Do you currently attend Mass at one regular parish?
2. Are you registered in that parish?
3. Are you registered in any parish?
4. How important is it to you to have a close tie to a parish?
5. What is your state in life? (This last question is optional, but I found that as a married woman with children it was relatively more important to me to belong to one specific parish then it had been in the past.)
I'll look forward to reading your answers!