Why I drive by my neighborhood parishes

Re: “Do you drive by your local parish on your way to Mass?” (Openers, June 24).

Within a 10-minute drive of my home are two Catholic churches. Another church is 15 minutes from my home. All three are on my side of town and within three miles of my home, so in terms of time and geography, they’re close to me. Instead of attending Mass at any of these three on Sunday or registering with one of these parishes, I choose to drive 6-8 miles to the other side of town, a 20-25 minute drive, depending on the time of day, to attend Mass and be a registered member of that parish.

I first started going to this church when I lived on the other side of town, and by the time I bought my home on the opposite side of town, I was so entrenched in the parish that I couldn’t imagine leaving. That was seven and a half years ago. Sure, it makes it hard some times for me to participate in parish activities during the week and I have to plan other activities based on when I’m on that side of town, but it’s worth it to me for the home I’ve found in this parish.

I’m single and two of the parishes close to me are mainly families, both have schools attached to them. So singles ministries aren’t an interest for them. I’m not sure if it’s a chicken-or-egg situation, but neither parish has many singles who attend Mass there anyway. The third parish has an active young adult ministry that I participate in by attending daily Mass once a week with the group, helping with volunteer activities and attending book clubs and prayer groups too. I don’t attend Sunday Mass at that parish though because the young adult Mass is too contemporary for me and the other Masses are dominated by the Hispanic members of the parish, whom I don’t relate to.

So that’s my story of why I choose to be a member of a parish all the way across town instead of being a member of one of the parishes closest to my home.

Annette Hunt, via e-mail

Needed: Family vibe

Re: “Do you drive by your local parish on your way to Mass?” (Openers, June 24)

I moved my home, but not my parish. I tried to attend Mass at the parish near my home but never felt at home. I drive the four miles to get to my home parish and worship with the family I have grown to love.

The newer suburban parishes do not have the family vibe that I am looking for. I prefer the church where my children grew up and learned their faith.

Carol Shepard, via e-mail

Found: Warm parish

I’m a member of St. Brendan’s Catholic Church in Hilliard, Ohio, even though I live in Dublin, Ohio. I got lost twice trying to find St. Brigid’s in Dublin; roads change names here rather than begin and end with the same name.

St. Brendan’s is warm, welcoming and teachings under “exact” Vatican rules.

Patty Hauck, Dublin, Ohio

Through thick and thin

I am somewhat torn on this subject. Although I feel sympathy for those who do not feel they are being “fed” or have a priest who does not follow Church teaching, I also believe that Mass is intended for God and not always what we want to feel or get out of it.

It can be a witness to our faith to be loyal to our Church and our parish in good and bad times and use it as a teaching moment when someone goes against what the Truth is. But, as a frequent traveler, I find joy in visiting other parishes to also see what gifts they each offer to their communities.

Tina Myhre, via online comment

Get out and vote

I am writing this letter in response to several articles I have read in your publication regarding Health and Human Services mandate (June 3 issue).

Where this country lost its moral compass is unclear, however, we must break this cycle. Why do the voters time and time again elect people who espouse Catholicism yet their legislation goes against those beliefs?

The only way to send a clear message is to call your congressmen, senators and actively do something to help shoot down this ridiculous law and have it vacated in toto.

Also, another thing that politicians respond to is votes. Vote these misguided people out of office. Since Catholic organizations run 80 percent of the hospitals in this country and are the largest organization for education also, we have tremendous power. Where would this country be if the Catholic run hospitals just closed?

Keep up this fight, be active, vote and lobby for the overturn of this painfully un-American attack on freedom.

God bless you all who are actively involved; for those who are on the sidelines, get involved.

Brian O’Connell, Delta, Colo.

No comparison

Re: “Death penalty teaching” (God Lives, May 6).

How many babies have been aborted in Connecticut since banning the death penalty?

Executions of criminals are not a drop in the bucket compared to the 25,000 babies killed in this country each week.

It seems to me people want to make more noise over a few executions than millions of babies being killed.

Raymond Wethington, Hardinsburg, Ky.