“Moving house can be unsettling in various unpredictable ways. We have to get used to new shops and neighbours, as well as finding our way around all the services that we need to use. Becoming part of a new parish where you do not know anybody is a further challenge. People who faithfully attend Mass are generally good people, but of course it takes time to build up the trust and friendship which are the marks of a community.
I would certainly encourage you to call in for the refreshments after Mass because that is an opportunity to meet the more committed parishioners. In your last parish you were active in helping to clean the church and took a role in some of the parish social events; there will be opportunities to help in similar ways in your new parish.
Although it may take time to become known, you will soon get to know the quirks of some of the parish ‘characters’, and find your feet.
Do try to get to some of the extra devotional events in the Church since the life of prayer is at the heart of the parish’s life, and the solidarity which flows from that is the surest foundation for lasting Christian friendship.”
– This article by Fr. Tim Finigan is part of the feature “Catholic Dilemmas” published in the Catholic Herald magazine, June 26 2015, issue 6716. For subscriptions, please visit their website http://www.catholicherald.co.uk (external link).