When looking for a new church, do your research FIRST!


Last weekend we celebrated my husband’s birthday with family coming in from out of town. It was a fantastic weekend! We went out to eat at his favorite restaurant (if you’re in the Dayton area, be sure to check out Company 7 BBQ, it’s delish!) and M and I got him his RUSH backpack he’s stared at for months.

Mostly the weekend was low-key, until Sunday rolled around.

We’ve been searching for a new church for about a year now, but just haven’t found one we feel at home in. So on Sunday, we thought we’d try one just outside of our neighborhood. It’s a beautiful church on the outside, with plenty of parking and an attached activity center. We thought it could really fit our family, by the mere looks of it.

Note: Just as you would not do to a book, DO NOT JUDGE A CHURCH BY ITS EXTERIOR.

When we walked into the main entrance, it was covered with signs of what was appropriate to wear, and what was not. As you can probably guess, I was breaking about 4 out of 6 rules.

  • No jeans (I was wearing jeans)
  • No low-cut tops (I was wearing a scoop neck t-shirt)
  • No flip flops (I was totally wearing flip flops)
  • Women must wear veils (I do not own a veil, other than the one I got married in)

Needless to say, for one of the few times in my life, I stood out. And NOT in a good way. So, I took a seat furthest back.

Because we live so close to this church (and it’s not exactly in the “best” of neighborhoods), I just checked out the main website for scheduled mass times, and didn’t dig for the “newcomers tab”.

BIG MISTAKE.The mass was in Latin. And the Priest spoke to the Alter, which was against the back wall. And he didn’t have a microphone on. So, not only did I not understand the Priest, I couldn’t hear any words to follow along. Talk about a let-down.

It was a beautiful mass to experience (just once) but I really don’t think our family fits in here. Also, if you’re wondering where the pics are, I can assure you that it was not appropriate to take pictures of the church (no matter how bad I wanted to). This church was STUNNING, to put it mildly.

Back to the drawing board…

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