There are lots of good things about belonging to a parish two blocks from your apartment:
It is really hard to be that late to church.
You can get a good sense of your neighborhood.
You can stop by the Italian pastry place across the street and bring home pastries very easily.
You will run into the nice woman who runs Wonder Dog's obedience school every week.
There are also some things not so good about belonging to this particular parish, namely that the sermons are decidely hit or miss. So, in my very 21st century way, I've been reading this guy for extra Advent ideas. Between that and these folks I feel plugged into the liberal Catholic world, without having to join the university congregation, which is just weirdly too undergraddy for me somehow.