This article from the April 2013 issue of U.S. Catholic tries to answer the question. Basically, listen to your mama: “You better shop around.” Some highlights:

3. The parish I most frequently attend is the one closest to my home.
Agree – 39%
Disagree – 58%
Other – 3%

4. As long as I can attend Mass there and receive the sacraments, any parish is fine with me.
Agree – 15%
Disagree – 78%
Other – 7% …

8. The important factors for me in choosing a parish are:
Quality of the liturgy – 84% …

A reason I decided against continuing to attend a certain parish was…
Liturgy often was more performance than worship.

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