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Sports on Friday, Saturday and SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY!!!!!!

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Alas, while we know Jan Gabriel invented “SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY” doing ads for the US 30 Dragstrip in Hobart, Ind., in the 1970s, it is still lost to history who invented “you’ll pay for the whole seat, but YOU’LL ONLY NEED THE EDGE!!!!!!!”

Following (way behind) Pope John Paul II’s admonition for kids not to play organized sports on Sundays comes a message from multiple Christian churches in Worcester, Mass., for leagues to stop scheduling, and kids to stop playing, games on the modern Sabbath.

From the local Telegram & Gazette:

… This weekend, pastors from 17 churches of various denominations in Webster, Dudley, and Oxford are imploring their congregants to set aside Sunday as “a time of rest and reprieve from a busy week.”

The pastors, many of them members of the nine-member Webster-Dudley Ecumenical Group, are also asking sports league officials not to schedule games or practice on Sunday mornings.

The Rev. Luke A. Veronis of Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Webster said the demands of today’s secular society have drastically cut in on family and church time.

“Some parents who want to spend time with their kids on Sunday and who want their children to go to church feel that they are the parental oddballs,” said Rev. Veronis. …

He said that kids are even feeling the pressure, noting that there are altar servers in his parish who are conflicted about fulfilling their spiritual obligations by going to church or playing sports with their teammates.

Rev. Veronis said he even had to face up to the issue, telling his 10-year-old son, Paul, that he could not play youth football because the schedule conflicted with Sunday church services.

“It was tough telling him he couldn’t participate. Obviously, he didn’t really understand. All he knew was that his friends would be out on the field playing ball while he had to go to church,” explained Rev. Veronis, noting that Sunday became less family-day friendly with the easing of the state’s commercial blue laws years ago.

He said it is difficult to counsel parents on the matter because many have turned youth sports into a “religion.” He said others give in to their children’s wishes because they don’t want their kids to view them as bad parents.

Complaining about the end of blue laws? Believing their followers see sports as a religion? Sounds like these men of the cloth are getting tired of getting the holy shit beat out of them by the competition.

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Hey, cut that out.

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Written by rkcookjr

May 31, 2009 at 1:16 pm

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  1. This is really weird. The Catholic K-8 School that my sons go to doesn’t have a gym and so plays its home basketball games at a Catholic High school on Sunday morning. Families with kids in basketball just go to masses before or after the games (or even on Saturday night). Altar servers can pick their times to serve or make arrangements with other kids to cover for them. Even a local bookie I know goes to mass before or after football games. It’s not hard.

    Personally, I look at those Sundays as time I get to spend with my kids and not as something that takes me away from them.

    Jeff

    June 1, 2009 at 11:46 pm

  2. That’s funny, Jeff. Because in the Catholic church-affiliated hoops league I play in, we used to play on Sundays, and church was filled with guys and their kids attending Mass before game time. Once JPII said no sports on Sundays, the priest forced us out of the gym, and we moved to Thursdays at a gym outside the church/school. And guys and their kids stopped going to Mass.

    rkcookjr

    June 2, 2009 at 9:46 am


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