Sunday for many parents of students in Catholic schools has become just another hectic day of carpooling children to practices, activities and games.
But Archbishop Gregory Aymond of New Orleans is calling on Catholic schools in his Archdiocese to no longer schedule activities for Sundays, which should be dedicated to faith and family, according to The Advocate.
The new official policy, which applies to Archdiocesan-run schools as well as those run by religious orders, will go into effect next year.
“It’s rooted in the fact that people have a number of obligations and commitments. Our society is fast-paced,” Archbishop Aymond reportedly said. “In living such a hectic life, people neglect sometimes, not purposefully, the very basics of faith and family.”
While the schools seem to support the decision, there are some concerns having to do with athletics practices and schedules. One football coach at a Jesuit high school in the Archdiocese complained that the restriction on practices on Sundays puts his team at a disadvantage when facing public schools.
“I understand where he’s coming from, but it puts us in a bind,” said Jesuit High School football coach Wayde Keiser. “This year we play East Jefferson on Thursday. If we can’t practice on Sunday, they are going to be one up on us.”
But Cynthia Thomas, president of St. Mary’s Dominican High School, an all-girls high school, reportedly called the new rule “an opportunity to strengthen” family life.
Father Charles Latour, a high school principal, was quoted as saying he welcomed the new rule. “We’re always running,” he reportedly said. “At some point, it’s important to stop and recognize that God has blessed us.”
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