Parents must be firm in making God the priority

Re: “In soccer mom era, sports and Faith go head-to-head (News Analysis, June 16).

Parents of children in sports are really in the driver’s seat when it comes to coaches and athletic directors scheduling sports events on Sunday mornings and/or Wednesday evenings (normally church night activities). If parents faithfully and dutifully insist that their children attend Mass and religious education classes when expected, instead of caving in to public and CYO sports events at times when they should not be scheduled, then these parents are the winners. If coaches see players not showing up, they will get the message loud and clear!

Don’t let them run the show. Let the priority of God run the show by standing up and witnessing, as good parents should do. If your child is a “star,” don’t let that fact dominate whether you choose God or sports on a priority basis. Parents need to be firm and strong in this regard. So also pastors and pastoral leaders. Are they? Are you?

Father Harold Brown, CPPS, Bellevue, Ohio

God comes first

Re: “In soccer mom era, sports and Faith go head-to-head” (News analysis, June 16).

The overall premise seems to be that parishes should bow to the sports “gods” and rearrange their religious education and Mass times to work around sports schedules. Really? At what point in the history of the Church has this ever been a good idea? The answer is: Never. And it never will be.

Frankly speaking, it is quite disturbing that one of the biggest competitors to our weekly Mass schedule is Catholic Youth Organization sports. Our local CYO has no problem scheduling games at all times on Sunday.

There is an ongoing tug-of-war for the time of our kids. Why are we asking them to choose between their faith and playing a sport? What are we really teaching them by this?

Let’s get the priorities straight: God first, family second and sports ... somewhere down the line.

Joni Johnson, Wadsworth, Ohio

Step up, parents

Re: “In soccer mom era, sports and Faith go head-to-head” (News analysis, June 16).

I don’t understand how Catholic parents can be “caught between church and team.” The article then goes on to say that religious obligations lose out.

Whose decision is it that the religious obligations lose out? Parents need to teach their children that church comes first and then sports. It’s an easy decision. With children having sports activities on Saturday evenings and Sunday mornings, by missing Mass, their children are taught that their faith comes in second.

There is no “challenge” to accommodate. If more Catholic parents stood up for faith first and sports second, practices and games would be scheduled around the Mass or religious education. They would need to be, because everyone would be in church at the currently scheduled event times.

Mary Moroz, Warren, Mich.

Powerful image

“Moment captured on prayer card is tool for new evangelization” (Openers, June 23).

Thank you for sharing this beautiful photo with all your readers. It immediately speaks to me of the beatitudes ... the poor in spirit, the meek, the merciful, the clean of heart, the peacemakers. In that powerful embrace (between Pope Francis and a young boy with cerebral palsy) both are giving and both are receiving. The many upraised hands are yearning to be touched as well in the merciful, healing embrace of the Almighty.

A picture is worth 1,000 words. This says more than any one person can imagine!

Margaret Saliga, via email

Modest in price, too

Re: Fashion choices should reflect dignity, beauty (News Analysis, June 16).

Emily Stimpson’s article was excellent. I loved how she included virtues with fashion and mentioned that modesty does not mean frumpy.

The inclusion of some retail websites was helpful as well. However, not all the sites listed had “modest” clothing on their websites! Additionally, these retailers are not moderately priced; $59 for a casual dress is not within a middle-class family budget.

It would be helpful if more moderately priced websites are included.

Name withheld via email

Serving two masters

Re: “This Week In Quotes” (Briefings, June 16).

I was astounded to read Rebecca Hamilton’s comment. How can she possibly be pro-life and a Democrat, two polar opposite ideologies? Isn’t there something in the New Testament about not being able to serve two masters?

M. H. Alderson. Louisville, Ky.

Mass is a great blessing

“Ever ancient, ever new” (Catholic Journal, June 16).

Robert P. Lockwood’s article about the Mass was so right on. The hairs on the back of my neck do not stand up at the consecration, but I do get teary-eyed sometimes just thinking about the wonder of it all.

They say God chose us; we did not choose him. If that is true, we are very blessed.

My grandson was just accepted into the seminary in Winona, Minn. May I live to see the day he celebrates this totally awesome and then some Mass.

Carol J. Reither, via email