Oshkosh church leaders worry practice change could force students to “choose between God and sports”

Leaders of a Catholic parish are asking the Oshkosh school district to reconsider a proposal to extend the hours of athletic practices on Wednesdays, saying it could interfere with religious education classes.

The letter from St. Jude The Apostle Parish was in response to a survey from the district’s athletic directors requesting feedback from area religious groups.

“All we are asking is that the school sports program respect the traditional Wednesday evening religious education program,” said Fr. Mathew Simonar, pastor of St. Jude. “As a Church we are trying to spiritually form the youth of our parish because they are not only the future of our faith but of our society as well. This becomes difficult when they (the youth) are forced to choose between God and sports.”

The district is proposing to change its high school athletic activities on Wednesday “early release” days to allow practice times to continue an extra 30 minutes and end at 6:30 p.m. instead of 6 p.m. The proposal also allows for make-up games to be played on Wednesdays during the month of May.
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This seems to come up from time to time.  I think the couple of hours of religious ed kids get should be respected by coaches and schools.  If spring baseball presents a problem, switch to summer ball like many schools across the state. 


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