Working on Sunday

Ok so I have a couple situations pertaining to work on Sunday that I’m deliberating over.

Is it wrong to get a haircut on Sunday? My parents are not Catholic, and if I ask for a haircut, probably the most convenient day for either of them is on Sunday. That would be requiring someone else to work, right? Technically, yes, I could do it another day, and technically I don’t need a haircut. Is this something worth debating with my parents over, or should I just get it done on Sunday?

Is it wrong to clean on Sunday? I have issues with this a lot. Yes, I could make room on other days to clean. I do, actually - I try to clean up regularly, but I’m always distracted by something else I need to do. Sunday is the only day when I’m not working on anything else, the only day when I can kind of focus my attention, you know? I don’t find cleaning very stressful - at times, it is even relaxing, it helps me move my hands and focus my thoughts, but usually it’s only relaxing for about half an hour and then I realize that I’m way more of a slob than I thought at first. I don’t exactly enjoy it, but it’s not hard. I’m not sure if that counts as a real “Sunday relaxation”

Is it wrong to do homework on Sundays? Ok ok ok - I procrastinate. i procrastinate a LOT. Usually I find myself on Saturday evening suddenly realizing that I had more homework than I thought, and it ALWAYS spills into Sunday. I could and should have done it on Friday - but now it’s Sunday, and regret won’t take me back in time. Do I miss the assignment, or do I work on it even though it’s Sunday?

No to all your questions. It’s isn’t wrong to do these things on Sunday, especially if that is your only day to do some of these things. Worrying about and mulling over these sorts of concerns can be a sign that you are being too scrupulous and are over examining things too much.

Please do not use the fact that it is a Sunday as a justification for your procrastination and not completing homework.

You need to speak with a priest who can guide you on how to deal with gaining balance in your spiritual life.

I’m not trying to use it as an excuse. I have a tendency to put things off until the last many. Technically, Sunday evening is the last minute. I get a lot of homework done Sunday evening; my question is, do I have a moral obligation to stop doing this, finish it on Saturday or just take the bad grade if I don’t finish it by Saturday?

You are part of a family that lives, worships and plays together, so be an active part and enjoy yourself. DO THE HOME WORK! I don’t mean to scream, but as a retired highschool teacher, and you used the religion excuse, I would not be swayed. :smiley:

As far as requiring someone else to work- the salon is going to be open on Sunday whether you or every Catholic in the country stays home. The beautician probably isn’t making much more than minimum wage unless you’re going to some high-end spa, so you are not making her work, you are helping her keep a roof over her head and food on the table (and probably assisting in keeping her from relying on welfare and food stamps). Same with dining out on Sunday. Those minimum wage and slightly above minimum wage employees (known as the working poor) depend on weekend hours so they can pay their bills. Those of us with time to spend chatting on CAF don’t always realize the plight of minimum wage workers. If you want to avoid doing anything that requires more energy than attending Mass on Sunday, that’s all good and jolly, but please get over the whole “If I do something other than go to Mass and return home and sit on the sofa all day, I’m causing someone to work” mentality.

Do you really think the hair stylist wouldn’t be working on Sunday if you weren’t going to get a haircut?:confused:

Precisely my point with the comment I made on another thread forums.catholic.com/showpost.php?p=12774319&postcount=4

I think it applies more to commercial businesses. If the owners see large amounts of revenue coming in on Sunday’s, they will probably require their employees to work on Sundays. If little revenue comes in on Sunday, it’s not worth the salary they would pay the employees for having them work on Sunday, and more people would get the day off.

I think a small, privately owned company is a different story since they have more control over their working days. Coincidentally, the salon that I have in mind is small and privately owned, so would that be a reason to feel alright about going in? It kind of feels like taking advantage of another’s sin, though, if they really shouldn’t be working for profit on Sunday…

Getting a haricut on Sunday is a sin in my opinion. Just because your society accepts this as a norm does not mean it is in line with the truth. Your lack of planning is is a result of spiritual sloth. You should not make others work on Sunday because of your failure. Convienience isn’t something you are owed by others.

I’m going to leave you good folks at CAF that are obsessed that doing anything on a Sunday other than attending Mass and sitting on the sofa all day is sinful something to think about…

Every week there is someone posting in Moral Theology or another sub-forum worrying and stewing over whether they should do a specific activity on a Sunday after they’ve met their Mass obligation. There have been teens trying to get out of shoveling snow or raking leaves, helping their family clean or paint a room, even doing homework or studying. If it’s not those scrupulous young ones, it’s the older crowd worrying over grabbing a bite to eat after Mass or stopping by a store to pick up groceries, or the most recent post was a young woman worrying about getting her hair cut.

Now, you adults must follow your well-formed conscience on what you think you should or shouldn’t do on a Sunday, but this obsession over thinking you are making others work on a Sunday because you choose to shop, eat, or get a haircut needs to stop. Even if every Catholic in America went directly home after Mass and sat around the living room all day, the stores would still be open. The restaurants would still be open. The minimum wage and barely above minimum wage employees who depend on their weekend hours to keep food on table and their family off of welfare would still be working. They would just be minus your tips for their table service or hair-cutting skills.

Keep that in mind…most of the working class and those making minimum wage in service and retail jobs depend on Sunday to help pay their bills. Those with time to spend on CAF don’t always realize that.

If you opt not to do anything other than attend Mass on Sunday, well that’s great, but let’s get over this “I’m causing someone to work if I go out and do something on Sunday” mentality. There’s nothing sinful with someone working on a Sunday to keep a roof over their heads and food on their table. To let your family go homeless or hungry because you refused to work on a Sunday is a sin.

Commercialism has crept into society and this has influenced your way of thought. Major retailers have decided that they must import billions of merchandise in order to meet this consumer demand. Believe me, the ones making these decisions in these corporations are borderline crazy.

The want of buying a bbq pit on a Sunday because you failed to buy one after work during the week, or the desire of other forms of needless, impulsive shopping are secondary to the Commandment. Acting on these impulsive desires is equivalent to acting out most any other sin.

Advice: Get a calendar and plan your shopping around Sunday.

No, what has influenced my way of thought is not commercialism, but helping and mentoring low-income people trying their best to stay off of welfare or to minimize their dependence on public assistance. These include both the unskilled and under educated person and the skilled and educated person who cannot find a livable wage job in this current economy. A quick glance at your CAF profile shows you are a well-educated individual who is working in retail…sounds like the working on Sunday is a personal issue for you, but you are working and that’s far better than many in this country. Even if you do have to work on Sunday, you probably aren’t relying on welfare and you are keeping a roof over your head and food on your table. Again, that’s far better than many in this country. Count your blessings people are shopping on Sunday and providing you some form of job security. It’s way better than you telling others they are lazy and sinful.

I protest Sunday work. It is my duty. I am also for a livable wage. People have to make adjustments, and they do make adjustments when their hours are cut or when their wages are cut or both. I know from experience, but it is right to give God thanks for what I do have (my daily bread).

Obviously, it isn’t going to change overnight. Just look at the United States’s trade deficit, it will take more than a decade to reverse in my opinion. The trade deficity is the shear measure that a problem does exist. The problem is excess consumption and is contrary to temperance. I have been guilty of excess consumption and have been and am slowly weaning it out of my life. It is a national problem; it is disgusting.

Fair enough. You speak as someone with experience and deep thought on the matter. I would imagine you are fine with those who must work on a Sunday such as those in the medical and public service field, but you feel anything non-essential should be closed? A drugstore or hardware would be okay (people do need meds and things do break on a Sunday), but clothing stores and such should be closed? Is that what you are proposing?

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