Seven Quick Takes

7 Quick Takes

Keeping Sunday Special Edition

Inspired by Erin McCole Cupp‘s monthly Sabbath Rest Book Talk, I’ve been thinking about how our family does (or doesn’t) make Sunday special. I’m not too young to remember when most stores were closed on Sundays, which in itself set Sunday aside as different. These days, it’s business as usual, and I’m often surprised at how crowded the grocery stores are on Sunday mornings when we stop in to grab something.

In re-reading what the Catechism of the Catholic Church has to say about the Sabbath, I was struck by these lines: “It is a day of protest against the servitude of work and the worship of money.” Not much support from the culture on that one.

Here some ways we try to keep  Sunday special in our house and in my home growing up.



 Maybe this goes without saying, but the primary way we keep Sunday special is by attending church. As Catholics, that means Sunday Mass. We prefer to attend as a family, but I’ll admit the occasional Mass without my littlest ones in tow is a blessed relief.

church interior

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During the week, we generally eat cold cereal for breakfast. Maybe a muffin, toast, or fruit, but generally it’s quick and easy. On Sundays, we take time with our breakfast and enjoy eggs and bacon, toast, juice or hot chocolate, and occasionally a treat such as muffins, doughnuts, or a quick bread.


Fancy Dishes

We’ve gotten away from this a bit, only because of our lack of cupboard space. I’d like to return to it. Six days a week we eat from our regular dishes. The set that is missing pieces, has nicks and chips, and is washed up to three times a day. On Sundays, our meals are special because they are served on the “fancy” dishes reserved for holidays or company.



Sunday should be a day for resting, napping, or generally relaxing guilt-free. It’s also a day to take time that we think we should be “getting something done” and enjoy a special activity. That could be a family hike, a walk, a bike ride, listening to or playing music or visiting a local attraction.


Prayer and Service

Here’s one where we could use some improvement! While we struggle to make time for family prayer or Bible reading on busy weekdays, Sunday, with its flexible, wide-open schedule, should easily allow for a family Rosary. We need to take better advantage of that opportunity and also seek opportunities to serve others.



Sunday is a day for families. That means finding things we can all enjoy together. It also means it’s the day to make phone calls to long distance family members. I call my mother each Sunday evening. It’s also a good day to write letters, send cards, or pen other messages to family and friends offering news about our lives, well wishes, or encouragement.


A Sunday Drive

This is a leftover from my childhood that I truly enjoyed. Because my dad owned and operated a small business, he was reluctant to take vacations. Instead, our mini-vacations were Sunday afternoons, in which we’d physically get away from his business so that he wouldn’t be bothered by it. Dad also loved to drive, so we took long and extensive drives in and around southwestern Pennsylvania, often capping our adventure with an ice cream treat.

How do you keep the Sabbath special?


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2 thoughts on “Seven Quick Takes

  1. For us, Sunday is a church and family day so we do all we can. Mormons are big on Sabbath day observance (note that I mean the religious teachings in our church, individual Mormons such as myself are decidedly not perfect at it but we try.)

    If the kids (or adults) get invited to playdates or parties on Sundays, we just tell them it’s our church and family day so we won’t be there. We try to avoid working on Sunday or making other people work on Sunday, so unless it’s an emergency we don’t shop or do homework or that stuff. We also limit music and TV to church/religious movies and church/classical music on Sundays to make the day special. We try to do stuff together as a family and of course go to church.

    • Sounds like you make lots of conscious efforts, which is great! For the first time, we had a kid’s sports event scheduled for Sunday morning this year. My oldest kids have been involved in sports for about 9 years now, and that’s the first time it happened,and we had to tell them our daughter couldn’t participate. It all has a was of creeping onto your schedule – the parties, the events, the games, etc.

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