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Hi everyone! With the season of lent coming up very soon, a lot of Catholics typically start asking each other, "What are you going to give up for lent this year?". You'll often get the response of either giving up a certain type of food, television (more like Netflix), or social media. While these are all great things it's rare that you find somebody that instead of giving something up, they do something more.

This past Sunday, I was blessed with the opportunity to be a Eucharistic minister for the first time. This was a big deal for me because for the past three years or so I have always wanted to participate as one but never got up the courage because, like any normal person would, my fear of dropping the chalice had always been holding me back. Of course I was worried about going up at the wrong time and making myself look stupid, but none of that mattered when I was able to say to the recipient, "The blood of Christ.". I could have easily just said no, like I had the week before, because it was out of my comfort zone but I would have missed out on an amazing opportunity.

Often times, it is harder to do more than to give something up so I'm challenging you to do something that's either out of your comfort zone such as participating in the mass as a lector or Eucharistic minister (there's a form below), or doing something more in our community such as volunteering at a food bank or homeless shelter. I pray that you all have a blessed and meaningful lent that will help you grow in faith and that when God speaks to you, you will be listening.

God Bless,

Analese

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Lector. Reads the 1st or 2nd reading during mass.
Server. Assists the priest during mass.
Eucharistic Minister. Gives out the Precious Blood during Holy Communion.
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