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Soup Kitchen being established to help needy individuals, families locally

To tie in with the announcement Blessed Sacrament will be retaining its identity and mission as a West Fargo neighborhood church, parishioners and parish leadership are saying thank you for Bishop Samuel Aquila's continued blessing by implementing and opening a Soup Kitchen for the less fortunate on Thursday, June 2, with serving time from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m.

The goal is to provide a meal at least once a week on consecutive Thursdays, for needy individuals and families who live west of I-29.

"Blessed Sacrament is a parish that practices social justice by taking the Body and Blood of Christ received in our bodies out into the world of hurt and need," Father Bert Miller said. "If we can help an individual or family save enough money in a year to pay rent on time, or keep the utilities on, or pay for a tank of gas without having to ask for help, we will have succeeded in meeting our goal."

The plan is to involve other churches and civic organizations in this ministry, and possibly even provide the soup kitchen more evenings if that can be worked out. Junior and senior high school students are also welcome to assist with serving and dishwashing.

As part of its service to the community, Blessed Sacrament also continues to cook and serve meals at Churches United for the Homeless on the fourth and fifth Thursdays of the month, a longtime pet project. The parish also donates to other organizations, and works directly with those who visit the office requesting help with groceries, gas and some bills.

Those wishing to volunteer to cook, serve or clean up, or donate to the success of the Soup Kitchen in any way are encouraged to do so.

For more information call the church office at 282-3321.