Blanca Urzua's service as a Eucharistic minister at Scecina's weekly school Masses have helped build her confidence. She's also a singer in Scecina's Advanced Chorus and the Rock Band club.
By Amy Noser,
Enrollment Management Assistant
“But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant.” –Matthew 20:26
The students involved in ministries at Scecina’s weekly Masses embody the spirit of this quote from Matthew. These students give of their time to be lectors, servers, cantors, choir members and Eucharistic ministers and to share their faith with the Scecina community. Their servant leadership through weekly Mass helps them to not only develop and strengthen their relationships with God, but also encourages their peers to do the same.
For senior Blanca Urzua from Holy Spirit Parish, becoming a Eucharistic minister helped bring her out of her shell and build her leadership skills, as well as her faith.
“I was really shy,” said Blanca. “It helped me become more confident.”
As Blanca has discovered, helping with school liturgy is a great way to serve God and to be a leader in the Scecina community, said Maria Siap, director of Campus Ministry.
“I tell all my students when they are trained to assist with Mass that they are Christian leaders, and even when they are not in Mass they should be an example to other students,” she said. “Our students take the responsibility given to them very seriously, and I am always impressed by their dedication to their relationship with God and furthering others’ relationship with God.”
Students learn about assisting with the liturgies during theology class at the beginning of the school year. Those students who express interest are then trained by Siap. Father Aaron Jenkins, Scecina’s chaplain coordinator and pastor at St. Michael Catholic Church in Greenfield, also assists through training those students who wish to be servers.
Blanca began serving as a Eucharistic minister with her church youth group, but she said she still was nervous being in front of everyone. Serving during Scecina Masses has made her more comfortable.
“I went to my senior retreat and I got even more confident, and my faith grew,” she said. “I got closer to God.”
Other Scecina opportunities have helped Blanca’s confidence as well. Her favorite class is Advanced Choir and last year she had a solo at one of the concerts. She also plan a solo performance of “Remember Me” at Scecina’s Coffeehouse. She also sings in Scecina’s Rock Band and is a member of Key Club and Promise to Keep. Blanca wants to attend Marian University and pursue a nursing career.
James Hentz, a sophomore from St. Michael, jumped at the chance to assist during weekly liturgies.
“It’s nice becoming fully engaged in the Mass while serving since you are an integral part of its unfolding,” he said. “When you are serving, people are watching every move you make and it challenges you to be conscious of remaining reverent and respectful at all times.”
In addition to serving at Scecina, James participate in men’s tennis and volleyball, Academic Super Bowl, Student Ambassadors, Crusaders for Life and International Club.