"This is a stumbling block to the faithful and we need to be on top of this, to find out what can be done to avoid sacrifice during Lent. There is such a thing as too much of a good thing," announced Mark Thomas, the chair of the committee.
The committee's agenda for Wednesday night, Feb. 6th, states: "New business: open forum to brainstorm ways to give up chocolate for Lent and yet eat it on Valentine's Day."
"People expressed concerns through facebook, that this Valentines during Lent was terribly inconvenient," noted Beth Klugman, "and pointed out that sometimes St Patrick's Day gets a pass when it lands on a Friday during Lent, so faithful Irish-American people can eat their corned beef. We thought it was prudent to explore options."
The minutes of the meeting came up with various scenarios:
- Give up something other than chocolate, like bacon.
- Give and receive chocolate, but eat it on the Lord's Day (Sunday).
- Give and receive chocolate, but freeze it and eat on Easter Sunday (personal fasts completed).
- Celebrate Valentine's Day (in a secular manner) on Fat Tuesday.
- Give and receive carob.
- Convince your significant other than vanilla is the penitential language of love.
Thomas noted that the search for loopholes is ongoing.