What a wonderful time we had this past weekend at Folly Beach! The theme of our beach retreat was "Mass Confusion!" and despite the title I feel I can say with confidence that we all left LESS confused about the Mass, and more in awe and wonder at the miracles we are allowed to participate in each Sunday at the liturgy. I am so proud of all the students who researched the various talks and presentations on the different parts of the Mass, and very glad to have had the opportunity to share this experience with those who went on the retreat. We could not have had a better ending to the retreat than the beautifully celebrated Mass on Sunday morning at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in downtown Charleston.
I've gathered some photos of the retreat and put them online for any who would like to see them:
Coming up this week...
WEDNESDAY: Please join us for dinner at 6:30pm. After we will have another of my 'Missal Moments.' We are only a few weeks away from when the new translation goes into effect. Are you ready? We have received our new copy of the Roman Missal for our chapel, so I'll have that on hand for show and tell. Our program afterward will be led by Alex Cassell.
THURSDAY: The St. Thomas Aquinas student discussion group meets at 7pm. The topic this week is "The Human Experience." If you have never seen this film, it is the story of a band of brothers who travel the world in search of the answers to the burning questions: Who am I? Who is Man? Why do we search for meaning? Their journey brings them into the middle of the lives of the homeless on the streets of New York City, the orphans and disabled children of Peru, and the abandoned lepers in the forests of Ghana, Africa. What the young men discover changes them forever. Through one on one interviews and real life encounters, the brothers are awakened to the beauty of the human person and the resilience of the human spirit.
SATURDAY: "Preaching to the Choir" is a workshop led by Fr. Ken Whittington, pastor of St. Charles Borromeo church in Morganton, NC. He's coming to St. Mary's in Sylva to teach us about the meaning and role of liturgical music in our worship. Why do we sing what we sing at Mass? Does it matter what we sing? Why do we sing, anyway? If you sing in the choir I strongly encourage you to attend this workshop. Anyone with any interest at all in liturgical music is most welcome. It will run from 9:30am till 3:00pm, with lunch provided. Prior registration is required, so if you'd like to attend, please let me know.
MARCH FOR LIFE PILGRIMAGE 2012
For those of you interested in taking part of the March for Life trip to DC this coming January 21-24, I have the registration forms in my office. The cost to take part in the trip with St. Mary's ranges from $420 for a single room, down to $200 if you share a room. A $100 deposit is due no later than Dec. 2. Special Note: There is a possibility that the group will get to go on a special tour of the White House led by Heath Shuler. If you want to be a part of that tour, a background check is required and the information needed for that is due in no later than Nov. 16, so act now. For more information, please see me, or contact Celeste Franzen at email@example.com or 828-226-1512.
WCU Catholic Campus Ministry
Matthew Newsome, MTh, campus minister
(828)293-9374 | POB 2766, Cullowhee NC 28723