Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Weekly update from CCM

Dear Students,

It has begun!  The spring semester is off to a great start, and I hope you are all excited about being back at WCU.  We are hitting the ground running at Catholic Campus Ministry, so let me tell you about some great things in the works.

In case you are new to campus ministry, we have a regular weekly schedule of worship, prayer, and fellowship.  Each Sunday evening you are invited to gather at the Catholic Student Center at 6:30 for a half hour of apologetics, where we learn how to answer common questions about the Catholic faith and better explain her teachings.  Then at 7:00pm we pray the rosary together in our chapel.  Finally, at 7:30pm we celebrate Holy Mass, with Fr. Alex from St. Mary's.  Father is also available to hear confessions before and after each Mass.

Every Wednesday night we gather as a community at 6:30pm for a free home cooked dinner together.  Our dinner is followed by a program, which generally lasts from 7:30 to 8:30.  Some weeks we might have a discussion about an important aspect of our Catholic faith; some weeks we might have faith sharing; other weeks we might be playing games!  Our weekly programs are organized and put on by your fellow Catholic students, so let us know your ideas!  We'd love for you to get involved.

Our first Wednesday dinner of the semester will be tomorrow, so we hope to see you at 6:30 here at the Center!

Other great things coming up...

If you signed up last semester for our ski trip to Boone, we plan on leaving from the student center at 4:00pm this Friday.  Please be there.  If you haven't signed up, but wish you had, please let me know you'd like to go ASAP.  We will be crashing at the App State Catholic Campus Ministry house.  There is a registration fee of $20 to cover our meals while we are there, plus the cost of equipment rental if you don't have your own ski gear.  We will be returning to campus Sunday afternoon.

If anyone is interested in attending the March For Life in Washington, DC, Jan. 21-24, please contact Alex Cassell at alcassell1@catamount.wcu.edu if you have not done so already.  Thanks!

Give Your Heart Away is the name of our annual Diocesan service retreat for college students.  We are holding it once more this year in Hickory and the dates are Feb 10-12.  It is an awesome weekend filled with prayer, service to the community, and fellowship with Catholic students from across the diocese.  Registration forms are available here at the Catholic Student Center.  The registration fee is $50 and the deadline is Jan. 20.  Please don't miss this one, it's a great event!

Our choir would like to recruit new singers and musicians.  If you have a God-given talent and you'd like to use it to help us worship God in our liturgies, please volunteer.  The choir meets to rehearse Wednesday afternoons from 5:30-6:30 (an hour before our weekly dinners).  

Stay up to date with what's going on in campus ministry.  Bookmark our web site, www.wcucatholic.org, where we have an updated calendar of events and links to other great catholic sites.  Also, join our facebook group, if you have not already done so, to get the latest information about WCU Catholic Campus Ministry. 

WCU Catholic Campus Ministry
Matthew Newsome, MTh, campus minister
(828)293-9374  |   POB 2766, Cullowhee NC 28723

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