Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Weekly update from CCM

Dear Students,

I hope you are all doing well this week.  A special thank you to all of you who went with our group to help Habitat For Humanity this past Saturday.  Fifteen students attended and did some wonderful work cleaning and preparing a house donated to Habitat, which will benefit a family in need.  This is the kind of Christian witness that the world needs to see.  So again, thank you, and we hope to be able to offer these kinds of opportunities more often.

Jumping right into our schedule for this week, we have a very special guest joining us for our Wednesday supper.  Please come and welcome back a familiar face -- Jessica Grazen!  Jessy was a regular feature in campus ministry for the past three semesters, singing in the choir and serving on the Peer Ministry Council.  She left us this semester to attend Franciscan University in Steubenville, OH.  (I think she liked campus ministry so much, she wanted it 24/7).  She's on break this week, and is coming to join us for supper.  Come hear all about the wonderful things that go on at a Catholic university, and reconnect with an old friend.  That's this Wednesday at 6:30pm.

Who wouldn't enjoy hearing their campus minister read Dr. Seuss stories out loud?  If you have not signed up already to join us on our "Seuss is Loose!" retreat at the end of this month, please consider it.  We have a couple of open spaces left.  The retreat will be a lock-in from March 23-24, at the Youth Center at St. John the Evangelist parish in Waynesville.  Cost is $20, and you get an awesome t-shirt.  Your Peer Ministry Council is planning a wonderful and light-hearted look at our faith through the eyes of the beloved children's author.  We'll also have an opportunity to go to Confession and attend Mass.  Sign up sheet is here at the Catholic Center (on the fridge), or just let me know and I'll put your name down.

For those of you not planning on attending our retreat, there is another great opportunity to connect with fellow Catholic university students.  Bishop Peter Jugis is inviting all college students in the diocese to join him at Belmont Abbey on March 23 for his annual Lenten Pilgrimage.  The events run from 5:00 till 9:30 in the evening and include a Mass, a Fish Fry Supper, Praise & Worship, and Eucharistic Adoration.  Cost is only $10 and includes a t-shirt and dinner.  To learn more, or to register, please visit:

Technically it's "rose" but that's another matter.  This Sunday, the Fourth Sunday of Lent, is called Laetare Sunday, which is Latin for "rejoice."  It comes from the opening phrase of the Entrance chant for the Mass, which is Laetare Jerusalem, or "Rejoice, Jerusalem!"  Like Gaudete Sunday in Advent, the priest typically wears rose colored vestments this day.  It's a Sunday in this penitential season when one "sees the light at the end of the tunnel," so to speak.  We look forward to the joy of the Resurrection at Easter.  And so the deep violet color of the vestments is lightened to rose.

It's also a day called "Mothering Sunday" in some places in Europe.  This tradition comes from the old liturgical calendar (according to the Extraordinary Form today) when the second reading had St. Paul referring to "that Jerusalem which is above... which is our mother."  People would often try to attend Mass at the closest cathedral (their mother church) and leave a special gift at the altar.  It was also a day when people honored their own mothers (much like our Mother's Day), as well as Mary, the Mother of God, and the Church, as our mother in the faith.  Why not remember that old tradition, and remember your mother especially in your prayers this Sunday.

To read more about Laetare Sunday check out this article from Catholic Culture online:

And, by the way, Fr. Alex will likely be wearing violet this Sunday at our campus Mass, as we don't have rose colored vestments here -- if you want to see Father in pink, you'll have to get up early and go to St. Mary's.  :-)

Everyone have a great week, and keep campus ministry in your prayers!
Pax Christi,

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

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