Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Weekly update from CCM

Dear Students,

Catholic Campus Ministry would like to wish all of you a wonderful upcoming break, and - as it will be after Lent the next time we see many of you - a very Blessed Easter!

Because of the break, Mass will NOT be celebrated here on campus for the next two Sundays (Palm Sunday, April 1, and Easter Sunday, April 8).  For those of you staying in or around Cullowhee over the break, below is a schedule of Masses at St. Mary's in Sylva.

PALM SUNDAY: 9am & 11am
EASTER SUNDAY: 9am & 11am

At the Easter Vigil on Saturday, April 7, two students from WCU will be among those adults receiving the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and First Eucharist at St. Mary's.  We ask all of your prayers for Joseph Coca and Chesnee Hibbard as they complete their journey through RCIA (the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) and begin a whole new journey in their lives as Catholic faithful.  

This Wednesday please join us for supper at 6:30pm.  Keven Toole is preparing a very simple Lenten soup meal for us, and we welcome special guest, Sr. Pat Pepitone, a Sister of Mercy residing here in our Diocese who will be speaking with us about the nitty-gritty of being a professed religious (a nun or a monk) in 21st century America.  If you've never had the chance to talk to a nun here is your opportunity to come, ask questions, and learn from her experience.  Please join us and help welcome Sister Pat!

There is some talk of students gathering on Thursday evening at the Center to watch The Passion of the Christ.  This is a very appropriate way to prepare for Holy Week, as we celebrate our Lord's Passion in a very special way in our liturgy.  We will let you know when/if plans finalize for this viewing via our Facebook group.  So if you have not joined our Facebook group, now's a good time to do so!

No Adoration this Friday, due to the Break.

Yes, more on this subject, because we, as Catholics, cannot be silent about this issue!  Please bring it home to your friends, fellow classmates, and anyone else you can that this is not simply a "Catholic issue."  The mandate which requires Catholic hospitals, schools, and other organizations to provide contraception and sterilization coverage in their health insurance plans (which our Church teaches us is immoral) has implications that affect the religious liberties of all religious organizations in the United States, and should be the concern of every American citizen.

In case you missed it, last Friday, people gathered at courthouses across the nation to protest this mandate and stand up in support of religious freedom and our First Amendment.  A student forwarded this link to me, which shows photos from various gatherings across the country.  I'd like to share it with you.

Scroll down the photos.  One thing I noticed is that, though the media tend to frame this debate as something being led by "old white men," what I see in these photos are lots and lots of young people, and especially young women, who are coming out and protesting in support of their Church and their religious freedom.  God bless all of them, and I pray that their voices may be heard.  Please learn all you can about this issue and be involved!

Everyone please be safe, have a wonderful break, and we'll see you back in the 'Whee after Easter!
Pax Christi,

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

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