It's another week in the 'Whee and I hope that you are all getting settled in to the rhythm of the new semester nicely. It's been a pleasure getting to know some of the new freshmen so far, and seeing so many of you at Mass. I was touched this past Sunday while praying the Rosary before Mass here in our chapel. We like to pray the Rosary at 7:00pm each Sunday as a great way to prepare ourselves for Mass at 7:30. This week there were perhaps six of us who started to pray together. As each decade of the Rosary went on, I could hear more and more voices added to our prayers. When we finally finished, about ten minutes before Mass started, I turned around and there were nearly 40 students in the chapel, praying together. It's a wonderful sight, and makes what we do here at CCM feel so worthwhile.
So let's get right to what we have going on this week...
Please join us for dinner at 6:30. Sarah Taylor is cooking for us, which is always a treat. After our meal together, we will have a short presentation by Joseph Coca. Joseph spent the summer working for the Totus Tuus ministry. Totus Tuus is a summer Catholic youth program dedicated to sharing the Gospel and promoting Catholic faith through evangelization, catechesis, Christian witness, and Eucharistic worship. Joseph has prepared a slide show of his experiences and some reflections about his growth and enrichment during the summer, so please come learn more about this wonderful ministry.
Did you know that we have a few Catholic students playing on our football team? One of them is David Giron, and he'd like to encourage everyone to come and show their support for our first home game of the semester, Thursday night at 8:00pm, vs. Mars Hill. Come show our men some support! The Catholic Student Center is right down the street from the football stadium, so why not meet up here before the game and go as a group?
We hope you will join us for an hour of Eucharistic Adoration from 4-5pm. Even if you cannot stay for the full hour, just a few minutes before our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament is worthwhile. We have such a great gift to be able to have the Eucharist reserved in our chapel on campus. Weekly Adoration is a marvelous way to tell God "thank you" for the gift of His Son.
Bonus: I found this great "letter to Jesus" on LifeTeen's web site from a young woman talking about her experience in Adoration. If you are thinking, why bother with Adoration, it's worth a read!
Yes, even though this is Labor Day weekend, we will still have Mass on campus this Sunday at 7:30pm. To all of you travelling home to be with your families, we pray for safe journeys and look forward to seeing you back on campus. For those of you sticking around, we'll see you here at Mass!
Mark your calendar for Sept. 8. We plan a "day out with CCM." We'll meet here at the Student Center at 10:00am, and carpool into Asheville where we will spend the some time touring around the NC Arboretum. If you've never heard of the Arboretum, visit http://www.ncarboretum.org/ and see what it is all about. There are some wonderful exhibits including outdoor art, beautiful gardens, and the most unique collection of bonsai trees in the United States. Afterwards, we'll venture to the historic Basilica of St. Lawrence for the Vigil Mass, and finally wrap up the evening together with dinner at the Olive Garden before returning to campus. How much will it cost? The Arboretum only charges for parking, which is $8 per car, so the more people who ride together, the less that will be. Dinner will be whatever you want to spend, but most people spend less than $20. If you plan on going, please shoot us an email to let us know to expect you. We hope you'll join us!
The Diocese of Charlotte's annual Eucharistic Congress is Sept. 21-22 once again in downtown Charlotte. We plan on taking a group from WCU, so please let us know if you'd like to attend with us. St. Peter's church is letting us crash in their basement; we will provide a light breakfast, and you get a campus ministry t-shirt -- all for $15. It's a great chance for some late-night adoration, to hear some wonderful speakers, and spend time getting to know Catholic students from other campuses. For a schedule of events and more info visit http://www.goeucharist.com/ and check it out!
That's all I have for this week. God bless, everyone, and study hard!