I hope you are all having a great week. Let's get right to this week's announcements!
Our chefs du jour for our Wednesday night fellowship meal will be Mary & Britt. They will be making chili for us - a nice warm meal for a cold autumn evening. After dinner, Kaitlyn has a fun Thanksgiving-themed program lined up for us, with an optional field trip to Jack the Dipper afterwards, for any who are so inclined. So come join us for an evening of fellowship and fun this Wednesday at 6:30pm!
Our regular "Tea @ 10" Catholic discussion group will be meeting at 8:00pm this week (so I guess we need to call it "Tea @ 8"). The meeting will be at the Catholic Student Center rather than Starbucks, as usual. The change in time and venue is to accommodate me. I'll be joining the group this week, and ten is past my bedtime. :-) The topic of the week is homosexuality -- what does the Church teach, and what should our attitude/relationship as Catholics be towards those with same-sex attraction? I'll be there to answer your questions. In other words, this is not a lecture, but a Q&A and discussion opportunity. The discussion group is open to any and all who wish to attend. If you have a particular question you would like addressed, but would prefer not to ask it in front of a group, please email your question to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will answer all emailed questions on Thursday night anonymously. Hope to see you there!
A reminder that each Friday we offer Bible Study at 3pm, followed by Eucharistic Adoration at 4pm. It's open to all, very much come-as-you-are, and a great way to start off your weekend. Come and spend some quality time with the Lord who made you!
THANKSGIVING (and a way to help CCM!)
Are you headed home for Thanksgiving? Do you know anyone in your family who would like to help out Catholic Campus Ministry? Or do you know anyone in your family who would like a chance to win $2000? There is a way they can do both at once! CCM in the Diocese of Charlotte is putting on a raffle with a grand prize of $2000 cash (with a second place prize of $1000). Each chance is $20, and the all of proceeds go to support campus ministry. I have raffle tickets on hand to sell. What I would like is for as many students as possible to agree to take a few tickets home over Thanksgiving to offer to family members. Are you thankful for free meals every week with your CCM friends? Are you thankful to have Mass available on campus? Are you thankful to have so many wonderful retreat opportunities? Are you thankful to have a campus minister available to listen to you, pray with you, and answer your questions? These things are only possible because of the generous gifts of parents, friends, and other family and supporters. This Thanksgiving, please invite your family to help support us, too.
If you are going to be talking with your parents before you head home next week for Thanksgiving break, why not ask them if they would be willing to buy a ticket or two, or if they think grandma or Aunt Edna might like to take a ticket? That way you will know going home that you've already got some tickets sold. If you are willing to help out with this raffle fundraiser effort, please come see me and I'll assign some tickets to you. Whether you sell the tickets or not over the break, you will have my thanks and gratitude!