Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Weekly Update from CCM

Welcome back, students!  We are excited to be starting a new semester with you at WCU.  We hope you all had a blessed Christmas holiday and are grateful to be back in the 'Whee and are geared up for your spring classes.

There have been some minor changes to our weekly schedule of activities in Catholic Campus Ministry for this semester.  Here's what we have going on.

The center of our ministry is Christ in the Eucharist, and so we celebrate Mass each Sunday night at 7:30pm here in our chapel.  Gather 30 minutes before to pray a rosary with us at 7:00.

Students gather at 2pm at the Fountain in the center of campus to pray a rosary together between classes.  (If the weather is bad, they meet at the balcony at the UC).  Any and all are welcome to join them!

Come join us for a home cooked dinner together at 6:30pm, followed by a short program on the faith.  This week Alex is cooking for us.  After dinner we will watch an excerpt from the film The Star of Bethlehem, which provides an astronomical look at what was going on in the sky over the Holy Land around the time of Jesus' birth.  Just what was it the magi saw that prompted them to come look for the newborn King of the Jews?  Please join us!

Our choir will meet to rehearse from 6 to 7pm.  (If anyone is interested in joining the choir to help sing at Mass, please feel free to come).  
We will then have Eucharistic Adoration from 7 to 8pm.

In addition, there are some upcoming events that Catholic Campus Ministry is either hosting or participating in that should be on your calendar!
St. Mary's is hosting an evening of prayer in solidarity with the Pro-Life movement and all those involved in the March for Life in Washington, DC.  They would love to have college students there praying with them.  The evening starts at 5:30pm, and will involve prayer, a light supper of bread and soup, and end with a movie (possibly October Baby).  People are encouraged to also fast on this day in solidarity with all the unborn and as penance for the 50 million lives lost since Roe. v. Wade.

This is the annual diocesan service retreat for college students, once again hosted at the Catholic Conference Center in Hickory.  It is a weekend of prayer, service to others, reflection, and fellowship with other Catholic college students from across the Diocese.  It is one of the most popular events of the year, so register early!  For more information, click here to download a brochure.  Registration is $50 and the deadline is Jan. 25.  You can download a registration form here.  (Note, there are three forms on the same sheet of paper -- you only need to fill out one).  Registration forms are also on the bulletin board here at the Catholic Student Center.  Please bring your payment and form to my office before Friday the 25th!  (HINT:  This Wednesday's dinner would be a great time to register).

There will be college programs offered this year at the Bishop's annual Lenten pilgrimage at Belmont Abbey.  More details to come soon.

WCU CCM is hosting a spring break trip this year to the Baltimore & DC areas.  The tip will feature a little bit of everything, from visiting pilgrimage sites (The National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the Grotto at Mt. St. Mary's, the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, etc.), service opportunities (Gallagher Services, MD Foodbank, soup kitchens, etc.), and some fun sight seeing and play time with your fellow CCM students.  Cost is $125 and transportation will be provided.  Please contact me ASAP to RSVP!  We'd love to have you join us!

Finally, if you are new to CCM, or just haven't been active in a while, please come join us!  This Wednesday night for dinner is a great way to start.  You'll see friendly, smiling faces, and get to know others on campus who share your Catholic faith.  As your campus minister, my office is always open for you.  Feel free to call, email, text, or just drop by to see me.  

I hope and pray that this semester goes well for you, and look forward to the many exciting opportunities this semester to enrich our faith and grow in fellowship with God and one another.

God bless,

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

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