I hope you are all having a wonderful week and are enjoying the return of the sun to Cullowhee. I'm sending this email out a bit earlier than usual because I will be off in Asheville today for a meeting about our upcoming Give Your Heart Away retreat. I'm not certain how much time that may take today, so don't expect me to be in my office. Remember, though, I'm just a text or phone call away if needed.
A couple of updates to our weekly schedule.
Our rosary prayer group has moved the meeting time to 2:30pm, to better accommodate people's class schedules. All are welcome to come. The usual meeting place is at the fountain, but remember if it is raining to meet on the balcony at the UC.
Ali is cooking for us this week, so please come join us at 6:30 for a home cooked dinner. After, Joseph is going to talk with us about Eucharistic Adoration. He's excited about it, and he'll tell us why we should be, too! Don't miss it!
Last week I made an error in the schedule. The usual time for Adoration on Thursdays will be from 6-7pm, with choir practice from 7-8pm. Adoration is open to all who want to come and spend some time worshiping in the presence of Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. Generally our Adoration service consists of song and the divine mercy chaplet, intermixed with periods of silence. You don't necessarily have to come for the full hour -- any time at all you can spend with the Lord is a grace and a blessing, so please come by. Choir practice will be after Adoration and is open to anyone who would like to help with music at our Sunday liturgy.
Two important things about this Friday. First, it is the deadline for registration for Give Your Heart Away. Second, it is the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision Roe v. Wade, Jan. 25, 1973, negating abortion restrictions in every state in our country. Since then, 55 million babies (about 20% of the US population) have lost their lives in this "procedure" which even abortion rights advocates say should be "safe, legal and rare." Each year, however, more and more people in America are realizing the evils of abortion and are supporting the pro-life cause, with the greatest increases among young people. Millions will gather in Washington this Friday for the March for Life. For those who cannot go but who still want to show their solidarity with the unborn, St. Mary's is holding a prayer service. It will begin at 5:30pm with a pro-life rosary, followed by a simple soup and bread dinner (many are fasting on this day). After, a pro-life movie will be shown. (There are several to choose from, and the participants will decide which one over dinner). The pro-life committee at St. Mary's have invited any college student who would like to come.
GIVE YOUR HEART AWAY
Our annual service retreat is Feb. 15-17 in Hickory (about 2.5 hours from campus). Things get underway Friday evening at 8pm and will wrap up Sunday at 11am (so you'll be back to campus in the early afternoon). Registration is $50 and needs to be in with me by this Friday. You can find more information, download a brochure and a registration form, from this website:
We still have plenty of parking stickers available for the spring semester. These are $50 each and guarantee you a place to park in our lot, an easy walk from the center of campus. Come by the student center and get yours before they are gone! And remember, the money raised goes to support our campus ministry activities.
Don't forget our Spring Break trip to Baltimore & DC! March 23-28. More on this in the weeks to come, but if you'd like to go with us, let me know ASAP and I can get you more information. Cost is only $125.
Have a great week, everyone!