Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Weekly Update from CCM

Dear Students,

Welcome back to the 'Whee!  I hope you all had a great break and are excited to be back on campus.  It was good to see so many of you at Mass on Sunday, and to meet some new students, as well.  We hope you find a second home at CCM.  We are here to be a community to help you grow in faith, hope and love during your time at Western.

Here is what we have going on this week and beyond...

Community Table Service.  We will be offering service at Community Table, our local food ministry, this afternoon from 3:30 until 6:00pm.  Those interested should meet at CCM by 3:15 to ride over.  Rebecca Romo is our ride this afternoon.  If you wish to go, please send her a message so she can be looking for you.  You can text her at 919-349-4334 or message her on Facebook.

Vespers at 6:00pm in the chapel.  Evening Prayer from Liturgy of the Hours.  This is the daily prayer of the Church, prayed by monks, nuns, clergy and lay people across the world.  If you've never done Evening Prayer before don't worry; we have hand outs and will help you follow along!

Supper @ the Center at 6:30pm.  Each Wednesday we offer a free home cooked meal.  This week Jackie and Bekka are cooking for us.  We have a sign up sheet in the kitchen for anyone who wants to take a turn cooking.  CCM provides the ingredients, and you provide the labor and love!  After we eat, Joseph will lead us in an evening of music and games.  It will be a fun, faith-filled way to start off the semester, so we hope to see you there.

Adoration in the chapel from noon till 12:30.  Half an hour of silent prayer time before our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament.

Rosary/Confessions: 3:30pm
Mass: 4:00pm
Credo: 5:15pm Our discussion topic this week will be the first three commandments: what are our moral duties to God?  Come with questions!

Looking ahead...
Our scripture study small groups will kick off the new semester next week.  We have two groups meeting regularly, so choose the one that works best for your schedule.
  • MONDAYS at 6:30 in the Balsam Lobby area
  • THURSDAYS at 5:30 in the UC, second floor
Our small groups typically look at the scripture readings for the following Sunday Mass, so they are a great way to engage the Word of God and help to prepare for worship at Mass, as well as get to know other faithful college students.  They are open to all, so bring a friend!

Feb 13-15, at the Catholic Conference Center in Hickory, NC.  This is our annual Diocesan Service weekend for college students.  Students from campuses across our diocese come together for a weekend of prayer, reflection, and Christian service to the community.  Work sites vary but include nursing homes, thrift stores, trail maintenance, women's resource centers, and other area services and ministries.  Cost is $50 and includes meals and lodging for the weekend.  You can find more information as well as register online at:

We hope to have a large group going from WCU.  The registration deadline is January 23, so don't wait to sign up!

I'm working on the schedule for altar servers, lectors, and extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion for our campus Masses this semester.  If you are interested in serving in any of these capacities, please let me know this week.  Also, as I mentioned before, we need student volunteers to help cook our Wednesday meals.  There is a sign up sheet in the kitchen - please feel free to team up with another student to cook.  Finally, we have an ongoing need to help keep our student center clean.  It is a communal space, so we all have a responsibility to keep it neat.  This means cleaning any dishes you use, sweeping the floor if you see it needs it, keeping the kitchen counters and tables wiped clean, raking leaves outside, and so forth.  If we all pitch in, it's not a lot of work for anyone.  Thanks!

The last reminder this week is about our parking passes.  Selling parking passes is one of the major ways we raise money to be able to offer our programs.  They are $50 per semester.  We still have plenty left for the Spring, so help us spread the word!  If you need a place to park, come by CCM to pick up your sticker this week!

Thanks for reading, and I hope to see you all Wednesday night for supper.

Pax Christi,

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

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