18th Sunday of Ordinary Time | Aug 4, 2019
T he message of this week’s scripture readings seems pretty straightforward:  you can’t take it with you . No matter how rich or poor you are, none of your material possessions will mean a thing once you die. So if your life has been spent in pursuit of  stuff  then ultimately it’s all for nothing. All things are vanity, like Qoheleth says in Ecclesiastes.

Is life just vanity? This would be true if the material world were all there is — if the only things of value were things that we could see and touch, measure and accumulate. If matter were all that mattered, then life would truly be folly. No matter how long we lived or how rich we became, we all end up in the same hole in the ground. Ashes to ashes and dust to dust. How depressing.

But is that really all there is...?

In Christ's Peace,
Deacon Matt
Small Group Bible Studies
Each semester we offer multiple student-led small group Bible studies that meet in various locations around campus. These groups are designed to help students engage with the scriptures and discuss the faith in a relaxed environment with their peers. They are open to any student who desires to grow in their relationship with God.

We will have three small groups meeting on different days of the week this Fall, starting the second week of the semester. The times and locations will be announced before classes begin. We encourage all students to find a small group that fits with their schedule as a wonderful way to be involved in our ministry and to grow in your faith.

"Small groups are the place where our great big church can get small and personal, where we're known, loved, and cared for." - Fr. Michael White (Rebuilt).

CCM "Summer School" Podcast
This week is the FINAL EPISODE of our summer podcast series on the major heresies of Church history. We had originally planned for ten episodes but decided to do a special bonus episode looking at the heresies of Deism and Modernism , which still influence man people's approach to religion today.

Important Dates for the Fall
Mark your calendar!

Fall Parking Passes
We are officially SOLD OUT of our parking passes for the fall semester. Thanks to everyone who purchased one as all proceeds go to fund our ministry. We will have a small number of passes available for the spring semester, which we will make available to purchase at the end of the fall.
Free Retreat Opportunity
The Greek Ukrainian Catholic Mission of Canton, NC is offering an East Meets West retreat at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Canton the weekend of Aug 23-25. It is only about a 40 minute drive from campus and college students are welcome to participate. There is no cost, though donations are appreciated. The weekend will feature prayer in the Byzantine tradition and reflections on the divine liturgy of St. John Chrysostom. More information, including a schedule, is available on their web site . If any student is interested in attending, let Deacon Matt know so we can arrange a car pool.
Save the date!
We will be travelling together from Cullowhee to attend the 15th Annual Eucharistic Congress in Charlotte. Dr. Scott Hahn will be our special guest for the College Night on Friday evening. Students will spend the night at St. Peter's participating in Adoration, join in the Eucharistic Procession on Saturday morning, and enjoy the wonderful Catholic speakers and vendors throughout the day before returning to campus Saturday evening.
Catholic Campus Ministry at WCU
Deacon Matthew Newsome, MTh, campus minister