3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time (B) | Jan 24, 2021
Blessings on a new semester!

This Monday will be the first day of classes of the spring semester. Most of us had hoped to be back on campus to begin the semester in person, but if there is one thing this pandemic has taught us, it's that we shouldn't get too attached to whatever plans we might make.

We are reminded to have a spirit of detachment by this Sunday's scripture readings. Below you'll find links to my "minute homily" (something new I'm trying) about detachment, as well as a reflection on the national Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of the Unborn observed on Jan. 22. There's also a link to sign up for the upcoming Give Your Heart Away service event, which will be a little different this year (more information to come).

Our first Mass on campus this semester will be Sunday, Feb. 7 (after the residence halls open). Small Group Bible Studies will start the first week of February with online and in-person options. We will be resuming our Wednesday night Holy Hours from 8-9 PM starting Jan. 27.

Finally I'd like to remind students of my availability even while you are not on campus. You can schedule time to meet with me by clicking on the "Meet with Deacon Matt" button at the top of this email. You'll be taken to an app that will allow you to choose either an in-person or online meeting time. For those who are on campus, the Catholic Student Center is open for your use with the usual Covid protocols in place (face mask, social distancing, and sanitize your hands). The chapel is also open for prayer until 10:00 pm each evening.

Yours in Christ,
Deacon Matt Newsome
Campus Minister
Watch on YouTube or read the text on our website.
The Innate Dignity of Every Human Person
January 22 is observed each year by the Church in the United States as a national Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of the Unborn. Please join us in prayer today for a conversion of heart that would allow us to recognize the child in the womb -- and every human person -- as a person with value and dignity who is worthy of love. I invite you to take three minutes to listen to my short reflection for today on our YouTube channel.
Wednesday Night Holy Hour
Join us Wednesday evening, starting Jan. 27, from 8-9 PM for an hour of Eucharistic Adoration and Evening Prayer. Join us in the chapel (max 12 people) or by livestream on our Facebook Page.
Small Group Bible Studies
We are offering bible study groups for men and women this semester, meeting online and in-person, starting the first week in February. These groups are student-led opportunities to grow in your faith with a prayerful community rooted in scripture and the Catholic tradition.

  • WOMEN'S GROUP | Tuesdays at 5:30 PM
  • MEN'S GROUP | Thursdays at 7:00 PM

To participate, please contact one of our small group leaders listed on our website.
Coming Up . . .
Need a place to park?
We still have a few available parking permits for the Spring Semester for $150. Download the registration form and mail it in with your payment, or come by the Catholic Student Center during the day to pick up your permit in person.
Thank you for your support!
Catholic Campus Ministry at WCU
Deacon Matthew Newsome, MTh, campus minister
828-293-9374