The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body & Blood of Christ | June 23, 2019
NOTE: I am spending the week before the Feast of Corpus Christi attending the Steubenville Conference for Priests, Deacons and Seminarians at Franciscan University. This week's reflection is the text of a homily I preached for Corpus Christi last year, exploring the relationship between the Eucharist, the sacrament of Christ’s Body, and Marriage, the sacrament that is native to our bodies. I pray that it blesses you.
Deacon Matt
“Do you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ?”

If you are like many Catholics, you may have tensed up a bit at that question. It calls to mind the stereotypical Protestant evangelist, telling you that you need to “accept Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and savior.”

When we Catholics are challenged by Protestants about our personal relationship with Jesus we tend to get a little defensive. We bristle. We tend to view our relationship with Christ as something corporate, rather than personal.

This is unfortunate. Because the greatest thing the Catholic Church has to offer is a very personal, and indeed  intimate  relationship with Jesus Christ...

In Christ's Peace,
Deacon Matt
CCM "Summer School" Podcast
Over the summer, Deacon Matt is recording a 10-part podcast series on the major heresies of Church history, and what we can learn from them. This week's episode is a 2-for-1 as we talk about both Nestorianism and Monophysitism . These heresies each dealt with the relationship between Jesus' humanity and his divinity. We believe that Jesus is both human and divine, but how is this so?

Healing Ministry
Father Coleman and Deacon Matt have been attending a conference this week at Franciscan University. The presenters are from Unbound Deliverance Ministry which offers spiritual (and often times emotional and even physical) healing through prayer. One of the speakers is Fr. Boniface Hicks who pointed out, "Nothing is more lovely than vulnerability; nothing is more ugly than defensiveness. " God made himself vulnerable before us as a baby in his Nativity, and continues to make himself vulnerable before us each day in the Eucharist. Let's not be afraid to make ourselves vulnerable before God. Fr. Boniface also reminded us that, "When Jesus is silent, he's not absent -- he is listening." God wants to bless us, heal our wounds, and offer us freedom. We've been praying for all the students at Western this week. Please pray for us! And don't hesitate to let us know if there are special ways that we can pray for you and bless you during your time at school.
Freshman Orientation Fairs
CCM will be set up with an information table at all Freshman Orientation Fairs this summer! If you are an incoming freshman, please be sure to come by and introduce yourself. If you are a current student on campus during the summer and would like to help out, please let us know. The orientation fairs will be at the fountain in the center of campus from 11:45am to 1:45pm on June 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, and July 2.
Important Dates for the Fall
We are already looking forward with excitement to the fall semester! Here are some important dates to mark on your calendar.

Fall Parking Passes
We will have fall parking permits available for the CCM lot beginning on July 1. The cost will remain $125 per semester or $225 for the full year paid in advance. You may download parking registration forms from our web site to print and mail in with payment. All the money collected from parking revenue helps to fund out ministry. Thank you for your support!
Catholic Campus Ministry at WCU
Deacon Matthew Newsome, MTh, campus minister
828-293-9374