5th Sunday of Lent (B) | Mar 21, 2021
Deacon Matt Newsome, campus minister
A common argument against the existence of God goes like this: if God were all knowing, all powerful, and all good, there wouldn't be suffering in the world. There is suffering, therefore there is no God. That argument assumes all suffering is bad, but our readings for the 5th Sunday of Lent tell us that Jesus was made perfect through suffering. What does that tell us about our own suffering? That's the subject of my "minute homily" this week.

Next Thursday is the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord, the patronal feast day of our chapel. We're celebrating with Mass, Solemn Vespers, and a cookout on the lawn. We hope you'll join us! Find out more in our schedule below.

Special Note: This newsletter is being sent out on Friday, March 19, the Solemnity of St. Joseph. Solemnities are the highest order of feast day on the Church's calendar, which means when they fall on a Friday in Lent, we don't observe the usual abstinence from meat. So feel free to enjoy a hamburger or steak today - just say a prayer of thanks to St. Joseph!

In Christ,
Deacon Matt
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What's happening in Campus Ministry

  • SUNDAY MASS at 4:00 pm at Hillside Grind Coffee House, with confessions an hour before Mass (learn more)
  • Men's and Women's student-led Bible studies meet online and in-person (learn more)
  • A new episode of CCM Connect premiers Wednesday at 7 PM on our YouTube channel: this week we welcome special guests from Thea House Catholic Campus Ministry to talk about Racism in the Church. Don't miss this episode!
  • Holy Hour of Adoration with Evening Prayer on Wednesday from 8-9pm.
  • Mass in our chapel at 12:15 this Thursday for the Solemnity of the Annunciation (see below). Note: this will take the place of our usual Friday Mass, so there will be no Mass on campus Friday, March 26.
The Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord, March 25

Our campus ministry chapel is named in honor of Our Lady of the Annunciation, which makes March 25 our patronal feast day. That means we are celebrating!
  • WEDNESDAY: Vespers with Benediction (8-9 PM). The celebration of solemnities begins the evening before, so our Wednesday night holy hour of Adoration will include First Vespers (Evening Prayer) for the Annunciation.
  • THURSDAY: Mass at 12:15 pm, Vespers at 5:30 pm, followed by a Cookout at 6:00 pm on our front lawn. Come join us around the fire pit!
In case you missed it . . .

  • Listen to Deacon Matt's homily from St. Patrick's Day. What does St. Patrick have in common with Fr. Augustus Tolton, the first black man to be ordained a priest in America? Listen to find out.

Coming up . . .
  • Stations of the Cross outdoor exhibit on campus. CCM is partnering with other campus ministries to help install an ecumenical Stations of the Cross exhibit on campus, featuring images from street artist Scott Erickson. The installation will take place on March 21 on the lawn of Hillside Grind Coffee House and remain in place until Easter.
  • Spring Camping Retreat: April 16-18. Deep Creek Campground, Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Join us for a weekend of prayer, fellowship, discussion, hiking, tubing, and enjoying the beauty of God’s creation! Click to learn more.
Thanks to everyone who volunteered last weekend for our CCM Spring Cleaning Day. The place looks sparkling clean!
Thank you for your support!
Catholic Campus Ministry at WCU
Deacon Matthew Newsome, MTh, campus minister
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