Pentecost | May 31, 2020
Please join us in giving thanks to God for our students who will be initiated into the sacramental mysteries of his Church this weekend at the Pentecost Vigil. Due to coronavirus restrictions, we were unable to celebrate the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist) at the Easter Vigil this year. We've been continuing to meet with our students in RCIA online, and are overjoyed to finally be able to welcome them into full communion with the Church and share with them in the Eucharistic feast of our Lord.

Two catechumens from WCU will receive the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist at St. Mary's, along with three youths from St. Mary's faith formation program. An additional three students from WCU who were baptized outside of the Church will be received into full communion and receive Confirmation and Eucharist. This will take place during the 7:00 pm Vigil Mass this Saturday which will be live streamed on St. Mary's Facebook Page .

We currently have four additional students in various stages of the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) who continue to prepare to receive their sacraments at a later time. Please pray for all those preparing to receive the sacraments of initiation, for a spirit of ongoing conversion.

Pentecost is a fitting time to welcome new members into the Church, as scripture records that "about three thousand people" were baptized on that day (Acts 2:41). It is also an occasion for those of us who are already members of Christ's Body to commit ourselves anew to life in the Spirit. That's what I discuss in this week's video reflection, below.

May the Spirit of Christ be with you all,
Deacon Matt
Christian Initiation
HOW DOES ONE BECOME CATHOLIC?

To learn more about the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) and the process of becoming a member of the Catholic Church, click here .
Welcoming New Students
Do you know someone who is starting at Western in the Fall, either as a freshman or transfer student? As in-person orientations have been cancelled for the summer, we've created a special page on our web site to introduce our ministry to new students, and invite them to introduce themselves to us. Please pass it along to any student or parent you know who needs to connect with us!

Online Small Groups
Our students are enjoying their on-line Bible study small groups so much they don't want to stop! We're happy to announce that they plan to continue to meet over the summer, and new students are invited to join in.

MONDAY NIGHT 8:00-9:00 PM:

WEDNESDAY NIGHT 8:00-9:00 PM:
Thank you for your support!
Catholic Campus Ministry at WCU
Deacon Matthew Newsome, MTh, campus minister
828-293-9374