30th Sunday of Ordinary Time (A) | Oct 25, 2020
Covid-19 Update
As announced last Saturday, I've tested positive for the Covid-19 coronavirus. With the exception of a loss of my sense of smell (which is what caused me to get tested) I appear to be asymptomatic. I've been home all week quarantining with my family, who also are all doing well with no symptoms. Many people have reached out asking if we need anything. We are well stocked with groceries and family and friends have offered to pick up anything we may need. We appreciate all your prayers.

Students I was in contact with before quarantining have been tested and everyone has come back negative. Fr. Paul has also been tested as negative. He has been self-isolating as a precaution and plans to be tested again before resuming public Masses.

I want to take this opportunity to remind everyone to please be vigilant about maintaining social distance, wearing a face covering and washing/sanitizing your hands. Face coverings are required at all campus ministry gatherings and any time you are inside the CCM building. We are sanitizing all frequently touched surfaces at CCM twice per day, including doorknobs, tables, handles, chairs, pews, and countertops.

This Sunday
While there is no campus Mass this Sunday, students are encouraged to attend Mass at St. Mary's. Fr. Paul will still be self-isolating, but Mass will be celebrated by Fr. Marcel Amadi, whom many of you know as the campus minister for Bennett College and NC A&T in Greensboro. Mass times are 8:30 & 11:30 am on Sunday morning, with a Vigil Mass in Spanish at 7:00 pm on Saturday. St. Mary's requires a sign up for Mass, accessible on their website. (It usually goes live on Friday or Saturday).

I invite you to join me online at our usual campus Mass time of 4:00 pm to pray and discuss the Sunday scripture readings. Last week we were joined by Fr. Paul and had a very engaging discussion.
We plan to resume Mass on campus on All Saints Day, Sunday, Nov. 1. Our Wednesday Adoration and Friday afternoon Mass schedule will resume after that time. I miss you all and can't wait to be back on campus with you!

What Are You Giving Yourself To?
It is easy for us to confuse love with affection - the warm feelings we have towards someone or something. But real love has more to do with devotion. We can think of love in terms of what we give ourselves to. What occupies your time? Your attention? Your focus? Is what you give yourself to worthy of such a great gift? In this Sunday's gospel, Jesus teaches us how to properly order our love with the two great commandments - love of God and love of neighbor. Find our more in this week's reflection.

In Christ,
Deacon Matt
Every Wednesday evening our students bring you a program about living life as a Catholic college student. Last week we learned to make Pope St. John Paul II's favorite dessert, Kremowka Papieska - the Polish Papal Cream Cake. If you missed it, you can still catch the episode on our YouTube Channel.

This week we are talking about our favorite non-Catholic Catholic films, as students share how their favorite movie moments relate to the Catholic faith.
Premieres Wednesday at 7:00 pm on YouTube, Facebook, and IGTV.
The Pope Said What?
On Oct 21, an Italian documentary premiered that included controversial statements from Pope Francis about same-sex civil unions. What did the Pope say, and why did it cause such a stir? Deacon Matt outlines the issues on our website.
Have You Voted?
Early voting has begun on campus. Be sure you vote with a clear conscience by watching the first instalment of our new YouTube series, CCM In-Depth, where we look at whether or not you can sin by voting for certain candidates.
Small group Bible studies meet on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings. They are open for any student to participate, in person or remotely. To connect with a small group, contact one of our student group leaders listed on our web site.
Need prayer? Join the CCM Prayer request Group Me. No chat or discussion, just prayer. Post your prayer request today.
Thank you for your support!
Catholic Campus Ministry at WCU
Deacon Matthew Newsome, MTh, campus minister
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