1st Sunday of Lent (A) | Mar 1, 2020
Lent is upon us! It was great seeing so many of you come out to our Ash Wednesday services on campus. If you have not yet figured out your Lenten game plan, it's not too late. The Church encourages us to take on additional practices of charity, prayer and self-denial throughout the Lenten season to help us to master our passions and to grow in love of God and neighbor. If you are looking for ways to boost your prayer life this Lent, we've put together a list of opportunities at CCM you can take advantage of.

This Sunday's Mass readings are all about temptation - we read about the temptation of Adam & Eve in the garden of Eden, and the temptation of Jesus in the desert. Why does God allow us to be tempted? Is temptation always bad? We take a look at just what happens when we are tempted in this week's reflection. Watch and share!

Also, congratulations to WCU student Caleigh Gryss-Bird on her confirmation this Sunday at the 8:30 am Mass at St. Mary's! Please pray for her, as well as for all the students currently preparing to receive the sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist) this Easter.

NOTE: No Mass on campus Sunday, March 8, during Spring Break.

In Christ's Peace,
Deacon Matt
This Week's Schedule
All activities at the Catholic Student Center unless otherwise noted
See our calendar for a full schedule of activities
Sunday, March 1
  • 3:00 pm | Confessions
  • 3:30 pm | Rosary
  • 3:50 pm | St. Joseph Devotion
  • 4:00 pm | Mass
  • 5:15 pm | Credo Discussion

This week at Credo we are talking about Liturgy. Liturgy is the official "public prayer" of the Church. Why does that matter, and what makes it different from other forms of prayer? Come with your questions about the Mass and other forms of liturgy -- why do we do what we do in our worship of God?
Monday, March 2
  • 7:00 pm | Small Group Bible Study

Meet on the 2nd floor of the UC each Monday this semester to pray with, read and discuss the scripture readings for next Sunday's Mass.
Tuesday, March 3
  • 12:00 to 1:00 pm | Silent Adoration

  • 3:30 to 6:00 pm | Community Table Volunteer Service

Meet at CCM by 3:30 to ride together to The Community Table in downtown Sylva to help serve hot meals to our neighbors in need from 4-6pm.

  • 7:30 pm | Small Group Bible Study

Meet in Brown Dining by the fireplaces for a weekly Bible study on the 1 and 2 books of Maccabees.
Wednesday, March 4
  • 6:00 pm | Fellowship Dinner
  • 7:00 pm | Peer Ministry Program
  • 8:00 pm | Adoration & Evening Prayer

Our program this Wednesday is all about Lay Apostolates and Associations . What are some ways to be more active in the mission of the Church as a lay person without joining a religious order? (Hint: there are a lot! )
Thursday, March 5
  • 12:00 to 1:00 pm | Silent Adoration

  • 12:30 to 1:30 pm | "Resisting Happiness" Small Group

Meet at Hillside Grind coffee house for a book study with Resisting Happiness by Matthew Kelly. Learn how we tend to sabotage our own happiness -- and how to stop doing it!

  • 5:00 pm | Rosario en Español (Spanish Rosary Group)

  • 6:30 pm | Small Group Bible Study

Meet at the Starbucks in Brown Dining for a weekly Bible Study on St. Paul's 1 and 2 letters to the Corinthians. Learn how the early Church dealt with many of the same problems we face today!
Friday, March 6
Fridays during Lent are days of abstinence from meat.
  • 12:15 pm | Mass
  • 1:00 to 2:00 pm | "Cafeteria Catholic"

Friday is the day for "Grace Before Meals." Join us for weekday Mass followed by lunch together in the upstairs cafeteria at Courtyard Dining.

  • 3:00 pm | Stations of the Cross

Join us every Friday during Lent (excluding breaks) for this traditional Lenten devotion, walking with way of Jesus' Passion.

Looking for ways to boost your prayer life this Lent? Take advantage of these opportunities from Catholic Campus Ministry...
Spring Retreat:
Holy Week with the Saints
Our Spring Retreat is April 3-5 this year.

LOCATION: YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly in Black Mountain, NC
COST: $50 per student

Our retreat will take place over Palm Sunday weekend, as we enter into Holy Week (or Passion Week). What a wonderful way to prepare to celebrate our Lord's passion, death and resurrection! Join us as we step away from the business and stress of campus life to spend a weekend in prayer and fellowship.
What are you doing this summer?
Why not be a Totus Tuus Missionary...?
Totus Tuus is a summer Catholic youth program dedicated to sharing the Gospel and promoting the Catholic faith through evangelization, catechesis, Christian witness, and Eucharistic worship.

Totus Tuus calls upon college aged students from the Diocese of Charlotte and across the United States to carry this mission to every young person they encounter in the parish program. Students are hired for their energy, enthusiasm, love for the faith, commitment to spiritual growth, ability to work with a team, and desire to work with youth.
Catholic Campus Ministry at WCU
Deacon Matthew Newsome, MTh, campus minister