15th Sunday of Ordinary Time (A) | July 12, 2020
Your word for the day is teleology : it means "the study of ends," as in the purpose of things. God speaks in the scripture readings for this Sunday of His word achieving "the end for which I sent it" (Is 55:11). The scriptures tell of the natural end of things like rain and seed, and the supernatural end of God's grace. All this begs the question: what is our end ? Do you know the purpose of your life? That's what I discuss in this week's reflection. Please pass it along to your friends!

In Christ's Peace,
Deacon Matt
A new pastor for St. Mary's
Father Coleman announced last Sunday his reassignment by Bishop Jugis to be pastor of Our Lady of Grace parish in Greensboro, effective July 21. Fr. Paul Asoh, MSP, has been named as the new pastor for St. Mary's.

As WCU falls within the canonical territory of St. Mary's, students at Western are a part of that parish. The pastor of St. Mary's is responsible for the care of the souls of our students, staff and faculty, and for celebrating the sacraments on our campus. Fr. Coleman has done an astounding job of shepherding us over the past three years, showing great love and devotion for our students in particular. We thank him for sharing his love of Christ with us in so many ways; he will be sorely missed.

Fr. Paul Asoh is a member of the Missionary Society of St. Paul of Nigeria. He has been ordained a priest for 18 years. He has ministered in Nigeria, Ireland, Kenya and the United States, working in seminary formation, as a college chaplain, and director of a retreat center. Most recently he has served as parochial vicar of St. Therese parish in Mooresville, NC. The Missionary Society of St. Paul is a priestly society dedicated to the mission of evangelization and to reconcile all things in Christ (2 Cor. 5: 25). We look forward to welcoming Fr. Paul and sharing in the many blessings he will bring to our ministry.
Welcoming New Students
Do you know someone who is starting at Western in the Fall, either as a freshman or transfer student? 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!

Parking Passes
Catholic Campus Ministry's parking lot is available for student and faculty parking during the fall and spring semesters. We are located within an easy walk from the center of campus and the money raised from parking permits goes directly to help fund our ministry.

We have parking passes available for $150 per semester (or $300 for the year) . Numbers are limited so don't delay. Download the registration form and mail it in with your payment today. As of July 9, we have about 50% of our available permits remaining.
Eucharistic Congress Cancelled
We always look forward to attending the annual Eucharistic Congress in Charlotte each September with our students. However, Bishop Jugis announced this week that, due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19, this year's Eucharistic Congress has been cancelled. Instead, he has requested that individual parishes set aside the dates of Sept 11-12 to celebrate our love for the Eucharist in a special way. Stay tuned for further details about what opportunities for Eucharistic devotion we may be able to offer through our ministry on campus.
Online Small Groups
We have two online Bible study groups that are meeting over the summer via Zoom. Both new and returning students are welcome to participate via the below links.

Thank you for your support!
Catholic Campus Ministry at WCU
Deacon Matthew Newsome, MTh, campus minister