Solemnity of the Body & Blood of Christ | June 14, 2020
This Sunday the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ , also called Corpus Christi . It is a day we focus in a special way on the Eucharist. In our video reflection this week, I speak about how God communicates to us through symbols, which are capable of conveying meaning on a much deeper level than direct words often are. I speak of the symbolism of bread and wine, and what it tells us about God's gift of himself in the Eucharist.

God speaks using signs and symbols from creation (like wheat and grapes), from human culture (like the breaking of bread) as well as from history (like Moses crossing the Red Sea). Right now we are experiencing a moment in history marked by division -- racial division and political division -- that is seeping into so many levels of society. This is taking place during a global pandemic when people are already experiencing fear and isolation. What might God be communicating to us through the events of our time? Now more than ever, we as Christians need to hear God's call for unity, as expressed by St. Paul: " We, though many, are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf " (1 Cor 10:17). Let us proclaim Christ's message of unity to all those in the world who so desperately need to hear it. May we be Eucharistic people, and prophets of good news.

In Christ's Peace,
Deacon Matt
Prayer to Overcome Racism
Getting to Know African-American Catholics
The word Catholic means "universal." The Catholic Church knows no national, ethnic or racial boundaries. But African Americans make up only 3% of the Catholic Church in the United States. Today, when racial relationships are at the forefront of the national conversation it’s important that we get to know a little more about our African-American brothers and sisters in Christ. We've chosen just a few to highlight this week on our blog.
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:
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 will have parking passes available for $150 per semester (or $300 for the year) beginning July 1 . To be notified as soon as registrations are open, you may email us at ccm@wcucatholic.org .
Thank you for your support!
Catholic Campus Ministry at WCU
Deacon Matthew Newsome, MTh, campus minister
828-293-9374