Following guidelines established for the UNC system in response to the coronavirus, WCU announced this past Wednesday that it is extending Spring Break by one week, with classes resuming on March 23. This is to give professors time to transition as much as possible to online classes for the remainder of the semester. In light of this, we will not be holding any campus ministry events next week during the extended break period: this includes Mass on campus this Sunday. (Our normal policy is that there are no campus Masses during breaks). Our next campus Mass will therefore be Sunday, March 22. WCU has also banned all gatherings of over 100 people. As none of our events meet this threshold, we will resume our normal campus ministry schedule at that time.
If any student needs a way to get to Mass this Sunday at St. Mary's please let us know (posting in our
is the easiest way to find a ride). Masses are Saturday night at 7:00 pm (Spanish) and Sunday morning at 8:30 and 11:30 (both in English).
I will primarily be working from home next week during the extended break, but I will make myself available to any student who needs to meet with me during this time.
A reminder that illness is a legitimate reason to not come to Mass (or any other gathering). This applies not only to coronavirus but any other serious and/or communicable disease. If you are not feeling well, stay home and rest. Please join us in praying for all those affected by illness during this time, as well as those who care for them, that God grant them healing, strength, comfort and peace.
This Sunday's gospel tells of Christ's encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well. It is a very rich passage, with lots to unpack. In my reflection this week I look at Christ as the "Living Water." I also link below to an audio reflection on this gospel reading from Bishop Robert Barron that I recommend you take time to listen to. This coming week also includes a few important feast days. We celebrate the memorial of St. Patrick on March 17, and the Solemnity of St. Joseph on March 19. As we won't be here to celebrate them in person, I provide information about both below.
Finally, looking ahead in our schedule, the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord is Wednesday, March 25. As our campus ministry chapel is named in honor of Our Lady of the Annunciation, we will be having a special Mass at 8pm instead of our usual holy hour of Adoration.
And don't forget to sign up for our Spring Retreat held the first weekend in April.
The registration deadline is this coming Thursday, March 19. The link to register is at the bottom of this email. Don't miss out!
In Christ's Peace,