Palm Sunday (B) | Mar 28, 2021
Deacon Matt Newsome, campus minister

This coming Sunday is Palm Sunday and the beginning of Holy Week, the most sacred time of the year for Christians. It includes the Paschal Triduum (Latin for "three days") of Holy Thursday, when we commemorate the Lord's institution of the priesthood and the Eucharist, Good Friday, when we commemorate his passion and death, and the Easter Vigil on Saturday night when we celebrate with joy Christ's resurrection from the tomb and triumph over death. But before all of that we have Palm Sunday, that whirlwind of a liturgy that begins with Jesus being welcomed into Jerusalem hailed with glad shouts of "Hosanna!" and ends with his arrest and torture with shouts of "Crucify him!" We will celebrate Palm Sunday Mass at Hillside Grind at our usual time of 4:00 pm.

Because our recent CCM In-Depth video has placed us in YouTube "time out", I'm unable to upload a "minute homily" this week. Just as well. The liturgy of Palm Sunday truly speaks for itself and I believe is best contemplated in silence. Even the Roman Missal says the homily on Palm Sunday should be brief, if one is given at all. Otherwise it says "a period of silence" may be observed after the readings.

In lieu of a video reflection this week I want to share with you a short homily I preached for Palm Sunday a couple of years ago on Christ's Sabbath Rest.

Because of Easter break, there will be no Mass on campus on Easter Sunday. You'll find a link to the Holy Week schedule at St. Mary's below. You will also find a link to sign up for our Spring Camping Retreat coming up on April 16-18. I encourage everyone interested to sign up to join us. Have a blessed Easter and I look forward to seeing all of you after the holiday.

In Christ,
Deacon Matt
Christ's Sabbath Rest

Today is the day when Christ descends from the Mount of Olives and ascends the hill of Calvary. Today is the day when Christ is lauded as the Son of David, and condemned as the Son of God. . . . Read more.
This week in Campus Ministry...

  • SUNDAY MASS at 4:00 pm at Hillside Grind Coffee House, with confessions an hour before Mass (learn more). We will begin Mass outside on the lawn with the blessing of palms.

  • A new episode of CCM Connect premiers Wednesday at 7 PM on our YouTube channel: This week's topic is Liturgical Q&A. Have you ever wondered why we do what we do at Mass? Watch and find out!

  • EASTER SCHEDULE: Due to Easter Break, there will be no campus ministry events from March 31 through April 5. This means no Easter Mass on campus. For those students remaining in Cullowhee over break, you can find St. Mary's Holy Week and Easter schedule on their website.
Spring Camping Retreat: April 16-18.
Deep Creek Campground, Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Join us for a weekend of prayer, fellowship, discussion, hiking, tubing, and enjoying the beauty of God’s creation! Click to learn more.
You may have heard concerns about some Covid-19 vaccines because of unethical ties to abortion. What does the Church teach about this issue? Find out (and find out why our March episode of CCM In-Depth was removed from YouTube) on our website.
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Catholic Campus Ministry at WCU
Deacon Matthew Newsome, MTh, campus minister