17th Sunday of Ordinary Time (A) | July 26, 2020
Jesus continues to speak to us in parables about the kingdom of God this Sunday. What we are learning is that the kingdom of God is not a place, but a way of being. It is something we can participate in here and now as we come to know more clearly the true purpose of our being, and begin to live our lives with that purpose in mind. In this week's reflection, I dive into St. Paul's letter to the Romans, which speaks of purpose and predestination .

We also bring you an update this week about our volunteer service at The Community Table and how it is being impacted by COVID-19.

In Christ's Peace,
Deacon Matt
Mass on Campus
Due to early move-in for some students, we will begin offering Sunday Mass on campus two weeks before the start of the semester.

  • Sunday, Aug. 2 - 4:00 pm in the CCM chapel.
  • Sunday, Aug. 9 - 4:00 pm in the chapel or at Hillside Grind (location will be announced the week prior).
  • Sunday, Aug. 16 - 4:00 pm at Hillside Grind

Masses during the Fall 2020 semester will be celebrated at Hillside Grind, outdoors whenever possible. Confessions will be available an hour before Mass. All Sunday Masses will be live streamed on our Facebook Page .

Face coverings and 6' social distancing will be expected at all Masses. See our web site for more detailed information .
Volunteer Service
We've developed a great relationship with The Community Table over the years as we have been volunteering on Tuesday afternoons to serve hot meals to those in need. Concerns about COVID-19 mean we are having to make some adjustments this semester.

Instead of volunteering Tuesday afternoons to serve meals, we will instead be volunteering every other Tuesday morning from 9-11 am to help unload and sort their bi-weekly bulk food delivery from MANNA Food Bank. Deacon Matt explains more in this video update.
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 23 we only have only 10 permits remaining.
Thank you for your support!
Catholic Campus Ministry at WCU
Deacon Matthew Newsome, MTh, campus minister
828-293-9374