Feast of the Epiphany | Jan 5, 2020
The Christmas Season continues this Sunday with the Feast of Epiphany. The word epiphany means a revelation or manifestation. In this Sunday's gospel, Christ is revealed to the magi by a star. He is also revealed to King Herod by the magi. Herod and the magi receive their epiphanies in very different ways, however. Christ has been made known to each of us in different ways. We have received our own epiphany of the Lord? That's what we reflect on in this week's video. Click on the below thumbnail to watch on YouTube.

We look forward to the start of a new semester next week and our first Mass on campus of 2020 on Jan. 12, the Baptism of the Lord. I hope each one of you is having a Merry Christmas and a blessed beginning of the New Year.

In Christ's Peace,
Deacon Matt
Following the Light
"W e saw the star at its rising, and have come to do Him homage” (Mt 2:2). So said the wise men to King Herod when they arrived in Jerusalem, seeking the newborn king. Who were these wise men? The gospels refer to them as magi, and tell us they came from the east. Historians have speculated as to their identity. Tradition even gives them names: Caspar, Melchior and Balthazar. But all we really know about them is that they saw a light, and they followed it to Christ. For this, they are called wise.

Jesus said of Himself, “I am the light of the world” (Jn 8:12). It is fitting that a star, source of physical light, would herald the arrival of Jesus, the source of spiritual light. Isaiah, foretelling the coming of the Messiah, proclaims, “Rise up in splendor, Jerusalem! Your light has come” (Is 60:1).

Jesus is often associated with light in the scriptures and in the prayers of the liturgy. John’s gospel calls Jesus a “light shining in the darkness” (Jn 1:5). During the Easter Vigil liturgy we proclaim  Lumen Christi , “Christ our Light!” as the Paschal candle is brought into the church. Every Sunday when we profess our creed, we declare Jesus to be “light from light.”

Without light our eyes couldn’t function. Light allows us to see the world. It makes it possible for us to perceive our surroundings and our place within them. Light allows us to see each other, and to see ourselves...
Year of St. Joseph
Bishop Jugis has declared that 2020 will be the Year of St. Joseph in the Diocese of Charlotte. To prepare us to grow in holiness by following the example of St. Joseph, the diocese has put together this special resource web sit e . Stay tuned as we announce opportunities for our campus ministry to celebrate St. Joseph in the coming year.

Looking ahead...
W e are looking forward to the beginning of a new semester next weekend. Here are some things to look forward to!

  • Our first Mass of the new semester will be Sunday, Jan 12, at 4:00 pm.
  • Our first Wednesday Dinner will be Jan 15 at 6:00 pm.
  • Friday Masses at 12:15 followed by lunch together at Courtyard Dining.
  • Silent Adoration every Tues & Thurs from noon to 1 pm.
  • Spring Retreat (date TBA)!
  • Small group Bible studies.

We hope 2020 will be a year of renewal in the faith and a time to grow in service of neighbor and love of the Lord!
Catholic Campus Ministry at WCU
Deacon Matthew Newsome, MTh, campus minister
828-293-9374