5th Sunday of Ordinary Time (A) | Feb 9, 2020
In this Sunday's gospel Jesus calls us "the light of the world." Light is meant to shine. Likewise Christians are meant to evangelize, but we can be hesitant to share our faith. There are many reasons for this, one of which is the feeling that we might not be qualified or knowledgeable enough. But is evangelization really something best left to the experts? That's what I talk about in this week's video reflection. Watch and share with your friends!

In Christ's Peace,
Deacon Matt

This past Wednesday evening, our student peer ministers gave an interesting presentation about animals in the Catholic Church. One question that arose from the discussion was whether animals go to heaven. The answer is not as straightforward as it might seem, so we explore this topic bit more on our blog this week.
This Week's Schedule
All activities at the Catholic Student Center unless otherwise noted
See our calendar for a full schedule of activities
Sunday, Feb 9
  • 3:00 pm | Confessions
  • 3:30 pm | Rosary
  • 3:50 pm | St. Joseph Devotion
  • 4:00 pm | Mass
  • 5:15 pm | Credo

This week we welcome special guest Fr. Christopher Bond as our celebrant for Mass. Fr. Bond is the pastor of St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic Church in Maggie Valley.

The topic for our Credo discussion will be on Sexual Morality . Learn what the Church teaches about the meaning and purpose of human sexuality. This is a very important topic not only in our culture today, but also to help us better understand our identify as men and women made in the image and likeness of God. Come with questions!
Monday, Feb 10
  • 7:00 pm | Small Group Bible Study

Meet on the 2nd floor of the UC each Monday this semester to pray with, read and discuss the scripture readings for next Sunday's Mass.
Tuesday, Feb 11
  • 12:00 to 1:00 pm | Silent Adoration

  • 3:30 to 6:00 pm | Community Table Volunteer Service

Meet at CCM by 3:30 to ride together to The Community Table in downtown Sylva to help serve hot meals to our neighbors in need from 4-6pm.

  • 7:30 pm | Small Group Bible Study

Meet in Brown Dining by the fireplaces for a weekly Bible study on the 1 and 2 books of Maccabees.
Wednesday, Feb 12
Catholic Celebrities!
  • 6:00 pm | Fellowship Dinner
  • 7:00 pm | Peer Ministry Program: Catholic Celebrities
  • 8:00 pm | Adoration & Evening Prayer

This week we're talking about all the famous people you might not have known are Catholic. Learn how many athletes, actors, musicians, and other public figures live out their Catholic faith.
Thursday, Feb 13
  • 12:00 to 1:00 pm | Silent Adoration

  • 12:30 to 1:30 pm | "Resisting Happiness" Small Group

Meet at Hillside Grind coffee house for a book study with Resisting Happiness by Matthew Kelly. Learn how we tend to sabotage our own happiness -- and how to stop doing it!

  • 5:00 pm | Rosario en Español (Spanish Rosary Group)

  • 6:30 pm | Small Group Bible Study

Meet at the Starbucks in Brown Dining for a weekly Bible Study on St. Paul's 1 and 2 letters to the Corinthians. Learn how the early Church dealt with many of the same problems we face today!
Friday, Feb 14
  • 12:15 pm | Mass
  • 1:00 to 2:00 pm | "Cafeteria Catholic"

Friday is the day for "Grace Before Meals." Join us for weekday Mass followed by lunch together in the upstairs cafeteria at Courtyard Dining.

News was reported this week that an extinct species of date-palms common in Israel in Jesus' time have been brought back to life using 2000 year old seeds found in Jerusalem. Check out this article from New Scientist to learn more.
Save the Date!
Our Spring Retreat will be April 3-5 this year. Mark your calendars, and watch this space for more information to come!
What are you doing this summer?
Why not be a Totus Tuus Missionary...?
Totus Tuus is a summer Catholic youth program dedicated to sharing the Gospel and promoting the Catholic faith through evangelization, catechesis, Christian witness, and Eucharistic worship.

Totus Tuus calls upon college aged students from the Diocese of Charlotte and across the United States to carry this mission to every young person they encounter in the parish program. Students are hired for their energy, enthusiasm, love for the faith, commitment to spiritual growth, ability to work with a team, and desire to work with youth.
Catholic Campus Ministry at WCU
Deacon Matthew Newsome, MTh, campus minister