2nd Sunday of Lent (A) | Mar 8, 2020
Spring Break is here! A reminder that there will be no Mass on campus this Sunday. We will have Mass on campus next Sunday, March 15. We pray that everyone has a good spring break, and safe travel to your destination and back to campus.

This Sunday's gospel reading is about Jesus taking Peter, James and John to the top of Mt. Tabor where he is transfigured before them; he reveals to them his glorified nature. In my reflection this week I look at how the Transfiguration relates to the Sacraments and our Lenten pilgrimage to grow in holiness.

In Christ's Peace,
Deacon Matt
A few changes at Mass...

Moving forward, you will notice a few changes in our usual practice during Mass both on campus and at St. Mary's. For the time being, we will only be distributing Communion under one species (host only, no chalice) and forgoing the Sign of Peace. These changes are being made at the request of Bishop Jugis, who issued a letter to all parishes in the Diocese of Charlotte last week encouraging these changes to safeguard the faithful against the spread of illness -- not only Covid-19, but also the flu and other more common illnesses. For more information, please see this article from the Catholic News Herald.
No CCM activities this week due to Spring Break
Looking Ahead...
Thursday, March 19
The Solemnity of St. Joseph
The Solemnity of St. Joseph is one of the rare solemnities that fall during Lent and therefore give us a little celebratory break from our Lenten penance. As part of our observance of the Year of St. Joseph , there will be a special Mass at St. Mary's at 6:30pm on March 19 with a St. Joseph's Table, procession and dinner following. Western students are encouraged to attend (meet at CCM before 6:00 to ride together). You are encouraged to bring something (fruit, dessert, bread, etc) to contribute to the St. Joseph's Table if you are able.
Visit the Shroud of Turin Museum
Saturday March 21
We are planning a day-trip through the Smoky Mountain National Park on Saturday, March 21, to visit the Shroud of Turin Museum in Pigeon Forge, TN. We are still working out the details but we are hoping to leave campus in the morning to be able to get in a little hiking in the park (weather permitting) and a picnic lunch before visiting the museum in the afternoon to learn about what many believe to be the burial cloth of Jesus. We'll have dinner in Pigeon Forge before heading home to campus. Cost will be $8 per person for the museum, plus cost of your dinner. We'll post more specific information about departure time from campus next week, so stay tuned....
Wednesday, March 25
The Annunciation of the Lord
March 25 is the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord. Our campus ministry chapel is named in honor of Our Lady of the Annunciation, so this is a very special day for us. As it falls on a Wednesday this year, we will incorporate our celebration of the solemnity into our Wednesday night program by celebrating Mass at 8:00 pm instead of our normal holy hour of Adoration. Please join us!
Spring Retreat:
Holy Week with the Saints
Our Spring Retreat is April 3-5 this year.

LOCATION: YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly in Black Mountain, NC
COST: $50 per student

Our retreat will take place over Palm Sunday weekend, as we enter into Holy Week (or Passion Week). What a wonderful way to prepare to celebrate our Lord's passion, death and resurrection! Join us as we step away from the business and stress of campus life to spend a weekend in prayer and fellowship. The deadline to register is March 19 so don't delay!
Catholic Volunteer Network
During our Wednesday night program this past week, we watched a short video about lay missionary work that mentioned the Catholic Volunteer Network . We have had students use this resource in the past to find volunteer opportunities (domestic and abroad) for a summer, or even for a full year. We have copies of the Response magazine they put together available at CCM, but you can also use their web site to search for volunteer and mission programs that may interest you. Give it a look!
Catholic Campus Ministry at WCU
Deacon Matthew Newsome, MTh, campus minister