22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time (A) | Aug 30, 2020
This week racism reared its ugly head in our campus community as certain students posted videos of themselves on social media using hurtful racist slurs. I addressed the sin of racism in this short video earlier in the week. Those students are no longer enrolled on campus. They may have left, but anger and indignation remains, as well as a sense of frustration. Why must we continue to deal with this? When will people learn that it is wrong to hate someone because of the color of their skin; to devalue the life of another because they are different than you? With all the work that so many do each day to promote peace and unity, how much longer must we deal with this injustice?

Our frustration is understandable. But we must be careful not to allow our frustration to devolve into hopelessness and despair. If there will always be sin and injustice in the world, why bother working for good? In this week's video reflection, I examine this question in light of the difficulty Peter had accepting the suffering of Christ because he was thinking, as Christ put it, "not as God does but as human beings do." How can having a heavenly perspective help us cope with evil in this world?

A couple of other updates:
Starting this week, we will broadcasting our CCM Connect! peer ministry program at 7:00 pm Wednesday simultaneously on Facebook, IGTV (Instagram) and YouTube, so you can watch on whatever platform you prefer, either as it premieres at 7:00 pm or later at your convenience. Our Wednesday night Evening Prayer service with Adoration & Benediction will continue to be live streamed on Facebook at 8:00 pm.

I also wish to remind everyone that even though our in-person offerings have capacity limits to allow for social distancing, so far nothing is maxed out. So if you are considering coming to anything on our schedule below, please know there is room for you! God bless!

In Christ's Peace,
Deacon Matt
This Week's Schedule
SUNDAY | Aug 30
  • CONFESSIONS | 3:00 PM
  • ROSARY | 3:30 PM
  • MASS | 4:00 PM
  • CREDO | 5:15 PM

Sunday Masses this semester are celebrated at Hillside Grind on the lawn (or inside if raining). Social distancing and face coverings required (more info). Mass will also be live streamed on our Facebook Page.

CREDO TOPIC: Our Credo discussions after Mass begin this week by looking at the opening words of the Creed -- I believe. Is belief just a strongly held opinion, or is it a legitimate form of knowledge? What's the relationship between faith and reason? Come with your questions as we examine what it means to believe.
MONDAY | Aug 31
TUESDAY | Sept 1
WEDNESDAY | Sept 2
THURSDAY | Sept 3
FRIDAY | Sept 4
  • MASS | 12:15 PM
  • CCM CLEAN UP | 1:00 PM
  • ROSARY for CAMPUS | 3:00 PM

We have weekday Mass in the chapel each Friday at 12:15 pm (limited seating, face masks required). After Mass, grab a to-go lunch on campus and bring it back to CCM to enjoy. We'll spend the afternoon doing light yard work and cleaning indoors to help keep our center beautiful. At 3:00 pm we will stop our work and pray the rosary together for our ministry and for the intentions of the students, staff and faculty at WCU.
Be Part of Something Small!
“Small groups are the place where our great big church can get small and personal, where we’re known, loved, and cared for.”
Fr. Michael White, Rebuilt
Participating in a Small Group Bible Study is the perfect way to connect not only with fellow students, but also with our ministry, to Christ and the Catholic Church. Our small groups will be offered both in person and online this semester to make it as easy as possible for students to participate.
Thank you for your support!
Catholic Campus Ministry at WCU
Deacon Matthew Newsome, MTh, campus minister
828-293-9374