Feast of the Ascension | May 24, 2020
This Sunday we celebrate the Ascension of the Lord, which took place 40 days after the Resurrection, when Christ ascended into heaven to take his place at the right hand of the Father. He said that it is better that he go, so that he might send the Holy Spirit (See Jn 16:7). But why didn't the Holy Spirit come right away? Why did the Apostles have to wait nine more days until Pentecost? We don't know the answer to that question, and neither did the Apostles. Jesus said, "It is not for you to know the times or seasons that the Father has established." Not knowing can be frustrating. How do we deal with not knowing? The Apostles give us a model of faith to follow, which is what I speak about in this week's reflection.

Christ's peace be with you all,
Deacon Matt
More About the Ascension

Jesus’ glorified humanity is not a part of this fallen creation. It’s the first fruit of the new creation. To put it simply, Jesus doesn’t belong here. And neither do we. Not those of us who have put on Christ and who have been born again into this new creation by baptism. And this is why Jesus ascended...
Celebrate With Us
as our students enter the Church
Five students from WCU will receive the Sacraments of Initiation next Saturday, May 30, during the Pentecost Vigil Mass celebrated at St. Mary Mother of God in Sylva. Two will be baptized, and three will be received into full communion with the Catholic Church. The liturgy will be live streamed on St. Mary's Facebook Page , beginning at 7:00 pm.

Like many participating in the RCIA this year, their reception into the Church was delayed due to restrictions from the coronavirus. Please join us in praying for all those entering the Church this Pentecost, as well as those still waiting to receive their sacraments of initiation.

The time between the Ascension and Pentecost is the traditional time to pray a Novena to the Holy Spirit. Our intention for this novena is for a greater outpouring of the Spirit upon all those being baptized and confirmed this year. Join us in prayer!
This Week on YouTube
Deacon Matt's talking about...
This week on our YouTube channel, Deacon Matt is talking about different icons of Christ and what they have to teach us about the Savior.

Is there a topic you'd like Deacon Matt to discuss? Let us know!
Online Small Groups
Our students are enjoying their on-line Bible study small groups so much they don't want to stop! We're happy to announce that they plan to continue to meet over the summer, and new students are invited to join in.

MONDAY NIGHT 8:00-9:00 PM:

Welcoming our Freshmen
As all freshmen and transfer orientations will be happening online this summer, we are also reaching out online to connect with new students. We've created a special page with a registration link for new students to introduce themselves to us, and a video discussion with some of our student leaders to introduce our ministry to them. We invite you to take a look and please share with any student you know who is starting classes at WCU in the fall.

Thank you for your support!
Catholic Campus Ministry at WCU
Deacon Matthew Newsome, MTh, campus minister