2nd Sunday of Easter (A) | Apr 19, 2020
Dear Students,

Christ is Risen, Alleluia! He is Risen indeed, Alleluia! I hope you all are having a blessed Easter season, despite the challenges of our current situation. The gospel readings for the week of the Octave of Easter tell of the different encounters people had with the Resurrected Christ. These encounters teach us about the many ways Christ continues to be present with us today (check out our YouTube videos below for more on that). My prayer is that you have had an encounter with Christ this past week.

One of the ways Christ has been present to me recently is in the way we are able to still fellowship with one another despite our physical distance. Last Sunday we wrapped up our virtual Holy Week Mission, and as we were talking about how we missed going to Mass on Easter, I asked the students if they thought it was true that "absence makes the heart grow fonder." Some shared about boyfriends or girlfriends who attend a different university, or family members in the military that are stationed overseas. While they all missed their loved ones, they commented on how quickly you can get used to someone's absence. If "absence makes the heart grow fonder" is true, so is "out of sight, out of mind."

How do keep Jesus from being "out of sight, out of mind" during this time? The key is to be intentional about kindling our longing for the sacraments. Some of the ways students shared on how to do this are by looking at religious art, listening to Christian music, reading the scriptures or other devotional material, and above all maintaining a regular prayer schedule.

You can access all the talks from our Holy Week mission on our YouTube channel Holy Week Playlist . Scroll down for links to our other reflections this week, including information on Divine Mercy Sunday, online small groups and hangout times, and our upcoming Senior-Send-Off and Baccalaureate Mass!

In Christ's Peace,
Deacon Matt
This Sunday
The gospel reading for Divine Mercy Sunday tells us Jesus instituting the sacrament of Confession by giving the Apostles the authority to forgive sins. This week, Deacon Matt takes a look at the scriptural roots of the sacrament of Confession to help you answer the question, "Why do Catholics confess their sins to a priest?"
Celebrating Divine Mercy Sunday

This Week on YouTube
Deacon Matt's talking about...
Online Small Groups

Cathy and Jesse are hosting an online discussion Wednesday nights from 8 to 9 pm on 1 and 2 Corinthians on Zoom. Email Cathy at cadutour1@catamount.wcu.edu for information on how to participate.

Ethan and Gene are resuming their Small Group Bible study on 1 and 2 Maccabees on Monday evenings . Email Gene at eeelks2@catamount.wcu.edu  for more information.
Hang out with your CCM friends!
Our student Peer Ministers are hosting a couple of different remote hang out times via Zoom as a way to spend some time with our friends. Join us Fridays from 7:00 until 10:00 pm or Sundays from 3:00 to 5:00 pm.

Saying Good-Bye to our Seniors
We are getting creative with how to say farewell to our graduating seniors this year. We will be having a special Baccalaureate Mass for the graduates on Sunday, May 3, at 4:00 pm , celebrated by Fr. Coleman in the CCM Chapel of Our Lady of the Annunciation, and live streamed on our Facebook Page.

We are also planning a "Virtual Senior Send-Off" on Zoom - date and time to be announced. If you have photos or stories to share about any of our graduating seniors, you are invited to share them to this Google doc . Stay tuned for more information!
Catholic Campus Ministry at WCU
Deacon Matthew Newsome, MTh, campus minister