vol 26 no 22
March 18, 2018 - Fifth Sunday of Lent
+ Ezekiel 37: 12-14 + Romans 8:8-11 + John 11:1-45 +
Mass this Sunday at 6:30 pm ONLY
|Sunday||3.18||6:30 pm||For the SAU Community|
|Monday||3.19||Noon||Feast of St. Joseph|
|Tuesday||3.20||4:30 pm||For Life|
|Wednesday||3.21||9:15 pm||For Student Intentions|
|Thursday||3.22||4:30 pm||For Healing of All Sick|
|Friday||3.23||Noon||+ Derek Drexler|
This Week's Activities Include:
Sunday: Lenten Small Group for Guys 2 pm (Gathering Space); Adoration 7:15 pm (Chapel); RCIA 7:15 pm (Lower Chapel); Lenten Small Group 7:30 pm (Gathering Space)
Monday: Nurses Christian Fellowship 4 pm (Gathering Space); Peer Campus Minister Meeting 8:30 pm (Lower Chapel)
Tuesday: Admissions Meeting 7 pm (Gathering Space); Bridge Bible Fellowship 8:30 pm (Chapel)
Wednesday: Ambrosians for Peace and Justice 8 pm (Lower Chapel); Rosary 8:50 pm (Chapel); Mass & More 9:15 pm (Chapel/Gathering Space)
Thursday: Music Ministry Rehearsal 7 pm (Chapel)
Saturday: Dance Marathon Alumni Breakfast 9 am (Gathering Space)
Sacrament of Reconciliation Offered Before Every Daily Mass
Monday/Friday - 11:15 am
Tuesday/Thursday - 3:45 pm
Wednesday - 8:30 pm
Campus Ministry Offices - Lower Chapel
333-6132 or email@example.com
Fr. Thom Hennen, Chaplain
Chris Clow, Director of Music and Liturgy
Kaitlin Depuydt, Director of Service and Social Justice
Tammy Norcross-Reitzler, Director of Faith Formation
Paul Burd, Grad Assistant
Prayer Ministry - send intentions to BeesKnees@sau.edu.
Sign Up for Campus Ministry Events any time during the year! Go to: www.tinyurl.com/campusmin2017.
Sometimes God Saves the Best Gifts for Last
Though it hardly seems possible, we’re already at the week before Holy Week. It seems like Lent just began, but here we are already more than a month into it. Technically, we just have a week and a half of Lent remaining, as the Triduum (literally the “three days” of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday) is its own mini-liturgical season. Then, of course, we begin Easter with the Easter Vigil Saturday after dusk. The temptation is always to coast into Holy Week, slackening in our Lenten resolve. But as a wise retreat master once told me near the end of an eight-day silent retreat: “Sometimes God saves the best gifts for last.” This is a time, in other words, to commit ourselves even more ardently to our Lenten acts of prayer, fasting and almsgiving, not to punish ourselves, but like a runner who rounding the last corner decides to make that final burst toward the finish line. There may yet be profound graces in store for us in these waning days of Lent. We know there will be profound graces in our celebration of the Triduum, culminating in the principal Christian feast, Easter. We know too that after spring break the rest of this academic year will fly by. For our students, especially those who will graduate, there will also be the temptation to coast, but do not let up early. Finish strong! Let us keep each other in prayer in these last days of Lent, through our celebration of the Paschal mysteries and in the remaining weeks of the school year. Let us be watchful for the gifts that God has yet to give us, perhaps even right at the end. Then, when all is said and done, we can look back without regret, knowing that we have given our all for the one who gave all for us. ---Fr. Thom
•Chapel Schedule for March 18
As we come back from Spring Break, there will only be a 6:30pm mass offered on Sunday, March 18. The weekday mass schedule resumes with 12 noon mass on Monday, March 19.
On this Fifth Sunday of Lent (March 18th) we celebrate the scrutinies with Cameron Smith and Blain Samuelson, our elect who are preparing to be baptized this Easter season. The scrutinies are official prayers of the Order of Christian Initiation in the Catholic Church. This ritual prays that the elect will be free from the power of sin and evil, be protected against temptation, and to give them strength in Christ. While directed at those to be baptized, they remind all of us of need for freedom from sin, which is granted to us through Jesus’ Death and Resurrection. Please keep the elect and our candidates for reception and confirmation in your prayers throughout Lent.
The annual Chrism Mass will take place at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Davenport on Monday, March 19 at 5pm with Bishop Thomas Zinkula presiding. At this mass the oils of catechumens and of the sick are blessed, sacred Chrism is consecrated, and priests of the Diocese renew their ordination promises. All are welcome to this diocesan celebration. Sacred Heart Cathedral is located at 422 E 10th St, Davenport.
•Chair of Catholic Studies Lecture
Fr. Columba Stewart, OSB, will deliver the annual Chair of Catholic Studies Lecture on Wednesday, March 21 at 7:00 pm in the Rogalski Center Ballroom. His lecture is entitled, “What a (Modern) Monk Does: Digital Preservation of Manuscripts from the Earth’s Most Threatened Communities,” and will explore his work as the executive director of the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library (HMML) at St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota. The library has photographed over 140,000 manuscript books dating from the ancient to early modern era, giving priority to collections of persecuted or endangered minorities. Free and open to the public.
•Wilber Peace and Justice Symposium
St. Ambrose professors Keith Soko, PhD, Theology and Keri Manning, PhD, History, are the presenters at the Wilber Symposium on the Christian Tradition and Non-violence at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 22, in the Rogalski Center Ballroom. Soko and Manning will discuss “Dorothy Day and the End of the ‘Forever War.’” The symposium is free and open to the public.
•CRS Rice Bowl
Let your Lent make a difference in the lives of others, and support Catholic Relief Services through the Rice Bowl. It’s simple - 1) pick up a Rice Bowl at Sunday, take it to your room, floor, or home, 2) donate money from your Lenten sacrifices all season long, and 3) bring the Rice Bowl back to the Chapel during Holy Week (March 25-29). Visit crsricebowl.org to learn more, and get the CRS Rice Bowl app for your smartphone!
•Online Stations of the Cross
Newly updated for 2018 with student reflections, be sure to make our Online Stations of the Cross part of your Lenten experience this season! Featuring the beautiful stations from Fr. Edward Catich, and reflections for each station from current SAU students, this is a great way to enhance your Lenten practice: saustations.blogspot.com.
•Ambrosian Lenten Reflections
Follow along with the weekly readings all throughout Lent, along with reflections from SAU faculty and staff on the readings. New reflections every weekday! Find them at saulent.blogspot.com.
•Eucharistic Adoration After 6:30pm Mass
Take time for some quiet reflection before starting your week every Sunday night of Lent. Directly after the Sunday evening mass we’ll expose the Blessed Sacrament for a couple hours for Eucharistic Adoration. Feel free to come and go as you desire. We’ll conclude the evening with Benediction at 9:30 pm.
•Rosary Before Mass & More
Come early for Mass & More on Wednesday evenings and pray the Rosary with us at 8:50pm in the Chapel. We’ll pray the Rosary every week during Lent.
•March For Our Lives - Quad Cities
St. Ambrose Students are invited to join the March For Our Lives-Quad Cities, a march for solidarity with the victims of gun violence. This is a sister event to the large scale march occuring in Washington DC, and will occur Saturday, March 24th at 2:30pm at VanderVeer Park. To walk with other Ambrose students, meet in the North Hall parking lot at 2pm on that day. Questions can be directed to SAU student Brooke Sierzega at firstname.lastname@example.org.