Thursday, October 5, 2017

10.08.17

Campus Ministry Bulletin
vol 26 no 8

October 8, 2017 - Twenty-Seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time

+ Isaiah 5:1-7 + Philippians 4:6-9 + Matthew 21:33-43 +
Masses this Sunday at 10:30 am and 6:30 pm

October 15, 2017 - Twenty-Eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time
+ Isaiah 25:6-10 + Philippians 4:12-14, 19-20 + Matthew 22:1-14 +
Mass this Sunday at 6:30 pm ONLY



Mass Intentions:
Sunday10.0810:30 am
6:30 pm         
For the SAU Community                
Monday     10.09Noon+ Richard Wieskamp, '58
Tuesday     10.104:30 pm+ Theodore Schlink, Jr, '50
Wednesday     10.119:15 pmFor Student Intentions
Thursday     10.12   4:30 pm+ Jeanne Kinney, '76
Sunday       10.156:30 pmFor the SAU Community
Monday     10.16Noon+ James Haronik, '65
Tuesday     10.174:30 pm+ Dr. Mike Orfitelli
Wednesday     10.189:15 pmFor Student Intentions
Thursday     10.19   4:30 pm+ Dr. Patrick Callahan, '65
Friday       10.20Noon+ Sarah Sacco, '53           

This Week's Activities Include:

Sunday (8th): RCIA 7:30 pm (Lower Chapel)
Tuesday (10th): Lectio Divina 8 pm (Gathering Space); Peer Campus Ministers 8:30 pm (Lower Chapel); Bridge Bible Fellowship 9 pm (Chapel)
Wednesday (11th): Ambrosians for Peace and Justice 8 pm (Lower Chapel); 9:15 pm Mass & More (Grotto/Chapel)
Sunday (15th): RCIA 7:30 pm (Lower Chapel)
Tuesday (17th): Assumption Choral Concert 7 pm (Chapel); Bridge Bible Fellowship 9 pm (Chapel)
Wednesday (18th): Ambrosians for Peace and Justice 8 pm (Lower Chapel); 9:15 pm Mass & More (Grotto/Chapel)
Thursday (19th): Music Ministry Rehearsal 7 pm (Chapel)


Sacrament of Reconciliation offered Every Week
Monday/Friday - 11:15 am
Tuesday/Thursday - 3:45 pm
Wednesday - 8:30 pm



Campus Ministry Offices - Lower Chapel
333-6132 or ministry@sau.edu  
Twitter: @SAUCampusMin
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.


What’s Going On?
It was April 20, 1999, my junior year at St. Ambrose.  I remember eating lunch with my friends in the cafeteria when the breaking news came on the TV about the school shooting at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado.  I remember the feeling of shock, dread, confusion, anger and sadness that I personally felt and which seemed to come over everyone.  We simply couldn’t believe what we were seeing.  There was a strange somberness in the cafeteria and on campus that day.  I compare that to the feeling I had this past Monday morning when I woke up and turned on my radio to learn about the mass shooting that had taken place just the night before in Las Vegas.  13 were killed in the Columbine shooting.  58 were killed in the Las Vegas shooting.  And yet, I am ashamed to admit that I did not feel the same intensity of grief that I did at the time of the Columbine shooting.  Why?  Is it that I have become cold and calloused in adulthood? Is it that the Columbine shooting seemed more discriminate, up close, and therefore more personal, as compared to someone spraying bullets into a crowd from 32 stories up? Is it that the Columbine shooting took place in a school?  Is it that our lightning-speed and increasingly “virtual” modern means of communication and media consumption tend to have a dehumanizing effect?  Or could it be that the recent shooting in Las Vegas is the fortieth mass shooting in the United States since Columbine?  Sadly, we have become desensitized to this sort of thing.  I don’t think this is because we want to be desensitized, but simply that in the face of such recurring violence our psyches find a way to cope.  One of my greatest concerns in all of this is that for many of our current students such incidences have become “normal.”  The song that plays over and over in my head as I think of this is Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On,” written from the perspective of a Vietnam veteran returning home from the war only to find his country caught up in its own violence.  He sings: “Mother, mother.  There’s too many of you crying.  Brother, brother, brother.  There’s far too many of you dying.  You know we’ve got to find a way to bring some lovin’ here today.”  As we continue to pray for the victims of this most recent and deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history and for their families and loved ones, let’s also commit ourselves never to accept such acts as normal.  Rather, let’s cultivate true compassion (a word that literally means “suffering with”) by remembering that these are our brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, and children.   -Fr. Thom


•Midterm Break Chapel Schedule
Due to Fall Break, there will be no daily mass on Friday, October 13 and no 10:30am mass on Sunday, October 15.  Regular mass schedule resumes with the 6:30pm mass on Sunday, October 15.

•Commissioning of Liturgical Ministers
We will commission all of our lectors, extraordinary ministers of holy communion, musicians, sacristans, altar servers, and ministers of hospitality at both the 10:30am and 6:30pm masses on Sunday, October 8.  Thank you to all our students who volunteer in these important ministries!

•Service on Saturday
Our service project this weekend on October 7th is with the River Bend Food Bank’s backpack program from 10:15-12:45.   If you are looking for other service opportunities, let us know at ministry@sau.edu - we have ideas of needs in the community with childcare, fall and Halloween kids’ events, literacy programs, food assistance programs, and more!

•R.C.I.A./Becoming Catholic Sessions Begin
SAU students, faculty and staff interested in becoming Catholic or learning more about the Church, its teachings, rituals and way of life are invited to contact Tammy Norcross-Reitzler in Campus Ministry ministry@sau.edu or 333-6132 for more information about the process.  Our first gathering will be Sunday, October 8th after the 6:30 pm Mass in the lower chapel.

•Hurricane Relief & Recovery Efforts
THANK YOU to everyone at SAU who gave to help the hurricane relief efforts.  Because of you, we will be sending Catholic Charities $1,500 which will go directly to the affected communities.  Well done Ambrosians!

•Lectors Needed
We are seeking new and returning students to serve as lectors.  Please register for a practice time at: www.tinyurl.com/SAULectorTrng or email Paul Burd at ministry@sau.edu.

•Small Group Praying with CS Lewis
Peer Campus Minister Katie Galuska (galuskakatherinem@sau.edu) leads a small faith sharing group on Mondays at 7 pm in the Gathering Space.  The group reflects on the writings and meditations of CS Lewis and related Scripture passages.   All are welcome.

•Lectio Divina Prayer
Students are invited to the Chapel Gathering Space every other Tuesday evening (beginning Oct. 10th) at 8 pm for group Lectio Divina on one or more of the upcoming Sunday Scriptures.  Lectio Divina is a slow, contemplative reading, meditation and prayer intended to promote communion with God.  For more information contact one of the Peer Campus Ministers or Tammy at ministry@sau.edu.

•Join Bishop Zinkula at Mass and More!
The new Bishop of Davenport, Most Rev. Thomas Zinkula, will be our special guest for Mass & More at 9:15pm on Wednesday, October 11.  Bishop Zinkula will celebrate mass with us, and stick around for the More afterwards to meet students.  Plus, there will be apples with homemade caramel for dipping.  Yet another great reason to join us on Wednesday nights!  If the weather's good, we’ll be out at the Grotto; otherwise, we’ll be in the Chapel.  Pay attention to Facebook (facebook.com/SAUCampusMinistry) and Twitter (@SAUCampusMin) for Mass & More updates.

•Pacem in Terris Award Presentation Sunday, October 22
The Pacem in Terris Peace and Freedom award will be given on Sunday, October 22nd at 2pm in Christ the King Chapel.   Pacem in Terris is an award with national recognition, having been given 43 times since 1964 to recipients such as St. Teresa of Calcutta, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., President John F. Kennedy, Dorothy Day, Sr. Helen Prejean, and Fr. Gustavo Gutierrez.  This year’s recipient is Dr. Widad Akreyi, a health expert, author and human rights activist of Kurdish ancestry who cofounded the human rights organization, Defend International.  Nora Dvorak will also be honored with the inaugural “One Among Us” Justice award.  All are welcome to attend.

•Introduction to Catholic Studies Course in Spring 2018
Come learn more about the history, key figures, and the cultural impact of the Catholicism.  In CATH-201-A, Introduction to Catholic Studies, we will look at Catholic history, the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, and the impact that Catholicism has made on the world.  This course will be offered again starting in the Spring semester (Tuesday/Thursday 1:40-2:55pm), taught by Chris Clow from Campus Ministry.  Contact him at ministry@sau.edu to learn more about the course, and ask your advisor about it when preparing to register!

•Exploring Priesthood Weekend at Mundelein Seminary
Mundelein Seminary will host an Exploring Priesthood Weekend October 27-29 (begins Friday evening and ends Sunday early afternoon).  This is a retreat-like weekend in which men can visit the seminary, learn about the community and discern God’s call.  Our very own Grant Colborn (‘17) is now a seminarian for the Diocese of Davenport studying at Mundelein, so you may get to see him as well!  If you are interested in this “come and see” experience, please contact Fr. Thom at ministry@sau.edu for more information.

•Annual Diocese Appeal
As a diocesan university we are connected to a larger local church, the Diocese of Davenport, comprised of 22 counties in southeast Iowa.  Each year the Diocese conducts an appeal to support the various ministries that happen throughout the Diocese, from faith formation, to youth ministry, to our local marriage tribunal.  A large portion of the appeal also goes toward the education of our seminarians and candidates for the permanent diaconate.  We invite you to prayerfully consider a contribution to the Annual Diocesan Appeal.  Informational flyers and envelopes are available in the gathering space.  Thank you.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

10.01.17

Campus Ministry Bulletin
vol 26 no 7

October 1, 2017 - Twenty-Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time

+ Ezekiel 18:25-28 + Philippians 2:1-11 + Matthew 21:28-32 +
Masses this Sunday at 10:30 am and 6:30pm







Mass Intentions:
Sunday10.0110:30 am
6:30 pm         
Deceased members of class of '67
For the SAU Community                
Monday     10.02Noon+ Harry Winters, '52
Tuesday     10.034:30 pm+ Thomas McGinn, '51
Wednesday     10.049:15 pmFor Student Intentions
Thursday     10.05   4:30 pm+ Joe Lee, '93
Friday       10.06Noon+ John Neary, '85           

This Week's Activities Include:

Monday: Reconciliation 11:15 am (Chapel)
Tuesday: Reconciliation 3:45 pm (Chapel); EM Training 7 pm (Chapel); Peer Campus Ministers 8 pm (Lower Chapel); Bridge Bible Fellowship 9 pm (Chapel)
Wednesday: Ambrosians for Peace and Justice 8 pm (Lower Chapel); Reconciliation 8:30 pm (Chapel); 9:15 pm Mass & More (Grotto)
Thursday: Reconciliation 3:45 pm (Chapel); Music Ministry Rehearsal 7 pm (Chapel)
Friday: Reconciliation 11:15 am (Chapel)



Campus Ministry Offices - Lower Chapel
333-6132 or ministry@sau.edu  
Twitter: @SAUCampusMin
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.


Greetings from Rome and Happy Homecoming!
As I write this, I am in Rome for the diaconate ordination of one of our seminarians along with thirty of his classmates from dioceses across the United States.  While starting as chaplain here this July, I also kept my “old job” as vocation director for the Diocese of Davenport, which means the occasional visit to my other alma mater, the Pontifical North American College (where I went after graduating from St. Ambrose).  At the ordination Mass, at the Altar of the Chair in St. Peter’s Basilica, I was fortunate enough to be seated very close to Bernini’s famous sculpture depicting the chair of the Apostle Peter surrounded by four of the early Church fathers: St. John Chrysostom, St. Athanasius, St. Augustine, and our very own St. Ambrose.  At first it looks like these figures are holding up the chair, but when you look more closely, you discover that they are tethered to the chair by a cord as it floats above them, to show their connection to the “Chief of the Apostles.”  As I got to my place after the long procession and looked up to see St. Ambrose looking  down on me, I thought, “This is perfect!”  The day before, I was able to attend the general audience with Pope Francis along with people of every nation and language.  The colonnade of St. Peter’s square (also designed by Bernini) seems to reach out and embrace the world.  At this audience Pope Francis officially launched the “Share the Journey” campaign of Caritas International (the Vatican’s charitable arm).  This campaign is an effort to promote “encounter” (one of Pope Francis’s favorite words) between local communities and migrants and to remind Catholics everywhere of our global responsibility to be a welcoming church.  The theme that kept coming to mind in all of these experiences was “homecoming.”  It’s all about homecoming.  As a diocesan university, we are connected to  much bigger world and a much bigger church.  We are a second “home” to many, just as Rome is “home” to all who visit here.  As we celebrate our homecoming this week and many of our alumni return to their alma mater, I pray that we will be mindful of our place in the wider church and in the world, and that we will always be a welcoming community.  God bless and welcome home! ---Fr. Thom

•Collecting for Those Affected by Natural Disasters
Campus Ministry is collecting donations to go to Catholic Charities (the local giving arm of the USCCB) and Catholic Relief Services (the international arm of Catholic giving).  Both organizations are on the ground in affected areas in such as Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Mexico, the Caribbean, and others.  Donations can be sent to Campus Ministry through campus mail (memo: Relief) or in the collection basket during Sunday masses, and will be split between the two agencies.  You can also donate online at catholiccharitiesusa.org and crs.org.  Please give generously!  A little bit makes a world of difference!

•Wellness and Recreation Center Dedication
On Friday, September 29, at 5:30pm St. Ambrose University will have a Blessing, Dedication, and Ribbon-Cutting ceremony for the new Wellness and Recreation Center.  The Most Rev. Bishop Thomas Zinkula, Bishop of Davenport and Chair of the Board of Trustees, will lead the blessing.  Tours and light refreshments will follow.

•Faith-Learning-Justice Award Winners
Just in time for Homecoming weekend, we have a beautiful plaque hanging in our Gathering Space by the clock which lists all of our Faith Learning Justice award winners, dating back all the way to 2001.  This plaque will continue to be updated as the years go by, and is a standing testament to the service that our students and alumni have given to us in Campus Ministry, and to the university at large.  Be sure to check it out!

•Lectors Needed
There are lots of opportunities for interested students to be Lectors at mass, whether it’s at daily mass, Wednesday night Mass and More, or at both masses on Sundays.  We are seeking new and returning students to volunteer as lectors.  We will give you a brief training, and get a schedule for the rest of the semester.  Contact Tammy Norcross-Reitzler at ministry@sau.edu to learn more and to sign up!

•Small Group Praying with CS Lewis
Peer Campus Minister Katie Galuska (galuskakatherinem@sau.edu) will lead a small faith sharing group on Mondays at 7 pm in the Gathering Space beginning Monday, Oct. 2nd.  The group will reflect on the writings and meditations of CS Lewis and related Scripture passages.   All are welcome.

•Eucharistic Minister Training/Commissioning
A training session for new and experienced EMs will be Tuesday, October 3rd at 7 pm.  If you are interested in serving in this important ministry please plan to attend.  This ministry is reserved for practicing, confirmed Catholics.  To sign up to be a Eucharistic Minister here on campus, fill out the online interest form at www.tinyurl.com/campusmin2017 or please contact us at ministry@sau.edu for more information.  The Eucharistic Ministers will be commissioned at both masses, Sunday, Oct. 8th. 

•Grad Students
Attention SAU graduate students!  Looking for a bit of time away from all the studying and work?  Come join us for daily mass on Tuesday, October 3 at 4:30pm, followed by dinner and discussion with some of the Campus Ministry staff at Circle Tap.  If you’re interested, email Paul Burd at ministry@sau.edu and let us know you’re coming!

•Ambrose Women for Social Justice conference
Faculty, staff, students, and community members are invited to join the discussion on globalization and gender during the 14th annual Ambrose Women for Social Justice conference on Tuesday, October 3rd.  Several breakout workshops are offered during the day, and the keynote speaker will be at 7 p.m. in the Rogalski Center Ballroom.  The keynote is "Hands that Shape the World: Women and Global Migration," presented by Cathi Tactaquin, Executive Director and co-founder of the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights.  Find more information at:  http://www.sau.edu/News_and_Events/E171003_AWSJ_Conference.html

•Pizza with Padre
Attention students: sign up for free pizza and a casual conversation with our new University Chaplain, Fr. Thom Hennen!  There are six different dates, first one on October 5, and eight slots for each date.  We will meet from 6:30-7:30 on each of the dates in the Lower Chapel Conference Room.  You can sign up as an individual and meet some new people or sign up as a group (friends, team, floormates, club, etc.).  Fr. Thom will provide the pizza.  You can let him know what kind of pizza you would like on sign-up sheet.  This is an opportunity for Fr. Thom to get know you and for you to get to know him as he begins this new ministry.  It will be fun, low-key and done in an hour.  The sign-up sheet is posted on Fr. Thom’s office door, Lower Chapel 103.

•Service on Saturday
With the many activities of Homecoming weekend, there is not a Service on Saturday project scheduled this weekend, but pencil in next weekend: October 7th with the River Bend Food Bank’s backpack program from 10:15-12:45.   If you are looking for service opportunities in the meantime, let us know at ministry@sau.edu - we have ideas of needs in the community with childcare, literacy programs, food assistance programs, and more!

•Gideon's Society on Campus Wednesday
Every couple years, members of the Gideon's Society, whose mission is to make Scriptures readily available to anyone who desires them, ask to come to campus to distribute free pocket size copies of the New Testament. We have given them permission to be at several spots on campus this Wednesday morning, October 4. They agree not to proselytize, but only to offer you an invitation to receive a copy of the New Testament. Please be courteous and respectful of their enthusiasm for the Word of God.

Friday, September 22, 2017

09.24.17

Campus Ministry Bulletin
vol 26 no 6

September 24, 2017 - Twenty-Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time

+ Isaha 55:6-9 + Philippians 1:20-24, 27 + Matthew 20:1-16 +
Masses this Sunday at 10:30 am and 6:30pm







Mass Intentions:
Sunday09.2410:30 am
6:30 pm         
For the SAU Community                
Monday     09.25Noon+ Robert Gugerty, '62
Tuesday     09.264:30 pm+ Vivian Berrent, '80
Wednesday     09.279:15 pmFor Student Intentions
Thursday     09.28   4:30 pm+ Rev. Robert Kem, '42
Friday       09.29NoonDeceased Alumni           

This Week's Activities Include:

Monday: Nurses Christian Fellowship 3 pm (Gathering Space)
Tuesday: Peer Campus Ministers 8:30 pm (Lower Chapel); Bridge Bible Fellowship 9 pm (Chapel)
Wednesday: Ambrosians for Peace and Justice 8 pm (Lower Chapel); Reconciliation 8:30 pm (Chapel); 9:15 pm Mass & More (Grotto)
Thursday: Music Ministry Rehearsal 7 pm (Chapel)
Friday: Dedication of Wellness and Recreation Center 5:30 pm (WRC)



Campus Ministry Offices - Lower Chapel
333-6132 or ministry@sau.edu  
Twitter: @SAUCampusMin
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.


God’s Mercy and the World’s “Justice”
This past Wednesday, along with about 150 students, faculty and staff, I took part in the Refugee Simulation put on by Ambrosians for Peace and Justice.  It only took 20 or 30 minutes to go through, and I know that, in the safety and comfort of the Rogalski Ballroom, this was a far cry from the real experiences of so many in our world who are fleeing violence or other intolerable conditions in their home countries.  Still, it was a moving experience.  Pretending to go through the wilderness on foot, getting on a train to anywhere, trying to avoid the various dangers along the way, only to end up before a judge who didn’t speak my language and placed in a detention center to wait indefinitely, gave me at least a glimpse what this ordeal must be like.  There was a pervasive sense of randomness to it all, as if nothing was within my control.  One moment I felt jealousy for the person ahead of me who seemed to skate through, but then the next moment I felt both relief and guilt because someone else had it worse than I did.  There didn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason to it.  In reflecting on this experience later in juxtaposition to the Gospel for this Sunday, I discovered an odd parallel between the two.  On the one hand, there is that “randomness,” even capriciousness of the world’s “justice” as I experienced it in a tiny way through the simulation.  On the other hand, in the Gospel, there is an almost scandalous universality to God’s mercy, as the laborers who arrived at the end of the day are paid the same as those who “bore the day’s burden and heat.”  Of course, Jesus isn’t telling us how to run a business or an economy in this parable.  If that were the case, we would rightly call him out for promoting wage theft.  Rather, he is describing the kingdom of heaven, in which God looks on all of his children, “early arrivals” and “latecomers” alike, with a wonderfully consistent love.  In the economy of grace, God is free to do as he pleases, but are we jealous because God is generous?  ---Fr. Thom  


•Collecting for Those Affected by Natural Disasters
It seems that there is a new crisis in our world almost every day, and it can be easy to tune them out in the midst of our busy lives.  But we, as Ambrosians, are called to remember the needs of our brothers and sisters, no matter how far, and to try and provide for them.  Campus Ministry is collecting donations to go to Catholic Charities (the local giving arm of the USCCB) and Catholic Relief Services (the international arm of Catholic giving).  Both organizations are on the ground in affected areas in such as Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Mexico, the Caribbean, and others.  Donations can be sent to Campus Ministry through campus mail (memo: Relief) or in the collection basket during Sunday masses, and will be split between the two agencies.  You can also donate online at catholiccharitiesusa.org and crs.org.  Please give generously!  A little bit makes a world of difference!

•View Fr. Thom’s Homilies Online
Did you know you can view Fr. Thom’s Sunday homilies online after mass?  Great for when you are looking for some inspiration during your week.  Find them here: https://sauhomilies.blogspot.com/

•Sacrament of Reconciliation Hours Next Week
Fr. Thom will be gone all of next week, so the Sacrament of Reconciliation will only be offered on Wednesday at 8:30pm before Mass and More.  Fr. Ross Epping from St. John Vianney parish will be on hand for confessions and mass that evening.

•Service on Saturday
Lots of Ambrosians join in the NAMI Walk each September - NAMI is the National Alliance for Mental Illness.  The 5K walk raises awareness and funds for services for people living a mental illness. We'll join in the walk as our Service on Saturday project this weekend.  The Ambrose team will meet to take a photo and hear announcements at 9am, so the group will meet to carpool at 8:45am.  We should be back by 11am at the latest.   If you can join us, let me know by emailing ministry@sau.edu and then also sign up with the "Join our team" button for the NAMI Walk Ambrose team Here.

•Other Service Opportunities
We received a note that Project Renewal’s after-school Youth Program is in need of some help this semester.  Project Renewal is an after-school program here in Davenport.  Kids come everyday after school for help with homework and reading, a snack, and privileges to play computer games, board games, and outside at their park.  The after school program is Monday-Friday from 2:30-5:30.  If you’re interested in helping out, even for an hour or two, please let us know at ministry@sau.edu and we’ll get you more information.

A literacy program in Rock Island at the Church of Peace is looking for volunteers with their adult English education classes, for the ESL classes and with childcare during the class times.  Many of the adults in their program are refugees learning English, so they would appreciate your help as experts in the language. Volunteers are needed between 9-noon Monday-Thursdays as you are available.  Please let us know if you are interested at ministry@sau.edu and we’ll get you more information.

•Music Ministry
Love to sing or play an instrument?  Music Ministry is looking for you!  Open to all SAU students, regardless of ability or faith, Music Ministry leads music for Sunday and weekday liturgies in Christ the King Chapel.  Rehearsals are on Thursdays at 7pm.  Interested?  Contact Chris Clow at ministry@sau.edu to learn more!

•Wellness and Recreation Center Dedication
On Friday, September 29, at 5:30pm St. Ambrose University will have a Blessing, Dedication, and Ribbon-Cutting ceremony for the new Wellness and Recreation Center.  The Most Rev. Bishop Thomas Zinkula, Bishop of Davenport and Chair of the Board of Trustees, will lead the blessing.  Tours and light refreshments will follow.

•Eucharistic Minister Training
A training session for new and experienced EMs will be Tuesday, October 3rd at 7 pm.  If you are interested in serving in this important ministry please plan to attend.  This ministry is reserved for practicing, confirmed Catholics.  To sign up to be a Eucharistic Minister here on campus, fill out the online interest form at www.tinyurl.com/campusmin2017 or please contact us at ministry@sau.edu for more information.

•Lectors Needed
There are lots of opportunities for interested students to be Lectors at mass, whether it’s at daily mass, Wednesday night Mass and More, or at both masses on Sundays.  We are seeking new and returning students to volunteer as lectors.  We will give you a brief training, and get a schedule for the rest of the semester.  Contact Tammy Norcross-Reitzler at ministry@sau.edu to learn more and to sign up!

•R.C.I.A./Sacramental Prep./Learning More about the Catholic Church
If you are interested in becoming Catholic, preparing for First Communion or Confirmation, or simply want to learn more about the Catholic Church, contact Tammy by emailing ministry@sau.edu.  A group will be forming soon.

•Pizza with Padre
Attention students: sign up for free pizza and a casual conversation with our new University Chaplain, Fr. Thom Hennen!  There are six different dates, starting in October, and eight slots for each date.  We will meet from 6:30-7:30 on each of the dates in the Lower Chapel Conference Room.  You can sign up as an individual and meet some new people or sign up as a group (friends, team, floormates, club, etc.).  Fr. Thom will provide the pizza.  You can let him know what kind of pizza you would like on sign-up sheet.  This is an opportunity for Fr. Thom to get know you and for you to get to know him as he begins this new ministry.  It will be fun, low-key and done in an hour.  The sign-up sheet is posted on Fr. Thom’s office door, Lower Chapel 103.

•Pacem in Terris Award Announcement
The Pacem in Terris peace and freedom award will be given on Sunday, October 22nd at 2pm in Christ the King Chapel.   Pacem in Terris is an award with national recognition, has been given 43 times since 1964.  The 44th award recipient will be Dr. Widad Akreyi, a Danish health expert, author and human rights activist of Kurdish ancestry who cofounded the human rights organization, Defend International.   Past recipients of the award which honors champions of peace and social justice from around the world, include Saint Teresa of Calcutta, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Rev. Martin Luther King, President John F. Kennedy, Dorothy Day, Sister Helen Prejean, Lech Walesa, and Fr. Gustavo Gutierrez.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

09.17.17

Campus Ministry Bulletin
vol 26 no 5

September 17, 2017 - Twenty-Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time

+ Sirach 27:30-28:7 + Romans 14:7-9 + Matthew 18:21-35 +
Masses this Sunday at 10:30 am and 6:30pm







Mass Intentions:
Sunday09.1710:30 am
6:30 pm         
For the SAU Community                
Monday     09.18Noon+ William Hosey, '58
Tuesday     09.194:30 pm+ Patrick Ross, '66
Wednesday     09.209:15 pmFor Student Intentions
Thursday     09.21   4:30 pm+ Laverne Bald, '40
Friday       09.22Noon+ Michael VanEchaute, '77           

This Week's Activities Include:

Sunday: Eucharistic Minister Training 11:30 am & 7:30 pm (Chapel)
Monday: Reconciliation 11:15 am (Chapel)
Tuesday: Reconciliation 3:45 pm (Chapel); Bridge Bible Fellowship 9 pm (Chapel)
Wednesday: Ambrosians for Peace and Justice 8 pm (Lower Chapel); Reconciliation 8:30 pm (Chapel); 9:15 pm Mass & More (Grotto)
Thursday: Reconciliation 3:45 pm (Chapel); Rev. Conrad Tillard Presentation 7 pm (Chapel); Music Ministry Rehearsal 7 pm (Galvin Hall)
Friday: Reconciliation 11:15 am (Chapel)



Campus Ministry Offices - Lower Chapel
333-6132 or ministry@sau.edu  
Twitter: @SAUCampusMin
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.


Take Time for God
In talking to students this past week, it was clear that the “honeymoon” period of the start of the school year is abruptly coming to an end.  For most of them, the first round of papers, tests and projects have already come due or soon will.  This is inevitable, of course.  In fact, it is the main reason our students are here: to learn, so that in time they can go forth from here and, as our mission statement says, enrich the lives of others.  I have to admit, I really miss being in the classroom and being able to learn in a more structured environment.  Part of me would love to go back to college.  But, as I heard about all that the students were having to do this past week, I quickly realized that, while I miss learning in the classroom setting, I don’t particularly miss having to be accountable for that learning.  As someone who considers himself a “lifelong learner” I prefer to “audit” and to go at my own pace, even if I am not always as disciplined as I would like to be about it.  It occurs to me that that as the academic year ramps up, this is also the time of year when our relationship with God might easily be put on the “back burner.”  I would strongly caution against this.  In my experience, making time for prayer, for daily conversation with God, has never robbed me of the time or energy I needed to accomplish whatever work was before me.  On the contrary, I have always found that prayer gives me greater perspective, focus, energy and peace in going about my daily responsibilities.  I believe this is more than just the psychological effect of prayer, but truly the working of the Holy Spirit.  And so, as the “machine” of academia really begins to hum, don’t forget to take time for God: in prayer, in retreat opportunities, by going to Sunday Mass (and maybe even the occasional weekday Mass), in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, or just in a peaceful stroll under the oaks on a beautiful early fall day.  Let us keep each other in prayer.   ---Fr. Thom          


•Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion Training
A training session for both new and experienced Eucharistic Ministers will be Sunday, September 17th after the 10:30 am and 6:30 pm Masses.  If you are interested in serving in this important ministry please plan to attend one of the training sessions.  This ministry is reserved for practicing, confirmed Catholics.  Please contact us at ministry@sau.edu for more information.

•Collection for Victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma
Campus Ministry is collecting donations to go to Catholic Charities and benefit those affected by the hurricanes in recent weeks.  Catholic Charities sends 100% of their donated funds directly to help those in need to the diocese affected.  Donations can be sent to Campus Ministry through campus mail (memo: Hurricane Relief), or you can also donate online by going to catholiccharitiesusa.org.  A small donation can make a big difference.

•View Fr. Thom’s Homilies Online
Did you know you can view Fr. Thom’s Sunday homilies online after mass?  Great for when you are looking for some inspiration during your week.  Find them here: https://sauhomilies.blogspot.com/

•Service on Saturday
Our Service on Saturday project this weekend will be with kids living at Family Resources.  We have been invited to be pen pals with kids living at the Fairmount Pines community.   If you would like to be a monthly pen pal with a kid in 4-8th grade, join us on Saturday September 16th at 10am in the Chapel Gathering Space.  We'll explain the project, assign pen pals, and you can write your first letter.  Note that this is a monthly commitment throughout the school year - Saturday is just the kick-off.   Email ministry@sau.edu to join in!

•Service with a Fun Run at St. John Vianney
St. John Vianney's church is looking for volunteers to assist in their 50th Anniversary Walk / Fun Run, Saturday, Sept. 16th at St John Vianney in Bettendorf.  All of the run proceeds will go to Cafe on Vine and to the Humility of Mary Housing. Volunteers are needed at 7:30am to help with parking, registration, and handing out water.  The run begins at 9am.  Email us at ministry@sau.edu if you want to help or participate in the run!

•Other Service Opportunities
We received a note that Project Renewal’s after-school Youth Program is in need of some help this semester.  Project Renewal is an after-school program here in Davenport.  Kids come everyday after school for help with homework and reading, a snack, and privileges to play computer games, board games, and outside at their park.  The after school program is Monday-Friday from 2:30-5:30.  If you’re interested in helping out, even for an hour or two, please let us know at ministry@sau.edu and we’ll get you more information.

A literacy program in Rock Island at the Church of Peace is looking for volunteers with their adult English education classes, for the ESL classes and with childcare during the class times.  Many of the adults in their program are refugees learning English, so they would appreciate your help as experts in the language. Volunteers are needed between 9-noon Monday-Thursdays as you are available.  Please let us know if you are interested at ministry@sau.edu and we’ll get you more information.

•Rev. Conrad Tillard - “Leadership at the Intersection”
Next Thursday, September 21, the “Hip Hop” minister, Rev. Conrad Tillard, will give a presentation in Christ the King Chapel at 7pm entitled “Leadership at the Intersection: The Global Movement of Hip Hop Culture, Politics of Change, and Transformative Faith.”  Rev. Tillard will share his interesting and inspirational story.  Questions and answers will follow his presentation.  All are welcome to attend.  Hosted by St. Ambrose University in partnership with the Critical Mass Global Leadership Conference.  Contact Ryan Saddler to learn more.

•Music Ministry - New Rehearsal Time
Music Ministry has officially moved to 7pm on Thursdays, so please make note of the time change.  Also, with a special speaker in the Chapel this Thursday, Music Ministry’s rehearsal will be moved to Madsen Hall in Galvin this coming Thursday, September 21 at 7pm.  Practices will otherwise be at 7pm in the Chapel.  Want to know more about Music Ministry?  Email Chris Clow at ministry@sau.edu.

•BEE Connected New Student Retreat - SIGN UP BY MONDAY
Registration for the New Student Retreat ends this Monday, September 18.  Retreat is Friday, Sept. 22-Saturday, Sept. 23 at Camp Loud Thunder.  It’s a great opportunity to make friends, receive tips from upperclassmen, be introduced to all that Campus Ministry has to offer, and strengthen your faith.  Register online at http://www.tinyurl.com/BeeConnected17.  It’s only $10.  Email ministry@sau.edu to find out more.

•Refugee Simulation 
The students in Ambrosians for Peace & Justice are busy planning a Refugee Simulation for Wednesday, September 20th from 5-7pm in the ballroom.  The simulation will take about 30 minutes, so participants can come any time in the 5-7pm timeframe.  The students invite classes, individuals, and anyone interested to come through the simulation.  Participants will receive an identity of someone traveling to America and walk through the process they endure.  Please plan to join us for this event!

•R.C.I.A./Sacramental Prep./Learning More about the Catholic Church
If you are interested in becoming Catholic, being confirmed if you have not completed your sacraments, or simply want to learn more about the Catholic Church, contact Tammy by emailing ministry@sau.edu.

•Pizza with Padre
Attention students: sign up for free pizza and a casual conversation with our new University Chaplain, Fr. Thom Hennen!  There are six different dates, starting in October, and eight slots for each date.  We will meet from 6:30-7:30 on each of the dates in the Lower Chapel Conference Room.  You can sign up as an individual and meet some new people or sign up as a group (friends, team, floormates, club, etc.).  Fr. Thom will provide the pizza.  You can let him know what kind of pizza you would like on sign-up sheet.  This is an opportunity for Fr. Thom to get know you and for you to get to know him as he begins this new ministry.  It will be fun, low-key and done in an hour.  The sign-up sheet is posted on Fr. Thom’s office door, Lower Chapel 103.

•Pacem in Terris Award Announcement
The Pacem in Terris peace and freedom award will be given on Sunday, October 22nd at 2pm in Christ the King Chapel.   Pacem in Terris is an award with national recognition, has been given 43 times since 1964.  The 44th award recipient will be Dr. Widad Akreyi, a Danish health expert, author and human rights activist of Kurdish ancestry who cofounded the human rights organization, Defend International.   Learn more about Dr. Akreyi in the Catholic Messenger article this week.  Past recipients of the award which honors champions of peace and social justice from around the world, include Saint Teresa of Calcutta, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Rev. Martin Luther King, President John F. Kennedy, Dorothy Day, Sister Helen Prejean, Lech Walesa, and Fr. Gustavo Gutierrez.

•Help with the Diocesan Junior High Rally
The Diocese of Davenport is looking for dynamic college students to serve as small group leaders for the Junior High Rally (6-8th grade).  The Rally will be held at the Regina Education Center in Iowa City from 8am-5pm on Sunday, October 15.  There is a great need for small group leaders, and this is a great chance to help mentor some younger students, so if you can help out, please let us know at ministry@sau.edu, and we will let you know all of the requirements and put you in touch with the planners of the Rally.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

09.10.17

Campus Ministry Bulletin
vol 26 no 4

September 10, 2017 - Twenty-Third Sunday of Ordinary Time

+ Ezekiel 33:7-9 + Romans 13:8-10 + Matthew 18:15-20 +
Masses this Sunday at 10:30 am and 6:30pm







Mass Intentions:
Sunday09.1010:30 am
6:30 pm         
For the SAU Community                
Monday     09.11NoonFor Peace
Tuesday     09.124:30 pm+ Phyllis Olson, '89
Wednesday     09.139:15 pmFor Student Intentions
Thursday     09.14   4:30 pm+ Jerry Johnson, '54
Friday       09.15Noon+ Mark Erickson, '85           

This Week's Activities Include:

Monday: Reconciliation 11:15 am (Chapel)
Tuesday: Reconciliation 3:45 pm (Chapel); Peer Campus Ministers 8:30 pm (Lower Chapel); Bridge Bible Fellowship 9 pm (Chapel)
Wednesday: Ambrosians for Peace and Justice 8 pm (Lower Chapel); Reconciliation 8:30 pm (Chapel); 9:15 pm Mass & More (Grotto)
Thursday: Reconciliation 3:45 pm (Chapel); Music Ministry Rehearsal 7 pm (Chapel)
Friday: Reconciliation 11:15 am (Chapel)



Campus Ministry Offices - Lower Chapel
333-6132 or ministry@sau.edu  
Twitter: @SAUCampusMin
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.


Give Us the Gift of True Prayer and of Peace
There is a beautiful line in the Prayer over the Offerings for Mass this Sunday.  We will hear the priest pray these words: “O God, who give us the gift of true prayer and of peace….”  Yes, it is God who gives us these gifts.  There is never a shortage of things for which to pray, it seems, but especially in these last weeks - between the continuing fallout of the rally in Charlottesville, the tensions over North Korea’s nuclear testing, two hurricanes, and a potentially devastating change in immigration policy for those brought to this country as children.  Of course, this is not even mentioning all of the things that may be going on for us personally or professionally as the academic year really begins to churn up.  It is all the more critical, therefore, to remember the importance of prayer and cultivating peace in our own lives as far as possible.  I certainly believe in the power of prayer.  And even when it seems that our prayer is of little effect in obtaining what we pray for (at least in the way or in the time we would like it), prayer always has a powerful effect on us.  There is so much outside of us that is beyond our control, but how we respond to those things is at least partially within our control.  Prayer is indispensable for this.  It should not be lost on us how frequently in the Gospels we find Jesus sneaking off to a deserted place to pray.  I would suggest that this week we take this short address to God from the liturgy and turn it into a plea: “O God, give us the gift of true prayer and of peace.”  Perhaps we even make it a refrain that we repeat throughout the day.  Of course, even as we pray we continue to look for ways to changes those things we can.  For example, Campus Ministry is still collecting donations for Catholic Charities to support the disaster relief efforts in those areas of the south affected by Hurricane Harvey.  As we look ahead to a new week, mindful of all that is happening in the world and in our own lives, may we be faithful to our prayer and find true peace.    ---Fr. Thom          

•Collection for Victims of Hurricane Harvey
As we have been seeing in the news, Hurricane Harvey has left a wake of destruction in Texas and Louisiana.  In an effort to help and as a sign of solidarity, Campus Ministry is collecting donations to go to Catholic Charities to help victims affected by the hurricane.  Catholic Charities will send donations straight to the dioceses affected.  Donations can be sent to Campus Ministry through campus mail (memo: Hurricane Relief), or you can also donate online here: https://app.mobilecause.com/vf/CCUSADISASTER.  Even a small donation can help make a big difference in the lives of those affected by this natural disaster.

•Have You Signed Up for Campus Ministry Activities? 
Wanting to learn more about everything in Campus Ministry, such as retreats, service opportunities, or volunteering as a liturgical minister?  There’s still plenty of time to sign up, just fill out the Interest Survey online at www.tinyurl.com/campusmin2017 or email us at ministry@sau.edu.

•Service on Saturday 
Our next Service on Saturday project will be on Saturday, September 9th -  we will work with the Gold Coast Neighborhood in Davenport.  This was one of the Urban Plunge projects that got rained out, so we’ll help beautify the neighborhood with some outdoor landscaping work.   We will meet to carpool at 9:30 am and return around 11:30 am.   Please let us know at ministry@sau.edu if you can join us!

•Other Service Opportunities
The ARC of the Quad Cities is a residential home for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. There are staff members who help the individuals to develop their abilities, independence, and achieve their full potential.  On Sunday, 9/10 from 1-3pm, there is a picnic for the residents, the staff and their families, and we are asked to help with games for the kids.  We would be running the games and handing out prizes.  You can reply at ministry@sau.edu if you are able to help with the picnic!

We received a note that Project Renewal’s after-school Youth Program is in need of some help this semester.  Project Renewal is an after-school program here in Davenport.  Kids come everyday after school for help with homework and reading, a snack, and privileges to play computer games, board games, and outside at their park.  The after school program is Monday-Friday from 2:30-5:30.  If you’re interested in helping out, even for an hour or two, please let us know at ministry@sau.edu and we’ll get you more information.

•Music Ministry - Rehearsal Time Change
Music Ministry rehearsals will be moving to 7pm on Thursdays beginning on Thursday, September 14.  If you haven’t been able to join for a Thursday rehearsal in the past, now is a great time to join in!  All SAU students are invited to help make beautiful music for our Sunday and weekday liturgies.  So if you sing or play an instrument and want to learn more, simply contact Chris Clow at ministry@sau.edu.

•BEE Connected New Student Retreat
There are still spots available for our New Student Retreat, Friday, Sept. 22-Saturday, Sept. 23 at Camp Loud Thunder.  It’s a great opportunity to make friends, receive tips from upperclassmen, be introduced to all that Campus Ministry has to offer, and strengthen your faith.  Pick up a form in the Chapel Gathering Space or register online at http://www.tinyurl.com/BeeConnected17.  Only $10, and includes transportation to and from, lodging, and food.  But space is limited, so REGISTER SOON!  Email ministry@sau.edu to find out more.

•Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion Training
A training session for both new and experienced EMs will be Sunday, September 17th after both the 10:30 am and the 6:30 pm Mass. If you are interested in serving in this important ministry please plan to attend one of the training sessions.  This ministry is reserved for practicing, confirmed Catholics.    Please contact us at ministry@sau.edu for more information.

•Refugee Simulation 
The students in Ambrosians for Peace & Justice are busy planning a Refugee Simulation for Wednesday, September 20th from 5-7pm in the ballroom. They invite classes, individuals, and anyone interested to come through the simulation during this timeframe.  Participants will receive an identity of someone traveling to America and walk through the process they endure.  Please plan to join us for this event!

•R.C.I.A./Sacramental Prep./Learning More about the Catholic Church
If you are interested in becoming Catholic, being confirmed if you have not completed your sacraments, or simply want to learn more about the Catholic Church, contact Tammy by emailing ministry@sau.edu.  A group will be forming soon.

•Pacem in Terris Award Announcement
The Pacem in Terris peace and freedom award will be given on Sunday, October 22nd at 2pm in Christ the King Chapel.   Pacem in Terris is an award with national recognition and has been given 43 times since 1964.  The 44th award recipient will be Dr. Widad Akreyi, a Danish health expert, author and human rights activist of Kurdish ancestry who cofounded the human rights organization, Defend International.   Past recipients of the award which honors champions of peace and social justice from around the world, include Saint Teresa of Calcutta, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Rev. Martin Luther King, President John F. Kennedy, Dorothy Day, Sister Helen Prejean, Lech Walesa, and Fr. Gustavo Gutierrez.

•St. Mary’s, Davenport Parish Carnival
The annual parish “Kermes” (festival) for St. Mary’s in Davenport  (516 N. Fillmore Street) will be Sunday, September 10th  from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Come and enjoy authentic Mexican food made by parishioners: tacos, tamales, gorditas, tortas, pambazos, corn on the cob, Mexican and American sodas and much more. All proceeds go to benefit the parish.  Hope to see you there!