Tuesday, January 22, 2019

01.20.19

Now is the Time!
Welcome back! I hope you all had a good break. After some time visiting my family, I was able to squeeze in my annual retreat. For five days I lived in a simple, but comfortable hermitage in the woods.  Each day I woke up naturally, celebrated Mass, prayed, read, walked the grounds, ate simply, and went to bed early.  It was wonderful. I like doing my retreat between Christmas and New Year’s as it is such a natural time to look back on the past year to take stock of its many blessings and to hope and dream a little for the year to come.  Of course, our designation of a “new year” is a little arbitrary.  The path of the earth around the sun aside, in some sense it is a “new year” because we say it is.  We live in chronos - linear, measured, chronological time.  And as useful as this is on this earth (think schedules, appointments, etc.), we can all too easily forget the there is another kind of time - kairos.  This is time in the sense of “Now is the time!”  It doesn’t mean a specific chronological moment, but the right time, an opportune moment.  When it comes to our life in relationship with God, there is never a bad or a wrong time.  Now is always the right time.  We need not wait for some chronological marker, but can always begin now.  As we enter into this new calendar year 2019 (by our designation) let’s commit ourselves to seizing upon the seemingly infinite opportune moments before us.  Now is the time!  Fr. Thom
Civil Rights Week Celebration
Take part in all of the events going on for #SAUCivilRightsWeek, including:

March to Remember
Tuesday at 3pm, beginning at the Chapel

Civil Rights & Human Liberties Mass
Wednesday at 9:15pm

Community Service Project
Thursday at River Bend Food Bank
Leaving from Rogalski Center Rotunda at 3pm
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Service on Saturday
Help out our QC community every Saturday!  Click here to sign up.

Davenport Community Food Pantry
January 19 from 8 am - noon
Contact Kaitlin to learn more.

Hand in Hand Chili Cook Off
January 26 from 4:30-6:30 pm
Volunteer with kids activities and clean up.
Campus Ministry Service Trips

Sign ups now for our Spring Break Service Trips!  Come serve those in need in Memphis, TN, Chicago, IL, Wilmington, NC, or in our local Quad Cities!  Applications are due January 30. Click here to register and see the attached flier or contact Kaitlin for more info!
Sacrament of Confirmation

Preparation sessions for the Sacrament of Confirmation are starting next week.  If you missed out on receiving the Sacrament when you were younger, now is a great time to receive it!  Contact Tammy to learn more.
2019-2020 Peer Campus Minister Applications NOW LIVE

Looking for a way to "bee" a leader on campus next year?  Want to help your fellow students form community and grow in their faith?  Consider being a Peer Campus Minister!  Click here to learn more!
Retreat Dates for Spring Semester

Busy Student Retreat
February 24-28

Antioch Retreat
April 5-7

Mark your calendars for these upcoming retreats later in the semester!
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Monday, December 3, 2018

12.02.18 & 12.09.18

A Blessed Advent and a Merry Christmas to All!
Recently I have been having a bit of an Advent feud with a couple of students who know that I don't like to "jump the gun" on Christmas.  So, of course, at every chance they get they wish me "Merry Christmas!"  (This started the day after Halloween, by the way)  Don't get me wrong, I'm no Grinch.  I love Christmas...when it is Christmas.  Until then, I like Advent.  I have very fond memories from my childhood of opening the next little construction paper door on our homemade Advent calendar and of lighting the successive candles of our Advent wreath before our dinner prayers as a family.  Also, frankly, I need the time to prepare spiritually for Christmas.  I want to wait, in some sense, with Mary and Joseph and to contemplate just what it means that the God of the whole entire universe became a tiny child in the womb, that "the Word became flesh."  I realize it is difficult not to anticipate Christmas somewhat here at the University, tied as we are to the academic schedule.  But I challenge you in the weeks to come to make time and space for Advent which begins this Sunday.  I think that you will find that it makes for an even more enriching experience of Christmas when it comes.  Lastly, a happy Feast of St. Ambrose and a special note of congratulations to all of our winter graduates.  A blessed Advent and Merry Christmas to you all! Fr. Thom
Feast of St. Ambrose Mass
Sunday, December 2 - 10:30 am

Join us for the First Sunday of Advent as we honor our patron saint, St. Ambrose.  Bishop Zinkula will preside at the liturgy, which also features music led by a combined choir of SAU Music Minstry and Chamber Singers, as well as the presentation of the McMullen Awards.  A reception will follow in the Gathering Space.  All are welcome!
Pray As You Go

PrayAsYouGo is a fantastic resource for this Advent season.  Listen to reflections on Scripture in 15 minutes, and carve out some time for sacred silence.  You can even use it home over break!  Click here to listen online, or find it on iOS and Android.
Sacrament of Reconciliation

Looking for a great practice for this season of Advent?  Reconciliation is offered 45 minutes before every daily mass on campus, as well as during Monday Night Adoration.  You are also invited to take part in the diocesan Communal Penance Services - Sunday, Dec 2 at 3pm at Sacred Heart Cathedral, and Monday, Dec 3 at 6:30pm at St. John Vianney Parish.
Advent Scripture Study
Sundays following 6:30pm Mass

Dive deeper into the Scripture readings for this Advent season with your PCMs!  Join us for a brief reflection on the Sunday readings following the evening mass on December 2 and 9.
Campus Ministry Service Trips

Be sure to check out all of Campus Ministry's offerings for service trips this Winter and Spring Break.  Winter Break trip applications are due December 3!  Click hereto register, or contact Kaitlin to learn more!
Giving Tree for Project Renewal
Bring your gifts back by December 5!

If you took a gift tag, be sure to bring back the unwrapped care items to the Giving Tree in the Gathering Space by Wednesday, December 5, so we can get the gifts to the kids at Project Renewal.  Thank you for your generosity!
Collecting Service Hours

Help us start counting the total 2018-2019 service hours from across campus by entering service you have done this fall.  Service done as part of a class, club, team, individual, or group will count, from students, faculty, and staff!  Click here to fill out your hours.
Fill the Stockings
Until Tuesday, December 11

Your Peer Campus Ministers are collecting socks for the Clothing Center at Minnie's Maison.  Donate socks and fill the big stockings in the Beehive!
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Congratulations to Winter Graduates!

A well earned congratulations to all who will be graduating from St. Ambrose on Saturday, December 15!  May God continue to grant blessings on all your endeavors and in the best of our SAU tradition, may you be a blessing for the world!
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