Thursday, January 29, 2015

02.01.15

Campus Ministry Bulletin
vol 23 no 17

February 1, 2015 - Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time

+ Deuteronomy 18: 15-20 + 1 Corinthians 7: 32-35 + Mark 1: 21-28 +
Mass this Sunday at 10:30 am and 6:30 pm







Mass Intentions:
Sunday2.110:30 am
6:30 pm
For the SAU Community
Monday     2.2    Noon             + Jim & Bev Grothus
Tuesday     2.3   4:30pm+ William & Virginia Davis           
Wednesday     2.49:15pmFor student intentions           
Thursday2.5    4:30pm+ John "Bill" Coleman, '49              
Friday        2.6       Noon+ Fr. George "Pat" Thompson, '48        

This Week's Activities Include:
Sunday: RCIA 11:30am (Lower Chapel)
Monday: Music Ministry 6pm (Chapel); Brewed Awakening 8pm (Gathering Space)
Tuesday: Nurses Christian Fellowship 5pm (Gathering Space); Bridge Bible Fellowship 8:40pm (Chapel)
Wednesday: Ambrosians for Peace and Justice 8pm (Lower Chapel); Sacrament of Reconciliation 8:30pm (Chapel); Mass and More 9:15pm (Grotto)

Campus Ministry Offices - Lower Chapel
333-6132 or ministry@sau.edu
Fr. Chuck Adam, Chaplain
Chris Clow, Director of Music and Liturgy
Kaitlin Depuydt, Director of Service and Social Justice
Tammy Norcross-Reitzler, Director of Faith Formation
Tom Prior, Grad Assistant



Whose Side Are You On?
          Super Bowl Sunday puts me in mind of a story that the late Fr. Bill Dawson sometimes used in homilies. He told of Jesus attending a college football game that featured the  Protestant Punchers verses Catholic Crusaders. It was the biggest rivalry of the season. Sitting in the stands, Jesus cheered loudly as the Crusaders scored first. Then the Punchers scored, tying the game. Jesus jumped up in his seat with joy. The man sitting directly behind him displayed a puzzled frown on his face.  He tapped Jesus on the back, and said, “Good man, which side are you rooting for?”  “Neither', was his answer, “I’m just enjoying the game.”  The man sneered to his neighbor, “Hmm, another atheist!” 
           When it comes to rooting for a team in this year's Super Bowl, I feel a little bit like Jesus in the imaginary story. I am not on either side of this year's Super Bowl.  Apart from a break in the game to preside at the 6:30 mass, which without too much disappointment, may keep me from the halftime show, I'll likely just enjoy watching. Maybe there is a lesson here for life itself.  If on a regular basis more of us expressed delight in the accomplishments and joys of others, rather than looking for accolades for ourselves, we'd more quickly come to the realization that we are all in this venture of life together. A winning football coach once said that he used the following three fundamental principles for developing team spirit: 1) If anything goes wrong, I did it. 2) If anything goes fairly well, then we did it. 3) If anything goes really well, then you did it.  Try it.  This approach might make life more enjoyable.  More importantly, it helps us remember that we are all on the same team. ---Fr. Chuck   

•Late Night Adoration - Monday, Feb 2
Come take part in a time of scripture, song, and quiet prayer before the Blessed Sacrament.  Late Night Adoration starts up again on Monday, Feb 2 at 9pm in the Chapel.  Come for 5 minutes, the whole hour, or anything in between.  A perfect way to end the day!  Email ministry@sau.edu to learn more.

•Brewed Awakening
 “Jewish Faith and Culture” is the topic for the next Brewed Awakening which takes placein the Chapel Gathering Space on Monday, February 2 at 8:15pm.  Allan Ross, director of the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities, and Tomer Swisa of the Jewish Federation of Peoria will provide information about Judaism and the importance of interfaith action. All are invited to enjoy free coffee drinks and participate in a lively discussion.

•The Feast of St. Blaise
St. Blaise is a 4th century Christian martyr and patron saint of those with throat illness.  His Feast day is Tuesday. The traditional blessing of throats will be offered after Tuesday’s 4:30 pm mass and after the 9:15 pm mass on Wednesday.

•Souper Bowl of Caring 
Ambrosians for Peace & Justice invite you to make a difference as you prepare to watch the Super Bowl this weekend.  Visit APJ members after the 10:30am Mass to donate for Cafe on Vine.  These students will also be at “The Big Game Party” on Super Bowl Sunday in the cafeteria for raffle tickets for gift cards to local establishments- just $1.  For $2, you can enter your best guess for Super Bowl questions with a chance to win 50% of the guess donations.  Donations raised will be given locally to Cafe on Vine, as well as a charity that cares for youth in at-risk situations.

•Online Stations of the Cross
Campus Ministry is accepting submissions for student reflections for the Online Stations of the Cross.  Students are invited to offer a reflection based on a specific station of the cross, as well as an experience from their life as a college student that relates to the station in some way.  Past reflections by our students have been wonderful, see them at  http://saustations.blogspot.com/.  Email ministry@sau.edu for more information or to submit a reflection.  Submissions due Feb 13.

•Spring Antioch Retreat
Registration forms are now available for this semester’s Antioch Retreat.  The retreat begins Friday, February 27th in the evening and concludes, Sunday, March 1st in the early afternoon.  Antioch is a great opportunity for students to spend time away from campus, forming a safe, non-judgemental place to discuss faith and life in context of a Christian community.  It is open to any SAU student.   Pick up a registration form in the cafeteria during the week or in the Chapel Gathering Space and return to campus ministry by February 11.  For more information contact the co-leaders of the retreat, Amanda Aberle at AberleAmanda@sau.edu or Dan Mahoney at mahoneydanielj@sau.edu.

•Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies - June 11-14, July 9-12
Interested in youth ministry?  The Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies program is for you!  This summer program equips participants with the experience, tools, and resources to assist them in all avenues of youth ministry.  Earn your certificate in just two summers, and courses can be taken for Theology credit!  Find out more and get an application: go to (www.sau.edu/Campus_Ministry) or email Chris Clow at ministry@sau.edu.

•Spring Break Service Trips 
We are happy to announce that all 4 service trips over spring break are filled!  Anyone still wanting to go is welcome to apply as an alternate.

•A Social Justice Internship - CCHD
Applications for an internship with the Catholic Campaign for Human Development are being accepted until Feb. 28.  Are you Catholic? Interested in fighting poverty? Then this internship might be for you.  CCHD provides grants for self-help projects developed by grassroots groups working to address the root causes of poverty in their communities;  Works to increase Catholics’ awareness of poverty in the U.S; Educates about the Catholic social tradition; Builds bridges between poor and non-poor communities. For more information: http://www.davenportdiocese.org/socialaction/sacchdinternship.htm or contact Loxi Hopkins, 563-888-4212 or hopkins@davenportdiocese.org.

•Prayer to St. Brigid (Sunday Feb. 1 is the Feast of St. Brigid, second only to St. Patrick, as patron of Ireland.)
Saint Brigid, You were a woman of peace. You brought harmony where there was conflict.
You brought light to the darkness. You brought hope to the downcast. 
May the mantle of your peace cover those who are troubled and anxious,
and may peace be firmly rooted in our hearts and in our world. 
Inspire us to act justly and to reverence all God has made. 

Brigid you were a voice for the wounded and the weary.
Strengthen what is weak within us. 
Calm us into a quietness that heals and listens.
May we grow each day into greater wholeness in mind, body and spirit. Amen

Thursday, January 22, 2015

01.25.15

Campus Ministry Bulletin
vol 23 no 16

January 25, 2015 - Third Sunday of Ordinary Time

+ Jonah 3: 1-5, 10 + 1 Corinthians 7: 29-31 + Mark 1: 14-20 +
Mass this Sunday at 10:30 am and 6:30 pm







Mass Intentions:
Sunday1.2510:30 am
6:30 pm
For the SAU Community
Monday     1.26    Noon             + Charleen O'Connell
Tuesday     1.27   4:30pm+ Howard Hannon           
Wednesday     1.289:15pmFor student intentions           
Thursday1.29    4:30pm+ Rev. Pasquale Ferrarra              
Friday        1.30       Noon+ Rev. William Dawson        

This Week's Activities Include:
Sunday: RCIA 11:30am (Lower Chapel)
Monday: Music Ministry 6pm (Chapel); Brewed Awakening 8pm (Gathering Space)
Tuesday: Bridge Bible Fellowship 8:40pm (Chapel)
Wednesday: Ambrosians for Peace and Justice 8pm (Lower Chapel); Sacrament of Reconciliation 8:30pm (Chapel); Mass and More 9:15pm (Grotto)

Campus Ministry Offices - Lower Chapel
333-6132 or ministry@sau.edu
Fr. Chuck Adam, Chaplain
Chris Clow, Director of Music and Liturgy
Kaitlin Depuydt, Director of Service and Social Justice
Tammy Norcross-Reitzler, Director of Faith Formation
Tom Prior, Grad Assistant



A Silence Louder than Words
            Sometimes the work of overcoming hatred in our world seems like a game of “whac-a-mole.” Just when you think you’ve overcome one awful encounter with bigotry, another angry event pops up in front of you. That’s exactly what seems to be happening this week. As we conclude a celebration of Civil Rights Week at SAU, honoring those who endured so much for the struggle to gain equal rights for all human beings in our country, we are made aware of planned protests in our community from members of the Westboro Baptist Church. This group, which by the way is neither Baptist nor a church, preaches a message of hatred and divisiveness wherever they go. But their attempt to divide people seems to have had an opposite effect in the Quad Cities.  Leaders of Christian churches in our area are standing together with each other and with leaders of others faiths promoting a message of peace and respecting our nation’s prized freedom of speech, with a response of staying silent. Silence, in this instance at least, is a positive response. It’s a display of choosing not to return hate for hate.  And silence is a refusal to give this hate group the attention that merely feeds their vitriol. 
  What lessons are we learning from this experience?  First, that that we can be strongly united when we are faced with situations aimed to divide us. The unity of all people of faith and good will is an incredible force for good. As Imam Saad Baig of the Islamic Center of the Quad Cities said this week, “Showing this support for other faith communities makes it clear that this is a peaceful community. This response makes the strength of our relationships in this community solidly clear.”   
  Secondly, we learn that although we should never shy away from confronting intolerance, when all else fails, silence may be the best response. Sometimes nasty, negative, and outrageous things are best not dignified by any other action.  If it only worsens a situation to by confronting someone who persists in the use of racist, homophobic, sexist, or other stereotypical jokes and slurs, then a protest of walking away is a very courageous way to respond. If we have learned such things from this experience, this Civil Rights Week will have been an exceptionally educational one for all of us.  ---Fr. Chuck


•Brewed Awakening
Discussion this week will be “Stepping into Service,” and feature students sharing their experiences from past service trips.  With the spring break service trips deadline quickly approaching, former service trip students will discuss how engaging in service can impact the lives of others and ourselves. They will also explain how service is an integral aspect of what it means to be Ambrosian. Join us for coffee and hot chocolate drinks in the Chapel Gathering Space on Monday, January 26 at 8pm.

•Spring Break Service Trips Deadline 
Where will YOU make a difference this March?   Time is running out to get your application form in for one of our Spring Break service trips!  Trips are going to East St. Louis, IL; Detroit, MI; Cleveland, OH; and Eastern Kentucky!   The Application deadline has been extended to Wednesday, January 28th.  Turn it in to Campus Ministry, with a deposit of the first $25 of your trip cost.  Scholarships are available.  Email ministry@sau.edu or stop by Lower Chapel #114 to pick up an application or to learn more about the trips.

•Music Ministry
All SAU students are invited to join Music Ministry.  Practices are Monday nights at 6pm.  Contact Chris Clow at ministry@sau.edu to learn more!

•Service on Saturday
Our weekly Service on Saturday activity starts up this weekend, January 24th, and our spaces are full! Thanks for your response to service!  Join us next Saturday January 31st from 1:30-4pm as we help with BINGO and visit with the senior residents at the Kahl Home.  Email ministry@sau.edu to join us next Saturday.

•Super Bowl of Caring 
Ambrosians for Peace & Justice invite you to make a difference as you prepare to watch the Super Bowl on February 1st.  Raffle tickets for gift cards to local establishments will be sold for $1 .  Also for $2, you can enter your best guess answers to Super Bowl questions with a chance to win 50% of the guess donations.  Donations raised will be given to a charity that cares for youth in at-risk situations.  Visit APJ members at the table during lunch this week to place your guesses, or see them at “The Big Game Party” on Super Bowl Sunday in the cafeteria.

•Sign Up!  
At the beginning of each semester we offer sign ups for all of the campus ministry activities – from liturgical ministers to service. Stop by our offices in the lower chapel  or email ministry@sau.edu. We appreciate the generous involvement of all Ambrosians.

•Liturgical Ministers
A schedule for 2nd semester liturgical ministers (lectors, extraordinary ministers of holy communion, server/sacristan, and greeters/ushers) will be created soon.   If you didn’t serve last semester and you are interested this semester, please contact campus ministry at ministry@sau.edu.

•Becoming Catholic/Confirmation Preparation
Anyone interested in becoming Catholic, learning more about Catholicism or preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation, please contact Tammy Norcross-Reitzler at ministry@sau.edu.  We meet on Sundays in the lower chapel after the 10:30 a.m. Mass.

•Spring Semester Retreats
*The 2015 Spring Antioch Retreat (a weekend away from campus for prayer, reflection, faith conversations, and recreation) will be February 27 -March 1st.  Watch the bulletin for registration information.
*The Spring Busy Student Retreat (½ hour daily personal prayer and ½ hour daily meetings with a spiritual guide right on campus) will be April 12-16th.

•Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies - June 11-14, July 9-12
Interested in youth ministry?  The Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies program is for you!  This summer program equips participants with the experience, tools, and resources to assist them in all avenues of youth ministry.  Earn your certificate in just two summers, and courses can be taken for Theology credit!  Find out more and get an application: go to (www.sau.edu/Campus_Ministry) or email Chris Clow at ministry@sau.edu.

Friday, January 16, 2015

01.18.15

Campus Ministry Bulletin
vol 23 no 15

January 18, 2015 - Second Sunday of Ordinary Time

+ 1 Samuel 3: 3-10, 19 + 1 Corinthians 6: 13-15, 17-20 + John 1: 35-42 +
Mass this Sunday at 10:30am only







Mass Intentions:
Sunday1.1810:30amFor the SAU Community
Monday     1.19    NO MASS        
Tuesday     1.20   4:30pm+Fr. Francis Duncan           
Wednesday     1.219:15pmFor student intentions           
Thursday1.22    4:30pm+Wayne and Nora DeJohn              
Friday        1.23       Noon+Fr. Anthony Conrad        

This Week's Activities Include:
Sunday: RCIA 11:30am (Lower Chapel)
Monday: Offices Closed; Brewed Awakening 8pm (Gathering Space)
Tuesday: March to Remember 3pm (begins at Chapel); Bridge Bible Fellowship 8:40pm (Chapel)
Wednesday: Sacrament of Reconciliation 8:30pm (Chapel); Mass and More 9:15pm (Grotto)
Thursday: Music Ministry 6pm (Chapel)

Campus Ministry Offices - Lower Chapel
333-6132 or ministry@sau.edu
Fr. Chuck Adam, Chaplain
Chris Clow, Director of Music and Liturgy
Kaitlin Depuydt, Director of Service and Social Justice
Tammy Norcross-Reitzler, Director of Faith Formation
Tom Prior, Grad Assistant



Awakening Our Humanity
  Monday our nation honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a federal holiday. It is often suggested that MLK Day should not  just be a day off from classes or from business as usual. Instead, it is a day to realize that we each have a role to play in creating lasting change in our community. Perhaps the beginning of that is the realization that our humanity is tied to every other human being.  This thought was expressed eloquently at the Golden Globe Awards ceremony by the rapper, Common, after he and singer John Legend won the award for their song, "Glory," from the movie Selma.  Talking of his experience filming the movie, Common said, "The first day I stepped on the set of Selma, I began to feel like this was bigger than a movie. As I got to know the people of the Civil Rights movement, I realized, I am the hopeful black woman who was denied her right to vote. I am the caring white supporter killed on the front lines of freedom. I am the unarmed black kid who maybe needed a hand, but instead was given a bullet. I am the two fallen police officers murdered in the line of duty. Selma has awakened my humanity..."
  May Civil Rights Week at St. Ambrose help awaken the humanity in each of us and help us realize what Dr. King said, "We are all tied in a single garment of destiny."    ---Fr. Chuck 

Remembering Caroline Griffin
Students, faculty, and staff who wish to offer a memory or share a note of condolence are invited to do so using paper provided in the chapel Gathering Space. We will compile those notes into a book and present them to Caroline's family. As we pray for Caroline's eternal rest and for the support of her family and friends, please also be reminded of the availability of services from our Counseling Center (333-6423) and Campus Ministry (333-6132).

This Sunday’s Mass Schedule - January 18, 2015
Because of the MLK holiday on Monday, only a 10:30am mass will be celebrated this Sunday, January 18.  Our regular Sunday mass schedule of 10:30am and 6:30pm will resume the following Sunday, January 25.

Mass and Reconciliation Schedule
The daily mass schedule resumed on the first day of classes. Masses are celebrated Monday and Friday at noon, Tuesday and Thursday at 4:30pm and Wednesday evening at 9:15pm. The Sacrament of Reconciliation (confession) is offered every Wednesday at 8:30pm in the Reconciliation Chapel and can be arranged at other times by appointment.

Becoming Catholic/Confirmation Preparation
There is still time to join in the process of learning more about Catholicism or preparing for Confirmation, please contact Tammy Norcross-Reitzler at ministry@sau.edu.

Civil Rights Week  
Please take note of the activities of Civil Right’s Week. Honor Civil Rights heroes of the past—and march, learn and celebrate as a Civil Rights advocate of today!   http://www.sau.edu/Diversity/Highlighted_Events.html)
 --Tuesday: March to Remember - Meet in Chapel at 3pm and join the St. Ambrose community in a silent march to commemorate the civil rights movement and reflect on its significance for us today. Marchers will proceed from the chapel and around campus to visit significant sites. Following the march all participants are invited for hot chocolate and conversation in the Beehive lounge.
--Wednesday: Community Service Event - 2:30-5:30 p.m. Students, faculty and Staff welcome the students of Project Renewal to campus for tutoring, activities, dinner and fun.
---7-8:30 p.m. in the Rogalski Center---Panel Discussion: ‘Remembering a Leader’s Last Visit to Iowa.’ An evening about Dr. King’s last visit to Iowa and local civil rights work.
---9:15 p.m. Mass and More--Civil Rights and Human Liberties Mass--with pray for respect for human life.
 --Friday: 6 p.m. Movie: 12 Years a Slave, Beehive lounge. Free and open to the public.
 --Saturday: 6 p.m. Civil Rights Celebration Dinner in Cosgrove Cafeteria; 7:00 p.m. Performance: Coleman Harris in the Beehive. FREE for SAU students; $10 admission

Brewed Awakening  
Enjoy free coffee drinks and participate in a discussion about “Striving for Social Justice” in the Chapel Gathering Space on Monday, January 19 at 8pm. In conjunction with civil rights week, Director of Teacher Education Tom Carpenter will discuss how we can strive for social justice in an ever-changing world.

Service during Civil Rights Week!  
Whether it’s tutoring or a game of Twister, we can use your help!  The kids from Project Renewal will be on campus in the RC ballroom this Wednesday from 2:30-5:30, and we’ll be working on homework, games and activities with them.  Stop by for a fun afternoon of service.

Music Ministry  
All SAU students are invited to help lead music for our Sunday masses and other liturgies.  If you haven’t been able to take part in Music Ministry before, the start of the semester is the perfect time to begin.  Come join us an hour before mass, and take part in our weekly rehearsal.  We will have a special rehearsal on Thursday, Jan 22 at 6pm in the Chapel.  Email Chris Clow at ministry@sau.edu to learn more!

Spring Break Service Trips  
Where will YOU make a difference this March?   Time is running out to get your application form in for one of our Spring Break service trips!  Trips are going to East St. Louis, IL; Detroit, MI; Cleveland, OH; and Eastern Kentucky!   Applications are due by Friday, January 23rd to Campus Ministry, with a deposit of the first $25 of your trip cost.  Scholarships are available.  Email ministry@sau.edu or stop by Lower Chapel #114 to pick up an application or to learn more about the trips.

Sign Up!    
At the beginning of each semester we offer sign ups for all of the campus ministry activities – from liturgical ministers to service. Stop by our offices in the lower chapel, fill out an orange card in the Gathering Space and leave it in the basket, or email ministry@sau.edu. Your generous commitment is appreciated.

Liturgical Ministers
A schedule for 2nd semester liturgical ministers (lectors, extraordinary ministers of holy communion, server/sacristan, and greeters/ushers) will be created soon.   If you didn’t serve last semester and you are interested this semester, please contact Campus Ministry at ministry@sau.edu.

Service on Saturday  
Our weekly Service on Saturday activity starts up again next weekend, January 24th.  We’ll be help the organization Hand-in-Hand, which supports children and young adults who have developmental challenges.  On 1/24 from 2:15-6pm, we will volunteer at Hand-in-Hand’s Chili Cook-off fundraiser.  Email ministry@sau.edu to join us!

Spring Semester Retreats
*The 2015 Spring Antioch Retreat (a weekend away from campus for prayer, reflection, faith conversations, and recreation) will be February 27 -March 1st.  Watch the bulletin for registration information.
*The Spring Busy Student Retreat (½ hour daily personal prayer and ½ hour daily meetings with a spiritual guide right on campus) will be April 12-16th.

Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies - June 11-14, July 9-12
Interested in youth ministry?  The Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies program is for you!  This summer program equips participants with the experience, tools, and resources to assist them in all avenues of youth ministry.  Earn your certificate in just two summers, and courses can be taken for Theology credit!  Find out more and get an application: go to (www.sau.edu/Campus_Ministry) or email Chris Clow at ministry@sau.edu.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

11.30.14 & 12.07.14

Campus Ministry Bulletin
vol 23 no 14

November 30, 2014 - First Sunday of Advent

+ Isaiah 63: 16b-17, 19b; 64: 2-7 + 1 Corinthians 1: 3-9 + Mark 13: 33-37 +
Mass this Sunday at 6:30pm only

December 7, 2014 - Second Sunday of Advent
+ Isaiah 40: 1-5, 9-11 + 2 Peter 3: 8-14 + Mark 1: 1-8 +
Masses this Sunday at 10:30am and 6:30pm


Mass Intentions:
Sunday11.306:30pmFor the SAU Community
Monday     12.1    Noon        +Corinne Schwickerath           
Tuesday     12.2   4:30pm+Ann Freeburg           
Wednesday     12.39:15pmFor student intentions           
Thursday12.4    4:30pm+W. O'Maoldomhnaigh              
Friday        12.5        Noon+MaryJo Heming        
Sunday     12.7    10:30am
6:30pm        
Ambrose Feast Celebration
For the SAU Community           
Monday     12.8    Noon      
4:30pm
+Matt Hoffmiller, '99
+George Leahy, '50           
Tuesday     12.9    9:00pm        Student Candlelight Mass           
Saturday     12.13    5:00pm        +Rev. William Dawson           

This Week's Activities Include:
Monday: Music Ministry 6pm (Chapel); Late Night Adoration 9pm (Chapel)
Tuesday: Bridge Bible Fellowship 8:40pm (Chapel)
Wednesday: Sacrament of Reconciliation 8:30pm (Chapel); Mass and More 9:15pm (Grotto)

Campus Ministry Offices - Lower Chapel
333-6132 or ministry@sau.edu
Fr. Chuck Adam, Chaplain
Chris Clow, Director of Music and Liturgy
Kaitlin Depuydt, Director of Service and Social Justice
Tammy Norcross-Reitzler, Director of Faith Formation
Tom Prior, Grad Assistant



Advent-Christmas: Learning to Welcome the Light
Thanksgiving leftovers are barely consumed and the last week of classes for the fall semester at SAU is upon us. As students, faculty, and staff return to campus on Monday, Advent will have begun.  Advent, a season of peaceful preparation for the “Coming of our God,” is not easy to celebrate amid the flurry of end of the semester activities. But don’t let that keep you from trying. Celebrating Advent well not only help us understand the true meaning of Christmas, it also helps us recognize the comings of Christ that we too easily take for granted each day. And celebrating Advent well can help us learn to be bearers of light to others. A story in Sojourners Magazine recently told of an 11 year old boy who had lost all his hair due to chemotherapy treatments for cancer. Concerned about how his classmates would react to him once he returned to school, his parents tried wigs, bandanas, and finally settled on a baseball cap to hide the boy’s baldness. Mustering up the courage to walk back into his classroom, the boy was overjoyed to see that every student in his class had shaved their own heads in solidarity with him. Christmas is our annual reminder that God became one of us, as vulnerable as a human being can be—an infant, completely dependent upon others and susceptible to all the pains and fears that at times confront each of us. Divine light now shines among us. If in Advent we learn to recognize that as followers of the Light, we are called to be light for others, and if we stand in solidarity with those in need, we will find ourselves ready for Christ’s coming. Whatever darkness may cover our world, whatever gloom may hang in our own lives, it isn't strong enough to suffocate the light. The smallest candle will light up a room. The smallest gesture of kindness, act of compassion, or work of mercy will light up the globe. As we will hear at Christmas from the Gospel of John, "The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it."  Advent prayers; Congratulations to our winter graduates; and Christmas blessing of peace to all. ---Fr. Chuck

•Advent Season  Sunday, November 30 is the first day of Advent.  Advent not only is a season of preparation for Christmas, it acknowledges our need to be constantly vigilant for the Lord’s return, “waiting in joyful hope.”  Here are ways you can make it a joyful season of hope:

→Pick up a copy of the Daily Meditation Booklets by Sr. Janet Schaeffler, OP.  They are available in the chapel gathering space and in the window space by the Rogalski Center Post Office.
→Take advantage of opportunities for Daily Mass in Christ the King Chapel. Monday and Fridays at 12:00 pm. Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:30pm, and Wednesday at 9:15pm.
→Spend some time in prayer to begin Advent with Late Night Adoration on Monday, December 1 at 9:00pm.  A wonderful way to begin this holy season before the Blessed Sacrament.
→Take part in the Advent Communal Celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Wednesday December 3 at 8:30pm in Christ the King Chapel.  A short service of prayer is followed by the opportunity for individual confession to one of the priests who are present.
→Enjoy an evening of Lessons and Carols Saturday, December 6 at 7:00pm in the Chapel featuring scriptures for the season with music by the University Chorale and Chamber Singers.
→Participate in the Student Candlelight Mass preceding Midnight Breakfast on Tuesday Dec. 9 at 9:00pm.  In the chapel, filled with light from candles held by students, we celebrate the joy and the hope Christ’s birth has brought to our world.

•Mass Schedule During Winter Break  Mass for the Third Sunday of Advent will be celebrated on Saturday December 13 at 5:00pm.  There will be no Sunday masses from December 14 through January 4.  10:30am mass will resume on January 11, while the regular 10:30am/6:30pm schedule will return on January 25.  Daily mass concludes for the semester with the candlelight mass on December 9, and resumes on Wednesday January 14 with 9:15pm Mass.  A Christmas Eve Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday December 24 at 5:00 pm for Ambrosians who are in the area.

•Music for the Feast of St. Ambrose Mass  There are two remaining rehearsals for the Feast of St. Ambrose Mass - Monday, December 1 at 6pm, and right before the mass Sunday, December 7 at 9am, both in the Chapel.  All SAU students, faculty, and staff are invited to take part in the music for this mass.  If you are interested you are still welcome to join in.  Email ministry@sau.edu to find out more.

•Feast of St. Ambrose Mass  Celebrate a mass honoring our patron saint, Sunday, December 7 at 10:30am in the Chapel.  Presider and homilist will be Most Rev. Martin Amos, Bishop of the Davenport Diocese and music will be led by a combined choir of SAU Chamber Singers and Music Ministry.  The McMullen Awards will also be presented to John and Helen Morrissey and Joe and Joyce O'Rourke and a reception will follow in the Gathering Space.   All are welcome!

•Service House “Giving Tree” Project  The SAU themed house “Make a Difference” is collecting pajamas for the children of Project Renewal.  If you took an ornament off the tree, please tape it to the unwrapped gift and place it under the tree in the Gathering Space by Sunday, December 7.   Thank you for your generosity!

•Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary  Masses will be offered on Monday, December 8 at 12 noon and 4:30pm for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception is a holyday of obligation.  All are welcome.

•Sing for the Candlelight Mass!  All SAU students are invited to join with Music Ministry in singing carols for the Candlelight mass on Tuesday, December 9.  Come join in a joyful celebration of Christmas as a University community.  Email ministry@sau.edu for more details!

•Congratulations Graduates!    Congratulations to all who complete their studies at St. Ambrose and receive degrees at the graduation ceremony on December 13.  May God grant blessings to all your endeavors and plans and in the best of our SAU tradition, may you be a blessing for the world!

•Faculty/Staff Christmas Mass  SAU faculty and staff are invited to help lead music for the mass preceding the Christmas party on Saturday, December 13.  Rehearsal is at 4pm, mass is at 5.  Contact Chris Clow at ministry@sau.edu to help out!

•Thanks to all who Served on Saturdays!  Service was completed at the Kahl Home, the NAMI Walk, Cafe on Vine, Humility of Mary Housing, VanderVeer Park, Gilda's Club & Winnie's Wishes!   We are appreciative of the time you have given to make a difference in the community.  Join us for Service on Saturdays again next semester, beginning Saturday January 24th!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

11.16.14 & 11.23.14

Campus Ministry Bulletin
vol 23 no 13

November 16, 2014 - Thirty-third Sunday of Ordinary Time

+ Proverbs 31: 10-13, 19-20, 30-31 + 1 Thessalonians 5: 1-6 + Matthew 25: 14-30 +
Masses this Sunday at 10:30am and 6:30pm

November 23, 2014 - Christ the King
+ Ezekiel 34: 11-12, 15-17 + 1 Corinthians 15: 20-26, 28 + Matthew 25: 31-46 +
Due to Thanksgiving Break, no Masses will be celebrated November 23-29


Mass Intentions:
Sunday11.1610:30am
6:30pm
For the SAU Community
Monday     11.17    Noon        +Chelsey Bildstein, '13           
Tuesday     11.18   4:30pm+ Fr. John Kloepfer, '49           
Wednesday     11.199:15pmFor student intentions           
Thursday11.20    4:30pm+James McCabe, Sr., '49              
Friday        11.21        Noon+ Fr. John Whalen, '65        

This Week's Activities Include:
Monday: Music Ministry 6pm (Chapel)
Tuesday: Bridge Bible Fellowship 8:40pm (Chapel)
Wednesday: Ambrosians for Peace and Justice 8pm (Gottlieb Conference Room); Sacrament of Reconciliation 8:30pm (Chapel); Mass and More 9:15pm (Grotto)

Campus Ministry Offices - Lower Chapel
333-6132 or ministry@sau.edu
Fr. Chuck Adam, Chaplain
Chris Clow, Director of Music and Liturgy
Kaitlin Depuydt, Director of Service and Social Justice
Tammy Norcross-Reitzler, Director of Faith Formation
Tom Prior, Grad Assistant



An Attitude of Gratitude
We begin Thanksgiving Break as the upcoming week comes to a close. But Thanksgiving is more than just a one day holiday or a week’s break. Thanksgiving is a way of life. It means living with an attitude that helps us to recognize blessings that we would otherwise take for granted. An appreciation of blessings keeps us from being envious, bitter, and critical of life. It is no wonder then that grateful people are also happy people. It has been said that a bad attitude is like a flat tire. You can’t go anywhere until you change it.  How do you develop an attitude of gratitude? The following poem offers wise advice:  
     Count your blessings instead of your crosses; Count your gains instead of your losses. 
     Count your joys instead of your woes; Count your friends instead of your foes.
     Count your smiles instead of your tears; Count your courage instead of your fears.
     Count your kind deeds instead of your mean; Count your full years instead of your lean.
     Count your health instead of your wealth; Count on God instead of yourself. 
Blessings for a happy Thanksgiving and safety in travels.   ---Fr. Chuck 

•Thanksgiving Break Schedule  Due to Thanksgiving break, there will be no Sunday or daily masses offered from Sunday, November 23 through Saturday, November 29.  Regular mass schedule will resume with 6:30pm mass on Sunday, November 30. From all of us in Campus Ministry, have a safe and blessed thanksgiving!

•Service House “Giving Tree” Project    Be sure to pick up an ornament from the Giving Tree in the Gathering Space for a Christmas gift for QC children at Project Renewal.  Sponsored by the themed house “Make a Difference,” this benefits the children at Project Renewal.  Simply pick up an ornament and bring the unwrapped items (children’s pajamas) back to the Chapel by Dec 7th.  Your generosity is deeply appreciated!

• Thanksgiving Break Service Trip   Spend 4 days of your Thanksgiving break making a difference in Kansas City!  This service trip will take place at Holy Family Catholic Worker House from November 22-25, serving meals and visiting with guests at the soup kitchen.  Space is limited - email ministry@sau.edu today if you are interested in going.

•Music for the Feast of St. Ambrose Mass  There will be a music rehearsal at 6pm this Monday, November 17, for the Feast of St. Ambrose Mass.  All SAU students, faculty, and staff are invited to help lead music for the mass on Sunday, Dec 7 at 10:30am.  If you are interested, please email ministry@sau.edu to learn more.

•Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom  See this inspiring movie about the life of Nelson Mandela on Monday, November 17 at 7pm in the Rogalski Center Ballroom.  Special Guest: Potiphar Nkhoma, the Affirmative Action Officer for the City of Davenport.  Admission is free, and all are welcome!

•Advent Season Events  Sunday, November 30 is the first day of Advent.  Advent not only is a season of preparation for Christmas, it acknowledges our need to be constantly vigilant for the Lord’s return, “waiting in joyful hope.”  Here are ways you can make it a joyful season of hope:

→Pick up a copy of the Daily Meditation Booklets by Sr. Janet Schaeffler, OP.  They will soon be available in the chapel gathering space and in the window space by the Rogalski Center Post Office.

→Take advantage of opportunities for Daily Mass in Christ the King Chapel. Monday and Fridays at 12:00 pm. Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:30pm, and Wednesday at 9:15pm.

→Spend some time in prayer to begin Advent with Late Night Adoration on Monday, December 1 at 9:00pm.  A wonderful time to reflect and begin this season, join us for prayer before the Blessed Sacrament.

→Take part in the Advent Communal Celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Wednesday December 3 at 8:30pm in Christ the King Chapel.  A short service of prayer is followed by the opportunity for individual confession to one of the priests who are present.

→A special Lessons and Carols service will take place on Saturday, December 6 at 7:00pm in the Chapel.  Come join in a time of reflection on scriptures for the season, with music featuring the University Chorale and Chamber Singers.

→Celebrate the Feast of St. Ambrose Mass with us on Sunday, December 7 at 10:30am in the Chapel.  Presider and homilist will be Most Rev. Martin Amos, and music led by a combined choir of SAU Chamber Singers and Music Ministry.  The McMullen Awards will also be presented.   Come celebrate our patron saint!

→Plan to take part in the Student Candlelight Mass preceding Midnight Breakfast on Tuesday Dec. 9 at 9:00pm.  In the chapel, filled with light from candles held by students, we celebrate the mystery, the joy, and the hope Christ’s birth has brought to our world.  All are welcome to each of these events.

• Hunger Week wrap-up  Thanks to all who participated in the activities during our 17th annual Hunger Week.  Food from the canned food drive was donated to the Central Community Circle Food Pantry and will go a long way to stock their shelves.  Thank you to those who supported the Clothes Out Hunger sale and the Graduate Student Government Association for their matching funds; with the funds, the Ambrosians for Peace & Justice packed 3000 meals with Kids Against Hunger.  These meals will be sent to Liberia to sustain undernourished children.  Thanks to Greenlife for holding a successful bake sale for Oxfam.  The week ended with the Hungry Games on Saturday night - congratulations to Max Moline and Chris Bennett, Hungry Games winners from McCarthy Hall.  Thanks to all for their support of Hunger Week!

•Poverty Issues film series  Progressive Action for the Common Good is hosting a film series on poverty.  Join this community action group Saturday 11/15 at 9:30am, featuring the films “We're Not Broke” and “Inequality for All” in McCarthy 013.  There will be discussion sessions after each film.  Free and open to the public.

•Chicago Vocation Event  Fr. Robert Barron, rector of Mundelein Seminary, together with Cardinal George and Archbishop Cupich, are hosting an event called, “Who Will Fill Their Shoes?” on Friday Nov. 29 from 10 am to 2 pm. Men from the Archdiocese of Chicago between the ages of 16 - 35 may register by going online to www.ChicagoPriest.com.