Thursday, April 16, 2015

04.19.15

Campus Ministry Bulletin
vol 23 no 26

April 19, 2015 - Third Sunday of Easter

+  Acts 3: 13-15, 17-19  +  1 John 2: 1-5a  +  Luke 24: 35-48  +
Mass this Sunday at 10:30 am and 6:30 pm







Mass Intentions:
Sunday4.1910:30 am
6:30 pm
For the SAU Community                
Monday     4.20    Noon             + Luis Infante
Tuesday     4.21   4:30 pm+ Dr. Mike Orfitelli
Wednesday     4.229:15 pmFor student intentions           
Thursday4.23    4:30pm+ William Flavin
Friday        4.24       Noon+ Ralph Knickrehm

This Week's Activities Include:
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 (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



EARTH DAY: For Future Generation of Kids 
One of the most inspirational things I’ve seen students accomplish here at St. Ambrose is Dance Marathon. Over the past three years it has grown tremendously and this year raised over $175,000 with over 700 students participating. That’s incredible! The motto of Dance Marathon is FTK, or “For the Kids.” That could also be a great motto for the environmental movement which hopefully is also a growing on our campus and all over the world. What better thing can we do than work toward a future that will assure a safe environment with clean air and water and access to the basic necessities of life? Later this year Pope Francis will issue an encyclical letter on environment. As he prepares for that encyclical, a one-day summit with scientists, environmental researchers and leaders of major religions will be held at the Vatican on April 28.  A statement on the Vatican website calls the summit a time to study, “the intrinsic connection between respect for the environment and respect for people — especially the poor, the excluded, victims of human trafficking and modern slavery, children, and future generations.”  At a daily mass in February Pope Francis may have given us a sneak peek into what he will be telling us in his encyclical. He said, “A Christian who does not protect creation, who does not let it grow, is a Christian who does not care about the work of God; that work that was born from the love of God for us,” Francis continued. “And this is the first response to the first creation: protect creation, make it grow.” This Wednesday, April 22, is the 45th Earth Day. Please take note of it. Learn to reuse, recycle, renew, because as Henry David Thoreau said, “what’s the use of a fine house if you don’t have a tolerable planet to put it on?” Let’s work to protect our earth, our home, making it tolerable, for the kids and for every future generation of kids. Join the movement. Celebrate Earth Day, everyday! ---Fr. Chuck

•Service on Saturday opportunity - Run for Renewal 5K
Our final Service on Saturday opportunity will be this weekend with Project Renewal’s “Run for Renewal” 5K.  We are asked to support the runners by marking the route and directing traffic on this early morning - volunteers needed from 7:30-10am.   Support the great work that Project Renewal does!  To sign up just email ministry@sau.edu.

•CommUNITY day 
Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to serve the neighborhood on Sunday April 19th, CommUNITY day.  Afternoon shifts are available, and teams can register together on this site to volunteer: bit.ly/1H2D6Ox

•Movie Screening 
Join the Sexual Assault Awareness Team on Monday April 20th at 7pm in the ballroom for the film The Hunting Ground, a ground breaking documentary about sexual assault on college campuses. Join us to learn more about the fight for justice for survivors of assault! A panel discussion will take place after the screening.

•Brewed Awakening
All are invited to the April 20 discussion about environmentalism pertaining to the Mississippi River. The event will be led by Kathy Wine of River Action, a Quad Cities organization that focuses on maintaining the Mississippi River. Free coffee and speciality drinks will be provided at this Brewed Awakening in the Chapel Gathering Space on Monday, April 20 from 8-9pm.

•Next Week’s Brewed
Be sure to mark your calendars for April 27, our last Brewed Awakening of the year.  Sr. Joan Lescinski, our university’s president and resident movie expert will discuss moral messages in the Oscar winners and best movies of the past year.  This should be an insightful discussion to close out the year.  So join us on Monday, April 27 at 8pm in the Gathering Space!

•Service Hours Tabulation
Please help us tabulate hours of service that have been given to the community during the 2014-2015 academic year from our students, faculty & staff members!  Please log into this form by Monday, April 20th, to record hours of service from your class, club, or service you did on your own as a member of the SAU community.  https://sau.wufoo.com/forms/log-your-service-hours/

•Turn In Your Rice Bowls
If you haven’t yet turned in your Rice Bowl, please bring it to the Chapel Gathering Space, and leave it in the marked basket.  Proceeds go to fight hunger in the Quad Cities as well as globally.  You can also make a donation by going straight to CRS online.  Thank you for your generosity!

•Music for Commencement Mass
There is still time to sign up for the mass!  All SAU students, faculty, and staff are invited to assist with music for the Commencement Mass on Sat, May 9 at 9am in the Chapel.  Help send off our graduates with a beautiful liturgy!  Rehearsals will start on Monday, April 20 at 7pm in the Chapel.  Please email Chris Clow at ministry@sau.edu if you would like to help out!

•“Dash 4 Drex” Memorial Run
Next Saturday, April 25, is the Seventh Annual Dash 4 Drex, a 2.1 mile run/walk established to honor the memory of student Derrek Drexler who died in March 2009 after a courageous battle from a rare complication from a viral infection. The Dash begins at 9am in front of Bechtel Hall.  Cost: $25/public, $20/SAU students, $15/t-shirt only.  All proceeds benefit the Derrek D. Drexler Scholarship Fund at St. Ambrose University.  Go to Dash 4 Drex to register or make a donation.  Contact Willy Kappie or Andy Milton to learn more.

•Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies - June 11-14, July 9-12
Ever thought about working or volunteering 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.  Courses can be taken for Theology credit, take some this summer and lighten your semester load!  Email Chris Clow at ministry@sau.edu to learn more.

A Thought for EARTH DAY
“God looked at everything He had made, and He found it very good.” (Genesis 1: 31).
We do not exist outside of nature or above nature or independent of nature—we are simply its most vulnerable part.  —Joan Chittister

Thursday, April 9, 2015

04.12.15

Campus Ministry Bulletin
vol 23 no 25

April 12, 2015 - Second Sunday of Easter

+  Acts 4:32-35  +  1 John 5:1-6  +  John 20:19-31  +
Mass this Sunday at 10:30 am and 6:30 pm







Mass Intentions:
Sunday4.1210:30 am
6:30 pm
For the SAU Community                
Monday     4.13    Noon             + Msgr. Philip Thoni, '46
Tuesday     4.14   4:30 pm+ Douglas Gregan, '78
Wednesday     4.159:15 pmFor student intentions           
Thursday4.16    4:30pm+ Matt Hoffmiller, '99
Friday        4.17       Noon+ Vincent Reardon

This Week's Activities Include:
Sunday: Busy Student Retreat Orientation 7:30pm (Gathering Space)
Monday: Music Ministry 6pm (Chapel); Brewed Awakening 8pm (Gathering Space)
Tuesday: Nurses Christian Fellowship 4pm (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 (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



Baseball and the Easter Way of Life
Easter is not merely a one-day holiday, but a whole 50-day season of celebrating life. But in reality, Easter is also a way of life for those who believe death has been overcome and that the tensions of sin and hatred will never have the last word. Since baseball metaphors seem to fit so perfectly with Easter, perhaps it’s no coincidence then that opening day each year falls around the same time as Easter Sunday. Resisting the urge to mention a specific team, Easter gives the kind of perpetual optimism of any fan who the previous September cried, “just wait until next year.”  Easter is about being forgiven and learning to forgive. It’s about starting over again and again, each time with new courage having learned from what went wrong the previous times.  And it’s about perseverance.  Easter reminds us not to quit, when the we going is tough. Hank Aaron’s motto whenever he was in a slump or feeling badly, or having trouble on or off the field says it well, “keep swinging.”  And it’s recognizing the joy of just being in the game of life. The recently departed Chicago Cubs legend, Ernie Banks, will forever be known for that sentiment expressed in his own words, “It's a beautiful day for a ballgame... Let's play two!” That’s the Easter way of life. It’s about hope, it’s about perseverance, and it’s about recognizing joy in ordinary things. Try to live it for each of the 50 days of this Easter season. Who knows? We might just learn to live it for life.   ---Fr. Chuck

•Celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation
This weekend we celebrate the Sacraments of Initiation at the 10:30 am Mass.  We will welcome Jordan Guilland and Teresa Hutchinson into full communion of the Catholic Church with a profession of faith and the sacraments of Confirmation and First Communion.   Mary Scheck will celebrate her First Communion and Confirmation, too.  Lauren Metts and Andrew Hayek will also be confirmed on Sunday.   The candidates met together throughout the past year to explore the Sunday Scriptures and experience the Catholic way of life.  We congratulate them and welcome them with great joy!  If you are interested in learning more about becoming Catholic or preparing for the sacraments, please email ministry@sau.edu.

•Turn In Your Rice Bowls
If you haven’t yet turned in your Rice Bowl, please bring it to the Chapel Gathering Space, and leave it in the marked basket.  Proceeds go to fight hunger in the Quad Cities as well as globally.  You can also make a donation by going straight to CRS online.  Thank you for your generosity!

•Welcome Busy Student Retreat Guides
We are pleased to welcome  Sr. Rita Cameron, PBVM and Fr. Adam MacDonald, SVD to campus as spiritual guides for this semester’s Busy Student Retreat.  They are joined by Fr. Conn O’Maoldomhnaigh in helping students reflect on scripture and the movement of God in their lives. Please keep these directors and students in your prayers this week.

•Project Andrew Dinner this Tuesday
Bishop Martin Amos, bishop of the Diocese of Davenport and Fr. Thom Hennen, Vocation Director for the Diocese of Davenport invite college age men to an informal dinner this Tuesday, April 14, at 6:00 p.m. The purpose is to informally share their experience of priesthood with men who might be interested in seminary formation and/or with those who want to support their friends in vocations to the priesthood.  If you would like to attend, please contact Fr. Chuck Adam, adamcharlesa@sau.edu so a place can be reserved for you. Deadline to register is Monday at noon.

•Brewed Awakening-- “Are you stressed?”
All are invited to the April 13 discussion about de-stressing. The event will be led by St. Ambrose University’s Nurse Nancy Hines, who will talk about various techniques of relieving stress. Free coffee and specialty drinks will be provided at this Brewed Awakening in the Chapel Gathering Space on Monday, April 13 from 8-9pm.

•Human Trafficking talk 
Why do States Fail to Eradicate Human Trafficking?  Ambrosians for Peace & Justice are welcoming a speaker to campus next week to address this question.  Alul Yesak will speak on human trafficking with her global perspective on Wednesday, April 15th at 7pm in the Rogalski Center Ballroom.  This event is free and open to the public.

•Service on Saturday opportunities
Want to contribute to the community over the next couple of Saturdays?  On April 11th, join us for Bingo with seniors at the Kahl Home from 1:30-4pm.  On April 18th, lots of help is needed with Project Renewal’s “Run for Renewal” 5K.  We are asked to support the runners by marking the route and timing the runners on this early morning - join us between 7:45-10am!   Email ministry@sau.edu if you can join us.

•Living in the Light
This workshop/retreat day is April 18 from 9:30 AM-4:00 PM at the Newman Center in Iowa City for young adults ages 18-35. Dr. Tim O'Malley from the University of Notre Dame will lead the day as you reflect on life and faith with other young adults from across southeastern Iowa. Conference is free for SAU students.   (includes lunch and materials).  Email ministry@sau.edu to register.

•CommUNITY day 
Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to serve the neighborhood on Sunday April 19th, CommUNITY day.  Afternoon shifts are available, and teams can register together on this site to volunteer: bit.ly/1H2D6Ox

•May Service Trip
We are excited to announce an additional service trip during May, from May 10-16th to Denver with an organization called DenUM (Denver Urban Ministries).  More information and applications are available by emailing ministry@sau.edu.  Applications are due Wednesday April 15th.

•Music for Commencement Mass
All SAU students, faculty, and staff are invited to assist with music for the Commencement Mass on Sat, May 9 at 9am in the Chapel.  This mass provides a beautiful send-off for our graduates and their families, and is a wonderful SAU tradition.  Rehearsals will start on Monday, April 20 at 7pm in the Chapel.  Please email Chris Clow at ministry@sau.edu if you would like to help out!

•Exploring Priesthood Weekend
Junior and senior men who are interested in priesthood are invited to a free retreat weekend at Mundelein Seminary on April 17-19.  You’ll have the opportunity to meet with Fr. Robert Barron, rector of the seminary, and other priests and seminarians of the Chicago archdiocese to learn more about the priesthood. Interested? Contact Fr. Francis Bitterman at (312) 534-8298, fbitterman@archchicago.org, or visit www.ChicagoPriest.com

•Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies - June 11-14, July 9-12
Ever thought about working or volunteering 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.  Courses can be taken for Theology credit, take some this summer and lighten your semester load!  Email Chris Clow at ministry@sau.edu to learn more.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

03.29.15 & 04.05.15

Campus Ministry Bulletin
vol 23 no 24

March 29, 2015 - Palm Sunday

+ Isaiah 50:4-7  +  Philippians 2:6-11  +  Mark 14:1 - 15:47  +
Mass this Sunday at 10:30 am and 6:30 pm

April 5, 2015 - Easter Sunday
+  Acts 10:34, 37-43  +  Colossians 3:1-4  +  John 20:1-9  +
Easter Sunday Mass at 10:30am only



Mass Intentions:
Sunday3.2910:30 am
6:30 pm
For the SAU Community                
Monday     3.30    Noon             + Craig Reimers, '75
Tuesday     3.31   4:30 pm+ David Goetz, '76
Wednesday     4.19:15 pmFor student intentions           
Easter Sunday4.5    10:30am
Monday        4.6       NO MASS
Tuesday        4.7       4:30 pm+ Joseph Guise, '86
Wednesday        4.8       9:15pmFor student intentions
Thursday        4.9       4:30 pm+ Clark Cox
Friday        4.10       Noon+ Raymond Becker, '79

This Week's Activities Include:
Sunday: RCIA 11:30am (Lower Chapel)
Monday: Music Ministry 6pm (Chapel); Communal Reconciliation 7pm (Chapel); Brewed Awakening 8pm (Gathering Space); Late Night Adoration 9pm (Chapel)
Tuesday: "Church of Mercy" Brown Bag noon (Gathering Space); Bridge Bible Fellowship 8:40pm (Chapel)
Wednesday: Ecumenical Reflection noon (Chapel); Ambrosians for Peace and Justice 8pm (Lower Chapel); Sacrament of Reconciliation 8:30pm (Chapel); Mass and More 9:15pm (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



Lord of the Dance
Over 600 St. Ambrose students will be dancing this Saturday to improve the lives of children being treated at the University of Iowa Children's Hospital and to support their families. I am impressed not only by the sacrifice of students on their feet for hours during Saturday's event, but also by the hours and hours of work all year long that's been put into this venture. We’re rooting for our students that the lofty goal of raising $175,000 will be realized. There is a correlation between what these students are doing and what the Christian world celebrates in the upcoming week. This Sunday is Palm Sunday, commemorating the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, but it's also referred to as Passion Sunday, because our liturgy proclaims the greatest act of love God could offer humanity, the passionate love of Jesus Christ on the cross. The song, "Lord of the Dance” an English folk song written by Sydney Carter in 1967 speaks of Jesus as a piper leading his people in the great dance of life. I can't think a better prayer for all Ambrosians on this Dance Marathon Weekend and for the start to Holy Week than the refrain of that song:
Dance, then, wherever you may be,
I am the Lord of the Dance, said he,
And I’ll lead you all, wherever you may be,
And I’ll lead you all in the Dance, said he.
Thanks to our students for leading us all in a Christ-like dance of service that will lead to a better way of life for those who are in pain. May the commemoration of Holy Week and the celebration of Easter help us all rise from whatever keeps us from the joy of life.           ---Fr. Chuck


•Celebrating Holy Week at SAU
+Palm Sunday - Masses with blessing and distribution of palms at 10:30am and 6:30pm
+Monday - Mass at 12 noon, Communal Penance Service at 7pm, Brewed Awakening at 8pm, Late Night Adoration at 9pm
+Tuesday - “The Church of Mercy” discussion at 12 noon, Mass at 4:30pm
+Wednesday - Midweek Reflection at 12 noon, Mass at 9:15pm
+Holy Thursday - The chapel will be open all day for people to come and pray in silence, or pray the Stations of the Cross around the chapel.
+On Easter Sunday, April 5, the Mass of the Lord’s Resurrection will be celebrated at 10:30am in the Chapel.  No 6:30pm Mass will be held on Easter Sunday.
+All offices will reopen on Monday, April 6. No day classes will be held on Easter Monday, but evening classes will meet as scheduled. The noon mass will not be held.

•Stations of the Cross
During this Holy Week, pray along with our online stations, featuring SAU student reflections and the beautiful etchings of the late Fr. Edward Catich: http://saustations.blogspot.com.

•Ambrosian Reflections
Find them on the main SAU webpage, or go to http://saulent.blogspot.com/.

•Communal Penance Service
A communal celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be held at 7:00pm on Monday, March 30 in the Chapel.  A short prayer service and examination of conscience is followed by an opportunity for individual confession from one of several priests who will be present to help us celebrate God’s pardon, peace, and reconciliation with the Christian community.

•Brewed Awakening
All are invited to the March 30 discussion about domestic violence. The event will be led by Kris Houghton of Christian Care, a Rock Island organization that houses domestic violence victims. Free coffee and speciality drinks will be provided at this Brewed Awakening in the Chapel Gathering Space on Monday, March 30 from 8-9pm. There won’t be a Brewed on April 6.

•Medieval Lit Class Performance of Crucifixion Play
Students in Nancy Hayes' Medieval Lit Class will put on this late fourteenth, early fifteenth century drama in the Gathering Space of Christ the King Chapel at 3:45 on Wednesday, April 1. According to the Norton Anthology, this short play is "an especially powerful example of the representation of Christ in his suffering humanity that was characteristic of late medieval spirituality."

•Turn in Rice Bowl & Sample Food at Mass & More
On Wednesday April 1st, after the 9:15 Mass, we invite you to try food from Tanzania, Nicaragua, and Niger.  These countries receive support from Catholic Relief Services. (Rice Bowls) Learn about the work that CRS is doing in these areas as you try Ugali with bean soup, Gallo Pinto, and West African peanut stew.  Place your Rice Bowl in the large basket in the Gathering Space.  Proceeds go to fight hunger in the Quad Cities as well as globally.   Your generosity helps make a difference in the lives of others around the world!

•Celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation
As the end of Lent approaches, please continue to pray for our candidates for full communion in the Catholic Church: Jordan Guilland and Teresa Hutchinson and our First Communion and/or Confirmation Candidates, Mary Scheck, Lauren Metts and Andrew Hayek.  They will celebrate the sacraments of initiation Sunday, April 12th during the 10:30 am Mass.

•Music for Commencement Mass
All SAU students, faculty, and staff are invited to assist with music for the Commencement Mass on Sat, May 9 at 9am in the Chapel.  This mass provides a beautiful send-off for our graduates and their families, and is a wonderful SAU tradition.  Rehearsals will start on Monday, April 13 at 7pm in the Chapel.  Please email Chris Clow at ministry@sau.edu if you would like to help out!

•Busy Student Retreat
Would you like to learn how to find time to pray and reflect with scripture while going about your regular busy schedule? Then the BUSY STUDENT RETREAT – is for you!  The retreat will be from April 12-16th.  The requirements are simple: spend a half hour each of the four days reflecting on the scripture passage provided and schedule another half hour to speak with one of the spiritual guides coming to campus to join us for the week. You set the time to fit into your schedule. Register here or pick up a form in the Gathering Space.  Contact Tammy Norcross-Reitzler 333 6132 or ministry@sau.edu for more information!

•Living in the Light
This workshop/retreat day is April 18 from 9:30 AM-4:00 PM at the Newman Center in Iowa City for young adults ages 18-35. Dr. Tim O'Malley from the University of Notre Dame will lead the day as you reflect on life and faith with other young adults from across southeastern Iowa. Conference is free for SAU students (includes lunch and materials).  Email ministry@sau.edu to register.

•Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies - June 11-14, July 9-12
This summer program equips participants with the experience, tools, and resources to assist them in all avenues of youth ministry.  Earn your certificate in two summers. Courses can be taken for Theology credit!  Email Chris Clow at ministry@sau.edu to learn more!

•Just Advocacy Week (JAW)
Take part in a five-day leadership experience in Washington DC for college students interested in the intersection of faith and politics. From June 14-19, participants will experience what it's like to lobby an elected official, how to be a social justice leader in their community, and gain issue knowledge on economic inequality. College credit is available.  Learn more and apply here:  http://network-education.org/justadvocacyweek

Thursday, March 19, 2015

03.22.15

Campus Ministry Bulletin
vol 23 no 23

March 22, 2015 - Fifth Sunday of Lent

+ Jeremiah 31:31-34 + Hebrews 5:7-9 + John 12:20-33 +
Mass this Sunday at 10:30 am and 6:30 pm







Mass Intentions:
Sunday3.2210:30 am
6:30 pm
For the SAU Community                
Monday     3.23    Noon             + Andrew Apathy, '74
Tuesday     3.24   4:30 pm+ Richard VanDeVoorde, '65
Wednesday     3.259:15 pmFor student intentions           
Thursday3.26    4:30pm+ Jane Hart, '73
Friday        3.27       Noon+ James Shovlain, Jr.

This Week's Activities Include:
Sunday: RCIA 11:30am (Lower Chapel)
Monday: Music Ministry 6pm (Chapel); Brewed Awakening 8pm (Gathering Space); Late Night Adoration 9pm (Chapel)
Tuesday: "Church of Mercy" Brown Bag noon (Gathering Space); Armenian Interfaith Prayer Service 7pm (Chapel); Bridge Bible Fellowship 8:40pm (Chapel)
Wednesday: Ecumenical Reflection noon (Chapel); Ambrosians for Peace and Justice 8pm (Lower Chapel); Sacrament of Reconciliation 8:30pm (Chapel); Mass and More 9:15pm (Chapel)
Thursday: Gospel Fest 7pm (Chapel) Women & Faith 8pm (Gathering Space)

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



CELEBRATING A RICH TAPESTRY
It really is incredible to think that a college or university would be a place where intolerance and bigotry could take place. An institution so inherently dedicated to educating minds and expanding hearts ought to be the last place where one would find intolerance. But it was precisely at a state university in the Midwest last week that a racist rant from a fraternity member became public. It may sound naive, but I would hope that such things could never happen at St. Ambrose given the commitment we have made to diversity and to social justice. However, when such hateful occurrences take place anywhere in our society, they challenge every one of us to examine our consciences to dispel our own fears and ignorance.  Doing so helps us make sure we don’t contribute in any way to any kind of bigotry toward those of another culture, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or physical or developmental disability. In fact, once fears and ignorance are dispelled, we begin to realize that we need one another and our differences make us all the more a reflection of the Amazing God who created each and every one of us. Maya Angelou, the late author, poet, and historian one said, "We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color." Let's proudly celebrate that rich tapestry in a profound way by taking part in the many events of this upcoming Multicultural Week.    ---Fr. Chuck 

•Chrism Mass
The annual Chrism Mass will take place at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Davenport this Monday (March 23) at 5pm with Bishop Martin Amos presiding.  At this mass the oils of catechumens and of the sick are blessed, sacred Chrism is consecrated, and priests of the Diocese renew their ordination promises. All are welcome to this diocesan celebration. Sacred Heart Cathedral is located at 422 E 10th St., Davenport.

•Welcome L’Arche
We are pleased to welcome our friends from the L’Arche community in Clinton on Sunday starting with the 10:30am mass.  L’Arche is a community of adults with developmental disabilities and others who live with them in a community of equals and are witnesses to the values of justice and respect for every individual. We are proud of the longstanding relationship we have at SAU with L'Arche and we are pleased to welcome its members to St. Ambrose for what has become an annual event for our students.

•2 Service on Saturday opportunities
We have 2 opportunities for service this Saturday morning, March 21st.  We’ll go to Humility of Mary Housing from 9-11:30 to sort clothing and donations for their warehouse.  Another group will be painting with Rebuilding Together Quad Cities from 9-12:30.  Able to serve with either project?  Email ministry@sau.edu to join in.

•Brewed Awakening
SAU philosophy professor Fr. Brian Miclot will explore topics such as violent videogames and ISIS. Free coffee and speciality drinks will be provided at this Brewed Awakening in the Chapel Gathering Space on Monday, March 23 from 8-9pm. All are welcome.

•Armenian Genocide Remembrance Service
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, an event historians tell us influenced Hitler's ethnic cleansing program that lead to the Holocaust.    An interfaith prayer service will be held on Tuesday, March 24 to mark the occasion.  The Very Reverend Aren Jebejian from the Armenian Church will join us to lead the service, and the Most Reverend Bishop Martin Amos of Davenport will offer a reflection.  There will be Armenian food offered beginning at 6pm in the Gathering Space, and the prayer service begins at 7pm.  All are welcome to attend.

•Gospel Fest - THIS THURSDAY
Come to the Chapel on Thursday at 7pm for the 6th annual Gospel Fest, presented by the St. Ambrose Multicultural Affairs Community Action student group (MACA).  This joyful celebration of song will feature local choirs and solo artist, and special guest gospel artist Drew Chambers from the BET show “Sunday Best.”  Admission is free, and all are welcome!

•River Bend Foodbank Mobile Pantry
Do you have some free time on Thursday morning?  RiverBend Foodbank has a Mobile Food Pantry on Thursday, March 26 at New Hope Presbyterian Church in Davenport.  Volunteer hours are 8:00am to 11:30am.  The Mobile Food Pantry distribution will provide about 10,000 meals and feeds hundreds of families in just a few hours!  If you are interested, email ministry@sau.edu.  We can arrange a carpool from campus.

•Ambrosian Reflections
Find them on the main SAU webpage, or go to http://saulent.blogspot.com/.

•Online Stations of the Cross
Visit: http://saustations.blogspot.com/

•Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies - June 11-14, July 9-12
Ever thought about working or volunteering 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!  Email Chris Clow at ministry@sau.edu to learn more!

•Dubuque’s Got Sisters Retreat
Are you interested in checking out religious life?  This retreat provides an opportunity to pray with and learn about four  religious communities in Dubuque. The retreat begins with dinner and prayer on Friday, April 10th at 5 pm and closes with dinner on Saturday, April 11th (to conclude by 6pm). For more information contact Sister Rita Cameron, PBVM vocations@dubuquepresentations.org.

•Living in the Light: 
Living in the Light is a day of personal and spiritual enrichment that will bring new meaning and purpose to your life in faith. This workshop/retreat day is April 18 from 9:30 AM-4:00 PM at the Newman Center in Iowa City for young adults ages 18-35. Dr. Tim O'Malley from the University of Notre Dame will lead you through the day as you reflect on your life and faith with other young adults from across southeastern Iowa. Conference is free for SAU students.   (includes lunch and materials).  Email ministry@sau.edu to register.

•Just Advocacy Week (JAW)
Take part in a five-day leadership experience for college students interested in the intersection of faith and politics. Come join us in Washington, D.C. to learn about leadership, community organizing, and advocacy strategies centered on Catholic Social Tradition. From June 14-19, participants will experience what it's like to lobby an elected official, how to be a social justice leader in their community, and gain issue knowledge on economic inequality. This program is designed for those who recently completed their freshman year in college but haven't started their senior year yet. College credit is available.  Learn more and apply here:  http://network-education.org/justadvocacyweek 

Monday, March 16, 2015

03.15.15

Campus Ministry Bulletin
vol 23 no 22

March 15, 2015 - Fourth Sunday of Lent

+ 2 Chronicles 36:14-16, 19-23 + Ephesians 2:4-10 + John 3:14-21 +
Mass this Sunday at 10:30 am and 6:30 pm







Mass Intentions:
Sunday3.156:30 pmFor the SAU Community                
Monday     3.16    Noon             + James Gibbs, '68
Tuesday     3.17   4:30 pm+ Bernard, O'Brien, '72
Wednesday     3.189:15 pmFor student intentions           
Thursday3.19    4:30pm+ Donald Denten, '61
Friday        3.20       Noon+ Derrek Drexler, '10

This Week's Activities Include:
Sunday: RCIA 7:30pm (Lower Chapel)
Monday: Music Ministry 6pm (Chapel); Brewed Awakening 8pm (Gathering Space); Late Night Adoration 9pm (Chapel)
Tuesday: "Church of Mercy" Brown Bag noon (Gathering Space); Nurses Christian Fellowship 4pm (Gathering Space); Bridge Bible Fellowship 8:40pm (Chapel)
Wednesday: Ecumenical Reflection noon (Chapel); Ambrosians for Peace and Justice 8pm (Lower Chapel); Sacrament of Reconciliation 8:30pm (Chapel); Mass and More 9:15pm (Chapel)
Thursday: Women & Faith 8pm (Gathering Space)

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



More Than Corned Beef, Cabbage, and Green Beer
St. Patrick’s Day will be on the mind of many Ambrosians as we return from Spring Break. It seems only natural that a university founded by an Irish born bishop named McMullen would honor the patron saint of Ireland. The manner in which we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day can sometimes seem a bit inappropriate for the penitential season of Lent. But if we look beyond the green beer and the corned beef and cabbage, we discover in St. Patrick a man who is an excellent model for our Lenten journey. For example, many people don't realize that Patrick was not born in Ireland, but in Britain. At the age of 16 he was kidnapped and taken to Ireland where he was sold as a slave and forced to work for six years on his master’s farm. Rather than allowing this captivity to make him a bitter man, he turned to God and developed a faith in God’s Providence during those most difficult times.  In fact, he became a witness of faith, inspiring even those who meant him harm.  After finally escaping, he returned home to Britain, but eventually heard God calling him to forgive his captors and to return to the people of Ireland. He sought priesthood and was eventually ordained a bishop.  He returned to Ireland as a missionary and his preaching and his example of a holy life converted the whole of Ireland to Christianity. You can draw your own personal lessons from the life of St. Patrick. For me, it's the importance of rising above anger toward those speak ill of us or who do us great harm.  It’s about finding hope amidst adversity and allowing God to help us find good even in the worst of situations.  And it’s about an openness to God’s Spirit, leading us to those people and places where like Patrick we can be messengers of God’s peace.  But there is of course much more to tell so plan to join Fr. Conn OMaoldomhnaigh, Presidential Fellow from Carlow College, on Monday evening at 8pm in the Gathering Space.  He will be leading the Brewed Awakening discussion that evening.  And regardless of how you celebrate, have a very happy St. Paddy’s Day! ---Fr. Chuck 

•Fast FestThis week’s fast is from Social Media. . . fast from Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, etc.Strive to use your time better all week and be truly present to people.  Email ministry@sau.edu to get reminders and encouragement during the weeks of FastFest.

•CRS Rice Bowl App AvailableDownload at: http://www.crs.org/ricebowl-app/.  This week the Rice Bowl reflections focus on the Syrian refugees in Lebanon.  We are challenged to reach out to those forced to flee their homes and who are seeking shelter in a land of peace.  Your sacrifices this Lent can make a difference in the world - Rice Bowls are still available in the Gathering Space.

•Brewed Awakening
Interested in learning about St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland?  On March 16, from 8-9 pm Brewed Awakening in the Chapel Gathering Space will feature Fr. Conn and SAU students Rachel Hohneke and Rachel Flaherty, who have both traveled to Ireland. All are invited to enjoy free coffee and speciality drinks!

•Late Night Adoration
Spend some time in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament every Monday during Lent at 9pm in the Chapel.  Enjoy a time of song, scripture, and silence to end your day.

•Spiritual Community Housing
Applications due March 17!  The Spiritual Community provides a living and learning environment in which students deepen their spiritual lives and learn from the spiritualities of others.  Find out more at the Residence Life website or contact ministry@sau.edu.

•A Church of Mercy
Bring your lunch to the Gathering Space and come and discuss Pope Francis’ “A Church of Mercy” at noon on Tuesdays.  This week’s discussion will be over Parts 5 & 6.

•Wednesday Ecumenical Reflection
Join in every Wednesday at 12 noon for a time of quiet prayer: 15 minutes of song, Scripture, and silence.  Perfect for the middle of a busy week.  All are welcome!

•Wilber Peace and Justice Symposium
Margaret Pfeil, PhD, associate professional specialist of theology at University of Notre Dame, will present "Charismatic Women: Witnesses of Peace,” at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 19, in the Rogalski Center Ballroom. Pfeil will talk about women who have used their charisms to bear witness to Christ’s peace in the world, particularly Dorothy Day, Helen Prejean, and the four U.S. churchwomen murdered in El Salvador. The symposium is free and open to the public. Contact: Fr. Brian Miclot, ext. 6129.

•Women & Faith
Gather weekly on Thursday evenings from 8-9 pm in the gathering space with other young women to pray, reflect on God’s Word and share faith.

•Ambrosian Reflections  
Follow along online with the readings for Lent and reflections from SAU faculty and staff.   Find them on the main SAU webpage, or go to http://saulent.blogspot.com/.  New reflections every weekday during Lent!

•Online Stations of the Cross  
Be sure to view the Online Stations of the Cross, with SAU student reflections and the beautiful etchings of the late Fr. Edward Catich.  Visit: http://saustations.blogspot.com/

•Service on Saturday
Looking to do some service next weekend?  On Saturday March 21st, we’ll go to Humility of Mary Housing.  They support women and families in transitional housing, and we’ll work to sort clothing and donations for their warehouse.  Email ministry@sau.edu to join in.

•L’Arche Day on campus
L'Arche in Clinton, IA is a Christian community of people with developmental disabilities and those who share life with them.  Members of Ambrosians for Peace & Justice visit the L’Arche community in Clinton throughout the year, and on Sunday  March 22nd, our friends will be coming to campus to visit us.  We’ll share music and an art project as well as attend Mass and have lunch. Interested in helping and making new friends?  Email ministry@sau.edu to volunteer between 10am - 3pm that day.

•Armenian Genocide Remembrance Service
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.  An interfaith prayer service will be held on Tuesday, March 24 to mark the occasion.  The Very Reverend Aren Jebejian from the Armenian Church will join us to lead the service, and the Most Reverend Bishop Martin Amos of Davenport will offer a reflection.  There will be Armenian food offered beginning at 6pm in the Gathering Space, and the prayer service begins at 7pm.  All are welcome to attend.

•Gospel Fest
The St. Ambrose Multicultural Affairs Community Action student group (MACA) will host the sixth annual Gospel Fest on Thursday, March 26 at 7pm in Christ the King Chapel.  Featuring local choirs and gospel artist Drew Chambers.  Admission is free, and all are welcome!

•River Bend Foodbank Mobile Pantry   
Do you have some free time on a Thursday morning?  RiverBend Foodbank has a Mobile Food Pantry on Thursday, March 26 at New Hope Presbyterian Church in Davenport.  Volunteer hours are 8:00am to 11:30am.  The Mobile Food Pantry distribution will provide about 10,000 meals and feeds hundreds of families in just a few hours!  If you are interested, email ministry@sau.edu.  We can arrange a carpool from campus.

•Dubuque’s Got Sisters Retreat: 
Are you interested in checking out religious life?  This retreat provides an opportunity to pray with and learn about four  religious communities in Dubuque. The retreat begins with dinner and prayer on Friday, April 10th at 5 pm and closes with dinner on Saturday, April 11th (to conclude by 6pm). For more information contact Sister Rita Cameron, PBVM vocations@dubuquepresentations.org.

•“Living in the Light” Summit for Young Adults
Tim O’Malley from the Notre Dame Theology Department will be the keynote at the summit for young adults Saturday, April 18th at the Newman Center in Iowa City.  The day is focused on inspiring young adults to live with passion, purpose, meaning and to discover where God might be leading.  The summit is from 9:30am-4 pm and is free for SAU students.  To register contact the campus ministry office or email ministry@sau.edu.

•Just Advocacy Week (JAW) is a five-day leadership experience for college students interested in the intersection of faith and politics. Come join us in Washington, D.C. to learn about leadership, community organizing, and advocacy strategies centered on Catholic Social Tradition. From June 14-19, participants will experience what it's like to lobby an elected official, how to be a social justice leader in their community, and gain issue knowledge on economic inequality.This program is designed for those who recently completed their freshman year in college but haven't started their senior year yet. College credit is available.  Learn more and apply here:  http://network-education.org/justadvocacyweek