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
+ Isaiah 25:6-10 + Philippians 4:12-14, 19-20 + Matthew 22:1-14 +
Mass this Sunday at 6:30 pm ONLY
|For the SAU Community|
|Monday||10.09||Noon||+ Richard Wieskamp, '58|
|Tuesday||10.10||4:30 pm||+ Theodore Schlink, Jr, '50|
|Wednesday||10.11||9:15 pm||For Student Intentions|
|Thursday||10.12||4:30 pm||+ Jeanne Kinney, '76|
|Sunday||10.15||6:30 pm||For the SAU Community|
|Monday||10.16||Noon||+ James Haronik, '65|
|Tuesday||10.17||4:30 pm||+ Dr. Mike Orfitelli|
|Wednesday||10.18||9:15 pm||For Student Intentions|
|Thursday||10.19||4:30 pm||+ Dr. Patrick Callahan, '65|
|Friday||10.20||Noon||+ 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com - 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
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 email@example.com.
•Small Group Praying with CS Lewis
Peer Campus Minister Katie Galuska (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 email@example.com.
•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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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.