vol 22 no 4
September 8, 2013 - Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
+ Wisdom 9:13-18 + Phlm 9-10, 12-17 + Luke 14:25-33 +
Masses this Sunday at 10:30am and 6:30pm
|Sunday||9.8||10:30am||+Adrienne Striegel Corsiglia|
|Tuesday||9.10||4:30pm||+Adrienne Striegel Corsiglia|
This Week's Activities Include:
Monday: Music Ministry 6pm (Chapel)/College Bible Study 9pm (Gathering Space)
Tuesday: Bridge Bible Fellowship 9pm (Gathering Space)
Wednesday: Ambrosians for Peace and Justice 8pm (Lower Chapel)/Mass and More 9:15pm (Grotto/Chapel)
The Sacrament of Reconciliation (confession) is celebrated Wednesday from 8:30-9pm in the Reconciliation Room in the Chapel and by appointment.
WHAT TO DO?
The world community is living in the midst of a precarious time right now. How our nation chooses to respond to the alleged use of chemical weapons by Syria is intensely serious question with ramifications for the whole region of the Middle East and for the entire world for years to come. What should be the correct response? While our elected leaders debate the question, and many of us share our opinions, Pope Francis has asked that we join him in prayer and fasting for peace. He asks that this Saturday, the vigil of the birthday of Mary, the Queen of Peace, especially be a time for prayer. With his request in mind, I offer to you a slight adaptation of a prayer from Catholics Confront Global Poverty, a collaborative effort of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Catholic Relief Services. With my own prayers for our leaders in discerning ways of peace, ---Fr. Chuck
A Prayer for Peace in Syria
God of Compassion, hear the cries of the people of Syria. Bring healing to those suffering from the violence. Bring comfort to those mourning the dead. Strengthen Syria’s neighbors in their care and welcome for refugees. Convert the hearts of those who have taken up arms, and protect those committed to peace.
God of Hope, inspire leaders to choose peace over violence and to seek reconciliation with enemies. Inspire all people of faith around the world with compassion for the people of Syria, |and give us hope for a future of peace built on justice for all people everywhere.
We pray in your Holy Name, Divine Lover of peace and Creator and Protector of all people of the world. Amen.
•What Else Can We Do? Refugee Aid
In addition to our prayers for peace, offering financial support to those assisting the over two million refugees from the Syrian conflict is one concrete thing we can do. Catholic Relief Services is on the ground in the refugee camps and in need of financial support. If you’d like to pool your contributions with donations from campus ministry, feel free to send a check made out to Campus Ministry/Refugee Support via campus mail to us and we will send one donation in the name of St. Ambrose. Or to contribute on your own, please go to: https://secure.crs.org/site/Donation2?df_id=5080&5080.donation=form1&JServSessionIdr004=qvw8evf412.app246b
•Training for Liturgical Ministers
We will conduct training sessions after both 10:30am and 6:30pm masses this Sunday (9/8) for all those who wish to be Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist, Lectors, Ushers, and Altar Servers. Please plan to stay after mass for these brief, but important training sessions, even if you have done so years previously. After the training, names of Extraordinary Minister of the Holy Eucharist will be recommended to Bishop Amos for a three year term of service. All ministers will be commissioned at masses on Sunday Sept. 15.
•Learning About the Catholic Church/RCIA
Campus Ministry offers a program for SAU students, faculty and staff interested in learning more about the Catholic church. Those with an interest in joining or those who have not been confirmed and now want to be are able to go on from these meetings to complete the Sacraments of Initiation if they decide the time is right. These meetings are also a great way to learn more. Contact Sheila Deluhery in Campus Ministry firstname.lastname@example.org or 333 6132 for more information.
•Busy Student Retreat
Would you like to learn how to find time to pray and reflect with scripture while going about your busy schedule? Then the BUSY STUDENT RETREAT – is for you! Registration forms for this semester’s retreat – beginning Sunday evening September 22 and running to Thursday, September 26 – are available in the Gathering Space, from the Campus Ministry Office in the lower chapel or by emailing email@example.com . 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. Contact Sheila Deluhery 333 6132 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!
•David Haas in Concert
Internationally known musician and liturgist, David Haas, will be in concert at St. John Vianney Church (4097 18th Street, Bettendorf, Iowa) on Sept. 27, 2013, at 7:30 pm. David will connect his inspiring music to the good news of Vatican II. The cost is $15 for students and seniors, $20 for adults, and $25 at the door. Call (563) 336-84414 to register or for more info.
•Catholic Young Adult Network Conference
The Diocese of Davenport’s Catholic Young Adult Network invites those ages 18-39 -- to its second annual conference, “Called and Chosen,” on Saturday, Sept. 28 at St. Patrick Church, Iowa City from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm. Join fellow young Catholics for two inspiring keynote presentations from John Donahue-Grossman, thought-provoking breakout sessions, opportunities for Eucharistic adoration and reconciliation, and Mass! Cost is $20 and includes lunch. For more information contact email@example.com
•College Bible Study
College Bible Study is a group of college students who meet to reflect, study, and pray with the scriptures for the upcoming Sunday. Please join us Monday at 9:00 pm in the Chapel Gathering Space.
Thanks for all who took part in the lively Brewed Awakening discussion this past week, and to Dan Ebener for facilitating discussion of using Just War criteria for possible military intervention in Syria. The next Brewed Awakening Discussion will be Monday Sept. 16 at 8pm in the Gathering Space.
•Wednesday Night Mass and More
We’ve had some wonderful weather this semester for Wednesday 9:15pm masses in the Grotto along Northwest side of Ambrose Hall. Please join us! Also remember that the MORE of Mass and More is a social following mass each week. All Ambrosians are welcome!