vol 22 no 10
October 27, 2013 - Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
+ Sirach 35: 12-13 + 2 Timothy 4: 6-8, 16-18 + Luke 18: 9-14+
Masses this Sunday at 10:30am and 6:30pm
|Monday||10.28||Noon||+Fr. Bill Dawson|
|Thursday||10.31||4:30pm||Vigil of All Saints|
|Friday||11.1||Noon||All Saints Day +Joe Winter|
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 GOOD IS A VISION WITHOUT FAITH?
We need visionary leaders. They help us see more clearly where we are going. But for institutions founded on a religious conviction, vision alone is not enough. Vision helps us see, but faith sets a vision in motion. But don’t misunderstand faith. It’s too easily written off by well-meaning people as simply a pious muttering of devotions, a memorizing of ancient formulas, or a performance of nice deeds. If it is to guide our vision, faith has to be much more than that. The Christian tradition holds up this Friday, November 1 as the Feast of All Saints, a day to honor people of faith from every generation. Those of us who have been around St. Ambrose a long time would do well this All Saints Day to call to mind those from our collective history who were visionary about the potential they saw in students, and who with faith conviction and intellectual excellence, drew that good out of them. Let’s remember our own prophets of social justice and peace who realized that our patron Ambrose of Milan was not merely a contributor of good works, but a bold man of faith who combated heresies with honey-tongued oration, was a Doctor of the doctrine of the Catholic Church, and who allowed his deep faith to inform his care for the poor. And we recall the genuinely holy men and women whose spiritual lives helped envision St. Ambrose as a place that moved students to listen to the voice of God in the depth of souls and who by their example, inspired within students the courage to respond to that voice. I mention no names here, but those who fell under their influence include them in our personal litany of saints. Their memory is dear to those of us who were their students, inspired by their vision, set in motion by their faith. Saints of St. Ambrose University. Pray for us! ---Fr. Chuck
•Holy Day This Week - The Solemnity of All Saints, a holy day of obligation for Catholics. The vigil mass will be celebrate Thursday Oct. 31 at 4:30 pm and Mass on Friday Nov. 1 will be celebrated at 12:00 noon.
•Remembering Our Deceased Loved Ones--In the Catholic Tradition November is the month of All Souls. We invite all Ambrosians to acknowledge your deceased loved ones by writing names on cards which will be available in the Gathering Space. Please drop the filled out cards in the basket provided in the Gathering Space and they will be placed before the altar and remembered at all of our masses throughout the month of November.
•Service Trips: Are you interested in a Winter or Spring Break Service Trip? It’s not too early to start thinking about Winter and Spring Break. We have a couple new options for service trips this year. If you want to know more, stop by our table and display after the Masses in Christ the King Chapel next Sunday, Oct. 27th and/or a table in the Cosgrove Cafeteria on Monday, Oct. 28th to get information about service trips available for this year.
•National Catholic Collegiate Conference - Nov 21 - 23
Come with us to Indianapolis! Meet up with college students from all over the country for three days of inspiring keynotes, engaging workshops, dynamic prayer and worship, exceptional music and entertainment, and gain a deeper awareness of what it means to be a Catholic young adult today. Campus ministry is organizing a group to go, so email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more. Plus, check out the NCCC website at www.ntlccc.org/.
•Music for the Feast of St. Ambrose Mass
Rehearsals start this Monday at 7pm in the Chapel for music for the Feast of St. Ambrose Mass. All SAU students, faculty, and staff are invited to join with Music Ministry and Chamber Singers to help out with music for this special liturgy on Sunday, December 1 at 6:30pm. If you are interested, please contact Chris Clow at email@example.com to learn more!
•Brewed Awakening Monday Oct. 28: “It Doesn’t Happen Here, Right?” - Come discuss the causes of poverty and homelessness & how these issues affect our community from leaders at the local Humility of Mary Shelter. Join us for good coffee and great discussion! Meet in the Chapel Gathering Space at 8:00pm.
•International Religious Freedom Day/Interfaith Council
October 27th is International Religious Freedom Day! Please join Interfaith Council for a discussion on Tuesday, October 29th at 2:30 P.M. in the Chapel Gathering Space to talk about the meaning, importance, and enactment of religious freedom in various countries and how that relates to our individual faiths. Contact Kristin Upah at UpahKristinR@sau.edu with any questions.
•BEE the Difference Day November 3
The annual day of service to those who live in the SAU neighborhood will be on Sunday November 3 from 1:00 - 5:00pm. Sign-up as an individual, or as a team of 6 of your friends to help out the community in the spirit of the Diocesan heritage of St. Ambrose University. Contact Brady Curran, firstname.lastname@example.org or Kelly Bush, email@example.com.
•Project Renewal Halloween Family Fun Night: On Thursday October 31, from 3 - 5:30pm, several clubs on campus are sponsoring Halloween themed games for the family of children at Project Renewal. If you as an individual or your club wants to participate, contact Kelly Bush at firstname.lastname@example.org.
•Respect Life Workshop: The Dioceses of Davenport Respect Life Coordinator Jeanne Wonio, invites all Respect Life Representatives and interested people to a workshop and informational session on life issues. Nov. 16, St. Paul the Apostle Church, Davenport. Please contact email@example.com or go to: http://davenportdiocese.org/socialaction/socialactionlibrary/Respect%20Life%20Worshop%20Rev.%2011-16-2013.pdf
•Service on Saturday: Spots are available for service on Nov. 2 from 9am-noon to maintain the prairie @ Nahant Marsh; Nov. 9 from 8am-2pm for holiday decorating @ CASI; & Nov. 23 from 2pm-4pm for visiting the Kahl Home. Please contact Koniuszykaitlync@sau.edu or sign up on the bulletin board in the Lower Chapel if you’re interested!
•RCIA/Sacramental Preparation: The next session for those interested in becoming Catholic, receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation, or just wanting to learn more about the church, will be on Sunday October 27, following the 10:30 am mass. There is still time to join. Contact Sheila Deluhery, firstname.lastname@example.org.