vol 22 no 6
September 22, 2013 - Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
+ Amos 8:4-7 + 1 Timothy 2:1-8 + Luke 16:1-13 +
Masses this Sunday at 10:30am and 6:30pm
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.
The New Normal?
Another senseless act of violence took place this week. Thirteen people, including a mentally ill gunman, were shot in the Washington, DC Navy Yard. It captured the attention of the news for most of the day on Monday and it made the front page of papers Tuesday morning. But then what? Sadly, life went on for most of us. It was even suggested by several political folks this week that we have gotten so used to such acts of gun violence, that it’s just the “new normal” of life in America. How sad it is, if that is true. There are many issues that our nation must deal with in terms of overcoming gun violence. Less immediate access to guns and better mental health care would be at the top of many lists. But we will never get to those issues if we have lost a recognition of the primary principle of Catholic Social Teaching, the need for a deep respect for the sacredness of human life and for the dignity of the human person. If we merely accept violence as the “new normal,” we will have disregarded something fundamental to a moral society. We all lead busy lives, but we can’t use that as an excuse to be lulled into an acceptance of evil in our world. But if we cultivate an ability to be scandalized by violence, we are able to confront issues and work for change. Most us will not likely contribute to massive social change. But any change always begins with individuals. And if we are outraged enough, we can begin to change. We can seek peaceful solutions to problems in our daily lives. We can become less aggressive with one another. And we can become agents for change. Let that be what is normal for us. ---Fr. Chuck
•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 email@example.com or 333 6132 for more information.
• Antioch Retreat October 26-28
Registration forms are now available for this semester’s Antioch Retreat which will be held from Friday evening October 18 until Sunday October 20 in the early afternoon. The Antioch Retreat is a great opportunity to spend some time with fellow students away from campus reflecting on your life from the perspective of a non-judgmental Christian community. It is open to any SAU student, regardless of your religious denomination. Pick up a registration form in the Chapel on Sunday or in the cafeteria. Questions? Contact Leah Norcross NorcrossLeahL@sau.edu , Scott Timmerman TimmermanScottM@sau.edu , or firstname.lastname@example.org
•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.
•Social and Economic Justice Lecture Series
The Annual St. Ambrose Social and Economic Justice Lecture Series presents internationally acclaimed author, orator and activist Winona LaDuke who will give the lecture, “Activism, Justice and Future Generations: Indigenous Strategies for a Sustainable Future,” at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 27, in the Rogalski Center Ballroom. The lecture sponsored by the Ambrose Women for Social Justice and the Academic and Student Affairs office, is free and open to the public. This event is part of the ‘Sustainability’ project series. Read more at Social and Economic Justice Lecture. Contact: Denise Kall, ext. 6175.
•Service on Saturday
Students will be going to the Kahl Home for visiting ministry and service on Sept. 28. Slots are full for this trip, but there are still spots available for our next service opportunity at Nahant Marsh on Sat. Oct. 5. Students will be helping harvest and maintain the prairie from 9am – Noon. There are also still spots available for Noogiefest at Gilda’s club on Sept. 19 from 4pm-6pm. Please contact Koniuszykaitlync@sau.edu in campus ministry or sign up on the bulletin board in the Lower Chapel if you’re interested!
•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 lower Chapel conference room.
•Bridge Bible Fellowship is a great way for those who are not Catholic to join in ecumenical bible discussions with those of various Christian denominations, including Catholics, to strengthen their faith values. It is held in the chapel Gathering Space at 9pm on Tuesdays preceded by Praise Music at 8:45pm.
•Praise and Worship Holy Hour
Come join us on Thursday, October 3rd at 7pm for an hour of Eucharistic Adoration, prayer, Scripture, praise and worship music, and silent reflection in the chapel. Come for as much or as little as you can. If you are interested in helping out with the prayer service, contact Chris Clow at email@example.com.
•St. Mary’s Sleep Out
On October 4th-5th, students from all over the QC will sleep outside at Modern Woodmen Park for a night of entertainment, a modest meal, and education. The Night at the Shelter Sleepout is designed to raise awareness about homelessness in the QC Community and raise funds to help provide beds and support for homeless persons served by St. Mary’s Shelter, Inc. If you are interested in joining the St. Ambrose team, please contact Kelly Bush at BushKellyA@sau.edu. Cost is $10.
On October 6th, Ambrose is sending a team to walk in the QC Crop hunger Walk. Hungry people in developing countries typically walk as many as six miles a day to get food, water and fuel, and to take their goods to market. We walk to be in solidarity with their struggle for existence. We walk because we want to end hunger – one step at a time. If you are interested in taking part, please contact Kelly Bush at BushKellyA@sau.edu.
•Dedication of Holocaust Monument and Irena Sendler Portrayal
On Wednesday October 2 at 4:30 pm, a Holocaust Monument, in honor of Gentiles who risked their lives to save the lives of thousands of Jews in the Holocaust and a gift to St. Ambrose from the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities, will dedicated in front of Christ the King Chapel. All are welcome to the short dedication ceremony. At 7pm that evening, the public is invited to a performance by Actress Judy Winnick who will re-enacts this dramatic story of Irena Sendler, a Polish Catholic social worker who during WWII risked
her life to saving 2,500 Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto.