Friday, November 15, 2013

11.17.13 & 11.24.13

Campus Ministry Bulletin
vol 22 no 13

November 17, 2013 - Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
+ Malachi 3:19-20 + 2 THessalonians 3:7-12 + Luke 21:5-19 +
Masses this Sunday at 10:30am and 6:30pm

November 24, 2013 - Feast of Christ the King
+ 2 Samuel 5:1-3 + Collossians 1:12-20 + Luke 23:35-43 +
Due to Thanksgiving Break, no masses will be celebrated in the chapel during the week of Nov 24 - 30.

Mass Intentions:
Monday11.18Noon+Sully Greaber, SAC
Tuesday11.194:30pm+Albert Roels, SAC
Wednesday  11.209:15pmStudent Intentions
Thursday11.21  4:30pm+Robert Beh, SAC     
Friday11.22Noon50th Anniversary of JFK Assassination   

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.

Reasons to Be Grateful
Cicero, the first century B.C. Roman philosopher and statesman, is credited with saying, “a thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, it is the mother of all virtues.” Through the centuries the wisdom of that ancient statement has been verified many times over. There have been numerous modern studies that give evidence to the fact that grateful people are also happy people. Grateful people are more apt to be generous with others. Grateful people have full social lives. Grateful people deal with the ups and downs of life in the most healthy way.  And one study even suggests that gratitude leads to better physical health. Need any more reason to be thankful?  For those who live and work with others, perhaps a very good reason to practice gratitude is that it also makes life better for the people around you. Grateful people are more likely to find fend off feelings of bitterness and discontent. In the academic world, the Thanksgiving holiday comes at a time in the semester when students, as well as faculty and staff, need a break. It is a gift for students at St. Ambrose to have a whole week off.  But more than a break from regular activity, it gives us an opportunity to be grateful to God and to nourish within our hearts the “mother of all virtues,” gratitude.  A safe and blessed Thanksgiving to all!    ---Fr. Chuck 

•Thanksgiving Break Schedule
Due to Thanksgiving break, there will be no Sunday or daily Masses offered from Sunday, Nov 24th through Saturday, Nov 30th.  Regular Mass schedule will resume with 6:30pm Mass on Sunday, Dec 1st, celebrating the Feast of our Patron St. Ambrose. Please have a safe and blessed thanksgiving!

•Typhoon Relief
Thanks to those who have contributed to the Campus Ministry efforts to raise funds for those most harshly affected by Typhoon Haiyan and the devastation in the Philippines. If you’d like to contribute to funds which will be forwarded to Catholic Relief Service please send contributions in campus mail to Campus Ministry (checks can be made out to “Campus Ministry Disaster Relief”).

•Advent Season Events
Sunday December 1 not only marks our liturgical celebration of the Feast of St. Ambrose and the presentation of the McMullen Award Ceremony at the 6:30pm mass, it also is the first day of Advent.  Advent not only is a season of preparation for Christmas, it acknowledges our need to be constantly vigilant for the Lord’s return, “waiting in joyful hope.”  Here are ways you can make it a joyful season of hope:

→Pick up a copy of the booklet of daily meditations by popular story-teller Jay Cormier.  They will soon be available in the chapel gathering space and in the window space by the Rogalski Center Post Office.

→Take advantage of opportunities for Daily Mass in Christ the King Chapel. Monday and Fridays at 12:00 pm. Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:30pm, and Wednesday at 9:15pm.

→Take part in the Advent Communal Celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Wednesday December 4 at 8:30pm in Christ the King Chapel.  A short service of prayer is followed by the opportunity for individual confession to one of the priests who are present.

→Plan to take part in the Student Candlelight Mass preceding Midnight Breakfast on Tuesday Dec. 10 at 9:00pm.  In the chapel, filled with light from candles held by students, we celebrate the mystery, the joy,a and the hope Christ’s birth has brought to our world.  All are welcome to each of these events.

•Survey for the Extraordinary Synod on the Family 2014
Pope Francis has invited members of the church from dioceses throughout the world to complete a survey conveying your thoughts on the pastoral challenges of the family.  Responses will be used to prepare for the Extraordinary Synod on the Family. The Synod will convene in Rome in October 2014. For members of the Diocese of Davenport, Bishop Amos has placed the questionaire on the diocesan website:*iKjavNLe0TW4gZzA#.

•Feast of Ambrose Music Rehearsal
This Monday, November 18,  we will have a special rehearsal for music for the Feast of St. Ambrose Mass.  Please join us in the Chapel for rehearsal starting at 6:00pm!  All SAU students, faculty, and staff are invited to join with Music Ministry and the Chamber Singers in providing music for the liturgy.  Contact Chris Clow at for more information.

•Service Trips
Interested in going on a service trip for Winter or Spring Break?  Contact Kelly Bush at for more information or stop in Lower Chapel to pick up an application!

•Service on Saturday
Are you interested in service opportunities in our local community? There are still spots available for service this semester on November 23 from 2pm-4pm for visiting ministry at the Kahl Home and December 7 from 11am-1pm and 3pm-5pm to help with Gold Coast’s High Tea Fundraiser.  Contact

•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 continue on Sunday following the 10:30 am mass. There is still time to join. Contact Sheila,