vol 22 no 11
November 3, 2013 - Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time
+ Wisdom 11:22 - 12:2 + 2 Thessalonians 1:11 - 2:2 + Luke 19:1-10 +
Masses this Sunday at 10:30am and 6:30pm
|Thursday||11.7||4:30pm||+Carl Stahler, Sr.|
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 IMMEASURABLE ACTION OF FAITH
The business world likes to see results. They forecast, plan, calculate the cost and benefit ratios, examine demographics. If there is a good indication that there will be results, the plan goes forward. But if not, the project is scrapped. Faith inspires a different approach. Actions inspired by faith leave the assessment of results to God. To use an agricultural analogy, we plant seeds, water the plants and nurture fragile growth, but most often, we never see the harvest. Mahatma Ghandi, whose very life inspires us to serve others, expressed it this way:
“It's the action, not the fruit of the action, that's important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there'll be any fruit. But that doesn't mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.”
This Sunday is Bee the Difference Day. Ambrosians, driven by a conviction about our Catholic, Diocesan mission and their own firm belief that they can make a difference, swarm our neighborhoods in service to others. Raking leaves and cleaning gutters might not seem world-altering to many, but such deeds might well be world-altering in the lives of the neighbor who is helped by them. Will we see the results? Probably not. But tiny actions do lead to larger ones that we may well not have ever envisioned if we had not done the tiny ones first. Most of us will never see results from the service faith inspires us to do. Do it anyway. It’s the only way to make a difference.
•Central Standard Time begins on Sunday, November 3. Don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour before going to bed Saturday night.
•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.
•BEE the Difference Day November 3
The annual day of service to those who live in the SAU neighborhood takes place today, Sunday November 3 from 1:00 - 5:00pm. Contact Brady Curran, firstname.lastname@example.org or Kelly Bush, email@example.com.
•Family Weekend Masses
Because of the increased attendance at Family Weekend masses NEXT WEEKEND, November 10, please be reminded that mass will be celebrated at 9:00am, in addition to the regular 10:30am and 6:30pm times.
Interested in going on a service trip for Winter or Spring Break? It is not too early to start thinking about service trips! We have a few new options this year. Contact Kelly Bush at BushKellyA@sau.edu for more information or stop down to Lower Chapel to pick up an application!
Starting this week, keep your eye out around campus for signs regarding Hunger Week. Hunger Week is a week at St. Ambrose, dedicated to creating awareness around hunger issues and fundraising to help alleviate hunger, both locally and around the globe. Start by donating one of your Sodexo meals. On Wednesday, Nov. 6th and Thursday, Nov. 7th, sign up to donate one lunch (Monday, Nov. 11th lunch) to benefit Kids Against Hunger.
•Adoration Holy Hour
Come and join for a time of prayer on Thursday, November 7 at 7:00pm in the Chapel. Spend time in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament with Scripture, praise and worship music, and silence. Contact Chris Clow at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more or to help out!
•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. This prepares us better to hear the Word of God on Sunday. So often the given scriptures speak to exactly what’s happening in our lives at this time. Come discover the power of God’s Word. Please join us Monday at 9:00 pm in the lower Chapel conference room.
•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!
•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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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. Contact Koniuszykaitlync@sau.edu or sign up on the bulletin board in the Lower Chapel!
•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 Deluhery, email@example.com.