Sunday, December 1, 2013

12.1.13 & 12.8.13

Campus Ministry Bulletin
vol 22 no 14

December 1, 2013 - First Sunday of Advent
+ Isaiah 2:1-15 + Romans 13:11-14 + Matthew 24:37-44 +
Masses this Sunday at 6:30pm
No 10:30am Mass will be celebrated due to Thanksgiving Break

December 8, 2013 - Second Sunday of Advent
+ Isaiah 11:1-10 + Romans 15:4-9 + Matthew 3:1-12 +
Masses this Sunday at 10:30am and 6:30pm

Mass Intentions:
Sunday12.16:30pm  Ambrose Feast Celebration
Monday12.2Noon+Robert Grannack SAC '65     
Tuesday12.34:30pm+Joseph Krippel
Wednesday  12.49:15pmStudent Intentions
Thursday12.5  4:30pm+Anne Ebener 
Friday12.6Noon+Fr. William Dawson, '50
Sunday12. 810:30am  
+Fr. John Whalen, '65
SAU Community
Tuesday12.10  9:00pmStudent Candlelight Mass

Activities for the week of December 2-6 include:
Monday: Music Ministry 6pm (Chapel)/College Bible Study 9pm (Gathering Space)
Wednesday - COMMUNAL CELEBRATION OF RECONCILIATION: (communal prayer with individual confession and absolution) 8:30pm; Mass and More 9:15pm (Chapel)

Earlier in the semester I spotted a t-shirt on campus that had an image of Jesus on it with these words: “What did Jesus say to the Chicago Cubs?  Don’t do nothin’ til I get back!”  Even Cub fans, I think, can smile at this humorous explanation for their team’s long championship drought.  Advent, which begins this Sunday, calls for a hope that is much more than just wishful thinking about a favorite team.  Advent teaches us not to just to sit around and wait for the Lord’s return.  It calls us to be awake, alert and active participants in the work of preparing our hearts and preparing a more just world for that day of the Lord’s coming.  Advent is an attitude of faith that reminds us that despite setbacks, disappointments, and tragedy, God is working in the messiness of human life. It is appropriate then, that we celebrate our patron, St. Ambrose of Milan on Sunday at the 6:30 pm mass. The life of St. Ambrose, one who passionately proclaimed the Word of God amidst the challenges of his day and one who worked so that the Kingdom could be known, is a perfect example of Advent hope.  And so are the McMullen Award recipients,  Mary Joy Allaert Feeney and Edward and the late Lynne Henkhaus, whose service to St. Ambrose is an inspiration for us.  Students returning to campus  after the Thanksgiving holiday need no reminder to “get to work.”  It’s the last week of classes and there are plenty of papers to write and exams to prepare for.  But amidst the busyness, don’t neglect to take stock of that which keeps nudging us along in love of God and  service to others: our faithfulness and trust in God’s promises.  It’s Advent hope.  It’s the Ambrose way.  A blessed Advent to all!           ---Fr. Chuck 

•Feast of St. Ambrose Mass
Come back early from Thanksgiving and join us at the 6:30 pm mass December 1, celebrating our patron, St. Ambrose.  Presider and homilist will be Most Rev. Martin Amos and music led by a combined choir of SAU Chamber Singers and Music Ministry. The McMullen Awards will be presented and a reception will follow in the Gathering Space.  Please join us.

•Ambrose Colloquium:
Sunday Dec. 1,  4:30  - 5:30pm in the Lewis Board Room in Ambrose Hall Troy Johnson ‘00 and Matt Ehlman ‘02 will speak about the poor and religious philanthropy, with an opening address by senior, Tom Prior.

•Advent Season
Sunday December 1 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 the most of it:
→Pick up a copy of the Booklet of Daily Meditations by popular story-teller Jay Cormier. Available in the chapel gathering space and in the window space by the RC 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, and the hope Christ’s birth has brought to our world.

•Mass Schedule During Winter Break
Mass for the Third Sunday of Advent will be celebrated on Saturday Dec. 14th at 5:00pm.  There will be no Sunday masses celebrated from Dec 15th through Jan 5th.  10:30am mass will resume on Jan 12th, while the regular 10:30am/6:30pm schedule will return on Jan 26th.  Daily mass concludes for the semester with the candlelight mass on Dec. 10th, and resumes on Wednesday Jan 15th with 9:15pm Mass.  A Christmas Eve Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday Dec. 24th at 5:00 pm for Ambrosians who are in the area.

•Little Hands, Big Hearts Collection
An SAU themed house is collecting shoes and other goods to benefit the children of Project Renewal.  Some  ornaments remain on the small tree in the Gathering Space with names and requested items.  Please return the items unwrapped by Friday, Dec 6th to the tree in the Gathering Space.

•Music for 9pm Candlelight Mass on Dec. 10:  
All SAU students are invited to join with Music Ministry in singing carols for the Candlelight mass on Tuesday, Dec 10.  Contact for more details! Everyone is invited to join in this peaceful and joyful celebration of Christmas as a University Community.

•Faculty/Staff Christmas Mass
All SAU faculty and staff are invited to help provide music for the Mass preceding the Christmas party on Saturday, Dec 14th.  The mass is at 5pm, with rehearsal before the mass.  Please contact Chris Clow at if you would like to help out!

•Service on Saturday: 
Volunteers are still needed for our last Saturday service of the semester on Dec. 7 from 11am-1pm and 3pm-5pm to help with Gold Coast’s High Tea Fundraiser. Please contact!

•Service Trips: 
There’s still time to sign up for a Winter or Spring Break Service Trip!  Contact Kelly Bush at for more information or pick up an application in the Lower Chapel!

•Congratulations Graduates!  
Congratulations to all who complete their studies at St. Ambrose and receive degrees at the graduation ceremony on Dec 14th.  May God grant blessings to all your endeavors and plans and in the best of our SAU tradition, may you be a blessing for the world.

•Civil Rights Celebration Week will begin on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Jan. 20.  More info will follow.