vol 22 no 17
February 2, 2014 - Feast of the Presentation
+ Malachi 3:1-4 + Hebrews 2:14-18 + Luke 2:22-40 +
Masses this Sunday at 10:30am and 6:30pm
|Tuesday||2.4||4:30pm||+James M Moore|
This Week's Activities Include:
Monday: Music Ministry 7pm (Chapel); Brewed Awakening 8pm (Gathering Space)
Tuesday: College Bible Study 7pm (Lower Chapel); 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.
BE KIND. ALWAYS.
Super Bowl Sunday captures so much attention in our society that I guess it’s only natural that there would be a certain amount of verbal jousting between fans of each team. I’m not overly sensitive, but I found a comment made in the Huffington Post about coaches of both teams a bit annoying. It was pointed out that both Seahawks Coach Peter Carroll and Broncos coach John Fox were once defensive coaches for the Iowa State Cyclones football team. But it was journalist Kelli Gail’s follow up comment, meant to be amusing, that burned against my Iowa born and raised loyalties. She went on, “it goes to prove that it doesn’t matter where you start, it’s where you end up!” Of course I don’t mean to imply that coaching on a professional level and in a setting with millions watching is not a step or two up from Ames, Iowa. But why the put-down of Iowa State? This week my sister, a teacher who actually works in Ames, Iowa, posted a note on social media that said this: “Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind. Always.” Yes, it is true that the battle on the field at MetLife Stadium is far from the only one that should concern us. The victories that count most are won by those who can see infinite value in themselves, in their work, and in all others, regardless where they are from, and no matter how lowly their job or position in life. Please support SOUPer Bowl Sunday which supports a local food pantry. And do enjoy the game! ---Fr. Chuck
•The Feast of St. Blaise, 4th century Christian martyr and patron saint of those with throat illness is Monday. The traditional blessing of throats will be offered after Sunday’s 10:30 am mass and after the noon mass on Monday.
•Service Trips: There’s still time to sign up for a service trip, but spots are filling up fast! Contact Kelly Bush at BushKellyA@sau.edu for more information or pick up an application in the Lower Chapel. Deadline for applications has been extended until February 11th, so get your application in today!
•SOUPer Bowl Sunday: Come and watch the Big Game this Sunday in the Cosgrove Cafeteria. Pre-game begins at 4:45, while the game starts at 5pm. While you’re enjoying the game, help fight hunger in the Quad Cities, while also having a chance to win some cool prizes. Campus Ministry and Residence Life are sponsoring a Prop Bet as well as raffling off some signed NFL items and other baskets to benefit the Humility of Mary Food Pantry. Raffle prizes include NFL items from the Miami Dolphins, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, St. Louis Rams, and Buffalo Bills, along with tickets to a River Bandits game, dinner at Texas Roadhouse, a Pandora Bracelet, and much more! Raffle tickets are 50 cents each, or $5 for a wingspan, while Prop Bet guesses are $2 each. Contact Kelly Bush email@example.com to learn more.
•Priestly Vocation Reflection Opportunities
---A Project Andrew Dinner will be held on Wednesday February 12 starting at 6pm. Bishop Amos and Fr. Thom Hennen, Davenport Diocesan Vocation Director will be sharing a simple meal with SAU men wishing to hear about opportunities in the priesthood. If you are interested in attending, please contact Fr. Hennen at firstname.lastname@example.org or Fr. Chuck Adam at email@example.com.
----Fr. Francis Bitterman from the Archdiocese of Chicago vocation office will be visiting on February 12 to talk about opportunities for a life of service in the Chicago area. If you’d like to schedule a time to visit with Fr. Bitterman, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll set it up for you.
•Antioch – Spring 2014---FORMS DUE FRIDAY, FEB 7: Pick up your registration form and plan today to take part in our Spring Antioch Retreat at Sugar Creek Retreat Center on February 21 - 23. Forms are available in the chapel Gathering space or at the sign up table in the Caf for the next two weeks and at various spots around campus. Antioch is a retreat weekend for all college students – a chance to relax, listen, discuss and better understand what it means to be a Christian through an atmosphere that is nonjudgmental and seeks to model a true Christian Community. For more information please contact email@example.com or one of our student leaders: Christine Mattern firstname.lastname@example.org or Austin Robbins email@example.com! Deadline to register is Friday, February 7.
•Service on Saturday: There are always plenty of volunteer opportunities to help our community. Get involved with Service on Saturdays! Email Kaitlyn Koniuszy at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more or sign up!
•Brewed Awakening: Mon, Feb. 3 with Interfaith Council. Come discuss tradition, spirituality and living your faith with SAU students who practice Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and Christianity. Join us for good coffee and great discussion! Meet in the Chapel Gathering Space at 8:00pm.
•Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies: Looking to work in youth ministry? Sign up for the Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies summer program! Over the course of just two summers participants gain experience, tools, and resources that help in all avenues of youth ministry. Perfect for those who are interested in working with high-school aged youth in a parish, school, or retreat setting. Four courses offered here at SAU this summer on June 12-15 and July 10-13, and courses can also be taken for undergraduate Theology credit. Email Chris Clow at email@example.com to learn more or to apply!
•Internship with the CCHD: Are you a practicing U.S. Catholic with an interest is solidarity building, participation of the poor and Catholic Social Teaching? Apply to be an intern the the Catholic Campaign for Human Development! Work 15 flexible hours a week during the school year doing various tasks including: parish education, letter writing and article research, and develop relationships with community organizations. The salary is $12/hr. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for an application. Deadline is Feb. 28.
•Become a L’Arche Intern! Interested in living together with adults with intellectual disabilities in a faith community founded on the Beatitudes? L’Arche USA enables people with and without disabilities to share their lives in communities of faith and friendship. Members are transformed through relationships of mutuality, respect, and companionship as they live, work, and play together. We are seeking new assistants to live in our communities across the USA. Both summer and year-long placements available. Compensation: room/board, health care, and a modest stipend. Email email@example.com for more details.