Thursday, February 13, 2014


Campus Ministry Bulletin
vol 22 no 19

February 16, 2014 - Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
+ Sirach 15:15-20 + 1 Corinthians 2:6-10 + Matthew 15:17-37 +
Siblings Weekend
Masses this Sunday at 10:30am and 6:30pm

Mass Intentions:
Sunday2.16   10:30am    Siblings Weekend  
Monday2.17Noon+Edwin McCarthy            
Tuesday2.184:30pm+Patrick Mackey     
Wednesday  2.199:15pmStudent Intentions
Thursday2.20 4:30pm+Dick Swanwick     
Friday2.21Noon+Daniel B. Hood     

This Week's Activities Include:
Monday: Music Ministry 7pm (Chapel)
Tuesday: College Bible Study 7pm; Bridge Bible Fellowship 9pm (Gathering Space)
Wednesday: Ambrosians for Peace and Justice 8pm (Lower Chapel)/Mass and More 9:15pm (Grotto/Chapel)
Thursday: Gospel Fest 7pm (Chapel)

The Sacrament of Reconciliation (confession) is celebrated Wednesday from 8:30-9pm in the Reconciliation Room in the Chapel and by appointment.

SAU students welcome siblings to campus this weekend for another opportunity to celebrate the wonderful bonds of family at St. Ambrose. Sometimes the bond of family is on display before world-wide audiences as it was in the first days of the Winter Olympics. Sisters Justine and Chloe Dufour-Lapointe, competing for their home country, Canada, won gold and silver in moguls. In a touching scene televised for the world to see, they held hands as the stood on the medal podium, while their older sister, Maxime, who also is an Olympic skier and their reason for getting into the sport in the first place, watched very proudly. Interestingly enough, on this year’s US Winter Olympic team, there actually are seven sets of siblings. I can’t help but think there must be a great many challenges for siblings competing against each other. Speaking from experience as someone who is a sibling to both older and younger brothers and sisters in a large family, I know it’s not always easy to navigate those relationships without some bit of unintentional hurting of one another. I suspect it’s not easy for Eli and Peyton Manning nor for Venus and Serena Williams either. But also speaking from experience, I know there is something very special about the bond of siblings. No one can understand who you are and where you came from better than a brother or sister. And to really know how to be a good sibling is a knowledge that can carry over in all our relationships as we learn to treat one another in life, not as rivals, but as brothers and sisters in the human family with unique gifts. In an interview on NBC, the father of sibling curlers Erika and Craig Brown said of the experience of watching his children in the Olympics, “It is a family endeavor. We’re all chasing the same dream.” So it is true with life. Let’s cheer one another on all along on all the roads of life. Whether traveled alone or traveled together, we can always be connected in the bond of love that unites God’s family.       ---Fr. Chuck    

•Gospel Fest: Come and join in the 5th annual Gospel Fest on Thursday, Feb 20 at 7pm in the Chapel!  Sponsored by Intercultural Life, Gospel choirs from all over the Quad Cities will come together in song, along with special guests The Westbrook Singers.  Email to learn more.

•Canned Food and Formula drive for Safepath Family Resources Shelter: Triota, the Women and Gender Studies Honor Society, is hosting a food and baby formula drive for the domestic violence shelter run by SafePath (Family Resources). If you would like to help, please bring your non-perishable food or formula to the boxes in the library, Rogalski Center, or Beehive. Donations for hats and mittens are also appreciated to help shelter residents and their children stay warm in the chilly weather. Donations will be accepted until Feb. 21.  For more information, please contact Katy Strzepek at

•Online Stations of the Cross: Campus Ministry is accepting submissions for student reflections for the Online Stations of the Cross.  Students are invited to offer a reflection based on a specific station of the cross, as well as an experience from their life as a college student that relates to the station in some way.  SAU students did a wonderful job on the Stations last year, which can be seen at  Email for more information or to submit a reflection.  Submissions due Feb 28.

•Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies: If you’re interested in working in youth ministry, the Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies is for you!  Earn your certificate in just two summers - courses offered this summer during June 12-15 and July 10-13.  This program is perfect for those who want to work with high school youth, and courses can also be taken for undergraduate Theology credit.  Email to learn more.

•Sign Letters in the Cafeteria to Support Incarcerated Women: Did you know it is legal in Iowa to mechanically chain and restrain pregnant women in prison and correctional facilities?  Legislation is currently headed to the Senate floor to support a law banning this inhumane practice.  On Monday, Feb 17th and Tuesday, Feb 18th, Ambrosians for Peace and Justice is asking you to sign letters to your local legislators in Cosgrove cafeteria during lunch or dinner in support of the dignity of the human person and to protect the health of the mother and unborn baby.

•Buy Hot Dogs...Support Service Trips: Campus Ministry will be selling concessions at both the 5 and 7 p.m. basketball games on Wednesday, Feb 19th.  Proceeds will help keep costs low for students going on service trips this Spring Break to South Dakota, West Virginia, East St. Louis and Detroit. Your support is appreciated!

• Service on Saturday: Join fellow students Saturday, Feb. 22nd from 2pm-4pm for visiting ministry and BINGO at the Kahl Home! Please email Kaitlyn Koniuszy at to learn more or sign up!!

•African American History Month Contest: In honor of African American History month, the Women and Gender Studies Resource Center is hosting a contest. The first student to identify the names of the 10 influential African Americans who will appear on posters throughout campus will win a $25 giftcard to the bookstore.  To enter the contest, send your answers to Katy Strzepek at or stop by the Women and Gender Studies Resource Center in 224 Ambrose Hall.

•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 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 for more details.

•Chair of Catholic Studies Lecture: Thursday February 27, 7:00 p.m., Rogalski Center, St. Ambrose University, Davenport. John F. Haught, PhD, Distinguished Research Professor in Theology at Georgetown University will deliver the lecture entitled, What is Really Going on in the Cosmos and What Should We Be Doing About It? Dr. Haught will examine the role of faith within science as we seek to understand the universe in relation to human identity, vocation and happiness in the world. He has authored numerous books and articles, including Science  and Faith: A New Introduction (2012), God and the New Atheism: A Critical Response to Dawkins, Harris, and Hitchens (2008), and The Promise of Nature: Ecology and Cosmic Purpose (1993, 2nd ed. 2004). Haught has received the Owen Garrigan Award in Science and Religion, the Sophia Award for Theological Excellence, and a “Friend of Darwin Award” from the National Center for Science Education. He also testified for the plaintiffs in the Harrisburg, PA “Intelligent Design Trial” (Kitzmiller et al. vs. Dover Board of Education). The Chair of Catholic Studies Lecture is a part of the College of Arts and Sciences year-long lecture series on Sustainability. It is free and open to the public.