vol 22 no 20
February 23, 2014 - Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
+ Leviticus 19: 1-2, 17-18 + 1 Corinthians 3:16-23 + Matthew 5:38-48 +
Masses this Sunday at 10:30am and 6:30pm
|Monday||2.24||Noon||+James J Blessing|
|Thursday||2.27||4:30pm||+Kevin Allen Petersen|
|Friday||2.28||Noon||+Fr. Joseph Hratz|
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: Interfaith Council 5pm (Lower Chapel); Chair of Catholic Studies Lecture 7pm (Rogalski Center Ballroom)
The Sacrament of Reconciliation (confession) is celebrated Wednesday from 8:30-9pm in the Reconciliation Room in the Chapel and by appointment.
TRUTH SEEKING: THE CATHOLIC INTELLECTUAL TRADITION
It is not always easy to grasp what it means to say that St. Ambrose University is rooted in the Catholic Intellectual Tradition. The definition that serves me well calls it the pursuit of truth wherever truth can be found. The upcoming week is a good one to point out at least three places where Ambrosians are invested in that pursuit. First, on the Galvin stage this weekend theater students will be performing The Laramie Project. The play is based on hundreds of interview conducted by a theater group with residents of Laramie, Wyoming after the senseless torture and murder of Matthew Shepard, a gay University of Wyoming student. The search for truth is served well by a deeper understanding of the roots of homophobia and any other kind of prejudice that leads to hatred. It is admirable that the discussion provoked by the play is taking place on our campus. Secondly, over 50 students will be leading and taking part in this semester’s Antioch Retreat, reflecting more deeply on their own life of faith as it is experienced in a non-judgmental community. It is always a privilege to witness the unfolding of discoveries by students on an Antioch weekend and it constantly reaffirms for me how active our students are in the search for truth. And finally, this Thursday, Dr. John Haught, a systematic theologian from Georgetown University whose special interest is evolutionary science, will present this year’s Chair of Catholic Studies, our annual lecture which highlights the Catholic Intellectual Tradition as it’s lived out in any number of academic disciplines. Dr. Haught bridges the intellectual gap that can too easily exist between faith and science and teaches us to find meaning in the scientific pursuit of truth. Further, in conjunction with this year’s sustainability theme, he issues a moral challenges to us to care for the earth.
A play, a retreat, a lecture, all avenues to seek truth. Dominican priest, Fr. Timothy Radcliffe wrote, “Truth is not to be captured with the cleanness of a single vision, but sneaked up on, through many partial notions, many inadequate theories, through all sorts of tools, and it comes to us finally as a surprise and a gift.” What a gift it is to be immersed in this noble pursuit. --Fr. Chuck
•Faculty/Staff Lenten Discussion: Lent begins on March 5. Over the years Campus Ministry has facilitated a variety of reflections for faculty and staff members during the season of Lent on a weekday noon hour. If you interested in a noon hour reflection on spirituality, faith and belief, service and gospel justice, or another Lenten topic that interests you, please contact Fr. Chuck Adam at email@example.com.
•Chair of Catholic Studies Lecture: This Thursday February 27, 7:00 p.m., Rogalski Center Ballroom. 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.
•Brewed Awakening: Mon, Feb. 24: “Pope Francis: One Year of Papacy.” Come discuss Pope Francis’ first year of papacy and his recent statements on social justice, the culture of the Church, and American culture with Theology professor, Dr. Micah Kiel. Join us for good coffee and great discussion! Meet in the Chapel Gathering Space at 8:00pm.
•Online Stations of the Cross: There’s still plenty of time to submit a reflection for the Online Stations of the Cross. SAU 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. Be sure to check out last year’s wonderful reflections at saustations.blogspot.com. Please contact Chris Clow at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to submit a reflection. Submissions due Feb 28.
•Interfaith Council: Join in a faith sharing meeting on Thursday Feb 27, at 5.00 pm in the Lower Chapel conference room. Students who practice Buddhism and Hinduism will share about their faith traditions. All are welcome. Email email@example.com to learn more about Interfaith Council and how to get involved.
•Service on Saturday: Join fellow students on Saturday, Mar. 1st from 10am-1pm to volunteer at Winnie’s Wishes Resale Shop! Shop proceeds benefit Winnie’s Place: a shelter for women. Email Kaitlyn Koniuszy at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more or sign up!
•Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies: Sign up today for the summer Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies Program! Earn your certificate in just two summers - courses offered this year 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 Chris Clow at email@example.com to learn more.
•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 StrzepekKatyA@sau.edu 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 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.