vol 22 no 22
March 16, 2014 - Second Sunday of Lent
+ Genesis 22: 1-2, 9, 10-13, 15-18 + Romans 8:31-34 + Mark 9:2-10 +
Mass this Sunday at 6:30pm ONLY
|NO 10:30 MASS|
For the SAU Community
|Monday||3.17||Noon||+Mark Gould Sr., SAC|
|Tuesday||3.18||4:30pm||+Anna Elise Danielson|
|Thursday||3.20||4:30pm||+Charlie Burke '55|
|Friday||3.21||Noon||Thomas Duffy, Jr SAA & SAC|
This Week's Activities Include:
Monday: Music Ministry 7pm (Chapel); Brewed Awakening 8pm (Gathering Space)
Tuesday: "Joy of the Gospel" Discussion 12 noon (Chapel Gathering Space), College Bible Study 7pm; Bridge Bible Fellowship 9pm (Gathering Space)
Wednesday: Ambrosians for Peace and Justice 8pm (Lower Chapel); Sacrament of Reconciliation (confessions) 8:30pm; Mass and More 9:15pm (Chapel)
Thursday: Stations of the Cross 5pm (Chapel); Eucharistic Adoration Holy Hour 7pm (Chapel)
Transformation Takes Time
The virtue of patience was one of the lessons learned from this year’s Chair of Catholic Studies Lecture delivered by Dr. John Haught a few weeks ago. Speaking about the ever-evolving cosmos and the place each one of us has in it, Haught remarked, “An unfinished cosmos helps us learn to be patient.” The disciplines of Lent also are all about patience. Prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, teach us to aim not for immediate gratification but for a deep interior improvement that is not quick and easy, but one that also benefits those with whom we share life. That kind of change does not happen overnight. On the back cover of the book of daily meditations which campus ministry made available for Lent, Fr. Thomas Connery tells the story of a woman who purchased an exercise video and popped it into her VCR (before the days of DVD) only to discover the tape was defective. She took it back to the store and told the cashier, “This video doesn’t work and I’d like to get another.” The cashier glanced at the rather shapely figure on the video box and then looked at the woman and replied, “Well my friend, these things take weeks before they work.” Yes, anything worthwhile requires patience. After a week of Spring Break, hopefully Ambrosians return to campus refreshed and eager to get back into academics and into our Lenten journey. Just don’t forget: be patient with yourself and be patient with each other. True transformations take time. With perseverance and trust in God’s grace, the new life that we await will not disappoint. ---Fr. Chuck
•“The Joy of the Gospel:” Discuss Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, “The Joy of the Gospel.” Especially geared for faculty and staff, all are welcome to bring their lunch Tuesday at noon and join in this discussion at the Gathering Space. Contact Fr. Chuck at email@example.com if you’d like the discussion questions in advance of each Tuesday. Begins this Tuesday March 18. The text can be found online here.
•Wednesday Midweek Quiet Reflection: Join us each Wednesday of Lent at 12 noon for 15 minutes of ecumenical prayer as a quiet break in your week - a Taize song, scripture, and quiet reflection. Begins this Wednesday, March 19, in the Chapel.
•College Bible Study: Make studying Scripture a part of your Lenten practice, and spend time in discussion with readings for the upcoming Sunday. Come meet with College Bible Study on Tuesdays at 7pm in the Lower Chapel Conference Room. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more!
•CRS Rice Bowl Reflection: Guatemala. This week, CRS Rice Bowl invites us to enter into solidarity with the people of Guatemala. We are encouraged to reflect on the Catholic social teaching principle, Rights and Responsibilities, and reminded that as Christians, we are called to uphold and protect the basic rights of others. Let us pray this week for our brothers and sisters in Guatemala and all around the world, that we may come to know and protect the rights of all people. And please be generous in your Rice Bowl donations!
•Stations of the Cross: Join in this Lenten practice as we prayerfully recall the Stations of the Cross, every Thursday at 5pm, directly following daily mass. Plus, pray along with the stations in your room or at home with our Online Stations, featuring SAU student reflections and the beautiful etchings of the late Fr. Edward Catich: http://saustations.blogspot.com!
•Eucharistic Adoration Holy Hour: Take some time Thursday evening and join us for prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. Holy Hour consists of praise and worship music, scripture, prayer, and time for silent reflection. Begins this Thursday at 7pm in the Chapel. Email email@example.com to learn more or help out!
•Brewed Awakening: Mon, March 17: “Is the Bible True? Why it Matters.” Join us as social work professor Dr. John Thompson leads a discussion about how our perspectives on the Bible affect our daily lives and society. Join us for good coffee and great discussion! Meet in the Chapel Gathering Space at 8:00pm.
•Service on Saturdays: Join fellow SAU students Saturday, Mar. 22th from 10:00am to 2:00pm to help paint a local Mental Health Center! Transitions MH provides services to those in our community who are unemployed or who earn a low income and would otherwise have difficulty paying for services. Volunteers will be helping to paint their lobby to make the environment more welcoming. Transitions is a community-based private not-for-profit organization, so they are relying on volunteers for this project. Please email Kaitlyn Koniuszy at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more or sign up!!
•Busy Student Retreat: Would you like to learn how to find time to pray and reflect with scripture while going about your regular busy schedule? Then the BUSY STUDENT RETREAT – is for you! Registration forms for this semester’s retreat – beginning Sunday evening March 31 and running to Thursday, April 3 – are available in the Gathering Space, from the Campus Ministry Office in the lower chapel or by emailing email@example.com . The requirements are simple: spend a half hour each of the four days reflecting on the scripture passage provided and schedule another half hour to speak with one of the spiritual guides coming to campus to join us for the week. You set the time to fit into your schedule. Contact Sheila Deluhery 333 6132 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!
•Fast Fest: It’s Week 1 of Fast Fest, so join other Ambrosians in resolving to use your time more wisely in the “Laziness Fast.” As we enter a busy time of the semester, make an effort to not procrastinate on what needs to be done, to use your time more effectively, and especially to be more present in the moment and with each other. Help tutor someone struggling in a class, take part in a Service on Saturday event, or find ways to volunteer in the community. Make better use of your time to help others!
•DUBUQUE’S GOT SISTERS!
Are you interested in checking out religious life? An opportunity for women age 19 and older to come together with sisters and other women who are asking how to best serve the people of God is being offered. Join us for prayer, conversation and chance to get to know communities of women who have given their life in service to people on the margins: • Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary • Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary • Dubuque Franciscan Sisters • Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters. Meals and an overnight stay will be provided – at no charge. The retreat will begin with dinner and prayer on Friday, April 11th at 5:00 and close with dinner on (to conclude by 6:00 pm)Saturday, April 12th. To register or for more information contact Sister Ginny Heldorfer by email at email@example.com or by phone at 952-457-5193.