Friday, August 15, 2014


Campus Ministry Bulletin
vol 23 no 1

August 17, 2014 - Twentieth Sunday of Ordinary Time
+ Isaiah 56: 1, 6-7 + Romans 11: 13-15, 29-32 + Matthew 15: 21-28+
Masses at 10:30am and 3:00pm

Mass Intentions:

Sunday8.17   10:30am
For the SAU Community              

Wednesday     8.20    9:15pmFor student intentions           
Thursday8.21    4:30pm+Patricia Simmons Rowe, '78              
Friday        8.22      Noon+Donald David Foster, '54        

This Week's Activities Include:
Wednesday: Music Jam 8pm (Hayes Courtyard); Mass and More 9:15pm (Grotto)
Thursday: Daily mass 4:30pm
Friday: Daily mass 12 noon

Campus Ministry Offices - Lower Chapel
333-6132 or
Fr. Chuck Adam, Chaplain
Chris Clow, Director of Music and Liturgy
Kaitlin Depuydt, Director of Service and Social Justice
Tammy Norcross-Reitzler, Director of Faith Formation
Tom Prior, Grad Assistant

What Makes SAU Home?
  Residence Halls open up on Sunday to new first year students, we celebrate a “welcome mass,” and we begin our annual “welcome week” in preparation for a new academic year. It seems appropriate that this year’s welcome week materials are entitled, "Welcome Home."  We hope that all new Ambrosians quickly come to discover that SAU is a "home, away from home." There are so many who stand ready to assist our students in being at home here. If one needs any proof of the caliber of dedicated people who work so hard to make St. Ambrose what it is, they can point to a very recent example: the professional and selfless manner in which members of our administration and others conducted themselves while working for new facilities for athletic competition. Even though set-backs and disappointment were a part of the process from the start, and even though we still are not at the place we'd like to be, those representing SAU have upheld the integrity, respect, and honor of St. Ambrose in a way that makes me very proud to be a part of this university. What makes SAU a home? Faculty, staff, alumni, and students with the same selfless dedication to serving others with a conviction that we are all a part of something much bigger than ourselves. We look forward to new Ambrosians catching that same spirit and we in Campus Ministry stand ready to help you in any way we can. It's a great time to be an Ambrosian. Please be welcome and we hope that you too will become an active participant in our noble enterprise of making SAU a place where "All are Welcome" and everyone is at home.          ---Fr. Chuck

•Campus Ministry Staff
Our campus ministry staff strives to serve all members of the St. Ambrose community, regardless of religious or denominational background.  Fr. Chuck Adam serves as Chaplain and Director of Campus Ministry.  Christopher Clow is our Director of Music and Liturgy.  We are delighted to welcome two new staff members to our Campus Ministry team.  Tammy Norcross-Reitzler joins us as Director of Faith Formation and Kaitlin Depuydt as Director of Co-Curricular Service and Justice Ministry.  Tammy comes to us with much faith formation parish experience. Kaitlin joins us after work as a Lasallian volunteer experience which included living and working at a Catholic Worker House.  Please feel free to stop in and visit the Campus Ministry offices on the lower level of Christ the King Chapel. Among all the ways you can get in contact with us,  know you can always use the common email:

•Come as You Are to the 3:00 pm Sunday Welcome Mass 
For those who will have spent the day moving into residence halls, we want you to know that casual dress is appropriate for the 3:00 pm mass today – Sunday, August 17.  This mass is specifically intended to help new students and your families have an opportunity to worship today. Simply come as you are!

•Convocation and Blessing of the Academic Year
Please join us at 11 am this Tuesday August 19 in the Rogalski Center Ballroom as we welcome the class of 2018 (Faculty and staff are asked to arrive at 10:30 am).  Bishop Martin Amos of the Diocese of Davenport, Chair of the SAU Board of Trustees, will lead the campus community in a prayer service asking God’s blessing on the new academic year. Dr. Micah Kiel will offer a keynote address, and Sr. Joan Lescinski, President of St. Ambrose University, will offer the customary charge to the community for the coming year. Please join us.

•Chapel Schedule
Please know that all Ambrosians, regardless of religious tradition, are invited to make Christ the King Chapel their spiritual home while at SAU. Although we offer a special 3:00pm mass today to welcome new students and their families, our usual Sunday masses while classes are in session are at 10:30am and 6:30pm. Daily mass is offered Mondays and Fridays at noon, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:30 pm and on Wednesday evening at 9:15 pm in the Grotto if weather allows.  The Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered every Wednesday at 8:30 pm. Please keep an eye on this campus ministry bulletin which we will send out each week on e-mail and leave copies on Sunday in the chapel Gathering Space.

•New Student Seminar!!! First Meeting  – Welcome Sunday - August 17
Be sure to check your Welcome Week information to find out where your first New Student Seminar meets this evening (Sunday) at 7:30pm. You’ll meet your NSS instructor and peer assistant and get info about the details of your Urban Plunge site for Monday, Aug 18.

•Welcome Week Activities
Make note of Urban Plunge, an opportunity for all first year students to engage in service with the community, and all activities of Welcome week.  We want to help set the stage for your successful college career. What's more ... we're really rolling out the red carpet with cookouts, late night bowling and bingo, movies, color run, and acapella group “Six Appeal”!  Find the schedule online here.

•Campus Ministry Music Jam
Come end the first day of classes with music and fun at the Campus Ministry Music Jam.  Bring your guitar, bring your voice, or bring your requests and come sing songs, meet new friends, and get to know your campus ministers!  The music starts at 8pm in the Hayes Courtyard, and leads right into 9:15pm Mass and More.

•Mass & More
Take part in an SAU tradition with Mass and More, beginning Wednesday, August 20th at 9:15 pm in the Grotto (if it rains, we’ll have Mass in the Chapel).  After Mass, we’ll have a make-your-own sundae bar in the Chapel Gathering Space.  It’s a great way to give thanks after the first day of class and to meet new people.  

•Brewed Awakening
Join fellow students throughout the year for coffee drinks and discussion of various topics at Brewed Awakening.  The first Brewed of the year will be next Monday, August 25 at 8pm in the Chapel Gathering Space.  With the tragic loss of actor Robin Williams so recent, the first discussion will be led by our counseling staff who will help us understand depression its effect on the individual and community.  Come to the informal student discussion, enjoy free coffee drinks, and learn more.   Also, be thinking about topics for future “Brewed Awakening” discussions.

•Service on Saturday
Sign up today if you’re interested in volunteering for community service at the Humility of Mary Housing on Saturday, August 23rd. The indoor projects will include shelf-building and sorting clothes. For more info on this and other Saturday service projects all year long, contact Tom Prior at

You will have a chance to sign-up for various ministries and Campus Ministry activities next Sunday, August 24 at both the 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. masses.  Please plan to join us next Sunday and let us know of your interest.  You can also stop by our offices in the lower chapel. We are glad to speak with you and answer any questions.  We are looking forward to a great year!

•BEESknees is a unique prayer ministry that allows Ambrosians to pray in their own time and manner for confidential intentions presented each week on behalf of fellow Ambrosians. If you’d like to be part of it, or have intentions to offer, send to: