Thursday, August 21, 2014


Campus Ministry Bulletin
vol 23 no 2

August 24, 2014 - Twenty-First Sunday of Ordinary Time
+ Isaiah 22: 19-23 + Romans 11:33-36 + Matthew 16: 13-30+
Masses at 10:30am and 6:30pm

Mass Intentions:

Sunday8.24   10:30am
For the SAU Community            

Monday     8.25    Noon+Brent Micheal Shirk, '82           
Tuesday     8.26    4:30pm+Dr. Betty Whitted           
Wednesday     8.27    9:15pmFor student intentions           
Thursday8.28    4:30pm+John Moran              
Friday        8.29      Noon        

This Week's Activities Include:
Monday: Music Ministry 6pm (Chapel); Brewed Awakening 8pm (Gathering Space)
Tuesday: Bridge Bible Fellowship 8:40pm (Chapel)
Wednesday: Ambrosians for Peace and Justice 8pm (Lower Chapel); Sacrament of Reconciliation 8:30pm (Chapel); Mass and More 9:15pm (Grotto)

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

God said, “I Did Do Something….”
While we have been very busy the past week with Welcome Week and with the beginning of a new academic year, there has been a great deal of sadness in our world. Whether it's the racial unrest on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, violence in places like Iraq, in Syria, or the Ukraine,  or children fleeing from their homes to our nations borders, there is much to discourage us.  And yet, we must never be so blinded by sin that we fail to see grace. Take for instance the 500 plus first year students who took part in Monday’s Urban Plunge. Who can measure the good that came from those few hours of service to our community? Along with building friendships and serving our community, we hope students felt a sense of empowerment to do even more to work for change. And as President Obama has said to youth on a number of occasions, “The best way not to feel hopeless is to get up and do something.”  It calls to mind a story originally told by the late Jesuit, Fr. Anthony DeMello:  One day a man on the way home from work was confronted by the harsh reality of a homeless man begging on the streets and he dropped a few dollar bills into a kettle.  He sat on the subway next to a grieving mother and he offered her a listening ear. And he arrived home to hear the news of conflict overseas on the evening news.  He plopped down in his chair and cried out, “God, how can you let these sort of things happen? Why don’t you do something to help these people?” As he fell into a slumber in his chair, he heard a quiet voice. To his surprise God answered and said, “I did do something. I created you.”      ----Fr. Chuck

•Mass Schedule
We resume our academic year mass schedule today with both Sunday masses at 10:30 am and 6:30pm.  Daily mass is offered Monday and Friday at 12pm, Tuesday and Thursday at 4:30pm and Wednesday at 9:15 pm in the Grotto if weather permits. The simpler (about 25 minutes) daily mass provides a great way to recharge your spiritual batteries during the week. In addition, the chapel is open for all Ambrosians for quiet reflection from 7am - 10pm daily.

•BEE Involved! Sign Up
This Sunday, August 24 you can sign up for the various ministries and activities of Campus Ministry at both the 10:30am and 6:30pm masses.  Fill out a yellow card in the pews and let us know what you are interested in - we have activities ranging from Brewed Awakening discussions to various reflection and sung prayer and many other types of service and activities! You can also stop by our offices in the lower chapel and we will be glad to speak with you and answer any questions. Or, email us at and we can get the sign up information to you.  We’re looking forward to a great year!

•Like Us on Facebook!
Be sure to like the CM page on Facebook:  Stay up to date on news, get some insights for prayer and reflection, learn about service opportunities, and so much more!

•Music Ministry
Love to sing or play an instrument?  Music Ministry is looking for you!  Music Ministry is made up of SAU students of all years, majors, and musical ability, and leads music for Sunday masses, Mass and More, and other prayer services and events.  Interested?  Sign up on an interest card, or email to learn more.  Practices are Monday nights at 6pm in the Chapel, beginning this Monday, August 25!

•Brewed Awakening
The first Brewed of the year will be Monday, August 25 at 8pm in the Chapel Gathering Space. With the tragic loss of Robin Williams so recent, the first discussion will be led by our counseling staff who will help us understand depression and its effect on the individual and community. Come to the informal student discussion and enjoy free coffee drinks. There won’t be a Brewed on Labor Day, September 1.

•The Bridge Bible Fellowship
“The Bridge” will begin next Tuesday August 26.  This is a time of fellowship for SAU students of any Christian denomination.  Each Tuesday evening begins with Worship and Praise at 8:40 pm followed by discussion on a biblical topic at 9pm.

•Ambrosians for Peace and Justice
Join us this week for the first meeting of Ambrosians for Peace & Justice (APJ).  We are a group of students who are interested in peace and justice, doing service projects together and discussing the larger picture of social justice in our community and world.  All Ambrosians are welcome!  We will meet on Wednesdays at 8pm, beginning 8/27, in the lower chapel.  See you there!

•Service on Saturdays
We’re kicking off the Service on Saturdays season with a painting project!  Join us on Saturday 8/23, 9:30-noon for a morning of local service in our neighborhood.  For more information, contact or stop by and see us in the Lower Chapel!

•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:

•R.C.I.A./Sacramental Prep./Learning More about the Catholic Church
If you are interested in becoming Catholic, being confirmed if you have not completed your sacraments, or simply want to learn more about the Catholic Church, contact Tammy by emailing  A group will be forming soon.

•Your One-Stop Vocation Retreat 
This Labor Day weekend an opportunity is available for Catholic women to explore your vocation with Catholic Sisters from 6 different communities located along the Upper Mississippi River Valley in Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin. You’ll learn about their prayer life, community life, ministries and traditions. You'll screen and discuss films about Catholic women religious. You'll enjoy the companionship of your hosts, the Benedictine Sisters, who will provide tours, conversation and answers all weekend long. You’ll learn what religious life is REALLY like!   It takes Fri. Aug. 29 - Mon. Sept. 1, 2014 at St. Mary’s Monastery, 2200 88th Ave. West, Rock Island, IL, 61201. There is no cost.  Contact Sister Stefanie MacDonald

•Bridge Relationship Relationship
The Bridge Bible Fellowship Relationship Retreat will be held on Sept. 5-7.  The full title is "God's Prescription for Love, Sex, and Lasting Relationships."  For more information, contact