Thursday, September 18, 2014


Campus Ministry Bulletin
vol 23 no 6

September 21, 2014 - Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
+ Isaiah 55: 6-9 + Philippians 1: 20-24, 27 + Matthew 20: 1-16 +
Masses this Sunday at 10:30am and 6:30pm

Mass Intentions:

Sunday9.21   10:30am
+Ruth Boysen              
for the full recovery of R. Paragas
Monday     9.22    Noon        +Sister Mary Clare Sweeney, '62           
Tuesday     9.23    4:30pm+James Uniek, '64           
Wednesday     9.24    9:15pmFor student intentions           
Thursday9.25    4:30pm+Gale Vetter, '59              
Friday        9.26      Noon+Dennis Haas, '74        

This Week's Activities Include:
Sunday: Pacem in Terris Award Presentation 3pm (Chapel)
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

Homecoming: It Rings a Bell
A line from a Charles Dicken’s classic says, “Every traveler has a home of his own, and he learns to appreciate it all the more from his wandering.” That sentiment is expressed by many alumni and friends of St. Ambrose University who come back to campus for Homecoming Weekend.  St. Ambrose, like any place we call home, is a community where important relationships are developed and where life lessons are learned. Those things are especially easy to take for granted by current students and faculty and staff when we are engrossed in the busy work of the university.  But our alumni and friends give witness to the power of this place to transform lives.  Events this weekend include the blessing of the new cornerstone and the renewed exterior to Ambrose Hall on Saturday morning.  The bell in the Ambrose Hall tower which has been silent for many years, will be rung to conclude that blessing ceremony. As that bell summoned student to class and to prayer so many years ago, may it now summon us all to a deeper appreciation for all the alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends of St. Ambrose University and for the sacred bond that unites us and brings us home.              ---Fr. Chuck 

•Welcome Fr. Conn
We are very pleased to welcome Father Conn O'Maoldhomhnaig who will be presiding at some of our liturgies in Christ the King Chapel throughout the academic year.  Fr. Conn is here as a presidential fellow from Carlow College, in Carlow, Ireland gaining valuable insights into the administration of a university from Sister Joan.

•Ambrose Hall Blessing
A ceremony to celebrate renovations to the Ambrose Hall exterior will be held at 10:30 a.m., this Saturday, Sept. 20, in front of Ambrose Hall (rain location is the Beehive).  A highlight will be the ringing of the Ambrose Hall tower bell.

•Pacem in Terris award
The 2014 Pacem in Terris Peace and Freedom award will be presented to Sister Simone Campbell on Sunday September 21st at 3pm in the Chapel.  Sr. Simone is the executive director of NETWORK, a Catholic social justice lobby in Washington DC.  Sr. Simone organized the “Nuns on the Bus” campaign in 2012 and has devoted her ministry to advocate for social and economic justice.   Join us in celebration with Sr. Simone!

•Take a Look at the “Seat of Wisdom” Painting
We are grateful to Professor Emeritus of History Richard Geiger for gifting St. Ambrose with a painting he commissioned Professor Emeritus of Art Thomas Chouteau, ‘51 to create.  Entitled “Seat of Wisdom,” the painting incorporates the faces of Professor Geiger St. Ambrose colleagues,  Dr. Edward Rogalski, Professor John Schmits, ‘57, and Fathers Edmund Dunn, ‘58, Edward Catich, ‘32, and William Dawson, ‘50.   The painting has been placed in the Gathering Space of Christ the King Chapel and is especially appreciated on this Homecoming Weekend.

•Brewed Awakening
All are invited to enjoy free coffee drinks and participate in a discussion about “Providing Refuge for Children” in the Chapel Gathering Space at 8pm on September 22. The informal discussion will be led by 1,000 Kids for Iowa project director Jessica Brackett. 1,000 Kids for Iowa is an organization working to find safe temporary or long-term homes in Iowa for children seeking refuge in the United States. Have an idea for a discussion?  Email and let us know!

•Making the Transition to College Life
Adjusting to college life is often exciting and also challenging. It’s not uncommon for new students to struggle with homesickness, managing relationships, meeting people, identity issues, and managing time and stress, etc.   Before you start to feel overwhelmed or develop bad habits in response to these very normal experiences, consider attending the presentation next Thursday, September 25th from 6-7 p.m. in the Rogalski Center Ballroom by Amber Dopler from our Counseling Center.

•Service on Saturday
Our next Service on Saturday project will be on Saturday September 27th, doing a painting project with the organization Rebuilding Together Quad Cities, which repairs homes for people in need.   Join us with a friend or two for this meaningful hands-on project!  Departure time is 9:30am that morning.   Email if you are interested in helping!

•Commissioning of Liturgical Ministers
Next Sunday, September 28th , we will commission and pray for all of our lectors, extraordinary ministers of holy communion,  musicians, servers and sacristans during both the 10:30 am and 6:30 pm Masses.

•Antioch Retreat
Registration forms are now available for this semester’s Antioch Retreat.  The retreat begins Friday, October 17th in the evening and concludes, Sunday, October 19th in the early afternoon.  Antioch is a great opportunity for students to spend time away from campus reflecting on faith and life in the midst of a Christian community.  It is open to any SAU student.   Pick up a registration form in the cafeteria during the week or in the Chapel Gathering Space and return to campus ministry by October 8th.  For more information contact the co-leaders of the retreat, Rachel Pasker or Luke Staudt.

•Fall Break Service Trip
Wanting to make a difference in the Quad Cities?  We are putting together a Fall Break Service “trip,” packed full of local service experiences over the weekend of October 10th-12th.  Spend your day off making a difference at organizations like Humility of Mary Housing, the Cathedral Clothing Center, and Gilda’s Club.   Stay tuned for more information!

•Literacy Coaches Needed
Last year, SAU students started volunteering their time at Thurgood Marshall Learning Center, an alternative school in Rock Island.  We are recruiting again for students who could serve as Literacy Coaches, developing reading, writing and comprehension skills within the middle- and high-school students.  A weekly commitment of 1 hour or more is needed; scheduling your time can be flexible!  This opportunity will begin the week of October 20th.  Email for more information.

•Learning About the Catholic Church/RCIA
SAU students, faculty and staff interested in becoming Catholic or learning more about the Church, its teachings, rituals and way of life are invited to contact Tammy Norcross-Reitzler in Campus Ministry or 333-6132 for more information about the process.

•Sacrament of Confirmation
Baptized Catholics who never celebrated the sacrament of Confirmation are able to prepare for that sacrament while at SAU.  Email to learn more about the process.

•Bees Knees Prayer Ministry Requests
In addition to sending your prayer requests to, you are also able to write them on paper and place in box that is located near the reconciliation room of Christ the King chapel. We are grateful to all who have graciously agreed to take part in this ministry of prayer.