Friday, October 24, 2014


Campus Ministry Bulletin
vol 23 no 9

October 26, 2014 - Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

+ Exodus 22: 20-26 + 1 Thessalonians 1: 5-10 + Matthew 22: 34-40 +
Masses this Sunday at 9:00am, 10:30am and 6:30pm

Mass Intentions:
For the SAU Community
Monday     10.27    Noon        +Theodore Miller, Jr, '86           
Tuesday     10.28    4:30pm+David Martin, '92           
Wednesday     10.299:15pmFor student intentions           
Thursday10.30    4:30pm+Janis Vela, '89              
Friday        10.31        Noon+Msgr. Richard Fitzimmons        

This Week's Activities Include:
Monday: Music Ministry 6pm (Chapel); Brewed Awakening 8pm (Gathering Space)
Tuesday: Nurses Christian Fellowship 5pm (Gathering Space); Bridge Bible Fellowship 8:40pm (Chapel)
Wednesday: Ambrosians for Peace and Justice 8pm (Gottlieb Conference Room); 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

It is Family Weekend at St. Ambrose and it is a special joy to welcome family members of our students to campus. Because their families, and particularly their parents, have contributed so much to the people students have become, it is important to honor their sacrifices and to express gratitude. But no family is perfect. Pope Francis and the 200 leaders of the Catholic church who met at Vatican City for the Extraordinary Synod on the Family which concluded last Sunday discussed ways to support families. They also promoted the Church to be an ever more inclusive family, healing the wounds of those who in the past have felt unwelcome because of divorce and remarriage outside the church or because of their sexual orientation. Some have expressed disappointment that the synod did not go far enough. However, editors at America magazine, a Jesuit publication, were quick to point out that the synod’s final report stated that “no doors have been closed” and all the main questions are still on the table.  Further, it said that an absolute majority of the synod participants are with Pope Francis, in favor of a Church that like the Good Samaritan reaches out to care for all her “wounded children.” May our celebration of Family Weekend at St. Ambrose inspire us to a genuine care that reaches out to all God's children, to all our brothers and sisters in the human family. 
--Fr. Chuck

•TWO Family Weekend Masses THIS Sunday- October 26
Because of the increased attendance at Family Weekend masses THIS WEEKEND, October 26, please be reminded that mass will be celebrated at 9:00am, in addition to the usual 10:30am and 6:30pm times.  Please join us in Christ the King Chapel!
•Family Weekend Activities
Enjoy such activities as concerts, an "America's Got Talent" juggler, tailgating and football, a family carnival, Sunday mass—and more!  For the entire schedule please click here.

Quote on the family:  “We may not always have it all together, but together we have it all.” (seen on

•Service on Saturday
Saturday October 25th, join us in serving Winnie’s Wishes, a resale shop through Churches United of the QC that supports Winnie’s Place, a shelter for women in need.  Time commitment is 9:45am-1pm. Email if you are interested in this opportunity.  Upcoming Service on Saturdays will be on November 8th & 15th.  

•Feast of All Saints/All Souls
In the Catholic Tradition the month of November is a time to pray for our deceased loved ones.  Next Sunday, November 2nd is the Feast of All Souls Day.  Cards will be available in the Gathering Space for Ambrosians to record the names of their deceased loved ones and presented during Mass.  The cards will stay near the altar and the people remembered in prayer throughout the entire month.

•Brewed Awakening
All are invited to enjoy free coffee drinks and participate in a multicultural discussion about “The Significance of Celebrating the Dead” in the Chapel Gathering Space at 8pm on Oct. 27. With Halloween, Day of the Dead, and All Souls Day around the corner, Tony Raya will discuss how different cultures honor the deceased and why they’re still considered a part of the community. Have an idea for a discussion? Email and let us know!

•Eboo Patel, Interfaith speaker
Monmouth College is hosting Eboo Patel on Tuesday, October 28th on Sacred Ground: Why Religion Matters in the 21st Century.  Patel asks - “In an era of global religious conflict, the United States is the most religiously diverse nation in human history and the most religiously devout nation in the West.  Will faith be a barrier of division or a bridge of cooperation?”  Email ASAP if you would like to carpool to this free event; we would leave at 5:30 and return around 10pm.

•Bee the Difference Day
Bee the Difference in the surrounding neighborhood the afternoon of Sunday November 2nd.  Teams of 6 (or individuals) can sign up with name, email, and t-shirt sizes by October 29th to

•Hunger Week 2014!
Ambrosians for Peace & Justice asks you to be on the lookout for events and activities related to hunger awareness during the week of November 3-8!

•Busy Student Retreat
Are you interested in attending a retreat while still being able to go to classes, work, and spend time with friends?  The Busy Student Retreat is for you!  The retreat will be held from November 9-13th and it takes place right here on-campus in the midst of your regular schedule.  Every day you will meet with a spiritual director one-on-one for 30 minutes and commit to 30 minutes of prayer time.  Registration forms are available in the Gathering Space.  

•Dubuque’s Got Sisters
Women interested in checking out religious life are invited to an overnight retreat at Mt. Carmel  in Dubuque, November 14th-15th.  It’s an opportunity to get to know women from four different religious communities.  For more information contact Sister Kathy Carr at or 563.588.2351, ext. 5133.

•Becoming Catholic/Confirmation Preparation
Anyone interested in preparing for Confirmation or becoming Catholic or learning more about Catholic teachings, rituals and way of life are invited to contact Tammy Norcross-Reitzler in Campus Ministry for more information.

•Vocations Awareness Week
“National Vocation Awareness Week will be celebrated in our country November 2-8, 2014.  Please ask Our Lord for more dedicated, holy priests, deacons and consecrated men and women.  May they be inspired by Jesus Christ, supported by our faith community, and respond generously to God’s gift of a vocation."