Thursday, February 19, 2015


Campus Ministry Bulletin
vol 23 no 20

February 22, 2015 - First Sunday of Lent

+ Genesis 9:8-15 + 1 Peter 3:18-22 + Mark 1:12-15 +
Mass this Sunday at 10:30 am and 6:30 pm

Mass Intentions:
Sunday2.2210:30 am
6:30 pm
+ Caroline Griffin
For the SAU Community                
Monday     2.23    Noon             + Fr. John Boyle
Tuesday     2.24   4:30 pm+ Patrick Doyle, '57
Wednesday     2.259:15 pmFor student intentions           
Thursday2.26    4:30pm+ Jacque Rader, '60
Friday        2.27       Noon+ John Sherwin, '51

This Week's Activities Include:
Sunday: RCIA 11:30am (Lower Chapel)
Monday: Music Ministry 6pm (Chapel); Late Night Adoration 9pm (Chapel)
Tuesday: "Church of Mercy" Brown Bag noon (Gathering Space); Bridge Bible Fellowship 8:40pm (Chapel)
Wednesday: Ecumenical Reflection noon (Chapel); Ambrosians for Peace and Justice 8pm (Lower Chapel); Sacrament of Reconciliation 8:30pm (Chapel); Mass and More 9:15pm (Chapel)
Thursday: Women & Faith 8pm (Gathering Space)

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

Many siblings of our current SAU students come to campus this weekend for another opportunity for us to celebrate family.  It is always a joy to celebrate the bonds of familial love.  But family need not be limited by blood relationships or parental adoption. Catholic social teaching reiterates this time and time again.  In a 1979 pastoral letter, the US Bishops named racism as a sin which mocks the most basic doctrine of Christians: that God became incarnate in Christ, making all human beings siblings to Christ.  Our church leaders stated, “Let all know that racism is a terrible sin that mocks the cross of Christ and ridicules the Incarnation. For the brother and sister of our Brother Jesus Christ are brother and sister to us.”  Speaking to his newly created Cardinals last Sunday, Pope Francis challenged them to lead the way putting no limits on love,  to claim “total openness to serving others” as their only title of honor, and to see Jesus in every person who is excluded.  It’s a powerful message for all of us. Years ago at a conference on music and liturgy I heard composer Marty Haugen perform a song entitled, “One ‘Ohana.”  ‘Ohana is a Hawaiian word for one universal family. I am told it’s also a key theme in the Disney Lilo & Stitch series. “Family” it says, “means nobody gets left behind, and nobody is ever forgotten.”  A perfect goal for us to strive to live this Lenten season. After all, we are all brothers and sisters to one another. ---Fr. Chuck  

•Rite of Calling Candidates to Continuing Conversion  
This Sunday at the 10:30 am Mass, we will introduce those from the St. Ambrose University community who are preparing for reception into the Catholic Church and those preparing for the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist during the Easter season.   Please keep these Ambrosians in your prayers throughout Lent.

•Fast Fest  
Take part in a different fast every week of Lent!  The first week of Fast Fest is this week: a Desserts Fast.  We challenge you to go without sweets at your meals, and eat healthier things.   Want email reminders & encouragement during the weeks of FastFest?  Email to get on the list.

•Late Night Tie-Dye event
 Ambrosians for Peace & Justice, along with Late-Night programming, are hosting a tie-dye event this Friday night 2/20, at 10pm on the 1st floor of the Rogalski Center.  Free FastFest t-shirts are available for you to tie-dye, or bring your own shirt.  See you there!

•Late Night Adoration  
Come spend some time in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament on Monday, Feb 23 at 9pm in the Chapel.  Enjoy a time of song, scripture, and silence to end your day - every Monday during Lent!  Email if you’d like to learn more or to assist with the service.

•A Church of Mercy  
Come and discuss Pope Francis’ “A Church of Mercy” and bring your lunch to the Gathering Space at noon on Tuesdays.  The first book by Pope Francis, this is a collection of his speeches, homilies, and papers during the first year of his papacy, and outlines his vision for the Church today.  This program is especially aimed at faculty and staff, but all are welcome to this “brownbag” lunchtime discussion.  Contact Fr. Chuck at if you’d like to receive the book and be part of this discussion which starts this Tuesday, Feb. 24!

•Wednesday Ecumenical Reflection  
Every Wednesday at 12 noon take some time out for quiet prayer in the Chapel: 15 minutes of song, Scripture, and especially silence.  A great time for quiet reflection in the middle of the week.  All are welcome!

•Women & Faith
 Gather weekly on Thursday evenings from 8-9 pm in the gathering space with other young women to pray, reflect on God’s Word and share faith.

•Ambrosian Reflections
 Follow along online with the readings for Lent and reflections from SAU faculty and staff.   Find them on the main SAU webpage, or go to  New reflections every weekday all throughout Lent!  If you would be interested in writing one of the short reflections, contact Fr. Chuck Adam at

•Online Stations of the Cross
 Pray the Online Stations of the Cross, with SAU student reflections and the beautiful etchings of the late Fr. Edward Catich.  Make them a part of your Lenten reflection!  Visit:

•CRS Rice Bowl App  
Rice Bowls are a wonderful opportunity to make a difference during Lent, and Catholic Relief Services has provided an app that comes with prayerful reflections for the day, information about their work, and even meatless recipes from some of the countries they serve.  A perfect mix of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.  Find out more here:    This week the  Rice Bowl reflections focus on Tanzania, where a simple soybean is changing lives! What actions can you take this Lent to change lives—at home and around the world?  Rice Bowls still available  in the Gathering Space.

•Spring Break Service Trips   
Our spring break service trips are gearing up for their week of service in East St. Louis, Detroit, Kentucky, and Cleveland.  Anyone still wanting to go on a trip is welcome to apply as an alternate.   Please contact for more details.

•Brewed Awakening  The next Brewed Awakening will be on Monday, March 2. Interested in learning about the Middle Eastern culture?  Brewed Awakening will feature SAU international recruiter Munir Sayegh, who travels to recruit prospective students around the world. The discussion will focus on everyday life in the Middle East. All are invited to enjoy free coffee and speciality drinks at this Brewed Awakening in the Chapel Gathering Space on Monday, March 2 from 8-9pm.

•Spiritual Student Ambassador Position
Applications for a leadership position on the Spiritual Floor are due  on Friday. Contact Fr. Chuck Adam for more information at, and/or download the application here: