Thursday, March 19, 2015


Campus Ministry Bulletin
vol 23 no 23

March 22, 2015 - Fifth Sunday of Lent

+ Jeremiah 31:31-34 + Hebrews 5:7-9 + John 12:20-33 +
Mass this Sunday at 10:30 am and 6:30 pm

Mass Intentions:
Sunday3.2210:30 am
6:30 pm
For the SAU Community                
Monday     3.23    Noon             + Andrew Apathy, '74
Tuesday     3.24   4:30 pm+ Richard VanDeVoorde, '65
Wednesday     3.259:15 pmFor student intentions           
Thursday3.26    4:30pm+ Jane Hart, '73
Friday        3.27       Noon+ James Shovlain, Jr.

This Week's Activities Include:
Sunday: RCIA 11:30am (Lower Chapel)
Monday: Music Ministry 6pm (Chapel); Brewed Awakening 8pm (Gathering Space); Late Night Adoration 9pm (Chapel)
Tuesday: "Church of Mercy" Brown Bag noon (Gathering Space); Armenian Interfaith Prayer Service 7pm (Chapel); 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: Gospel Fest 7pm (Chapel) 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

It really is incredible to think that a college or university would be a place where intolerance and bigotry could take place. An institution so inherently dedicated to educating minds and expanding hearts ought to be the last place where one would find intolerance. But it was precisely at a state university in the Midwest last week that a racist rant from a fraternity member became public. It may sound naive, but I would hope that such things could never happen at St. Ambrose given the commitment we have made to diversity and to social justice. However, when such hateful occurrences take place anywhere in our society, they challenge every one of us to examine our consciences to dispel our own fears and ignorance.  Doing so helps us make sure we don’t contribute in any way to any kind of bigotry toward those of another culture, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or physical or developmental disability. In fact, once fears and ignorance are dispelled, we begin to realize that we need one another and our differences make us all the more a reflection of the Amazing God who created each and every one of us. Maya Angelou, the late author, poet, and historian one said, "We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color." Let's proudly celebrate that rich tapestry in a profound way by taking part in the many events of this upcoming Multicultural Week.    ---Fr. Chuck 

•Chrism Mass
The annual Chrism Mass will take place at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Davenport this Monday (March 23) at 5pm with Bishop Martin Amos presiding.  At this mass the oils of catechumens and of the sick are blessed, sacred Chrism is consecrated, and priests of the Diocese renew their ordination promises. All are welcome to this diocesan celebration. Sacred Heart Cathedral is located at 422 E 10th St., Davenport.

•Welcome L’Arche
We are pleased to welcome our friends from the L’Arche community in Clinton on Sunday starting with the 10:30am mass.  L’Arche is a community of adults with developmental disabilities and others who live with them in a community of equals and are witnesses to the values of justice and respect for every individual. We are proud of the longstanding relationship we have at SAU with L'Arche and we are pleased to welcome its members to St. Ambrose for what has become an annual event for our students.

•2 Service on Saturday opportunities
We have 2 opportunities for service this Saturday morning, March 21st.  We’ll go to Humility of Mary Housing from 9-11:30 to sort clothing and donations for their warehouse.  Another group will be painting with Rebuilding Together Quad Cities from 9-12:30.  Able to serve with either project?  Email to join in.

•Brewed Awakening
SAU philosophy professor Fr. Brian Miclot will explore topics such as violent videogames and ISIS. Free coffee and speciality drinks will be provided at this Brewed Awakening in the Chapel Gathering Space on Monday, March 23 from 8-9pm. All are welcome.

•Armenian Genocide Remembrance Service
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, an event historians tell us influenced Hitler's ethnic cleansing program that lead to the Holocaust.    An interfaith prayer service will be held on Tuesday, March 24 to mark the occasion.  The Very Reverend Aren Jebejian from the Armenian Church will join us to lead the service, and the Most Reverend Bishop Martin Amos of Davenport will offer a reflection.  There will be Armenian food offered beginning at 6pm in the Gathering Space, and the prayer service begins at 7pm.  All are welcome to attend.

•Gospel Fest - THIS THURSDAY
Come to the Chapel on Thursday at 7pm for the 6th annual Gospel Fest, presented by the St. Ambrose Multicultural Affairs Community Action student group (MACA).  This joyful celebration of song will feature local choirs and solo artist, and special guest gospel artist Drew Chambers from the BET show “Sunday Best.”  Admission is free, and all are welcome!

•River Bend Foodbank Mobile Pantry
Do you have some free time on Thursday morning?  RiverBend Foodbank has a Mobile Food Pantry on Thursday, March 26 at New Hope Presbyterian Church in Davenport.  Volunteer hours are 8:00am to 11:30am.  The Mobile Food Pantry distribution will provide about 10,000 meals and feeds hundreds of families in just a few hours!  If you are interested, email  We can arrange a carpool from campus.

•Ambrosian Reflections
Find them on the main SAU webpage, or go to

•Online Stations of the Cross

•Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies - June 11-14, July 9-12
Ever thought about working or volunteering in youth ministry?  The Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies program is for you!  This summer program equips participants with the experience, tools, and resources to assist them in all avenues of youth ministry.  Earn your certificate in just two summers, and courses can be taken for Theology credit!  Email Chris Clow at to learn more!

•Dubuque’s Got Sisters Retreat
Are you interested in checking out religious life?  This retreat provides an opportunity to pray with and learn about four  religious communities in Dubuque. The retreat begins with dinner and prayer on Friday, April 10th at 5 pm and closes with dinner on Saturday, April 11th (to conclude by 6pm). For more information contact Sister Rita Cameron, PBVM

•Living in the Light: 
Living in the Light is a day of personal and spiritual enrichment that will bring new meaning and purpose to your life in faith. This workshop/retreat day is April 18 from 9:30 AM-4:00 PM at the Newman Center in Iowa City for young adults ages 18-35. Dr. Tim O'Malley from the University of Notre Dame will lead you through the day as you reflect on your life and faith with other young adults from across southeastern Iowa. Conference is free for SAU students.   (includes lunch and materials).  Email to register.

•Just Advocacy Week (JAW)
Take part in a five-day leadership experience for college students interested in the intersection of faith and politics. Come join us in Washington, D.C. to learn about leadership, community organizing, and advocacy strategies centered on Catholic Social Tradition. From June 14-19, participants will experience what it's like to lobby an elected official, how to be a social justice leader in their community, and gain issue knowledge on economic inequality. This program is designed for those who recently completed their freshman year in college but haven't started their senior year yet. College credit is available.  Learn more and apply here: