Thursday, March 26, 2015

03.29.15 & 04.05.15

Campus Ministry Bulletin
vol 23 no 24

March 29, 2015 - Palm Sunday

+ Isaiah 50:4-7  +  Philippians 2:6-11  +  Mark 14:1 - 15:47  +
Mass this Sunday at 10:30 am and 6:30 pm

April 5, 2015 - Easter Sunday
+  Acts 10:34, 37-43  +  Colossians 3:1-4  +  John 20:1-9  +
Easter Sunday Mass at 10:30am only

Mass Intentions:
Sunday3.2910:30 am
6:30 pm
For the SAU Community                
Monday     3.30    Noon             + Craig Reimers, '75
Tuesday     3.31   4:30 pm+ David Goetz, '76
Wednesday     4.19:15 pmFor student intentions           
Easter Sunday4.5    10:30am
Monday        4.6       NO MASS
Tuesday        4.7       4:30 pm+ Joseph Guise, '86
Wednesday        4.8       9:15pmFor student intentions
Thursday        4.9       4:30 pm+ Clark Cox
Friday        4.10       Noon+ Raymond Becker, '79

This Week's Activities Include:
Sunday: RCIA 11:30am (Lower Chapel)
Monday: Music Ministry 6pm (Chapel); Communal Reconciliation 7pm (Chapel); Brewed Awakening 8pm (Gathering Space); 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)

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

Lord of the Dance
Over 600 St. Ambrose students will be dancing this Saturday to improve the lives of children being treated at the University of Iowa Children's Hospital and to support their families. I am impressed not only by the sacrifice of students on their feet for hours during Saturday's event, but also by the hours and hours of work all year long that's been put into this venture. We’re rooting for our students that the lofty goal of raising $175,000 will be realized. There is a correlation between what these students are doing and what the Christian world celebrates in the upcoming week. This Sunday is Palm Sunday, commemorating the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, but it's also referred to as Passion Sunday, because our liturgy proclaims the greatest act of love God could offer humanity, the passionate love of Jesus Christ on the cross. The song, "Lord of the Dance” an English folk song written by Sydney Carter in 1967 speaks of Jesus as a piper leading his people in the great dance of life. I can't think a better prayer for all Ambrosians on this Dance Marathon Weekend and for the start to Holy Week than the refrain of that song:
Dance, then, wherever you may be,
I am the Lord of the Dance, said he,
And I’ll lead you all, wherever you may be,
And I’ll lead you all in the Dance, said he.
Thanks to our students for leading us all in a Christ-like dance of service that will lead to a better way of life for those who are in pain. May the commemoration of Holy Week and the celebration of Easter help us all rise from whatever keeps us from the joy of life.           ---Fr. Chuck

•Celebrating Holy Week at SAU
+Palm Sunday - Masses with blessing and distribution of palms at 10:30am and 6:30pm
+Monday - Mass at 12 noon, Communal Penance Service at 7pm, Brewed Awakening at 8pm, Late Night Adoration at 9pm
+Tuesday - “The Church of Mercy” discussion at 12 noon, Mass at 4:30pm
+Wednesday - Midweek Reflection at 12 noon, Mass at 9:15pm
+Holy Thursday - The chapel will be open all day for people to come and pray in silence, or pray the Stations of the Cross around the chapel.
+On Easter Sunday, April 5, the Mass of the Lord’s Resurrection will be celebrated at 10:30am in the Chapel.  No 6:30pm Mass will be held on Easter Sunday.
+All offices will reopen on Monday, April 6. No day classes will be held on Easter Monday, but evening classes will meet as scheduled. The noon mass will not be held.

•Stations of the Cross
During this Holy Week, pray along with our online stations, featuring SAU student reflections and the beautiful etchings of the late Fr. Edward Catich:

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

•Communal Penance Service
A communal celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be held at 7:00pm on Monday, March 30 in the Chapel.  A short prayer service and examination of conscience is followed by an opportunity for individual confession from one of several priests who will be present to help us celebrate God’s pardon, peace, and reconciliation with the Christian community.

•Brewed Awakening
All are invited to the March 30 discussion about domestic violence. The event will be led by Kris Houghton of Christian Care, a Rock Island organization that houses domestic violence victims. Free coffee and speciality drinks will be provided at this Brewed Awakening in the Chapel Gathering Space on Monday, March 30 from 8-9pm. There won’t be a Brewed on April 6.

•Medieval Lit Class Performance of Crucifixion Play
Students in Nancy Hayes' Medieval Lit Class will put on this late fourteenth, early fifteenth century drama in the Gathering Space of Christ the King Chapel at 3:45 on Wednesday, April 1. According to the Norton Anthology, this short play is "an especially powerful example of the representation of Christ in his suffering humanity that was characteristic of late medieval spirituality."

•Turn in Rice Bowl & Sample Food at Mass & More
On Wednesday April 1st, after the 9:15 Mass, we invite you to try food from Tanzania, Nicaragua, and Niger.  These countries receive support from Catholic Relief Services. (Rice Bowls) Learn about the work that CRS is doing in these areas as you try Ugali with bean soup, Gallo Pinto, and West African peanut stew.  Place your Rice Bowl in the large basket in the Gathering Space.  Proceeds go to fight hunger in the Quad Cities as well as globally.   Your generosity helps make a difference in the lives of others around the world!

•Celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation
As the end of Lent approaches, please continue to pray for our candidates for full communion in the Catholic Church: Jordan Guilland and Teresa Hutchinson and our First Communion and/or Confirmation Candidates, Mary Scheck, Lauren Metts and Andrew Hayek.  They will celebrate the sacraments of initiation Sunday, April 12th during the 10:30 am Mass.

•Music for Commencement Mass
All SAU students, faculty, and staff are invited to assist with music for the Commencement Mass on Sat, May 9 at 9am in the Chapel.  This mass provides a beautiful send-off for our graduates and their families, and is a wonderful SAU tradition.  Rehearsals will start on Monday, April 13 at 7pm in the Chapel.  Please email Chris Clow at if you would like to help out!

•Busy Student Retreat
Would you like to learn how to find time to pray and reflect with scripture while going about your regular busy schedule? Then the BUSY STUDENT RETREAT – is for you!  The retreat will be from April 12-16th.  The requirements are simple: spend a half hour each of the four days reflecting on the scripture passage provided and schedule another half hour to speak with one of the spiritual guides coming to campus to join us for the week. You set the time to fit into your schedule. Register here or pick up a form in the Gathering Space.  Contact Tammy Norcross-Reitzler 333 6132 or for more information!

•Living in the Light
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 the day as you reflect on life and faith with other young adults from across southeastern Iowa. Conference is free for SAU students (includes lunch and materials).  Email to register.

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

•Just Advocacy Week (JAW)
Take part in a five-day leadership experience in Washington DC for college students interested in the intersection of faith and politics. 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. College credit is available.  Learn more and apply here: