Thursday, April 9, 2015


Campus Ministry Bulletin
vol 23 no 25

April 12, 2015 - Second Sunday of Easter

+  Acts 4:32-35  +  1 John 5:1-6  +  John 20:19-31  +
Mass this Sunday at 10:30 am and 6:30 pm

Mass Intentions:
Sunday4.1210:30 am
6:30 pm
For the SAU Community                
Monday     4.13    Noon             + Msgr. Philip Thoni, '46
Tuesday     4.14   4:30 pm+ Douglas Gregan, '78
Wednesday     4.159:15 pmFor student intentions           
Thursday4.16    4:30pm+ Matt Hoffmiller, '99
Friday        4.17       Noon+ Vincent Reardon

This Week's Activities Include:
Sunday: Busy Student Retreat Orientation 7:30pm (Gathering Space)
Monday: Music Ministry 6pm (Chapel); Brewed Awakening 8pm (Gathering Space)
Tuesday: Nurses Christian Fellowship 4pm (Gathering Space); 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 (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

Baseball and the Easter Way of Life
Easter is not merely a one-day holiday, but a whole 50-day season of celebrating life. But in reality, Easter is also a way of life for those who believe death has been overcome and that the tensions of sin and hatred will never have the last word. Since baseball metaphors seem to fit so perfectly with Easter, perhaps it’s no coincidence then that opening day each year falls around the same time as Easter Sunday. Resisting the urge to mention a specific team, Easter gives the kind of perpetual optimism of any fan who the previous September cried, “just wait until next year.”  Easter is about being forgiven and learning to forgive. It’s about starting over again and again, each time with new courage having learned from what went wrong the previous times.  And it’s about perseverance.  Easter reminds us not to quit, when the we going is tough. Hank Aaron’s motto whenever he was in a slump or feeling badly, or having trouble on or off the field says it well, “keep swinging.”  And it’s recognizing the joy of just being in the game of life. The recently departed Chicago Cubs legend, Ernie Banks, will forever be known for that sentiment expressed in his own words, “It's a beautiful day for a ballgame... Let's play two!” That’s the Easter way of life. It’s about hope, it’s about perseverance, and it’s about recognizing joy in ordinary things. Try to live it for each of the 50 days of this Easter season. Who knows? We might just learn to live it for life.   ---Fr. Chuck

•Celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation
This weekend we celebrate the Sacraments of Initiation at the 10:30 am Mass.  We will welcome Jordan Guilland and Teresa Hutchinson into full communion of the Catholic Church with a profession of faith and the sacraments of Confirmation and First Communion.   Mary Scheck will celebrate her First Communion and Confirmation, too.  Lauren Metts and Andrew Hayek will also be confirmed on Sunday.   The candidates met together throughout the past year to explore the Sunday Scriptures and experience the Catholic way of life.  We congratulate them and welcome them with great joy!  If you are interested in learning more about becoming Catholic or preparing for the sacraments, please email

•Turn In Your Rice Bowls
If you haven’t yet turned in your Rice Bowl, please bring it to the Chapel Gathering Space, and leave it in the marked basket.  Proceeds go to fight hunger in the Quad Cities as well as globally.  You can also make a donation by going straight to CRS online.  Thank you for your generosity!

•Welcome Busy Student Retreat Guides
We are pleased to welcome  Sr. Rita Cameron, PBVM and Fr. Adam MacDonald, SVD to campus as spiritual guides for this semester’s Busy Student Retreat.  They are joined by Fr. Conn O’Maoldomhnaigh in helping students reflect on scripture and the movement of God in their lives. Please keep these directors and students in your prayers this week.

•Project Andrew Dinner this Tuesday
Bishop Martin Amos, bishop of the Diocese of Davenport and Fr. Thom Hennen, Vocation Director for the Diocese of Davenport invite college age men to an informal dinner this Tuesday, April 14, at 6:00 p.m. The purpose is to informally share their experience of priesthood with men who might be interested in seminary formation and/or with those who want to support their friends in vocations to the priesthood.  If you would like to attend, please contact Fr. Chuck Adam, so a place can be reserved for you. Deadline to register is Monday at noon.

•Brewed Awakening-- “Are you stressed?”
All are invited to the April 13 discussion about de-stressing. The event will be led by St. Ambrose University’s Nurse Nancy Hines, who will talk about various techniques of relieving stress. Free coffee and specialty drinks will be provided at this Brewed Awakening in the Chapel Gathering Space on Monday, April 13 from 8-9pm.

•Human Trafficking talk 
Why do States Fail to Eradicate Human Trafficking?  Ambrosians for Peace & Justice are welcoming a speaker to campus next week to address this question.  Alul Yesak will speak on human trafficking with her global perspective on Wednesday, April 15th at 7pm in the Rogalski Center Ballroom.  This event is free and open to the public.

•Service on Saturday opportunities
Want to contribute to the community over the next couple of Saturdays?  On April 11th, join us for Bingo with seniors at the Kahl Home from 1:30-4pm.  On April 18th, lots of help is needed with Project Renewal’s “Run for Renewal” 5K.  We are asked to support the runners by marking the route and timing the runners on this early morning - join us between 7:45-10am!   Email if you can join us.

•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.

•CommUNITY day 
Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to serve the neighborhood on Sunday April 19th, CommUNITY day.  Afternoon shifts are available, and teams can register together on this site to volunteer:

•May Service Trip
We are excited to announce an additional service trip during May, from May 10-16th to Denver with an organization called DenUM (Denver Urban Ministries).  More information and applications are available by emailing  Applications are due Wednesday April 15th.

•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 20 at 7pm in the Chapel.  Please email Chris Clow at if you would like to help out!

•Exploring Priesthood Weekend
Junior and senior men who are interested in priesthood are invited to a free retreat weekend at Mundelein Seminary on April 17-19.  You’ll have the opportunity to meet with Fr. Robert Barron, rector of the seminary, and other priests and seminarians of the Chicago archdiocese to learn more about the priesthood. Interested? Contact Fr. Francis Bitterman at (312) 534-8298,, or visit

•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.  Courses can be taken for Theology credit, take some this summer and lighten your semester load!  Email Chris Clow at to learn more.