Friday, August 21, 2015


Campus Ministry Bulletin
vol 24 no 1

August 24, 2015 - Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

+  Acts 4:8-12  +  1 John 3:1-2  +  John 10:11-18  +
Mass this Sunday at 10:30 am and 3:00 pm

Mass Intentions:
Sunday8.2410:30 am
3:00 pm
For the SAU Community              
For New Students
Wednesday     8.259:15 pmFor student intentions           
Thursday8.26    4:30pm+ Loyola Hutson
Friday        8.27       Noon+ Joseph Sesbeau, '47

This Week's Activities Include:
Tuesday: Convocation and Blessing of the Academic Year 11am (Rogalski Center Ballroom)
Wednesday: Music Jam 8pm (Hayes Courtyard); 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

We extend a warm welcome to all new and returning students to the St. Ambrose University community. We hope that all new Ambrosians quickly come to discover that SAU is a "home away from home.” There are many individuals in every part of campus ready to assist students. In fact, so often visitors to campus comment on the  spirit of welcome and helpfulness they find here.  It is something we do well, in part, I believe, because of our diocesan heritage. It’s a charism, a unique characteristic of St. Ambrose as an academic community rooted within a local community and diocese. This week new Ambrosians become a part of that community. Earlier this summer, Pope Francis issued a highly anticipated encyclical letter on the care of the earth entitled, Laudati Si, or Praise Be to You in English. Along with many challenging things, the pope also reminds us that there are many little things we can all do to make our communities a home for all. Borrowing an insight from Saint Therese who spoke of the "little way of love," he reminds us that there is power in kind words, a smile, and small gestures that bring us together in peace. He writes, "An integral ecology is also made up of simple daily gestures which break with the logic of violence, exploitation and selfishness.” (Laudati Si, Paragraph 230). We all have a part to play in creating a home where all are welcome.  We in Campus Ministry send this email bulletin each week to help you be aware of some of the opportunities available for you to engage with students in the process of spiritual and personal growth. We hope you'll find yourself feeling at home the minute you step onto campus. We hope you'll in turn contribute in many small and large ways to make St. Ambrose and the world around us home for all.  A hearty welcome to all and prayers for blessing on a great year!   ---Fr. Chuck 

•Campus Ministry Staff
Our campus ministry staff is here for all members of the St. Ambrose community regardless of their religious or denominational affiliation. We want you to know that Christ the King Chapel is your spiritual home while at St. Ambrose. Our staff includes Fr. Chuck Adam, Chaplain and Director of Campus Ministry 333.6151, Christopher Clow, Director of Music Ministry and Liturgy, 333.6189, Kaitlin Depuydt, Director of Service and Justice Ministry 333.6083, and Tammy Norcross-Reitzler, Director of  Faith Formation, 333.6132. We look forward to meeting all who are new to St. Ambrose.  Always feel free to stop in and visit us in our offices in the lower level of Christ the King Chapel.

•Come as You Are to 3:00 pm Sunday Mass
For those who will have spent the day moving into residence halls, we want you to know that casual dress is appropriate for the 3:00  pm mass today – Sunday, August 23.  This mass is specifically intended to help new students and your families have an opportunity to worship today. Simply come as you are!

 •Convocation and Blessing of the Academic Year
Please join us at 11 am this Tuesday August 20 in the Rogalski Center Ballroom as we welcome the class of 2019. Most Rev. Martin Amos, Bishop of the Diocese of Davenport and Chair of the SAU Board of Trustees, will lead the campus community in a prayer service asking God’s blessing on the new academic year. Dr. Jessica Greenwald will offer the keynote. Sister Joan Lescinski, SAU President, will offer the customary charge to the community for the coming year. Please join us.

•Chapel Schedule
All Ambrosians, regardless of faith tradition or religious affiliation, are invited to make Christ the King Chapel their spiritual home while at SAU. We offer a special 3:00pm mass today to welcome new students and their families, but our usual Sunday masses while classes are in session are at 10:30am and 6:30pm. Daily mass is offered Mondays and Fridays at noon, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:30 pm and on Wednesday evening at 9:15 pm (in the Grotto if weather allows).  The Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered every Wednesday at 8:30 pm and by appointment with Fr. Chuck or other priests on campus.  For special events and updates, please keep an eye on this campus ministry bulletin which we will send out each week on e-mail and leave copies on Sunday in the chapel Gathering Space.

•New Student Seminar!!! First Meeting – Sunday - August 23
Be sure to check your Welcome Week information to find out where your first New Student Seminar meets Sunday at 7:30pm. You’ll meet your NSS instructor and peer assistant and get info about the details of your Urban Plunge site for Monday, Aug 24.

•Welcome Week Activities
Make note of all the activities of Welcome Week and especially Urban Plunge, an opportunity for all first year students to engage in service with the community.  Your participation in these activities helps to set the stage for your successful college career. The week includes cookouts, late night bowling and bingo, movies, color run, musical comedy duo “Dakaboom,” comedian Brian O’Sullivan, and more! The schedule is online here:  SAU Welcome Week

•Campus Ministry Music Jam
Come end the first day of classes with music and fun at the Campus Ministry Music Jam.  Bring your guitar, bring your voice, or bring your requests and come sing songs, meet new friends, and get to know your campus ministers!  The music starts at 8pm in the Hayes Courtyard, and leads right into the first Wednesday night Mass and More of the year.

•Wednesday Night Mass & More
Take part in an SAU tradition with Mass and More, beginning Wednesday, August 26th at 9:15 pm at the Grotto which is located at the northwest side of Ambrose Hall (if it rains, we’ll have Mass in the Chapel).  After Mass, we’ll have a make-your-own sundae bar in the Chapel Gathering Space.  It’s a great way to give thanks after the first day of class and to meet new people.

•BEE Connected New Student Retreat
This overnight retreat is open to all incoming freshmen and transfer students.  All faiths are welcome.   The retreat will be Friday, Sept. 11-Saturday, Sept. 12th at Camp Loud Thunder.  We provide the transportation to and from campus.  It’s a great opportunity to make friends, receive tips from upperclassmen, be introduced to all that campus ministry has to offer, and strengthen your faith.  Registration forms are available in the Chapel Gathering Space or you may register online:  Bee Connected Retreat.  The retreat cost $10 and includes transportation, lodging and food.  SPACE IS LIMITED, REGISTER SOON.  For more information contact us at

We have many opportunities for students to grow in faith, share their gifts and talents, and build up the Kingdom of God.  Next Sunday, August 29th at both the 10:30 a.m. and the 6:30 p.m. Masses students will be given an opportunity to sign up for our various ministries and activities.  You may also complete the online interest survey.  You can also just stop by our offices in the lower chapel and we are glad to speak with you and answer any questions.  We are looking forward to a great year!

•Service on Saturday
Our Service on Saturday projects are kicking off on Saturday, August 29th.  Stay tuned for our community service project next weekend!  For more info on this and other Saturday service projects all year long, contact

•Brewed Awakening
Join fellow students throughout the year for coffee drinks and discussion of various topics at Brewed Awakening. The first Brewed of the year will be August 31 from 8-9pm in the Chapel Gathering Space. The first Brewed will be about working for justice, which is the university's theme for the school year. Also, be thinking about topics for future “Brewed Awakening” discussions.

•Ambrosians for Peace and Justice
Join us for the first meeting of Ambrosians for Peace & Justice (APJ).  We are a group of students who are interested in peace and justice, doing service projects together and discussing the larger picture of social justice in our community and world.  All Ambrosians are welcome!  We will meet on Wednesdays at 8pm, beginning Sept. 2nd, in the lower chapel.  See you there!

•Infaith Council
Interfaith Council works to bring together students of all faiths and even those unaffiliated with a faith tradition to share in mutual understanding through service of others. If you are interested in being a part of this important effort, please contact us at

•Women & Faith
A group for young women interested in growing deeper in their Catholic Faith through shared prayer, reflection on God's Word and discussions about relevant faith topics.  The group will meet on Thursday evenings from 8-9 p.m. in the chapel gathering space beginning Thursday, September 3rd.  If you'd like more information, please contact Tammy Norcross-Reitzler at

•BEESknees is a unique prayer ministry that allows Ambrosians to pray in their own time and manner for confidential intentions presented each week on behalf of fellow Ambrosians. If you’d like to be part of it, or have intentions to offer, send to: