Thursday, August 27, 2015


Campus Ministry Bulletin
vol 24 no 2

August 30, 2015 - Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

+  Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-8  +  James 1:17-18, 21-22, 27  +  Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23  +
Mass this Sunday at 10:30 am and 6:30 pm

Mass Intentions:
Sunday8.3010:30 am
6:30 pm
For the SAU Community                
Monday     8.31    Noon             + Faynelle Haehn, '40
Tuesday     9.1   4:30 pmCare of Creation
Wednesday     9.29:15 pmFor student intentions           
Thursday9.3    4:30pm+ Fr. Ed Botkin
Friday        9.4        Noon+ John Meenan, '44

This Week's Activities Include:
Monday: Music Ministry 6 pm (Chapel); Brewed Awakening 8 pm (Gathering Space)
Tuesday: Bridge Bible Fellowship 9 pm (Chapel)
Wednesday: Ambrosians for Peace and Justice 8 pm (Lower Chapel); Sacrament of Reconciliation 8:30 pm (Chapel); Mass and More 9:15 pm (Chapel)
Thursday: Women & Faith 8 pm (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

Putting Our Hearts into What we Do
One of the stories I sometimes share from my days as a pastor in a parish in the western part of the Davenport Diocese took place on a cold winter morning with several inches of new snow on the ground. My radio alarm clock awoke me to announcements of school cancellations due to the storm.  As I walked over to the early morning mass, expecting no-one to be there, I looked up to see a delightful 80-year old woman.  One who rarely ever missed, she was waiting prayerfully in a pew near the front of the church.  Conflicted about whether I should praise her faith or scold her for venturing out on a such a day, I simply said, “How did you possibly get here today?” Her response was golden. She smiled and said, “Well, once I got my heart here, it was easy to get the rest of me here.”  In her wisdom, Marcella teaches a valuable lesson. As we begin a new academic year, one of the worst things we could do would be to approach all the opportunities that are before us half-heartedly or worse, not at all. Instead, I hope each student will put his or her heart into being an Ambrosian---someone who joins in; someone who takes the opportunity to learn seriously; someone who is open-minded and generous to others. You will be enriched to the very degree you help enrich the lives of others. Put your heart into what you do, the rest will follow.    ---Fr. Chuck 

•Mass Schedule
We resume our academic year mass schedule today with both Sunday masses at 10:30 am and 6:30 pm.  Daily mass is offered Monday and Friday at 12 noon, Tuesday and Thursday at 4:30 pm and Wednesday at 9:15 pm in the Grotto if weather permits. The simpler (about 25 minutes) daily mass provides a great way to recharge your spiritual batteries during the week. In addition, the chapel is open for all Ambrosians for quiet reflection from 7 am - 10 pm daily.

•BEE Involved! Sign Up
This Sunday, August 30 you can sign up for the various ministries and activities of Campus Ministry at both the 10:30 am and 6:30 pm masses. Fill out an interest card in the pews and let us know what you are interested in - from Brewed Awakening discussions to various forms of prayer and service, we have something for everyone! You can also complete the interest survey online, or stop by our offices in the lower chapel and we will be glad to speak with you and answer any questions. And as always, email us at to learn more about anything in Campus Ministry.  We’re looking forward to a great year!

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•Service on Saturday
Our Service on Saturday projects are kicking off this weekend!   Join us at Friendship Manor, an assisted living home in Rock Island, where we will play cards and Scrabble with the residents.  Be ready for some competitive fun - we’re warned that these seniors are good!  We will carpool from campus at 9:30 am and return by 12:15 pm.   We have 4 more spots to go, so email if you’d like to join us.  Because of Labor Day, our next Service on Saturday will be on Saturday 9/12 - Stay tuned!

•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.  The retreat cost $10 and includes transportation, lodging and food.  SPACE IS LIMITED, REGISTER SOON.  For more information contact us at

•Music Ministry
Love to sing or play an instrument?  Music Ministry is looking for you!  Music Ministry is made up of SAU students of all years, majors, and musical ability, and leads music for Sunday masses, Mass and More, and other prayer services and events.  Interested?  Sign up on an interest card or online, or email to learn more.  Practices are Monday nights at 6 pm in the Chapel, beginning August 31!

•Brewed Awakening
Join us for a discussion about “Striving for Justice” on Monday,  August 31 from 8-9pm in the Chapel Gathering Space. SAU history professor Dr. Larry Skillin will lead the discussion about how to work for justice, which is the College of Arts and Sciences’ theme for this school year. Free coffee and specialty drinks are provided.

•The Bridge Bible Fellowship
“The Bridge” will begin next Tuesday, September 1.  This time of non-denominational prayer, bible reflection, and fellowship is open to all SAU students of any Christian denomination.  The group meets at 9 pm in the Chapel.  This semester’s Biblical study topic is Prayer.

•Ambrosians for Peace & Justice
Interested in service in our community and working for justice?  The students in Ambrosians for Peace and Justice (APJ) welcome you to join us!  Our weekly meetings are Wednesday meetings at 8 pm in the Lower Chapel, and they begin this Wednesday 9/2.   All are welcome!  Check out our table at ClubFest on Tuesday too for a justice-themed giveaway!

•Women & Faith
A group for young women interested in growing deeper in their 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 pm in the chapel gathering space beginning Thursday, September 3rd.  If you'd like more information, please contact Tammy Norcross-Reitzler at

•R.C.I.A./Sacramental Prep./Learning More about the Catholic Church
If you are interested in becoming Catholic, being confirmed if you have not completed your sacraments, or simply want to learn more about the Catholic Church, contact Tammy by emailing  A group will be forming soon.

•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:  Prayer intentions can also be left in the wooden box on the offertory table next to the reconciliation room in the chapel.