Thursday, September 3, 2015


Campus Ministry Bulletin
vol 24 no 3

September 6, 2015 - Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

+  Isaiah 35:4-7a  +  James 2:1-5  +  Mark 7:31-37  +
Mass this Sunday at 10:30 am ONLY
No 6:30 pm

Mass Intentions:
Sunday9.610:30 am
NO 6:30 pm
For the SAU Community              
Tuesday     9.8   4:30 pm+ Msgr. Raymond Wahl, '49
Wednesday     9.99:15 pmFor student intentions           
Thursday9.10    4:30pm+ Rod Taylor
Friday        9.11        NoonFor Peace

This Week's Activities Include:
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: Music Ministry 6 pm (Chapel); 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

Prayer Ministry - send intentions to

Labor Day gives us a welcome 3-day weekend after all the heavy lifting of beginning a new academic year.  At St. Ambrose, Labor Day also brings to mind the rich history of students influenced by the social teaching of the Catholic Church working for social change.  Especially noteworthy was the movement for justice in the workplace. Inspired by the 1891 encyclical of Pope Leo XIII entitled Rerum Novarum (On New Things) which highlighted the Church’s support for the right of workers to organize, students joined striking laborers in picket lines. Over the years as Catholic Social Teaching developed further work for justice took the form of student movements for civil rights, for an end to the war in Vietnam, and for environmental consciousness.  If we read Laudati Si (Praise Be), the current pope’s encyclical on the care of creation, we find cause for a rejuvenation of the SAU tradition of working for justice.  Pope Francis writes eloquently of the need for healing in our fractured relationships with God, with each other, and with creation. Calling us to an “integral ecology,” the Holy Father reminds us that caring for the earth also demands caring for each other. So, if you find yourself needing something to do over the holiday weekend, google Laudati Si.  Read it and reflect upon how Catholic Social Teaching can be lived today. SAU groups like Ambrosians for Peace and Justice or GreenLife stand ready to assist. Labor Day can remind us of past activism among SAU students, but it points us to what we can do in our own time of which Pope Francis writes:  “let ours be a time remembered for the awakening of a new reverence for life, the firm resolve to achieve sustainability, the quickening of the struggle for justice and peace, and the joyful celebration of life” (no. 207 Laudati Si).  A safe and blessed Labor Day weekend to all!   ---Fr. Chuck 

•Labor Day Weekend Mass Schedule 
Please note that because of the Labor Day holiday on Monday, there will not be a 6:30 pm mass this Sunday, September 6.   Please join us for the 10:30 am mass.   Also, the 12pm mass will not be celebrated on Monday.

•Have you signed-up for Campus Ministry Activities? 
Thanks to all those who signed up for campus ministry activities and for volunteer opportunities at last Sunday’s mass and at ClubFest. We’ve got a great number of volunteers already and it’s going to be a great year!  There’s still time to sign up - green sign up cards are available in the Gathering Space and can be dropped off in the Lower Chapel offices, or you can fill out the interest form online.  You’ll be contacted soon, if you haven’t already about the various activities.  And as always, email us at to learn more about everything going on in campus ministry.

•Assisted Listening Devices Available
There are wireless assisted listening devices are available for Sunday and daily masses for those who request them.  If you would like a hearing assistance for use during the mass, let one of the campus ministry staff know or stop into the sacristy (the priest vesting room) before mass begins.

•Gluten-Free Host
Does a gluten intolerance keep you from communion?  Don’t let it! We do have gluten-free hosts available for Sunday and daily masses.  Send a note to and we’ll inform you of the procedure or just stop in the sacristy before mass.

•BEE Connected New Student Retreat Deadline is Wednesday
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
Due to Labor Day, Music Ministry will not have regular the Monday night rehearsal on Sept 7, and instead will have a rehearsal on Thursday, Sept 10 at 6pm in the Chapel.  All SAU students are invited to help lead in music for Sunday masses!  Email to learn more.

•Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion Training
We will hold a 45 minute training session for new and experienced EMs.  If you are interested in serving in this important ministry please plan to attend one of the training sessions:  Sunday, September 13th at 11:30 am or 7:30 pm, or Tuesday, September 15th at 5 pm, both in the Chapel.   This ministry is reserved for practicing, confirmed Catholics.    Please contact us at for more information.

•Brewed Awakening
Join us to learn about Jewish culture on Monday,  Sept. 14 from 8-9pm in the Chapel Gathering Space. SAU theology professor Fr. Joe DeFrancisco will lead a discussion about Holy Days Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, and also about how the Jewish people are suffering today. Free coffee and specialty drinks are provided.

•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 8pm in the Lower Chapel.  All are welcome as we begin to plan our activities this year.

•NAMI Walk - September 26
Help out with the 2015 NAMI Walk to support those affected by mental illness.  NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and they do a lot of great work in the Quad Cities, and they could use our help.  Last year, SAU was the top fundraiser for the NAMI Walk, and we could do it again this year.  Please learn more about the NAMI Walk at their website, or contact SAU student Connor Daws to learn more.

•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.