vol 24 no 4
September 13, 2015 - Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
+ Isaiah 50: 5-9a + James 2: 14-18 + Mark 8:27-35 +
Masses this Sunday at 10:30 am and 6:30 pm
|For the SAU Community|
|Monday||9.14||Noon||+ Floyd Begin|
|Tuesday||9.15||4:30 pm||+ Lisa Miller, '15|
|Wednesday||9.16||9:15 pm||For student intentions|
|Thursday||9.17||4:30pm||+ Philip J. Cooper, '50|
|Friday||9.18||Noon||For Deceased Alumni|
This Week's Activities Include:
Sunday: EM Training 11:30 am and 7:30 pm (Chapel)
Monday: Music Ministry Rehearsal 6 pm (Chapel); Brewed Awakening 8 pm (Gathering Space)
Tuesday: EM Training 5 pm (Chapel); 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 BeesKnees@sau.edu.
Making Room for Others
The world has been haunted by the images of families, often with young children, fleeing their homes because of violence in Syria and other war-torn countries. It is even more horrific to see them treated badly and turned away. Once again the struggle for human beings to welcome other human beings, regardless of race, nationality, religious beliefs, or other differences is being played out before the eyes of the world and it is difficult to watch. But it is heartening to see human beings rise above their self-interests and look to the needs of others. Refugees have been welcomed into countries like Germany and at Pope Francis’ request, into parishes throughout Europe. And President Obama is asking that the U.S. welcome as many 10,000 refugees. It is also gratifying to see the generosity of Ambrosians who have jumped in to make substantial contributions to the work of Catholic Relief Services through Campus Ministry. It seems that in the face of every tragedy, there is an opportunity for goodness to prevail. It proves that everyone can do something. Remember there's no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end. Even the tiniest action can work to make the world a better place. Simple actions right here on campus, such as remembering a person’s name, asking the person who sits alone in the cafeteria to join you, learning and respecting the traditions of someone from another culture or from another religion, standing up for someone whose reputation is degraded by the careless words of another. Rather than lament the darkness in our world, how about spreading some light? Albert Einstein once said, “The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it.” I’m no Einstein, but I do know this: every action for good, no matter how small, contributes to a better world. Let our actions always be ones that make room for others. --Fr. Chuck
•Refugee Emergency Assistance
Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the refugees from Syria, Iraq, and other parts of the Middle East who are fleeing from violence in their homelands. Bishop Amos is calling for a special collection in the Diocese of Davenport to assist Catholic Relief Services in their emergency aid to these refugees. If you would like to contribute to a collective SAU donation, feel free to send contributions to Campus Ministry through campus mail, with checks made out to CAMPUS MINISTRY REFUGEE RELIEF. You can also make a donation online at www.crs.org. And please continue to pray for an end to this violence, and for the safety of all refugees.
•Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion Training
This Sunday, September 13th after both the 10:30 am and the 6:30 pm Mass and again on Tuesday, September 15th at 5 pm we are training new and experienced EMs in the chapel. If you are interested in serving in this important ministry please plan to attend one of the training sessions. This ministry is reserved for practicing, confirmed Catholics. Please contact us at email@example.com for more information.
•Have you signed-up for Campus Ministry Activities?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about everything going on in campus ministry.
•Service on Saturday
Our upcoming Service on Saturday projects continue throughout September. This weekend, Sept. 12 at 10am-noon, we will help with landscaping at VanderVeer Park. Next weekend, Sept. 19 the Hilltop Campus Village neighborhood has a clean up day from 8am- noon, so you could make a difference before enjoying the Homecoming game. Interested in helping with either of these? Email us at email@example.com to sign up!
Rehearsals are back at 6pm in the Chapel for the rest of the semester. All musical SAU students are invited to help provide music for our Sunday and weekday liturgies with Music Ministry. We can always use your instrument and voice! Come to a Monday night practice, or email Chris Clow to learn more.
Join us to learn about Jewish culture and upcoming Jewish holy days 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 working to overcome anti-Semitism. Free coffee and specialty drinks are provided. Also learn about InterFaith SAU and how you can join in at other Interfaith discussions and service.
•Antioch Retreat Registration is Beginning
We invite students to consider participating in the fall Antioch Retreat which will take place Oct. 2 - 4. Transportation is provided, leaving campus on Friday, Oct. 2nd at 6 pm and returning Sunday, Oct. 4th at 2 pm. The Antioch Retreat is a great opportunity for students to spend time away from campus reflecting on faith and life in the midst of a Christian community. It is open to any SAU student. The retreat is an opportunity to relax, listen, discuss, pray, play and meet new people. Register online at http://tinyurl.com/AntiochFall15 or pick up a registration form in the cafeteria or Chapel Gathering Space this week and return to campus ministry by September 18th. For more information contact the co-leaders of the retreat, Jordan Lester and Kevin Wendling.
•Pope Francis’ Visit to America
The Holy Father, Pope Francis, will be visiting Washington D.C., New York City, and Philadelphia from September 23-27. Campus Ministry will have viewings in the Gathering Space for many of the events of his visit, such as Junipero Serra’s canonization mass, the historic address of the first pope to a joint session of Congress, along with prayer services and masses. Stay tuned next week for a schedule of events, and come take part in this historic occasion!
•Learning About the Catholic Church/RCIA
SAU students, faculty and staff interested in becoming Catholic or learning more about the Church, its teachings, rituals and way of life are invited to contact Tammy Norcross-Reitzler in Campus Ministry firstname.lastname@example.org or 333-6132 for more information about the process.
•Sacrament of Confirmation
Baptized Catholics who never celebrated the sacrament of Confirmation are able to prepare for that sacrament while at SAU. Email email@example.com to learn more about the process.
•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.