Thursday, September 17, 2015


Campus Ministry Bulletin
vol 24 no 5

September 20, 2015 - Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

+  Wisdom 2:12, 17-20  +  James 3:16-4:3  +  Mark 9:30-37  +
Masses this Sunday at 10:30 am and 6:30 pm

Mass Intentions:
Sunday9.2010:30 am
6:30 pm
For the SAU Community               
Monday     9.21   Noon+ David Lanaghan, '50
Tuesday     9.22   4:30 pm+ Richard Caffery, '57
Wednesday     9.239:15 pmFor student intentions           
Thursday9.24    4:30pm+ John "Jack" Killion, '50, '91          
Friday        9.25        Noon+ Carlos Lynch, '50

This Week's Activities Include:
Monday: Music Ministry Rehearsal 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

Prayer Ministry - send intentions to

Whenever our alumni return to campus, especially if it has been many years since they graduated, the most often heard remark is about how the physical plant has grown and changed.  Many compliments are made about new buildings and renewed facilities. The most recent new facility, our Admissions and Welcome Center, will be dedicated and blessed on Saturday morning. But the real heart of St. Ambrose has nothing really to do with facilities. What really brings our alumni back is a firmly rooted sense of belonging. It is a sense of gratitude for the personal growth they experienced in so many ways at St. Ambrose, for the faculty and staff who challenged and supported them, and for the fellow students with whom they shared the Ambrose experience. The power of the bonds that we forge with others in our lives should never be underestimated. Within those bonds there is something can even more profoundly be named as the experience as God’s very presence. Victor Hugo once wrote,
“A house is built of logs and stone, of tiles and posts and piers.
A home is built of loving deeds that stand a thousand years."
We are grateful for the loving deeds that keep Ambrosians returning to campus as we continue the tradition of helping all who come here discover the same sense of belonging. In turn, may that sense of belonging---something I believe is central to who we are as a diocesan university---be carried into whatever communities our alumni return to. This Homecoming Weekend, we say to all our alumni and friends: “Thank you for your loyalty. Welcome home!”                   ---Fr. Chuck

•Thank You for Your Generosity!
The Ambrosian spirit has come through again in donations to assist the refugees from Syria, Iraq, and other parts of the Middle East.  Your generosity so far has resulted in $1500 for Catholic Relief Services to help them tend to the needs of the refugees fleeing violence.  Thank you to everyone who has given so far, and remember you can still donate to CRS online.  Please continue your prayers for peace and for the safety of the refugees.

•Blessing of Admissions and Welcome Center
A ceremony to dedicate the new Admissions and Welcome Center will be held this Saturday, September 19 at 10:30am inside the facility (310 West Locust Street).  All are welcome.  A reception and tour will follow.

•Service on Saturday
On September 19th, the Hilltop Campus Village neighborhood has a clean up day from 8am-noon, so you could make a difference before enjoying the Homecoming game.  Also next weekend, September 26th, there is a home repair project with Rebuilding Together Quad Cities.  Interested in helping with either of these?  Email us at to sign up!

•Antioch Retreat Registrations Due!
The Antioch Retreat, Oct. 2nd-4th. Register online at or pick up a registration form in the cafeteria or Chapel Gathering Spaceand return to campus ministry by WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 23rd.    For more information contact the co-leaders of the retreat, Jordan Lester and Kevin Wendling.

•Brewed Awakening
Join us to learn about reconciliation and international peace on Monday,  Sept. 21 from 8-9pm in the Chapel Gathering Space. SAU theology professor Dr. Mara Adams will show pictures of her study abroad experiences and lead a discussion about the struggle for peace in Northern Ireland. Free coffee and specialty drinks are provided.

•Ambrosians for Peace & Justice Bake Sale
Pick up some puppy chow at the APJ bake sale on Thursday September 24th from 11am-2pm in the Rogalski Center food court and 12-1pm in the Health Science building.  We’ll have a variety of flavors to choose from, and all proceeds will go to the Humility of Mary Shelter programs here in Davenport.

•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 keep the TV in the Gathering Space on for many of the events of his visit.  Key events include: Sept 23 - Canonization Mass of Junipero Serra at 3:15pm; Sept 24 - Address to Join Meeting of Congress at 8:20am; Sept 25 - Visit to United Nations at 7:30am, Mass at Madison Square Garden at 5pm; Sept 27 - Mass for the World Meeting of Families at 3pm.  There are plenty of other events, so check the USCCB website for the complete schedule.  Join us as we see Pope Francis’ visit to the USA!

•Commissioning of Liturgical Ministers
Next Sunday, September 27th , we will commission and pray for all of our lectors, extraordinary ministers of holy communion,  musicians, servers and sacristans during both the 10:30 am and 6:30 pm Masses.

•Contemporary Christian Artist at RME
Father Stan Fortuna, a Catholic priest and member of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, will be performing at the River Music Experience, 129 Main St. in Davenport on Sunday Sept. 20 at 6:00 pm.  A 3:00 pm workshop will precede the concert. Father Stan established Francesco Productions, a non-profit recording company, to produce contemporary Christian music. General Admission is $ 10. Reserved Seating is $ 15. Call 309.373.0790.

•Catholic Relief Services Student Ambassadors Training
Interested in international peace and justice?  Catholic Relief Services (CRS) will be offering a training for Student Ambassadors in Chicago October 10-11.  It will include opportunities for building community; sharing passion for global solidarity; and learning about the story, mission and work of CRS.  The training will also kick off a year-long CRS University advocacy campaign focused on climate change, in response to Pope Francis' recent encyclical.   If interested, please contact

•Confirmation/Becoming Catholic
SAU students, faculty and staff interested in becoming Catholic or preparing for the sacrament of Confirmation are invited to contact Tammy Norcross-Reitzler in Campus Ministry or 333-6132 for more information about the process.

•Dubuque’s Got Sisters
Area religious communities are offering an opportunity to come together with Sisters and other women who are asking how to best serve the people of God. Join them for prayer, conversation, and a chance to get to know communities of women who continue to serve people on the margins. There is no fee to attend.   The "Dubuque's Got Sisters!" event begins Friday, Nov. 13 at 5 p.m. and ends Saturday, Nov. 14 at 6 p.m.   To register or for more details, e-mail Sister Kathy Carr, BVM, at   or call her at (563)  588-2351. "Dubuque's Got Sisters!" is sponsored by the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters (Wis.), Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and Dubuque Franciscan Sisters.

•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.

•Have you signed-up for Campus Ministry Activities? 
Green Campus Ministry Interest cards are available in the Gathering Space and can be dropped off in the Lower Chapel offices, or can be filled out here:  interest form online.