vol 24 no 7
October 4, 2015 - Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
+ Genesis 2:18-24 + Hebrews 2:9-11 + Mark 10:2-12 +
Masses this Sunday at 10:30 am and 6:30 pm
|For the SAU Community|
|Monday||10.5||Noon||+ Fr. Francis White, CSV, '40|
|Tuesday||10.6||4:30 pm||+ William Malires, '43|
|Wednesday||10.7||9:15 pm||+ Caroline Griffin, '16|
|Thursday||10.8||4:30pm||+ Dr. Raymond Coveny, '43|
|Friday||10.9||Noon||+ Joseph Colgan, '36|
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 email@example.com
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.
Spiritual and Religious
This weekend some 45 SAU students will take part in Campus Ministry’s Fall semester Antioch retreat. It is a time for some recreation in the beauty of rural Iowa, but also an opportunity to think, to share, and to pray in the context of a caring community of faith. Being a part of a community of faith is important, even though more and more people in our country are claiming, “I’m spiritual, but not religious.” The statement might be partially good---each and every human person is a spiritual being and each has an incredible capacity for God. But the claim to be “not religious” is unfortunate. Given some egregious past misdeeds, a distrust in organized religion is understandable. But no human institution, including the families from which we came, has ever been perfect. There is no such a thing as a perfect church. Fr. Andrew Greely, the late priest, sociologist, and novelist from Chicago once said, “If you find a perfect church, join it. But know that once you join it, it will no longer be perfect!” The fact is no human being is perfect and human beings as imperfect as we all are, make up our imperfect churches. But it really is incredibly difficult to be spiritual without them. Church traditions hold us to high standards. They challenge us to pray together. They inform our consciences which make demands on us---requiring us to be concerned with injustice and instilling in our hearts a passion for the disadvantaged and the poor. The collective faith of a religious community is a kind of accountability group that keeps us from complacency and self-centeredness. Personally speaking, I believe the support I receive as a member of a faith community and the support I hope that I give to others in that community helps me be more authentically spiritual. I can’t think of a better path to inner peace, to a more meaningful existence, and toward lasting joy than one shared in a faith community. It is something to celebrate. Be proud of your spiritual nature, and allow it to expand by being religious! ---Fr. Chuck
•Lector Practice Sessions
We would like all of our lectors, new and experienced, to participate in a lector training and practice session in the next two weeks. During the 30 minute session, lectors will receive valuable feedback and instruction in how to proclaim the Word of God effectively. If you are interested in serving as a Lector at Christ the King Chapel please sign up here for a time to practice or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. THANK YOU!
•Service on Saturday
This weekend’s service project is Saturday from 9:45-noon, serving at Winnie’s Wishes, a resale shop that benefits the women’s shelter Winnie’s Place. We’ll help the store transition from summer to fall/winter clothes and get Halloween-costume items out! Next weekend, October 10th from 9:45-12:45, we’ll be helping with a mobile food pantry for the RiverBend Food Bank. Interested in helping with either day? Email us at email@example.com to sign up!
•Brewed Awakening - SAU Bystander Intervention Group
On Monday, Oct. 5 from 8-9pm in the Chapel Gathering Space, SAU’s Bystander Intervention Group will talk about how to intervene in order to prevent various types of violence. An important topic for all of us, and a good discussion to learn better how to look out for one another. Bring your friends and come enjoy free coffee specialty drinks and great discussion. Stay tuned for more Brewed Awakenings on Mondays at 8pm!
•RCIA/Confirmation Prep Sessions Begin
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 333-6132. The first session will be in the lower chapel, Sunday, October 11th after the 10:30 a.m. Mass.
•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. We have one spot left, so if you are interested, please contact email@example.com by Monday October 5!
•A Local Service Trip
No classes on Friday October 16th means an opportunity to make a difference in the community! We’re organizing a series of service projects right here in Davenport over the weekend of October 16-17th. On this local service trip, we’ll spend time with kids at an after-school program, work on a painting project at a shelter, and attend the Humility of Mary Sleepout. Want more information? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you play piano, organ, or guitar? Have you ever played for a mass before, or considered trying it? There are lots of opportunities for our musical SAU students to serve as accompanists, ranging from our own Sunday and weekday masses, on-campus prayer services, to masses for other churches in the Davenport diocese, weddings and funerals, and much more. A great way to share your talents by leading others in sung prayer. If you are interested, please contact Chris Clow (email@example.com) to learn about these opportunities.
•Literacy Coaches needed
We’re looking for students who could commit at least an hour a week throughout the school year, beginning the week of October 19th. Thurgood Marshall Learning Center in Rock Island is an alternative high school, and literacy coaches are needed to work one-on-one with students each week on reading, writing, and comprehension skills through games and learning activities with you. Interested in this rewarding opportunity? Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
•“Just Mercy” Author Bryan Stevenson - October 20
Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative and author of this year’s First Book will be here for the Ambrosian Women for Social Justice and First Book Author Lecture on Tuesday, October 20 in Galvin Fine Arts Center. Bryan has been called “America’s young Nelson Mandela” by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and is recognized as one of the United States’ foremost advocates for justice. He recently won a hallmark decision in which the Supreme Court rules that mandatory life-without-parole sentences for children under 17 are unconstitutional. The Equal Justice Initiative fights for those who have been denied fair and just treatment in the legal system. Learn more about their work at their website.
•Thinking of Priesthood Day
Saturday, October 24, 2015, St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church, Ames, Iowa. This is a statewide event for young men, ages 16 to 40, to have the opportunity to meet others who are considering a vocation to the priesthood. The schedule is from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. If you are interested in attending, please contact Fr. Thom Hennen at (563) 888-4255 or email@example.com.
•Dubuque’s Got Sisters
Are you a woman wondering what life might be like as a Religious Sister? 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 us 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.