Thursday, October 22, 2015


Campus Ministry Bulletin
vol 24 no 9

October 25, 2015 - Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

+  Jeremiah 31:7-9  +  Hebrews 5:1-6  +  Mark 10:46-52  +
Masses this Sunday at 10:30 am and 6:30 pm

Mass Intentions:
Sunday10.2510:30 am
6:30 pm         
For the SAU Community                   
Monday     10.26Noon+ Walter Donovan, '52
Tuesday     10.274:30 pm+ Joanne McMasters, '55
Wednesday     10.289:15 pmFor Student Intentions           
Thursday10.29    4:30pm+ Charles Peters, '53          
Friday        10.30Noon+ Charles Aguila, '52

This Week's Activities Include:
Sunday: RCIA Session 11:30am (Lower Chapel)
Monday: Music Ministry Rehearsal 6 pm (Chapel); Men and Faith 7 pm (Lower Chapel Conference Room); 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

Make the Circle Ever Wider
It is a joy to welcome family members of our students to campus this weekend. When our families are at their best, we learn valuable lessons of loyalty, belonging, and unconditional love. Robert Frost said of the family home, “It is the place when you go there, they have to take you in.”  If we have learned how to be family within the confines of a family home, then there is hope that we can also learn to be brothers and sisters in the human family. Pope Francis has tirelessly warned that  when our lives become so obsessed with individualistic, self-centered interests, our consciences become deadened, and we unknowingly exclude others---especially those most hurting. The Holy Father has defined it as the “globalization of indifference.”  This past Tuesday evening as I listened to the passionate words of Bryan Stevenson, the author of Just Mercy and speaker for this year’s academic theme of Justice, I couldn’t help but hear echoes of Pope Francis’ teachings about creating an inclusive family of humanity. Stevenson’s call to get close to the poor and broken in order to understand their pain captures the meaning of what Pope Francis wrote in the Joy of the Gospel: “We must create a culture of encounter, a culture of friendship, a culture in which we find brothers and sisters.”  May our celebration of family challenge us to work for just such a culture.  May the circle of family for us as Ambrosians grow ever wider and include the whole human family.  ---Fr. Chuck

•Family Weekend
A special welcome to all of the families of our SAU students for Family Weekend!  Be sure to join us for mass this Sunday at 10:30am and 6:30pm.  There’s lots going on this weekend: magician David Casas, SAU football game and tailgate brunch, Arts at Ambrose, The Thirteen concert at Galvin, and more!  You can find the entire schedule online.

•Brewed Awakening
On Monday, Oct. 26 from 8-9pm in the Chapel Gathering Space, the Saudi Student Association will talk about Middle Eastern religions, culture, and misconceptions people may have. This Brewed celebrates Nostra Aetate, the 1965 declaration on the relation of the Church with Non-Christian Religions. Bring your friends and come enjoy free coffee specialty drinks and great discussion.

•Men and Faith Group
St. Ambrose male students are invited to a join in a group that has already begun to meet for scripture study, prayer, and faith reflection.  Join us on Monday evenings at 7:00 pm in the Lower Chapel Conference Room.

•Project Renewal Halloween Party
Don’t forget - the Project Renewal Halloween Party is coming up on Wednesday October 28 from 3-5pm.  Kids from the neighborhood program will come in costume to play games during this event.  Thanks to all the clubs and teams helping at this event!

•Service on Saturday
We have two Halloween-styled Service on Saturday opportunities on Saturday October 31.  One from noon-3pm helping with crowd safety at the downtown Davenport Halloween parade.  Another from 1:30-4:30, helping with Bingo and a Halloween party with seniors at the Kahl Home.   Interested in either opportunity?  Email  Thank you!

•Service Trip Preview Night November 5!
We are excited to announce 5 service trips over Winter and Spring breaks!  Trips to Chicago, East St. Louis, Cleveland, eastern Kentucky, and northern Mississippi are on the horizon!  Learn more at our service trip preview night on Thursday November 5, in the RC ballroom at 6pm.

•Literacy Coaches needed
We’re looking for students who could commit at least an hour a week throughout the school year.  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

•Busy Student Retreat November 8-12    
Interested in attending a retreat while still being able to go to classes, work, and spend time with friends?  The Busy Student Retreat is for you!  The retreat will be held from Nov. 8-12th and it takes place right here on-campus in the midst of your regular schedule.  You commit to 30 minutes of prayer time and schedule a time to meet daily  with a spiritual guide one-on-one for 30 minutes.  Register online at or complete a registration form available in the Gathering Space and return to Campus Ministry by Wednesday, Nov. 4th.

•Bee the Difference Day
Let's BEE THE DIFFERENCE with our service towards others in our neighborhood, Sunday, Nov. 8th from 1-5 p.m.  BEE sure to sign up in teams of six at:  Participants receive FREE food, FREE t-shirts and FREE fun!

•Clothes Out Hunger
Ambrosians for Peace and Justice will again be having its Clothes Out Hunger sale, on Wednesday November 11.   How can you help?  Clean out your closet!  We need donations of gently-used clothing for the sale  - donations can be dropped off in the lower chapel or the Health Science building.  We have some raffle ticket prizes for donations given at our table in the RC food court, either Monday October 26 or November 2 from 1-5pm.  Proceeds from Clothes Out Hunger support local organizations who serve meals in the community.

•Grief Support
A group of students who are helping each other deal with loss of loved ones has begun to meet. If you have experienced the loss of a loved one and would like to be a part of the group, contact us at

•RCIA/Confirmation Prep Sessions 
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.  Weekly preparation sessions are in the lower chapel after 10:30 a.m. Mass.

•Exploring Priesthood Weekend
EPW is a free retreat weekend for seniors in college and post-college age men who are interested in learning about the priesthood. Held at Mundelein Seminary in Mundelein, IL, it begins 7pm October 30 and concludes at noon on Sunday Nov. 1st. You’ll have the opportunity to meet Fr. John Kartje, rector of Mundelein Seminary along with other priests and seminarians. Through prayer, presentations, and group discussions, participants gain an understanding of seminary life and how to discern a vocation to the priesthood. Contact for more information.

•Matt Maher Concert 
The "Saints and Sinners Tour" with Matt Maher is coming to Muscatine, Thursday, December 3rd.  Tickets are $15-20 each. Email if you are interested in attending the concert so we can purchase the tickets in a group and arrange transportation.  

•Year Long Volunteer Opportunity in DC
SOME, So Others May Eat, is an interfaith community based organization that helps the poor and homeless in our nation’s capital. SOME’s year-long residential volunteer corp is looking for 2016 graduates who want a volunteer opportunity. Volunteers will live simply in Ghandi House in NW Washington, DC sharing a unique balance of communal lifestyle and independence. A paid stipend, room, board, and health insurance are provided. For more info, call Bro. John Gleason, CSC at 202.797.8806 (x1034) or email