vol 24 no 10
November 1, 2015 - All Saints Day
+ Revelation 7:2-4, 9-14 + 1 John 3:1-3 + Matthew 5:1-12 +
Masses this Sunday at 10:30 am and 6:30 pm
|+ Joe Winter|
For the SAU Community
|Monday||11.2||Noon||+ All Souls|
|Tuesday||11.3||4:30 pm||+ Jeanne Arvish, '59|
|Wednesday||11.4||9:15 pm||For Student Intentions|
|Thursday||11.5||4:30pm||+ Peter Hogberg, '59|
|Friday||11.6||Noon||+ James Dowling, '65|
This Week's Activities Include:
Monday: Music Ministry Rehearsal 6 pm (Chapel); Men and Faith 7 pm (Lower Chapel Conference Room); Brewed Awakening 8 pm (Gathering Space); Prayer Vigil for Deceased 9 pm (Chapel)
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 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.
Still the SAU Saints
The celebration of Halloween will likely be on the minds of most Ambrosians this weekend. It is good to be reminded that Halloween, also known as “All Hallow’s Eve,” is the vigil of All Saints Day. All Saints falls on Sunday this year which gives more of us the opportunity to celebrate it and consider our own path to sanctity. In reading “A Great and Lasting Beginning,” the history of St. Ambrose University authored by Fr. George McDaniel, we learn that before our athletic teams were known as the “Bees” we were the St. Ambrose “Saints.” While I like being a “bee,” I would hope that we continue to aspire to be saints. Early Christians, after all, often referred to members as saints. Perhaps we consider sainthood too daunting of a task for us in the modern world. But I like the message on a banner I recall seeing in an elementary parochial school classroom. It said simply, “A saint is a sinner who keeps on trying.” In other words, it’s a matter of attitude, a stance of keeping our hearts also open to God’s mercy and grace which ultimately are what makes us saintly. It really isn’t a matter of doing great things. In the words of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, it’s a matter of doing ordinary things with an extraordinary amount of love. Think about it. Some days it might be more apparent than others, but all in all, aren’t we all still the saints? _--Fr. Chuck
•Daylight Savings Time Ends--FALL BACK
REMEMBER that Daylight Savings Time comes to an end on Sunday, Nov 1 at 2am. Be sure to set your clocks back an hour on Saturday night!
•Remembering Our Deceased Loved Ones Throughout November
In the Catholic Tradition the month of November is a time to pray for our deceased loved ones. This Sunday, November 1st is the Feast of All Saints. Cards will be available in the Gathering Space for Ambrosians to record the names of their deceased loved ones. During Mass people will be invited to record the names of their deceased loved ones on cards that will be collected and placed in front of the altar where they will remain throughout the month. We will continue to pray during the month of November for the deceased, trusting them to God’s loving mercy. In the words of St. Ambrose of Milan, our patron, “We have loved them in this life. Let us not abandon them until we have conducted them by our prayers into the house of the Lord."
|•Brewed Awakening and Prayer Vigil for Deceased Loved Ones|
All Soul's Day, November 2nd, is a day of remembering, honoring and praying for friends and loved ones who have passed away. On Monday, Nov. 2 from 8-9pm in the Chapel Gathering Space, SAU Counseling Director Steve Tendall will talk about how we can all better deal with grief over the losses that have occurred in our lives. Bring your friends and come enjoy free coffee specialty drinks.
Everyone is invited to a Prayer Vigil at 9 p.m. in the Chapel on Monday, Nov. 2nd (immediately following the Brewed Awakening discussion on dealing with grief). In this time of prayer we will remember and pray for the happy repose of all our departed loved ones. All are welcome to this ecumenical prayer.
•Service on Saturday
We still have room to help with Service on Saturday on Saturday October 31. If you are interested in helping from noon-3pm with crowd safety at the downtown Davenport Halloween parade, let us know by noon on Friday by emailing email@example.com. Also, next weekend on November 7th, we’ll be helping with the RiverBend Food Bank’s backpack program for kids from 8:30-11:30am. Reserve your spot today!
•Service Trip Announcement!
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.
•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: http://tinyurl.com/BEEtheDifference Participants receive FREE food, FREE t-shirts and FREE fun!
•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 http://tinyurl.com/BSRFall2015 or complete a registration form available in the Gathering Space and return to Campus Ministry by Wednesday, Nov. 4th.
The annual Hunger Week, sponsored by Ambrosians for Peace & Justice, is almost here! Every day during the week of November 7-13th will have an activity to help become more aware of hunger and poverty in our local community and the world. Included in this week is the 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, Ambrose hall by Bee Central, or the Health Science resource room. We have some raffle ticket prizes for donations given at our table in the RC food court on November 2 from 1-5pm. Proceeds from Clothes Out Hunger support local organizations who serve meals in the community.
•Music for the Feast of St. Ambrose Mass
Calling all musical Ambrosians! All SAU students, faculty, and staff are invited to join with Music Ministry and help lead music for the Feast of St. Ambrose Mass on Sunday, December 6 at 10:30am. All skill levels are welcome. Contact Chris Clow at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up! Rehearsals for this mass begin on Monday, November 9 at 7pm in the Chapel.
Brian Farrell, JD, PhD, will give the Richard Geiger History Lecture, “Fictitious Sieges, 3am Knocks, and Places Beyond the Seas: Habeas Corpus and the Delicate Balance of Governance” on Thursday, November 5 at 7pm in the Rogalski Center. Dr. Farrell is a lecturer in Law and Human Rights, director of the Citizen Lawyer Program, and associate director of the Center for Human Rights at the University of Iowa College of Law. He is also a co-founder and president of the Innocence Project of Iowa, an all-volunteer nonprofit dedicated to preventing and remedying wrongful convictions. Dr. Farrell is also an alum, receiving his bachelor’s degree from St. Ambrose University. The Geiger lecture is an endowed lectureship established in honor of professor Richard Geiger, who retired in May 2001 after 39 years as part of the history faculty. This event is part of the Justice series in the College of Arts and Sciences. Contact Larry Skillin at SkillinLarryA@sau.edu to learn more.
•Matt Maher Concert
The "Saints and Sinners Tour" with Matt Maher is coming to Muscatine, Thursday, December 3rd. Tickets are $22 each. If you are interested in attending the concert as a group, bring your money to the campus ministry office by Friday, November 6th. For more information email email@example.com
•Vocation Awareness Week
National Vocation Awareness Week is November 1-7th. Please pray for more dedicated, priests, deacons and consecrated men and women. May they be inspired by Jesus Christ, supported by our faith community, and respond generously to God’s gift of a vocation.