vol 24 no 20
February 28, 2016 - Third Sunday of Lent
+ Exodus 17:3-7 + Romans 5:1-2, 5-8 + John 4:5-42 +
Masses this Sunday at 10:30 am and 6:30 pm
|For the SAU Community|
|Monday||2.29||Noon||+ Fr. Thomas Mohr, '54|
|Tuesday||3.1||4:30 pm||+ Fr. Joseph Hartz|
|Wednesday||3.2||9:15 pm||For student intentions|
|Thursday||3.3||4:30 pm||+ Stanley Reinhold, '65|
|Friday||3.4||Noon||+ Paula Rodosevich-Clendenin, '80|
This Week's Activities Include:
Sunday:Lenten Faith Sharing Group (Gathering Space) 7:30 pm
Monday: Music Ministry Rehearsal 6 pm (Chapel); Men's Faith Group 7 pm (Bride's Room); Brewed Awakening 8:00 pm (Gathering Space); Lenten Prayer 9:15 pm (Chapel)
Tuesday: Bridge Bible Fellowship 9 pm (Chapel)
Wednesday: Ambrosians for Peace and Justice 8:00 pm (Lower Chapel); Sacrament of Reconciliation 8:30 pm (Chapel); Mass & More 9:15 pm (Chapel)
Thursday: Faculty/Staff Lenten Faith Sharing 12 noon (Gathering Space); 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.
Leap Day: A Day to Catch Up
Tuesday is Leap Day. Since it takes the Earth 365.2422 days to orbit the sun and the Gregorian calendar has only 365 days, every four years we add an extra day to February to catch up. The concept of adding an extra day so that our calendar is synchronized with the solar year leads is an interesting way to solve the problem of time. If only we could come up with a way to solve the problem many of us have with a lack of time. Part of the problem is that we waste time focusing on the wrong things---regret of yesterday or worry about tomorrow. Lent is a good time to refocus on what's most important of all: our relationship with God and with others. A good Lenten practice might be to make a list of the people we need to catch-up with---parents or family members, a classmate or friend we've had a falling-out with, a hurting neighbor who we too easily ignore, a social issue that oppresses others that we do or say nothing about. But Lent is also a time to slow down in order to better recognize the gifts God has placed before us. Oftentimes I can relate to the line from Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, "The hurrier I go, the behinder I get." Someone once shared with me that the best Lenten practice she ever undertook was to promise herself that she would not drive her car over the speed limit and she would not be late for any appointments. After a while she realized that when she was not frantically rushing from one thing to another, she could better appreciate the many beautiful things life had to offer her along the way. It might not be so easy for those of us with lead feet, but if we can learn to slow down when we are stressed-out about time, pause and take a deep breath to inhale the goodness of the moment, we might find our spiritual, mental, and physical lives in sync. And we can leap over that awful feeling that we are always playing catch-up with life. Happy Leap Day! ---Fr. Chuck
•Peer Ministry Positions for 2016-2017 - DEADLINE EXTENDED
We are pleased to be initiating an exciting program for the coming year and we are looking for enthusiastic students to accept one of nine positions as a Peer Minister. These positions will go to undergraduate students who live in each of the Residence Halls, and work with the Campus Ministry staff to develop and coordinate opportunities for spiritual development and faith sharing in their hall community. Those selected will work an average of 5 hours per week, earn a $1,500 stipend, and select their housing early.
Visit the Campus Ministry Website (under “Faith”) to find out more about the position and to fill out an application. Be a part of this exciting new program that has the potential to expand the reach of our ministry programing to more Ambrosians in faith programing and events. The deadline for applications has been extended to Wednesday, March 2!
•This Week’s Brewed Awakening: Ecumenical Dialogue
Join us Monday, Feb. 29 at 8pm in the Gathering Space as Rick Akins, a member the Chicago Archdiocesan efforts for Christian unity (and nephew of Sister Joan) will lead a discussion about the importance of Catholic-Evangelical Unity, and the misconceptions both sides have of each other. Free coffee specialty drinks and hot chocolate will be provided. Be sure to join us the following Monday (March 7) as Ann Garton from Nursing talks about her experiences over Winter Break serving refugees in France, and leads a discussion about the ongoing refugee crisis.
•Lenten Prayer Series: Taizé Ecumenical Prayer
Learn and practice new forms of prayer all throughout Lent on Monday evenings at 9:15pm in the Chapel. This Monday, tying in with the Brewed Awakening discussion, we will have an ecumenical (for all Christians) Taizé form of prayer. This prayer is named for the Taizé community in France - a community committed to making itself “a sign of reconciliation between divided Christians and separated peoples” - and focuses on simple, uncomplicated songs to encourage meditation on the mysteries of God. Learn more about the Taizé community here, and email email@example.com to help out with this and future prayer services!
•Movies with Ambrosians for Peace & Justice
Students in APJ invite you to join them for 3 movies this week, focusing on Mental Health, Restorative Justice, and showing Gratitude. Friday, February 26 at 9pm in the Beehive, we’ll show “What About Bob?” as part of Siblings weekend. Wednesday, March 2 at 7:30pm in the Gottlieb Center, we’ll watch “The Release” about mental health care in the restorative justice system. Friday, March 4 at 9pm in the Beehive, our FastFest committee is organizing a gratitude movie about the Honor Flights. Join us for movies, discussion and snacks!
•CRS Rice Bowl App
Your Lenten sacrifices go a long way to helping people here in the Quad Cities and around the world through Catholic Relief Services! You can also download an app on iOS or Android from CRS with reflections, information about their work, and meatless recipes from some of the countries they serve. Learn about the apps and everything else Rice Bowl here: http://www.crsricebowl.org/ or on Twitter: @CRSRiceBowl.
Gain some additional insight from your professors and staff with Ambrosian Reflections. New reflections every weekday in Lent, based on the readings. Find them at http://saulent.blogspot.com/.
•Online Stations of the Cross
Pray the Stations of the Cross online, with new SAU student reflections and the beautiful etchings of the late Fr. Edward Catich. Make them a part of your Lenten reflection! Visit: http://saustations.blogspot.com/
•Chair of Catholic Studies Lecture
Monsignor Kevin Irwin, S.T.D., will deliver the Chair of Catholic Studies Lecture on Tuesday, March 8 at 7pm in the Rogalski Center Ballroom. His lecture is entitled “The Eucharist is Justice,” and coincides with this year’s College of Arts and Sciences academic theme of Justice. Msgr. Irwin notes that in his encyclical Laudato si, Pope Francis links the celebration of the Eucharist with our understanding of creation, including our responsibility to justice for the earth. His presentation will link an understanding of the Eucharist as an act of justice with our responsibility for all on our common home. Msgr. Irwin is the past Dean of the College of Theology and Religious Studies, and Walter J. Schmitz Chair of Liturgical Studies at the Catholic University of America and author of 16 books on Liturgy and the Sacraments. This lecture is free and open to the public.
•Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies - June 23-26, July 28-31
Want to work in youth ministry? The Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies program is for you! This program can be completed in just two summers, and provides students with the tools to help them be successful youth ministers. Can also earn up to 8 hours of Theology credit. Find applications online or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
•Year Long Service Opportunity in Washington, DC
Franciscan Mission Service is seeking a Programs Associate to join as part of their Nonprofit Servant Leadership Program. The Programs Associate will gain valuable professional experience as a dynamic nonprofit organization, receive leadership training, and grow in their Catholic faith. Learn more online. Contact Programs Manager Emily Norton with questions: email@example.com.