Friday, August 19, 2016


Campus Ministry Bulletin
vol 25 no 1

August 21, 2016 - Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

+  Isaiah 66:18-21  +  Hebrews 12:5-7, 11-13  +  Luke 13:22-30  +
Masses this Sunday at 10:30 am and 3:00 pm

Mass Intentions:
Sunday8.2110:30 am
3:00 pm
For the SAU Community            
For New Students
Wednesday     8.249:15 pmFor student intentions           
Thursday8.25    4:30pm+ Loyola Hutson
Friday        8.26       Noon+ Joseph Sesbeau, '47

This Week's Activities Include:
Tuesday: Convocation and Blessing of the Academic Year 11am (Rogalski Center Ballroom)
Wednesday: Music Jam 8pm (Hayes Courtyard); Mass and More 9:15pm (Chapel)
Thursday: Music Ministry 6pm (Chapel)

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
Paul Burd, Grad Assistant

      Welcome Week officially begins on Sunday as students move in to residence halls and as we celebrate a 3 p.m. Welcoming Mass in Christ the King Chapel. It’s an exciting time. New students bring new energy and new dreams to St. Ambrose, and we welcome you. The act of welcoming is important. Its gets us started on a journey that is sure to be life changing. And we mean it when we say, “All are welcome!”  
If you watched the opening ceremony for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio earlier this month, you may have been struck, as I was, by the tremendous welcome given to athletes representing the first ever Refugee Team to participate in any Olympics. As the IOC President said in his opening remarks, "By welcoming the refugee team a message of hope is sent to all refugees in our world."  There is also something very hopeful in the act of welcoming new students to SAU. With the visions and dreams and the gifts and talents new students bring with them, we are collectively made better. The fourth verse of a song we sing often in Christ the King Chapel, states the mission of welcoming this way:  
      Let us build a house where hands will reach beyond the wood and stone to heal and strengthen, serve and teach, and live the Word they’ve known. Here the outcast and the stranger bear the image of God’s face; let us bring an end to fear and danger. All are welcome in this place! (“All Are Welcome” by Marty Haugen)
      As we welcome one another, we embrace new opportunities with renewed hope. Blessings to all on what will be a great year!   ---Fr. Chuck

•Welcome From the Campus Ministry Staff
Our campus ministry staff is here for all members of the St. Ambrose community regardless of their religious or denominational affiliation. We want you to know that Christ the King Chapel is your spiritual home while at St. Ambrose. Our staff includes Fr. Chuck Adam (333.6151), Chaplain and Director of Campus Ministry, Christopher Clow (333.6189), Director of Music Ministry and Liturgy, Kaitlin Depuydt (333.6083), Director of Service and Justice Ministry, and Tammy Norcross-Reitzler (333.6132), Director of Faith Formation. We look forward to meeting all who are new to St. Ambrose. Always feel free to stop in and visit us in our offices in the lower level of Christ the King Chapel.

•Come as You Are to 3:00 pm Sunday Mass
For those who will have spent the day moving into residence halls, we want you to know that casual dress is appropriate for the 3:00  pm mass today – Sunday, August 21. This mass is specifically intended to help new students and your families have an opportunity to worship today. Simply come as you are!

•Chapel Schedule
All Ambrosians, regardless of faith tradition or religious affiliation, are invited to make Christ the King Chapel their spiritual home while at SAU. We offer a special 3:00pm mass today to welcome new students and their families, but our usual Sunday masses while classes are in session are at 10:30am and 6:30pm. Daily masses are offered Mondays and Fridays at 12 noon, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:30 pm and on Wednesday evenings at 9:15 pm (in the Grotto if weather allows).  The Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered every Wednesday at 8:30 pm and by appointment with Fr. Chuck or other priests on campus.  For any changes, please keep an eye on this bulletin, sent out via email each week, and also available in the Chapel Gathering Space.

•Convocation and Blessing of the Academic Year
Please join us at 11 am this Tuesday August 23 in the Rogalski Center Ballroom as we welcome the class of 2020. Most Rev. Martin Amos, Bishop of the Diocese of Davenport and Chair of the SAU Board of Trustees, will lead the campus community in a prayer service asking God’s blessing on the new academic year. Dr. Rachael Suddarth will offer the keynote. Sister Joan Lescinski, President of St. Ambrose University, will offer the customary charge to the community for the coming year.  All are welcome!

•Campus Ministry Music Jam
Join us for the Campus Ministry Music Jam on Wednesday, August 24 at 8pm in the Hayes Courtyard.  Bring your guitar, bring your voice, or bring your requests and come sing songs, meet new friends, and relax at the end of the first day of classes.

•Wednesday Night Mass & More
Mass and More is a great SAU tradition.  Join us this Wednesday at 9:15pm in the Grotto which is located at the northwest side of Ambrose Hall (rain location is in the Chapel).  After Mass, we’ll have a make-your-own sundae bar in the Chapel Gathering Space.  It’s a great time for mid-week prayer and to meet new people.

We have many opportunities for students to grow in faith, share their gifts and talents, and build up the Kingdom of God.  Everyone can fill out the interest form online here.  There will also be an opportunity to sign up during and after the 10:30am and 6:30pm Sunday masses on August 28.  Or just stop by the Campus Ministry offices in the Lower Chapel and come let us know what you’re interested in.  We’re looking forward to meeting you, and having a great year!

•Peer Campus Ministers
NEW FOR 2016 - every Residence Hall on campus has a designated Peer Campus Minister.  These students are are excited about growing in faith and want to tell you about the many opportunities campus ministry has for faith learning justice!  Peer Campus Ministers will be introducing themselves to the residents in their halls - be sure to say hi, and let them know your ideas too.  Our Peer Campus Ministers for 2016-2017 are:  Katie Galuska, Bechtel; Jacob Hayles, Cosgrove; Morgan Wollesen, Davis; Emily Nguyen, Franklin; Laura Biederwolf, Hagen; Grant Colborn, McCarthy; Kara Fairfield, North; Murphy Garcia, Rohlman; Colleen Persaud & Madison Schramer, Tiedemann; and Abby Hammer, Townhouses.

•BEE Connected New Student Retreat
Calling all new students (freshman and transfer)!  The Bee Connected Retreat is just for you!  The retreat is Friday, Sept. 9-Saturday, Sept. 10 at Camp Loud Thunder.  It’s a great opportunity to make friends, receive tips from upperclassmen, be introduced to all that Campus Ministry has to offer, and strengthen your faith.  Register online here or pick up a form in the Chapel Gathering Space.  Only $10, and includes transportation to and from, lodging, and food.  But space is limited, so REGISTER SOON!  Contact us at to find out more.

•Music Ministry
Love to sing or play an instrument?  Music Ministry is looking for you!  Music Ministry is made up of SAU students of all years, majors, and musical ability, and leads music for Sunday masses, Mass and More, and other prayer services and events.  Join us for a special rehearsal on Thursday, August 25 at 6pm in the Chapel (regular rehearsals are Mondays at 6pm, beginning August 29).  Email to learn more.

•Service on Saturday 
On every Saturday of the academic year, Campus Ministry offers an opportunity for outreach in the community.  For more info and to sign-up, email us at

•Ambrosians for Peace and Justice
Join us for the first meeting of Ambrosians for Peace & Justice (APJ).  We are a group of students who are interested in peace and justice, doing service projects together and discussing the larger picture of social justice in our community and world.  All Ambrosians are welcome!  We will meet on Wednesdays at 8pm, beginning August 31 in the Lower Chapel.  See you there!

•BEESknees is a unique prayer ministry that allows Ambrosians to pray in their own time and manner for confidential intentions presented each week on behalf of fellow Ambrosians. If you’d like to be part of it, or have intentions to offer, send to: