Thursday, September 15, 2016


Campus Ministry Bulletin
vol 25 no 5

September 18, 2016 - Twenty-Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time

+ Amos 8:4-7 + 1 Timothy 2:1-8 + Luke 16:1-33 +
Masses this Sunday at 10:30 am and 6:30 pm

Mass Intentions:
Sunday9.1810:30 am
6:30 pm         
+ Nancy Carroll
For the SAU Community                
Monday     9.19Noon+ John Gregorio, '65
Tuesday     9.204:30 pm+ William Helmel, '71
Wednesday     9.219:15 pmFor student intentions           
Thursday9.22            4:30 pm+ Donald Sloat, '51          
Friday        9.23Noon+ Dr. John Lefebvre, '49

This Week's Activities Include:
Sunday: EM Training 11:30am & 7:30pm (Chapel)
Tuesday: Greeter/Usher Training 3:00pm & 7:00pm (Chapel); EM Training 5:00pm (Chapel); Bridge Bible Fellowship (non-denominational) 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: Greeter/Usher Training 3:00pm & 7:00pm (Chapel); Music Ministry Rehearsal 6 pm (Chapel)

Campus Ministry Offices - Lower Chapel
333-6132 or  
Twitter: @FrChuckAdam
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

Sign Up for Campus Ministry Events any time during the year!  Go to:

One of the central themes that runs through Catholic thought is the value placed on community.  We emphasize this through such things as the mass, our highest communal prayer, through our social justice tradition, and our belief in the communion of the saints--our union even with those who have gone on into eternal life. It's not difficult to see how the value of a community is also lived out at St. Ambrose, a Catholic university. Currently students are joining clubs, being trained as leaders, as liturgical ministers for Christ the King chapel, and learning the value of teamwork through athletics endeavors and many other activities. Every person at St. Ambrose is a valuable member of this community and every person has important gifts to offer. When those gifts are offered in service to others and we learn to pull together, we are all better off.  Pulling together is also the subject of a story about a gentleman whose car slid off into the ditch along a muddy country road. The man walked to a nearby farm to ask for help and the farmer pointed to haggardly looking old mule and said, “Warwick will get your car out of that ditch.”  After making their way back to the ditch, the farmer hitched the mule to the car. With the snap of the reigns he shouted, “Pull, Fred! Pull, Jack! Pull, Ted! Pull, Warwick!” And the mule pulled the car out with little effort. The man was amazed. He thanked the farmer and asked, “But why did you call out all those other names before you called Warwick?” The farmer grinned and said, “Old Warwick is nearly blind. As long as he believes he’s part of a team, he doesn’t mind pulling.” How much more we truly can accomplish when we learn that we all really are a part of a team. ---Fr. Chuck

•Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion Training
A training session for new and experienced EMs will be this Sunday, September 18th after both the 10:30 am and the 6:30 pm Mass and again on Tuesday, September 20th at 5 pm. If you are interested in serving in this important ministry please plan to attend one of the training sessions.  This ministry is reserved for practicing, confirmed Catholics.  To sign up to be a Eucharistic Minister here on campus, fill out the online interest form at, or please contact us at for more information.

•Greeter/Usher Training
We are looking for students to serve as greeters and ushers for Sunday masses and big Chapel events.  Training sessions are on Tuesday, September 20 and Thursday, September 22 at 3pm and 7pm on both days (please come to one session).  If you are interested, or want to learn more, contact Paul Burd at

•Service on Saturday
We have a great response to this weekend’s Service on Saturday project with the Kiwanis club in Rock Island; no additional volunteers are needed this Saturday, but plan to join us next week for the Fresh Start Benefit Sale at Humility of Mary Housing, Inc (HMHI).   We’ll help there on Saturday, September 24th from 8-noon.   HMHI is a transitional housing program that helps single-parent, homeless families move into safe housing.  Every fall, they have a Fresh Start Benefit Sale (imagine the biggest garage sale you can!) that is open to the public to help raise funds for the transitional housing program.  We'll be helping to run the sale from 8am-noon that day - at the check-out, carrying furniture out to people's cars, assisting shoppers, etc.  Let us know if you want to join us for this opportunity next weekend by email at

•Service at Cafe on Vine
Interested in service but need some flexible times?  Cafe on Vine, a soup kitchen in Davenport, is looking for help to keep up with the many tomatoes, cucumbers, and other produce items that are getting donated to them right now.  If you would be able to help any day of the week between 8am-noon as you are available, let us know at Cafe on Vine is also looking for students who would be interested to be on a Weekend Meal call-list.  They often need a few students to help serve the Saturday lunch or Sunday dinner meal to the guests.  If you (and some of your friends) are willing to help out on occasion, let us know and we’ll get you added to the call-list.

•Pacem in Terris Award - Wednesday, September 28
Join us for the presentation of this year’s Pacem in Terris “Peace on Earth” Award to Fr. Gustavo GutiĆ©rrez Merino, O.P., regarded as one of the principles founders of liberation theology in Latin America.  Most Reverend Martin Amos, Bishop of the Diocese of Davenport, will present the award to Fr. GutiĆ©rrez on Wednesday, September 28 at 6:30pm in Christ the King Chapel.  This event is free and open to the public.  All are welcome.

The Pacem in Terris Award is given to “honor a person for their achievements in peace and justice.”  It was begun by the Catholic Interracial Council of the Diocese of Davenport in 1963 in commemoration of the papal encyclical Pacem in Terris from Pope Saint John XXIII. Past recipients include six Nobel Peace Prize winners and even an officially canonized saint!  Learn more about the award at the Diocese of Davenport website.

•Interfaith SAU
Campus Ministry has organized students of various faith traditions (Jewish, Hindu, Islamic, Christian, and even students with no religious convictions) around a common theme of service and understanding. If you would like to be a part of this year’s group, let us know soon at

•Save the Date for Antioch Retreat
This semester’s Antioch retreat is scheduled for the evening of Friday, October 21 through Sunday, October 23.  The Antioch Retreat is a great opportunity for students to spend time away from campus reflecting on faith and life in the midst of a Christian community, and is open to any SAU student.  Registration will be available soon, so save those dates on your calendars, and keep an eye on the bulletin for future updates.

•Learning About the Catholic Church/RCIA
SAU students, faculty and staff interested in becoming Catholic or learning more about the Church, its teachings, rituals and way of life are invited to contact Tammy Norcross-Reitzler in Campus Ministry or 333-6132 for more information about the process.

•Sacrament of Confirmation
Baptized Catholics who never celebrated the sacrament of Confirmation are able to prepare for that sacrament while at SAU.  Email to learn more about the process.

•NAMI Walk - September 24
Help out with the 2016 NAMI Walk to support those affected by mental illness.  NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and they do a lot of great work in the Quad Cities.  The walk is on Saturday, September 24, beginning at 9:30am.  You can sign up to walk, or donate money to someone who is, at and search for “Team Ambrose.”  Email Andrew Kaiser ( to learn more.

•Interested in Religious Life? Sisters Offer Retreat 
Are you a woman wondering what life might be like as a Religious Sister? Sign up for "Dubuque's Got Sisters!"  It begins Friday, Oct. 7 at 5 p.m. and ends Saturday, Oct. 8 at 6 p.m. To register or for more details, e-mail Sister Rita Cameron, PBVM, at or call her at (563) 590-8144.  The retreat will be held at Mount Carmel, the Motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Dubuque.