Monday, November 28, 2016


Campus Ministry Bulletin
vol 25 no 13

November 27, 2016 - First Sunday of Advent

+ Isaiah 2:1-5 + Romans 13:11-14 + Matthew 24:37-44 +
Masses this Sunday at 6:30 pm ONLY

Mass Intentions:
Sunday11.276:30 pm         For the SAU Community                
Monday     11.28Noon+ Gregory Recksieck, '67
Tuesday     11.294:30 pm+ Lois Kammer-Ploog, '77
Wednesday     11.309:15 pmFor Student Intentions           
Thursday12.1            4:30 pm+ Jo Ann Mattke, '58          
Friday        12.2Noon+ Robert Pruden, '67

This Week's Activities Include:
Sunday: RCIA 7:30 pm (Lower Chapel)
Monday: Feast of St. Ambrose Music Rehearsal 6 pm (Chapel); Peer Campus Ministers 7 pm (Lower Chapel)
Tuesday: Bridge Bible Fellowship (non-denominational) 9 pm (Chapel)
Wednesday: Hunger Awareness Prayer Service 8:30 pm (Chapel Gathering Space); Sacrament of Reconciliation 8:30 pm (Chapel); Mass & More 9:15 pm (Chapel)
Thursday: Music Ministry Rehearsal 6 pm (Chapel)
Friday: Lessons & Carols 7 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

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Barely have we consumed the of last of our Thanksgiving dinner leftovers and we enter the Christian season of Advent. Although it’s never easy to celebrate Advent when the world around us has jumped ahead to Christmas and when at a university setting our lives are consumed with final projects, exams, and papers. But try to pay some attention to it. The daily readings of the Advent Liturgy are so powerful reminding us that a new day is promised to us by God. The prophetic imagery is so wonderful. The lion and lamb will lie down together, the sword will become a plowshare, all people will share in a feast, death will be destroyed forever. Advent gives us the faith to believe that the impossible is possible. By being attentive to the longing of our hearts, we can even learn to recognize the ways God is already working to bring that day to a reality. We learn to live with a promise in our hearts that guides toward the future without the need to know exactly what it will look like. The inventor of the television, Philo Farnsworth once said, "Impossible things just take a little longer." Don’t lose hope. Good things will arrive.  In these next four weeks before the celebration of our Savior’s birth, may we never forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith. Happy Advent. 
---Fr. Chuck

•Join Us for 6:30pm Mass on Sunday
As you come back to campus from Thanksgiving break, join us for mass on Sunday, November 27 at 6:30pm in the Chapel.  There is no 10:30 am mass this Sunday.  The daily mass schedule resumes with 12 noon mass on Monday, November 28.

•Advent Mass Commemorating the Feast of St. Ambrose and the Presentation of the McMullen Awards
Join us next Sunday, December 4 at 10:30am as we honor our patron saint, St. Ambrose at mass for the Second Sunday of Advent.  The Most Rev. Martin Amos, Bishop of Davenport and Chair of the Board of Trustees, will be the presider and homilist for this special liturgy.  Music for the mass will be led by a combined choir of SAU Chamber Singers and Music Ministry.  The mass also features the presentation of the McMullen Awards to this year’s recipients: Bernie Hardiek and Dr. Thomas and Mary Ann Stoffel.  A reception will follow in the Gathering Space.

•Advent Season Events 
Advent begins Sunday, November 27.  Advent is a season of preparation for Christmas and a reminder to be constantly vigilant “waiting in joyful hope” for the Lord’s coming.  Here are some ways you can celebrate Advent right here at SAU:
→Pick up a copy of Wondrous Days of Comfort and Joy by Janet Schaeffler, OP.  The booklet invites us to experience the comfort of God through daily Scripture, reflection, prayer and practices.  The booklets are available in the Chapel gathering space, at the Rogalski Center Post Office, and in the Health Science Building.
→Participate in Daily Mass at Christ the King Chapel. Monday and Fridays at 12:00 pm. Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:30pm, and Wednesday at 9:15pm.
→Enjoy a special Lessons and Carols service Friday, December 2 at 7:00pm in the Chapel.  The evening consists of scriptures for the season and music featuring the University Chorale and Chamber Singers.
→Attend the Advent Communal Reconciliation, Monday, December 5 at 7:00pm in Christ the King Chapel.  A short prayer service is followed by the opportunity for individual confession to one of the priests present.
→Commemorate the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a holy day of obligation,  by celebrating the vigil mass with us at 9:15pm on Wednesday, December 7, or mass on the holy day at 4:30pm on Thursday, December 8.
→Pray with us at Eucharistic Adoration on Thursday, December 8 at 9pm in the Chapel.  Join for a time of music and prayer before the Blessed Sacrament.
→Celebrate the Student Candlelight Mass preceding Midnight Breakfast on Tuesday December 13 at 9:00pm.  In the chapel, filled with light from candles held by students, we celebrate the mystery, the joy, and the hope Christ’s birth has brought to our world.  All are welcome.

•Music Rehearsal for Feast Mass
The final music rehearsal for the Feast of St. Ambrose Mass is Monday, November 28 at 6pm in the Chapel.  All SAU students, faculty, and staff are invited to help lead music.  Email to volunteer!

•Charlie Brown Christmas Celebration
Join the Peer Campus Ministers for a Late Night Charlie Brown Christmas Party at 10 pm in the Beehive, Saturday, December 3rd.  Wear an ugly Christmas sweater or Charlie Brown apparel.  Hot chocolate and sweet treats will be served!

•Saint Ambrose of Milan Lecture
Sr. Maria M. Kiely, OSB, a Benedictine nun from the Congregation of Solesmes, is presenting the annual Saint Ambrose of Milan lecture on December 4 at 4:00pm in Christ the King Chapel.  Her lecture is entitled “The Apotheosis of Valentinian II: Ambrose of Milan’s Funeral Oration,” and will focus on St. Ambrose appropriating the Roman culture of his time in combination with Christian tradition in his funeral oration for the young Christian emperor Valentinian II.  Contact Ethan Gannaway ( to learn more.

•Project Renewal Giving Tree
If you took an ornament from the tree in order to buy a book and/or board game for a child, please return the tag with your gift to the Gathering Space by December 7.  The gifts will be delivered to Project Renewal during Finals Week.  Thank you for your generosity!

•Winter Break Service Trip in Mississippi - Applications Due December 7
Want to do some good over your winter break?  Come back a little early for a trip down to Mississippi and help out at the Sacred Heart Southern Missions.  From Monday, January 9th to Saturday, January 14th, we’ll spend time repairing low-income homes and preparing meals at a community kitchen.  Sacred Heart Southern Missions is the only organization in 5 counties to help with home repair, so the projects are plentiful!  You can find applications in the Chapel Gathering Space or the Lower Chapel offices.  Applications are due Wednesday, December 7, so get them in.  Contact Kaitlin at to sign up and help make a difference!

•New Hymnals in the Chapel
Beginning this Sunday, we will have new hymnals in the Chapel that we use for all our masses, the Gather Third Edition.  We hope that this new hymnal - containing songs old and new - will help us continue to promote “full, conscious, and active participation” in the liturgy through our collective prayer and song!

We are offering the opportunity to dedicate hymnals for $20 each.  The inside cover will be imprinted with the name of the person(s) being honored.  A great way to commemorate family and friends.  Contact us at to learn more.