vol 26 no 13
November 26, 2017 - Solemnity of Christ the King
+ Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17 + 1 Corinthians 15:20-26, 28 + Matthew 25:31-46 +
Mass this Sunday at 6:30pm ONLY
|Sunday||11.26||6:30 pm||For the SAU Community|
|Monday||11.27||Noon||+ Robert Merchie, '51|
|Tuesday||11.28||4:30 pm||+ Julie Daxon, '89|
|Wednesday||11.29||9:15 pm||For Student Intentions|
|Thursday||11.30||4:30 pm||+ Paul Collins, '62|
|Friday||12.01||Noon||+ James Glackin, '85|
This Week's Activities Include:
Sunday: RCIA 7:30 pm (Lower Chapel)
Monday: C.S. Lewis Prayer Group 7 pm (Gathering Space); Feast of Ambrose Music Rehearsal 7 pm (Chapel); Stump the Priest 8 pm (Gathering Space)
Tuesday: Communal Penance 7 pm (Chapel); Bridge Bible Fellowship 9 pm (Chapel)
Wednesday: Ambrosians for Peace and Justice 8 pm (Lower Chapel); 9:15 pm Mass & More (Grotto)
Thursday: Chamber Singers Rehearsal 6:30 pm (Chapel)
Friday: Lessons and Carols 7 pm (Chapel)
Sacrament of Reconciliation Offered Before Every Daily Mass
Monday/Friday - 11:15 am
Tuesday/Thursday - 3:45 pm
Wednesday - 8:30 pm
Campus Ministry Offices - Lower Chapel
333-6132 or email@example.com
Fr. Thom Hennen, 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
Prayer Ministry - send intentions to BeesKnees@sau.edu.
Sign Up for Campus Ministry Events any time during the year! Go to: www.tinyurl.com/campusmin2017.
Allowing Christ to reign in our hearts and in our lives
It hardly seems possible, but this coming Sunday is already the last Sunday in Ordinary Time, designated as the “Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe” (ever since Pope Pius XI named it so in 1925, a relatively recent addition to the universal calendar). It is also, therefore, the patronal feast of our very own Christ the King Chapel. As both the calendar year and the liturgical year draw to a close, it is a good time for us to look back and reflect on who or what has sat in the throne of our hearts in this past year. Have we ceded that place, which properly belongs to Christ, to worldly concerns, to material possessions, to creature comforts, to work, to negative attitudes, to unhealthy habits, etc.? If so, now is a good time to once again allow Christ to reign in our hearts and in our lives. Next Sunday is already the first Sunday of Advent, which, given the academic calendar, is always a very short season here at the University. Nonetheless, I urge you to be vigilant in this season of joyful expectation. Even as the Christmas parties start up and the holiday commercials make it seem like Christmas is already here, do be not be robbed of your Advent. Do not be subtly cheated out of this time of prayerful preparation for the many comings of Christ: his first coming among us two-thousand years ago, his coming in glory at the end of time, and his coming daily into our lives. Rather, let Advent be Advent, to the best of your ability, and I promise that Christmas will be all the more meaningful and joyful for it. Because the Feast of St. Ambrose (December 7) typically falls midweek and always in Advent, we will observe our patronal feast with the wider community on the first Sunday of Advent, December 3. Please join us for this beautiful celebration at the 10:30 Mass. The McMullen Awards will also be presented at this Mass. These awards (named for our first bishop and founder of St. Ambrose University) honor those who have made a significant contribution to the life and mission of the University through their hard work, generosity, and enthusiastic spirit. Between Christ the King Sunday, the first Sunday of Advent and the Feast of St. Ambrose, there is certainly plenty to celebrate around here. As always, let us continue to keep each other in prayer as we enter into the final few weeks of this first semester. ---Fr. Thom
•Join Us for 6:30pm Mass on Sunday
As you come back to campus from Thanksgiving break, join us for mass on Sunday, November 26 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 27.
•Advent Mass Commemorating the Feast of St. Ambrose and the Presentation of the McMullen Awards
Join us next Sunday, December 3 at 10:30am as we honor our patron saint, St. Ambrose, at mass for the First Sunday of Advent. The Most Rev. Thomas Zinkula, 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: Rev. Msgr. Drake Shafer, ‘69, and Daniel Broderick ‘82 and Thomas Mnich. A reception will follow in the Gathering Space.
•Advent Season Events
Advent begins next Sunday, December 3. 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 “Expectantly Waiting in Wonder” by Timothy McCormick and Rakhi McCormick. Pray the excerpts from the daily Mass readings, reflections, illustrations, and suggestions for action, as you expectantly wait for God to reveal his wonders in your life. The booklets will be 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 Wednesdays at 9:15pm.
→Enjoy a special Lessons and Carols service Friday, December 1 at 7:00pm in the Chapel. The evening consists of scriptures for the season and music featuring the University Chorale and Chamber Singers.
→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 4:30pm on Thursday, December 7, or mass on the holy day at 12 noon on Friday, December 8.
→Pray with us at Eucharistic Adoration on Wednesday, December 6 in the Chapel before the final Mass and More of the semester. Adoration will begin at 8:30pm. Take a break in the middle of a stressful week for a time of quiet prayer before the Blessed Sacrament.
→Celebrate the Student Candlelight Mass preceding Midnight Breakfast on Tuesday December 12 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 27 at 6pm in the Chapel. All SAU students, faculty, and staff are invited to help lead music. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer!
•Stump the Priest
Students! Mark your calendars for the Monday night after Thanksgiving Break, November 28 at 8pm in the Gathering Space. We have a Stump the Priest night with our new chaplain, Fr. Thom Hennen. Come bring your toughest questions about the Church and Catholic theology as we try to Stump the Priest!
•Communal Reconciliation Service
Join us on Tuesday, November 28 at 7pm in the Chapel for a Communal Reconciliation service. A simple prayer service is followed by time for individual confession. A great practice as we prepare for Advent and Christmas!
•Fill the Stockings with Socks
The peer campus ministers are hosting a sock drive for the Clothing Center at Minnie’s Maison on LeClaire Street. The nonprofit organization provides clothes and household items free of charge to people who need them. Socks are a constant need. Please help us fill the giant red stockings (divided into Freshman/Sophomores, Juniors/Seniors, and Faculty/Staff) in the Beehive with socks! Who can fill their stocking first? We’ll collect socks until Tuesday, Dec. 12th.
•Project Renewal Giving Tree
If you took a tag from the tree in order to buy a gift of pajamas for a child from Project Renewal, please return the tag with your wrapped gift to the Gathering Space by Wednesday, December 6. The gifts will be delivered to Project Renewal during Finals Week. Thank you for your generosity!
•Winter Break Service Trip
Sign up for our Winter Break service trip to East St. Louis by Friday, December 1! Service trip is January 10-13, and we will stay at the Hubbard House, serving at an afterschool program, a shelter for women and children who are victims of domestic violence, a K-8 Catholic school, and a soup kitchen! You can also sign up for Spring Break service trips (March 10-16th) to Chicago, Grafton IL, and Holly Springs MS. More information is available in the Chapel Gathering Space - let Kaitlin know at email@example.com if you have questions.