Friday, September 22, 2017

09.24.17

Campus Ministry Bulletin
vol 26 no 6

September 24, 2017 - Twenty-Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time

+ Isaha 55:6-9 + Philippians 1:20-24, 27 + Matthew 20:1-16 +
Masses this Sunday at 10:30 am and 6:30pm







Mass Intentions:
Sunday09.2410:30 am
6:30 pm         
For the SAU Community                
Monday     09.25Noon+ Robert Gugerty, '62
Tuesday     09.264:30 pm+ Vivian Berrent, '80
Wednesday     09.279:15 pmFor Student Intentions
Thursday     09.28   4:30 pm+ Rev. Robert Kem, '42
Friday       09.29NoonDeceased Alumni           

This Week's Activities Include:

Monday: Nurses Christian Fellowship 3 pm (Gathering Space)
Tuesday: Peer Campus Ministers 8:30 pm (Lower Chapel); Bridge Bible Fellowship 9 pm (Chapel)
Wednesday: Ambrosians for Peace and Justice 8 pm (Lower Chapel); Reconciliation 8:30 pm (Chapel); 9:15 pm Mass & More (Grotto)
Thursday: Music Ministry Rehearsal 7 pm (Chapel)
Friday: Dedication of Wellness and Recreation Center 5:30 pm (WRC)



Campus Ministry Offices - Lower Chapel
333-6132 or ministry@sau.edu  
Twitter: @SAUCampusMin
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.


God’s Mercy and the World’s “Justice”
This past Wednesday, along with about 150 students, faculty and staff, I took part in the Refugee Simulation put on by Ambrosians for Peace and Justice.  It only took 20 or 30 minutes to go through, and I know that, in the safety and comfort of the Rogalski Ballroom, this was a far cry from the real experiences of so many in our world who are fleeing violence or other intolerable conditions in their home countries.  Still, it was a moving experience.  Pretending to go through the wilderness on foot, getting on a train to anywhere, trying to avoid the various dangers along the way, only to end up before a judge who didn’t speak my language and placed in a detention center to wait indefinitely, gave me at least a glimpse what this ordeal must be like.  There was a pervasive sense of randomness to it all, as if nothing was within my control.  One moment I felt jealousy for the person ahead of me who seemed to skate through, but then the next moment I felt both relief and guilt because someone else had it worse than I did.  There didn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason to it.  In reflecting on this experience later in juxtaposition to the Gospel for this Sunday, I discovered an odd parallel between the two.  On the one hand, there is that “randomness,” even capriciousness of the world’s “justice” as I experienced it in a tiny way through the simulation.  On the other hand, in the Gospel, there is an almost scandalous universality to God’s mercy, as the laborers who arrived at the end of the day are paid the same as those who “bore the day’s burden and heat.”  Of course, Jesus isn’t telling us how to run a business or an economy in this parable.  If that were the case, we would rightly call him out for promoting wage theft.  Rather, he is describing the kingdom of heaven, in which God looks on all of his children, “early arrivals” and “latecomers” alike, with a wonderfully consistent love.  In the economy of grace, God is free to do as he pleases, but are we jealous because God is generous?  ---Fr. Thom  


•Collecting for Those Affected by Natural Disasters
It seems that there is a new crisis in our world almost every day, and it can be easy to tune them out in the midst of our busy lives.  But we, as Ambrosians, are called to remember the needs of our brothers and sisters, no matter how far, and to try and provide for them.  Campus Ministry is collecting donations to go to Catholic Charities (the local giving arm of the USCCB) and Catholic Relief Services (the international arm of Catholic giving).  Both organizations are on the ground in affected areas in such as Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Mexico, the Caribbean, and others.  Donations can be sent to Campus Ministry through campus mail (memo: Relief) or in the collection basket during Sunday masses, and will be split between the two agencies.  You can also donate online at catholiccharitiesusa.org and crs.org.  Please give generously!  A little bit makes a world of difference!

•View Fr. Thom’s Homilies Online
Did you know you can view Fr. Thom’s Sunday homilies online after mass?  Great for when you are looking for some inspiration during your week.  Find them here: https://sauhomilies.blogspot.com/

•Sacrament of Reconciliation Hours Next Week
Fr. Thom will be gone all of next week, so the Sacrament of Reconciliation will only be offered on Wednesday at 8:30pm before Mass and More.  Fr. Ross Epping from St. John Vianney parish will be on hand for confessions and mass that evening.

•Service on Saturday
Lots of Ambrosians join in the NAMI Walk each September - NAMI is the National Alliance for Mental Illness.  The 5K walk raises awareness and funds for services for people living a mental illness. We'll join in the walk as our Service on Saturday project this weekend.  The Ambrose team will meet to take a photo and hear announcements at 9am, so the group will meet to carpool at 8:45am.  We should be back by 11am at the latest.   If you can join us, let me know by emailing ministry@sau.edu and then also sign up with the "Join our team" button for the NAMI Walk Ambrose team Here.

•Other Service Opportunities
We received a note that Project Renewal’s after-school Youth Program is in need of some help this semester.  Project Renewal is an after-school program here in Davenport.  Kids come everyday after school for help with homework and reading, a snack, and privileges to play computer games, board games, and outside at their park.  The after school program is Monday-Friday from 2:30-5:30.  If you’re interested in helping out, even for an hour or two, please let us know at ministry@sau.edu and we’ll get you more information.

A literacy program in Rock Island at the Church of Peace is looking for volunteers with their adult English education classes, for the ESL classes and with childcare during the class times.  Many of the adults in their program are refugees learning English, so they would appreciate your help as experts in the language. Volunteers are needed between 9-noon Monday-Thursdays as you are available.  Please let us know if you are interested at ministry@sau.edu and we’ll get you more information.

•Music Ministry
Love to sing or play an instrument?  Music Ministry is looking for you!  Open to all SAU students, regardless of ability or faith, Music Ministry leads music for Sunday and weekday liturgies in Christ the King Chapel.  Rehearsals are on Thursdays at 7pm.  Interested?  Contact Chris Clow at ministry@sau.edu to learn more!

•Wellness and Recreation Center Dedication
On Friday, September 29, at 5:30pm St. Ambrose University will have a Blessing, Dedication, and Ribbon-Cutting ceremony for the new Wellness and Recreation Center.  The Most Rev. Bishop Thomas Zinkula, Bishop of Davenport and Chair of the Board of Trustees, will lead the blessing.  Tours and light refreshments will follow.

•Eucharistic Minister Training
A training session for new and experienced EMs will be Tuesday, October 3rd at 7 pm.  If you are interested in serving in this important ministry please plan to attend.  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 www.tinyurl.com/campusmin2017 or please contact us at ministry@sau.edu for more information.

•Lectors Needed
There are lots of opportunities for interested students to be Lectors at mass, whether it’s at daily mass, Wednesday night Mass and More, or at both masses on Sundays.  We are seeking new and returning students to volunteer as lectors.  We will give you a brief training, and get a schedule for the rest of the semester.  Contact Tammy Norcross-Reitzler at ministry@sau.edu to learn more and to sign up!

•R.C.I.A./Sacramental Prep./Learning More about the Catholic Church
If you are interested in becoming Catholic, preparing for First Communion or Confirmation, or simply want to learn more about the Catholic Church, contact Tammy by emailing ministry@sau.edu.  A group will be forming soon.

•Pizza with Padre
Attention students: sign up for free pizza and a casual conversation with our new University Chaplain, Fr. Thom Hennen!  There are six different dates, starting in October, and eight slots for each date.  We will meet from 6:30-7:30 on each of the dates in the Lower Chapel Conference Room.  You can sign up as an individual and meet some new people or sign up as a group (friends, team, floormates, club, etc.).  Fr. Thom will provide the pizza.  You can let him know what kind of pizza you would like on sign-up sheet.  This is an opportunity for Fr. Thom to get know you and for you to get to know him as he begins this new ministry.  It will be fun, low-key and done in an hour.  The sign-up sheet is posted on Fr. Thom’s office door, Lower Chapel 103.

•Pacem in Terris Award Announcement
The Pacem in Terris peace and freedom award will be given on Sunday, October 22nd at 2pm in Christ the King Chapel.   Pacem in Terris is an award with national recognition, has been given 43 times since 1964.  The 44th award recipient will be Dr. Widad Akreyi, a Danish health expert, author and human rights activist of Kurdish ancestry who cofounded the human rights organization, Defend International.   Past recipients of the award which honors champions of peace and social justice from around the world, include Saint Teresa of Calcutta, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Rev. Martin Luther King, President John F. Kennedy, Dorothy Day, Sister Helen Prejean, Lech Walesa, and Fr. Gustavo Gutierrez.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

09.17.17

Campus Ministry Bulletin
vol 26 no 5

September 17, 2017 - Twenty-Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time

+ Sirach 27:30-28:7 + Romans 14:7-9 + Matthew 18:21-35 +
Masses this Sunday at 10:30 am and 6:30pm







Mass Intentions:
Sunday09.1710:30 am
6:30 pm         
For the SAU Community                
Monday     09.18Noon+ William Hosey, '58
Tuesday     09.194:30 pm+ Patrick Ross, '66
Wednesday     09.209:15 pmFor Student Intentions
Thursday     09.21   4:30 pm+ Laverne Bald, '40
Friday       09.22Noon+ Michael VanEchaute, '77           

This Week's Activities Include:

Sunday: Eucharistic Minister Training 11:30 am & 7:30 pm (Chapel)
Monday: Reconciliation 11:15 am (Chapel)
Tuesday: Reconciliation 3:45 pm (Chapel); Bridge Bible Fellowship 9 pm (Chapel)
Wednesday: Ambrosians for Peace and Justice 8 pm (Lower Chapel); Reconciliation 8:30 pm (Chapel); 9:15 pm Mass & More (Grotto)
Thursday: Reconciliation 3:45 pm (Chapel); Rev. Conrad Tillard Presentation 7 pm (Chapel); Music Ministry Rehearsal 7 pm (Galvin Hall)
Friday: Reconciliation 11:15 am (Chapel)



Campus Ministry Offices - Lower Chapel
333-6132 or ministry@sau.edu  
Twitter: @SAUCampusMin
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.


Take Time for God
In talking to students this past week, it was clear that the “honeymoon” period of the start of the school year is abruptly coming to an end.  For most of them, the first round of papers, tests and projects have already come due or soon will.  This is inevitable, of course.  In fact, it is the main reason our students are here: to learn, so that in time they can go forth from here and, as our mission statement says, enrich the lives of others.  I have to admit, I really miss being in the classroom and being able to learn in a more structured environment.  Part of me would love to go back to college.  But, as I heard about all that the students were having to do this past week, I quickly realized that, while I miss learning in the classroom setting, I don’t particularly miss having to be accountable for that learning.  As someone who considers himself a “lifelong learner” I prefer to “audit” and to go at my own pace, even if I am not always as disciplined as I would like to be about it.  It occurs to me that that as the academic year ramps up, this is also the time of year when our relationship with God might easily be put on the “back burner.”  I would strongly caution against this.  In my experience, making time for prayer, for daily conversation with God, has never robbed me of the time or energy I needed to accomplish whatever work was before me.  On the contrary, I have always found that prayer gives me greater perspective, focus, energy and peace in going about my daily responsibilities.  I believe this is more than just the psychological effect of prayer, but truly the working of the Holy Spirit.  And so, as the “machine” of academia really begins to hum, don’t forget to take time for God: in prayer, in retreat opportunities, by going to Sunday Mass (and maybe even the occasional weekday Mass), in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, or just in a peaceful stroll under the oaks on a beautiful early fall day.  Let us keep each other in prayer.   ---Fr. Thom          


•Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion Training
A training session for both new and experienced Eucharistic Ministers will be Sunday, September 17th after the 10:30 am and 6:30 pm Masses.  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.  Please contact us at ministry@sau.edu for more information.

•Collection for Victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma
Campus Ministry is collecting donations to go to Catholic Charities and benefit those affected by the hurricanes in recent weeks.  Catholic Charities sends 100% of their donated funds directly to help those in need to the diocese affected.  Donations can be sent to Campus Ministry through campus mail (memo: Hurricane Relief), or you can also donate online by going to catholiccharitiesusa.org.  A small donation can make a big difference.

•View Fr. Thom’s Homilies Online
Did you know you can view Fr. Thom’s Sunday homilies online after mass?  Great for when you are looking for some inspiration during your week.  Find them here: https://sauhomilies.blogspot.com/

•Service on Saturday
Our Service on Saturday project this weekend will be with kids living at Family Resources.  We have been invited to be pen pals with kids living at the Fairmount Pines community.   If you would like to be a monthly pen pal with a kid in 4-8th grade, join us on Saturday September 16th at 10am in the Chapel Gathering Space.  We'll explain the project, assign pen pals, and you can write your first letter.  Note that this is a monthly commitment throughout the school year - Saturday is just the kick-off.   Email ministry@sau.edu to join in!

•Service with a Fun Run at St. John Vianney
St. John Vianney's church is looking for volunteers to assist in their 50th Anniversary Walk / Fun Run, Saturday, Sept. 16th at St John Vianney in Bettendorf.  All of the run proceeds will go to Cafe on Vine and to the Humility of Mary Housing. Volunteers are needed at 7:30am to help with parking, registration, and handing out water.  The run begins at 9am.  Email us at ministry@sau.edu if you want to help or participate in the run!

•Other Service Opportunities
We received a note that Project Renewal’s after-school Youth Program is in need of some help this semester.  Project Renewal is an after-school program here in Davenport.  Kids come everyday after school for help with homework and reading, a snack, and privileges to play computer games, board games, and outside at their park.  The after school program is Monday-Friday from 2:30-5:30.  If you’re interested in helping out, even for an hour or two, please let us know at ministry@sau.edu and we’ll get you more information.

A literacy program in Rock Island at the Church of Peace is looking for volunteers with their adult English education classes, for the ESL classes and with childcare during the class times.  Many of the adults in their program are refugees learning English, so they would appreciate your help as experts in the language. Volunteers are needed between 9-noon Monday-Thursdays as you are available.  Please let us know if you are interested at ministry@sau.edu and we’ll get you more information.

•Rev. Conrad Tillard - “Leadership at the Intersection”
Next Thursday, September 21, the “Hip Hop” minister, Rev. Conrad Tillard, will give a presentation in Christ the King Chapel at 7pm entitled “Leadership at the Intersection: The Global Movement of Hip Hop Culture, Politics of Change, and Transformative Faith.”  Rev. Tillard will share his interesting and inspirational story.  Questions and answers will follow his presentation.  All are welcome to attend.  Hosted by St. Ambrose University in partnership with the Critical Mass Global Leadership Conference.  Contact Ryan Saddler to learn more.

•Music Ministry - New Rehearsal Time
Music Ministry has officially moved to 7pm on Thursdays, so please make note of the time change.  Also, with a special speaker in the Chapel this Thursday, Music Ministry’s rehearsal will be moved to Madsen Hall in Galvin this coming Thursday, September 21 at 7pm.  Practices will otherwise be at 7pm in the Chapel.  Want to know more about Music Ministry?  Email Chris Clow at ministry@sau.edu.

•BEE Connected New Student Retreat - SIGN UP BY MONDAY
Registration for the New Student Retreat ends this Monday, September 18.  Retreat is Friday, Sept. 22-Saturday, Sept. 23 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 at http://www.tinyurl.com/BeeConnected17.  It’s only $10.  Email ministry@sau.edu to find out more.

•Refugee Simulation 
The students in Ambrosians for Peace & Justice are busy planning a Refugee Simulation for Wednesday, September 20th from 5-7pm in the ballroom.  The simulation will take about 30 minutes, so participants can come any time in the 5-7pm timeframe.  The students invite classes, individuals, and anyone interested to come through the simulation.  Participants will receive an identity of someone traveling to America and walk through the process they endure.  Please plan to join us for this event!

•R.C.I.A./Sacramental Prep./Learning More about the Catholic Church
If you are interested in becoming Catholic, being confirmed if you have not completed your sacraments, or simply want to learn more about the Catholic Church, contact Tammy by emailing ministry@sau.edu.

•Pizza with Padre
Attention students: sign up for free pizza and a casual conversation with our new University Chaplain, Fr. Thom Hennen!  There are six different dates, starting in October, and eight slots for each date.  We will meet from 6:30-7:30 on each of the dates in the Lower Chapel Conference Room.  You can sign up as an individual and meet some new people or sign up as a group (friends, team, floormates, club, etc.).  Fr. Thom will provide the pizza.  You can let him know what kind of pizza you would like on sign-up sheet.  This is an opportunity for Fr. Thom to get know you and for you to get to know him as he begins this new ministry.  It will be fun, low-key and done in an hour.  The sign-up sheet is posted on Fr. Thom’s office door, Lower Chapel 103.

•Pacem in Terris Award Announcement
The Pacem in Terris peace and freedom award will be given on Sunday, October 22nd at 2pm in Christ the King Chapel.   Pacem in Terris is an award with national recognition, has been given 43 times since 1964.  The 44th award recipient will be Dr. Widad Akreyi, a Danish health expert, author and human rights activist of Kurdish ancestry who cofounded the human rights organization, Defend International.   Learn more about Dr. Akreyi in the Catholic Messenger article this week.  Past recipients of the award which honors champions of peace and social justice from around the world, include Saint Teresa of Calcutta, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Rev. Martin Luther King, President John F. Kennedy, Dorothy Day, Sister Helen Prejean, Lech Walesa, and Fr. Gustavo Gutierrez.

•Help with the Diocesan Junior High Rally
The Diocese of Davenport is looking for dynamic college students to serve as small group leaders for the Junior High Rally (6-8th grade).  The Rally will be held at the Regina Education Center in Iowa City from 8am-5pm on Sunday, October 15.  There is a great need for small group leaders, and this is a great chance to help mentor some younger students, so if you can help out, please let us know at ministry@sau.edu, and we will let you know all of the requirements and put you in touch with the planners of the Rally.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

09.10.17

Campus Ministry Bulletin
vol 26 no 4

September 10, 2017 - Twenty-Third Sunday of Ordinary Time

+ Ezekiel 33:7-9 + Romans 13:8-10 + Matthew 18:15-20 +
Masses this Sunday at 10:30 am and 6:30pm







Mass Intentions:
Sunday09.1010:30 am
6:30 pm         
For the SAU Community                
Monday     09.11NoonFor Peace
Tuesday     09.124:30 pm+ Phyllis Olson, '89
Wednesday     09.139:15 pmFor Student Intentions
Thursday     09.14   4:30 pm+ Jerry Johnson, '54
Friday       09.15Noon+ Mark Erickson, '85           

This Week's Activities Include:

Monday: Reconciliation 11:15 am (Chapel)
Tuesday: Reconciliation 3:45 pm (Chapel); Peer Campus Ministers 8:30 pm (Lower Chapel); Bridge Bible Fellowship 9 pm (Chapel)
Wednesday: Ambrosians for Peace and Justice 8 pm (Lower Chapel); Reconciliation 8:30 pm (Chapel); 9:15 pm Mass & More (Grotto)
Thursday: Reconciliation 3:45 pm (Chapel); Music Ministry Rehearsal 7 pm (Chapel)
Friday: Reconciliation 11:15 am (Chapel)



Campus Ministry Offices - Lower Chapel
333-6132 or ministry@sau.edu  
Twitter: @SAUCampusMin
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.


Give Us the Gift of True Prayer and of Peace
There is a beautiful line in the Prayer over the Offerings for Mass this Sunday.  We will hear the priest pray these words: “O God, who give us the gift of true prayer and of peace….”  Yes, it is God who gives us these gifts.  There is never a shortage of things for which to pray, it seems, but especially in these last weeks - between the continuing fallout of the rally in Charlottesville, the tensions over North Korea’s nuclear testing, two hurricanes, and a potentially devastating change in immigration policy for those brought to this country as children.  Of course, this is not even mentioning all of the things that may be going on for us personally or professionally as the academic year really begins to churn up.  It is all the more critical, therefore, to remember the importance of prayer and cultivating peace in our own lives as far as possible.  I certainly believe in the power of prayer.  And even when it seems that our prayer is of little effect in obtaining what we pray for (at least in the way or in the time we would like it), prayer always has a powerful effect on us.  There is so much outside of us that is beyond our control, but how we respond to those things is at least partially within our control.  Prayer is indispensable for this.  It should not be lost on us how frequently in the Gospels we find Jesus sneaking off to a deserted place to pray.  I would suggest that this week we take this short address to God from the liturgy and turn it into a plea: “O God, give us the gift of true prayer and of peace.”  Perhaps we even make it a refrain that we repeat throughout the day.  Of course, even as we pray we continue to look for ways to changes those things we can.  For example, Campus Ministry is still collecting donations for Catholic Charities to support the disaster relief efforts in those areas of the south affected by Hurricane Harvey.  As we look ahead to a new week, mindful of all that is happening in the world and in our own lives, may we be faithful to our prayer and find true peace.    ---Fr. Thom          

•Collection for Victims of Hurricane Harvey
As we have been seeing in the news, Hurricane Harvey has left a wake of destruction in Texas and Louisiana.  In an effort to help and as a sign of solidarity, Campus Ministry is collecting donations to go to Catholic Charities to help victims affected by the hurricane.  Catholic Charities will send donations straight to the dioceses affected.  Donations can be sent to Campus Ministry through campus mail (memo: Hurricane Relief), or you can also donate online here: https://app.mobilecause.com/vf/CCUSADISASTER.  Even a small donation can help make a big difference in the lives of those affected by this natural disaster.

•Have You Signed Up for Campus Ministry Activities? 
Wanting to learn more about everything in Campus Ministry, such as retreats, service opportunities, or volunteering as a liturgical minister?  There’s still plenty of time to sign up, just fill out the Interest Survey online at www.tinyurl.com/campusmin2017 or email us at ministry@sau.edu.

•Service on Saturday 
Our next Service on Saturday project will be on Saturday, September 9th -  we will work with the Gold Coast Neighborhood in Davenport.  This was one of the Urban Plunge projects that got rained out, so we’ll help beautify the neighborhood with some outdoor landscaping work.   We will meet to carpool at 9:30 am and return around 11:30 am.   Please let us know at ministry@sau.edu if you can join us!

•Other Service Opportunities
The ARC of the Quad Cities is a residential home for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. There are staff members who help the individuals to develop their abilities, independence, and achieve their full potential.  On Sunday, 9/10 from 1-3pm, there is a picnic for the residents, the staff and their families, and we are asked to help with games for the kids.  We would be running the games and handing out prizes.  You can reply at ministry@sau.edu if you are able to help with the picnic!

We received a note that Project Renewal’s after-school Youth Program is in need of some help this semester.  Project Renewal is an after-school program here in Davenport.  Kids come everyday after school for help with homework and reading, a snack, and privileges to play computer games, board games, and outside at their park.  The after school program is Monday-Friday from 2:30-5:30.  If you’re interested in helping out, even for an hour or two, please let us know at ministry@sau.edu and we’ll get you more information.

•Music Ministry - Rehearsal Time Change
Music Ministry rehearsals will be moving to 7pm on Thursdays beginning on Thursday, September 14.  If you haven’t been able to join for a Thursday rehearsal in the past, now is a great time to join in!  All SAU students are invited to help make beautiful music for our Sunday and weekday liturgies.  So if you sing or play an instrument and want to learn more, simply contact Chris Clow at ministry@sau.edu.

•BEE Connected New Student Retreat
There are still spots available for our New Student Retreat, Friday, Sept. 22-Saturday, Sept. 23 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.  Pick up a form in the Chapel Gathering Space or register online at http://www.tinyurl.com/BeeConnected17.  Only $10, and includes transportation to and from, lodging, and food.  But space is limited, so REGISTER SOON!  Email ministry@sau.edu to find out more.

•Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion Training
A training session for both new and experienced EMs will be Sunday, September 17th after both the 10:30 am and the 6:30 pm Mass. 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.    Please contact us at ministry@sau.edu for more information.

•Refugee Simulation 
The students in Ambrosians for Peace & Justice are busy planning a Refugee Simulation for Wednesday, September 20th from 5-7pm in the ballroom. They invite classes, individuals, and anyone interested to come through the simulation during this timeframe.  Participants will receive an identity of someone traveling to America and walk through the process they endure.  Please plan to join us for this event!

•R.C.I.A./Sacramental Prep./Learning More about the Catholic Church
If you are interested in becoming Catholic, being confirmed if you have not completed your sacraments, or simply want to learn more about the Catholic Church, contact Tammy by emailing ministry@sau.edu.  A group will be forming soon.

•Pacem in Terris Award Announcement
The Pacem in Terris peace and freedom award will be given on Sunday, October 22nd at 2pm in Christ the King Chapel.   Pacem in Terris is an award with national recognition and has been given 43 times since 1964.  The 44th award recipient will be Dr. Widad Akreyi, a Danish health expert, author and human rights activist of Kurdish ancestry who cofounded the human rights organization, Defend International.   Past recipients of the award which honors champions of peace and social justice from around the world, include Saint Teresa of Calcutta, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Rev. Martin Luther King, President John F. Kennedy, Dorothy Day, Sister Helen Prejean, Lech Walesa, and Fr. Gustavo Gutierrez.

•St. Mary’s, Davenport Parish Carnival
The annual parish “Kermes” (festival) for St. Mary’s in Davenport  (516 N. Fillmore Street) will be Sunday, September 10th  from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Come and enjoy authentic Mexican food made by parishioners: tacos, tamales, gorditas, tortas, pambazos, corn on the cob, Mexican and American sodas and much more. All proceeds go to benefit the parish.  Hope to see you there!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

09.03.17

Campus Ministry Bulletin
vol 26 no 3

September 3, 2017 - Twenty-Second Sunday of Ordinary Time

+ Jeremiah 20:7-9 + Romans 12:1-2 + Matthew 16:21-27 +
Mass this Sunday at 10:30 am ONLY







Mass Intentions:
Sunday09.0310:30 am
NO 6:30 pm         
For the SAU Community                
Monday     09.04NO MASSLabor Day
Tuesday     09.054:30 pm+ Max Miler, '55
Wednesday     09.069:15 pmFor Student Intentions
Thursday     09.07   4:30 pm+ Joseph Hanson, Jr., '49
Friday       09.08Noon+ Patricia Mendoza           

This Week's Activities Include:

Tuesday: Reconciliation 3:45 pm (Chapel); Peer Campus Ministers 8 pm (Lower Chapel); Bridge Bible Fellowship 9 pm (Chapel)
Wednesday: Ambrosians for Peace and Justice 8 pm (Lower Chapel); Reconciliation 8:30 pm (Chapel); 9:15 pm Mass & More (Grotto)
Thursday: Reconciliation 3:45 pm (Chapel); Music Ministry Rehearsal 6 pm (Chapel)
Friday: Reconciliation 11:15 am (Chapel)



Campus Ministry Offices - Lower Chapel
333-6132 or ministry@sau.edu  
Twitter: @SAUCampusMin
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.


A Flood of Prayers
It is hard to comprehend the sheer amount of rain that has fallen (and is continuing to fall in some places) in Texas and Louisiana as now tropical depression Harvey continues to wreak havoc in the south of our country.  At the time of writing this, 37 people have died, 30,000-40,000 people are in shelters and many thousands more have been displaced.  According to one source, estimated damages could be as high as $190 billion (compared to around $50 billion for Hurricane Katrina in 2005).  And, of course, these figures are about much more than money.  This is about people and their livelihoods, their homes, businesses, places of worship, and schools.  In the face of this kind of devastation, the question is often posed to those of us in ministry, “Why?  Why would God allow this?”  The implication, of course, is that God is “up there” twisting his moustache saying, “Let’s see how they like this!”  This is not my God.  This is not the God of revelation.  This is not the God of Jesus Christ.  Rather, this likely reflects more of our own human (and sadly vindictive) tendencies.  So, what is my profound theological answer to the question “Why?”  Here it is: I don’t know.  Nature does according to it’s, well...nature.  It is and always has been somewhat unpredictable.  We can and should have frank conversation about the effects of climate change on severe weather events and on development in disaster-prone areas, but the fact is that right now none of that matters.  Right now is a time for prayer, solidarity and compassion.  Information about how you can help those affected by this storm through Catholic Charities has been included in this bulletin.  Also, Campus Ministry will be collecting donations to support the disaster relief efforts.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the people of east Texas, Louisiana and anywhere else in the path of this storm as it moves northeast.   In a special way, we hold in prayer our alumni and fellow Ambrosians who live in these areas.  May God protect them and may the needs of those impacted be met through the loving hands of God’s people.  ---Fr. Thom          


•Labor Day Weekend Mass Schedule
Due to the Labor Day holiday on Monday, Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 am only this Sunday. There is no 6:30 pm mass Sunday and no 12:00 pm mass Monday as offices are closed.  Enjoy your Labor Day Weekend!

•Collection for Victims of Hurricane Harvey
As we have been seeing in the news, Hurricane Harvey has left a wake of destruction in Texas and Louisiana.  In an effort to help and as a sign of solidarity, Campus Ministry is collecting donations to go to Catholic Charities to help victims affected by the hurricane.  Catholic Charities will send donations straight to the dioceses affected.  Donations can be sent to Campus Ministry through campus mail (memo: Hurricane Relief), or you can also donate online here: https://app.mobilecause.com/vf/CCUSADISASTER.  Even a small donation can help make a big difference in the lives of those affected by this natural disaster.

•Have you signed-up for Campus Ministry Activities? 
Thanks to all those who signed up for campus ministry activities and for volunteer opportunities at last Sunday’s mass and at ClubFest. We’ve got a great number of volunteers already and it’s going to be a great year!  There’s still time to sign up, just visit www.tinyurl.com/campusmin2017 or email us at ministry@sau.edu.  If you haven’t already, you’ll be contacted soon about all the Campus Ministry activities.

•“Broken” Play on Human Trafficking 
Ambrosians for Peace & Justice invite you to join us for a night at the theater on Saturday September 9th.  The local QC Theatre Workshop group is tackling and personalizing the struggles of human trafficking in their play called “Broken.”  We have seats reserved, so let us know at ministry@sau.edu if you can join us for the performance.  The play begins at 7:30pm, and we’ll have an opportunity to talk afterward with Braking Traffik, the local program to support victims of human trafficking.

•Music Ministry Retreat
Do you love to sing or play an instrument?  Been thinking about using your musical talents to help others, but unsure if you have the time?  Come learn more about Music Ministry at our Retreat on Friday, September 8 from 4-8pm in the Chapel and Gathering Space.  Make some new friends, learn some new music, have fun, and spend some time in prayer.  Dinner is included.  And if you can’t come to the retreat, you’re always welcome to join us for practice before every Sunday mass.  To learn more, contact Chris Clow at ministry@sau.edu.

•BEE Connected New Student Retreat
There are still spots available for our New Student Retreat, Friday, Sept. 22-Saturday, Sept. 23 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.  Pick up a form in the Chapel Gathering Space or register online at http://www.tinyurl.com/BeeConnected17.  Only $10, and includes transportation to and from, lodging, and food.  But space is limited, so REGISTER SOON!  Email ministry@sau.edu to find out more.

•Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion Training
A training session for both new and experienced EMs will be Sunday, September 17th after both the 10:30 am and the 6:30 pm Mass. 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.    Please contact us at ministry@sau.edu for more information.

•R.C.I.A./Sacramental Prep./Learning More about the Catholic Church
If you are interested in becoming Catholic, being confirmed if you have not completed your sacraments, or simply want to learn more about the Catholic Church, contact Tammy by emailing ministry@sau.edu.  A group will be forming soon.

•Find Us Online!
Stay up to date on everything happening in Campus Ministry, along with articles, insights, and prayers throughout the week.  Follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SAUCampusMinistry) and Twitter (@SAUCampusMin).

•Ambrosians Of All Faiths and Denominations
At St. Ambrose University, all Ambrosians are welcome to join in any prayer, event, or activity of our Campus Ministry department.  If any student is seeking a church in their particular denomination or place of prayer in their faith tradition, please contact us by stopping in our office in the Lower Chapel or email us at ministry@sau.edu.  We can help you find a place of worship.

•BEESknees 
Take part in 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: Beesknees@sau.edu.

•St. Mary’s, Davenport Parish Carnival
The annual parish “Kermes” (festival) for St. Mary’s in Davenport  (516 N. Fillmore Street) will be Sunday, September 10th  from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Come and enjoy authentic Mexican food made by parishioners: tacos, tamales, gorditas, tortas, pambazos, corn on the cob, Mexican and American sodas and much more. All proceeds go to benefit the parish.  Hope to see you there!

•Volunteer Catechists
St. Anthony’s Parish in Davenport, IA is looking for 7th and 8th grade catechists for their Sunday morning religious education program.  Classes meet from 11:15 am - 12:15 pm.  For more information contact Denise Hoteling at davstanthonydre@diodav.org.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

08.27.17

Campus Ministry Bulletin
vol 26 no 2

August 27, 2017 - Twenty-First Sunday of Ordinary Time

+ Isaiah 22:19-23 + Romans 11:33-36 + Matthew 16:13-20 +
Masses this Sunday at 10:30 am and 6:30 pm







Mass Intentions:
Sunday08.2710:30 am
6:30 pm         
For the SAU Community                
Monday     08.28Noon+ David Kauzlarich, '56
Tuesday     08.29430 pm+ Vincent Michael, '50
Wednesday     08.309:15 pmFor Student Intentions
Thursday     08.314:30 pm+ Charlie Eagle
Friday       09.01Noon+ John Cunningham, '49           

This Week's Activities Include:

Monday: Reconciliation 11:15 am (Chapel)
Tuesday: Reconciliation 3:45 pm (Chapel); Peer Campus Ministers 8 pm (Lower Chapel); Bridge Bible Fellowship 9 pm (Chapel)
Wednesday: Ambrosians for Peace and Justice 8 pm (Lower Chapel); Reconciliation 8:30 pm (Chapel); 9:15 pm Mass & More (Grotto)
Thursday: Reconciliation 3:45 pm (Chapel); Music Ministry Rehearsal 6 pm (Chapel)
Friday: Reconciliation 11:15 am (Chapel)



Campus Ministry Offices - Lower Chapel
333-6132 or ministry@sau.edu  
Twitter: @SAUCampusMin
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.


Off to a great start!
For a short week of classes, what a full week it has been!  Between move-in, Welcome Mass, Urban Plunge, Convocation, the start of classes and our first Wednesday night Mass & More (not to mention all of the “kickoffs” for the various departments, clubs and organizations on campus), I think it’s safe to say we’re off and running.   Being the “new guy” in campus ministry, I wasn’t sure what was typical for attendance at Wednesday night Mass & More.  As it turned out, we had over 100 students show up for Mass in the grotto and stay for ice cream sundaes in the chapel gathering space.  My colleagues in campus ministry tell me this is well above normal.  I think a lot of credit is due to our Peer Campus Ministers for getting the word out.  I’m not one who generally wears my emotions on my sleeve, but it brought a tear to the eye and put a little more bounce in my step as I walked back to my house that night.  Of course, we know that maintaining this level of participation will be a challenge as expectations for classes ramp up and extracurriculars shift into high gear.  Still, I pray that our students will find creative ways to make sure that their relationship with God stays at the center of their lives and that they will take full advantage of all that campus ministry has to offer.  As Christians, we cannot afford to live compartmentalized lives, in which just a fraction of our day or week is given to God. Rather, as Fr. Bud (my spiritual director when I was student here) first helped me to see, all of life is the spiritual life and everything else we do somehow fits into that.  This week in the Gospel Jesus challenges us with the question, “Who do you say that I am?”  In a sense, our answer to that question determines everything else.  May we respond boldly with Peter, “You are the Christ,” and then live accordingly.         ---Fr. Thom


•Ambrosians Of All Faiths and Denominations
At St. Ambrose University, all Ambrosians are welcome to join in any prayer, event, or activity of our Campus Ministry department.  If any student is seeking a church in their particular denomination or place of prayer in their faith tradition, please contact us by stopping in our office in the Lower Chapel or email us at ministry@sau.edu.  We can help you find a place of worship.

•Chapel Schedule
We resume our regular mass schedule this Sunday, August 27 with masses at both 10:30 am and 6:30 pm.  Daily mass is offered Monday and Friday at 12 noon, Tuesday and Thursday at 4:30 pm and Wednesday Mass and More at 9:15 pm in the Grotto if weather permits. The simpler daily mass provides a great way to recharge your spiritual batteries during the week. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is also offered 45 minutes before every daily mass in the Chapel.  In addition, the Chapel is open for quiet reflection from 7 am - 10 pm daily for all Ambrosians.

•BEE INVOLVED! SIGN-UP!
This Sunday, August 27, we will provide an opportunity during the 10:30am and 6:30pm masses to sign up and learn more about the various ministries and activities of Campus Ministry.  There are many ways to get involved - late night discussion groups, prayer services, retreats, local service and service trips, liturgical ministries, and much more!  You can also find the interest form online at www.tinyurl.com/campusmin2017.  You can also find us at ClubFest on Tuesday, August 29!  As always, email us at ministry@sau.edu to learn more about anything in Campus Ministry.  We’re excited for a new year!

•Find Us Online!
Stay up to date on everything happening in Campus Ministry, along with articles, insights, and prayers throughout the week.  Follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SAUCampusMinistry) and Twitter (@SAUCampusMin).

•Service on Saturday 
On every Saturday of the academic year, Campus Ministry offers an opportunity for service in the community.  We will begin this Saturday, August 26, helping with a Mobile Food Pantry with the River Bend Food Bank.  Tables are set up with food items, which are distributed to people who need it.  We will meet at 9:40am to carpool, and return by 12:45pm. To sign-up by Friday at noon, email us at ministry@sau.edu.

•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. 22-Saturday, Sept. 23 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 at http://www.tinyurl.com/BeeConnected17 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 ministry@sau.edu to find out more.

•Music Ministry
Want to help out with music for mass?  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.  Rehearsals are on Thursdays at 6pm in the Chapel, or come join us Sunday before mass.  Email Chris Clow at ministry@sau.edu to learn more.

•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 30 in the Lower Chapel.  See you there!

•Peer Campus Ministers
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.  Your 2017-2018 Peer Campus Ministers are:  Katie Galuska (North Hall); Morgan Wollesen (Davis Hall); Kristina Koos (Bechtel Hall); Jenny Dickes (Franklin Hall); Clay Colborn (Rohlman Hall); Alyssa Goldermann (McCarthy Hall); Terrence Shubert and Claire McCarthy (Cosgrove Hall); Elizabeth Braun and Abby Hammer (Hagen and Tiedemann Halls, Townhouses).

•R.C.I.A./Sacramental Prep./Learning More about the Catholic Church
If you are interested in becoming Catholic, being confirmed if you have not completed your sacraments, or simply want to learn more about the Catholic Church, contact Tammy by emailing ministry@sau.edu.  A group will be forming soon.

•BEESknees 
Take part in 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: Beesknees@sau.edu.

•St. Mary’s, Davenport Parish Carnival
The annual parish “Kermes” (festival) for St. Mary’s in Davenport  (516 N. Fillmore Street) will be Sunday, September 10th  from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Come and enjoy authentic Mexican food made by parishioners: tacos, tamales, gorditas, tortas, pambazos, corn on the cob, Mexican and American sodas and much more. All proceeds go to benefit the parish.  Hope to see you there!

•Volunteer Catechists
St. Anthony’s Parish in Davenport, IA is looking for 7th and 8th grade catechists for their Sunday morning religious education program.  Classes meet from 11:15 am - 12:15 pm.  For more information contact Denise Hoteling at davstanthonydre@diodav.org.

Friday, August 18, 2017

08.20.17

Campus Ministry Bulletin
vol 26 no 1

August 20, 2017 - Twentieth Sunday of Ordinary Time

+ Isaiah 56:1, 6-7 + Romans 11:13-14, 29-32 + Matthew 15:21-28 +
Masses this Sunday at 10:30 am and 3:00 pm







Mass Intentions:
Sunday08.2010:30 am
3:00 pm         
For the SAU Community                
Wednesday     08.239:15 pmFor Student Intentions
Thursday     08.244:30 pm+ Larry Norcross
Friday       08.25Noon+ Richard Geiger           

This Week's Activities Include:

Tuesday: Convocation and Blessing of the Academic Year 11 am (Rogalski Center Ballroom)
Wednesday: Reconciliation 8:30 pm (Chapel); 9:15 pm Mass & More (Grotto)
Thursday: Reconciliation 3:45 pm (Chapel); Music Ministry Rehearsal 6 pm (Chapel)
Friday: Reconciliation 11:15 am (Chapel)



Campus Ministry Offices - Lower Chapel
333-6132 or ministry@sau.edu  
Twitter: @SAUCampusMin
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.


Stranger in a Strange Land...Sort Of
It has indeed felt very strange to be back on campus.  I graduated from St. Ambrose in 2000 and have returned to campus for various things in the intervening years, but there is definitely something different about being really back on campus, especially in my new capacity as Chaplain and Director of Campus Ministry.  In ways, I do feel like a “stranger.”  While there are many familiar faces among the faculty and staff, there are many new faces as well.  And in ways it does feel like a “strange land,” as the landscape of the campus has changed so much and so many new buildings have been built since my time here as a student.  As strange as all of this feels, there is still something warmly familiar.  It feels like home and it is great to be back.  I am excited, humbled and blessed to begin this new ministry.  Of course, as strange as it may feel for me to be back on campus, it must really feel strange for our new students.  For them everything is new and strange.  And yet, hopefully, in a very short while they will discover that same warm familiarity and home-like feel that our campus community fosters so well.  Welcome back to our returning students, faculty and staff, and a special welcome to a new class of Ambrosians!  Let us hold each other in prayer in these strange and wonderful days of transition. ---Fr. Thom


•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 our new Chaplain and Director of Campus Ministry Fr. Thom Hennen (333.6151), our Director of Music Ministry and Liturgy Chris Clow (333.6189), our Director of Service and Justice Ministry Kaitlin Depuydt (333.6083), and our Director of Faith Formation Tammy Norcross-Reitzler (333.6132). 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 20. 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 3:00 pm mass today to welcome new students and their families, but our usual Sunday masses while classes are in session are at 10:30 am and 6:30 pm. 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 45 minutes before each daily mass, and by appointment with Fr. Thom 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.

•Find Us Online!
Stay up to date on everything happening in Campus Ministry, along with articles, insights, and prayers throughout the week.  Follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SAUCampusMinistry) and Twitter (@SAUCampusMin).

•Convocation and Blessing of the Academic Year
Please join us at 11 am this Tuesday August 22 in the Rogalski Center Ballroom as we welcome the class of 2021. Most Rev. Thomas Zinkula, 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. Larry Skillin 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!

•Wednesday Night Mass & More
Mass and More is a great SAU tradition.  Join us this Wednesday, August 23 at 9:15 pm 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.

•BEE INVOLVED! SIGN-UP!
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 at www.tinyurl.com/campusmin2017.  There will also be an opportunity to sign up during and after the 10:30 am and 6:30 pm Sunday masses on August 27, as well as at ClubFest on Tuesday, August 29.  Or just stop by the Campus Ministry offices in the Lower Chapel and let us know what you’re interested in.  We’re looking forward to meeting you and having a great year!

•Peer Campus Ministers
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.  Your 2017-2018 Peer Campus Ministers are:  Katie Galuska (North Hall); Morgan Wollesen (Davis Hall); Kristina Koos (Bechtel Hall); Jenny Dickes (Franklin Hall); Clay Colborn (Rohlman Hall); Alyssa Goldermann (McCarthy Hall); Terrence Shubert and Claire McCarthy (Cosgrove Hall); Elizabeth Braun and Abby Hammer (Hagen and Tiedemann Halls, 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. 22-Saturday, Sept. 23 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 at http://www.tinyurl.com/BeeConnected17 or pick up a form in the Chapel Gathering Space.  Only $15, and includes transportation to and from, lodging, and food.  But space is limited, so REGISTER SOON!  Contact us at ministry@sau.edu 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 Thursday rehearsal on August 24 at 6 pm in the Chapel, or come join us Sunday before mass.  Email Chris Clow at ministry@sau.edu to learn more.

•Service on Saturday 
On every Saturday of the academic year, Campus Ministry offers an opportunity for service in the community.  We will begin on Saturday, August 26, helping with a Mobile Food Pantry with the River Bend Food Bank.  Tables are set up with food items, which are distributed to people who need it.  We will meet at 9:40 am to carpool, and return by 12:45 pm. For more info and to sign-up, email us at ministry@sau.edu.

•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 8 pm, beginning August 30 in the Lower Chapel.  See you there!

•R.C.I.A./Sacramental Prep./Learning More about the Catholic Church
If you are interested in becoming Catholic, being confirmed if you have not completed your sacraments, or simply want to learn more about the Catholic Church, contact Tammy by emailing ministry@sau.edu.  A group will be forming soon.

•BEESknees 
Take part in 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: Beesknees@sau.edu.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

05.07.17

Campus Ministry Bulletin
vol 25 no 28

May 7, 2017 - Fourth Sunday of Easter

+ Acts 2:14a, 36-41  +  1 Peter 2:20-25  +  John 10:1-10 +
Masses this Sunday at 10:30 am and 6:30 pm







Mass Intentions:
Sunday05.0710:30 am
6:30 pm         
For the SAU Community                
Monday     05.08Noon+ Dan Shea, '61
Tuesday     05.099:00 pmFor Student Intentions
Saturday       05.139:00 amFor Graduates' Deceased Family Members           
Sunday05.14            10:30 amFor the SAU Community          

This Week's Activities Include:

Tuesday: Last Student Mass 9 pm (Grotto, Rain = Chapel)
Wednesday: Commencement Mass Music Rehearsal 6 pm (Chapel)
Friday: College of Business Hooding 5 pm (Chapel)
Saturday: Commencement Mass 9 am (Chapel)



Campus Ministry Offices - Lower Chapel
333-6132 or ministry@sau.edu  
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 BeesKnees@sau.edu.

Sign Up for Campus Ministry Events any time during the year!  Go to: http://tinyurl.com/SAUministryinterest16.


What Exciting Things are Going to Happen To Us?
In one of the stories in E.E. Milne’s classic children’s book, “Winnie the Pooh,” there is a scene where Pooh and Piglet take an evening walk. For a long time they walk in silence. It is a silence like that which only best friends can share. Finally Piglet breaks the silence and asks, "When you wake up in the morning, Pooh, what's the first thing you say to yourself?" "What's for breakfast?" answers Pooh who then asks. "And what do you say, Piglet?"  Piglet responds, "I say, I wonder what exciting thing is going to happen today?" 
      That spirit of openness and excitement about new beginnings is how I want to end this academic year and my own time as chaplain at St. Ambrose University. It is also how I hope our graduates will approach the new chapter they are about to make as they go forth from St. Ambrose on Saturday.  What exciting things will happen? We can’t really know. But we can be sure of this: the same Ever Loving God who has been with us on the journey through St. Ambrose, present in a caring community of learners and walking with us through classmates, coworkers and friends will always be near. Perhaps in our shared memories. Perhaps in our silent reflections. We never really know when or where God is going to show up in our lives. But we can be sure of this, God will show up. God does walk with us. And we can be sure of that if we have an attitude of openness that asks, "I wonder what exciting thing is going to happen today?" And in that Spirit of openness to God and to each other, and in the life-long pursuit of faith learning justice, God forever holds us together as Ambrosians. 
    God’s blessings on all graduates and all who conclude their time at St. Ambrose University. Prayers for a restful and safe summer to all.  ---Fr. Chuck


•Farewell Reception for Fr. Chuck Adam 
The SAU community is invited to a reception following this Sunday’s 10:30 am mass in Christ the King Chapel. Join us Sunday May 7 from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm in the Chapel Gathering Space. Although Fr. Chuck will be on campus through June, the reception provides a farewell opportunity before students and others leave campus for summer.  All are welcome.

•Commencement Mass May 13
Graduates and their families are invited to begin Commencement Day by celebrating Mass at Christ the King Chapel at 9 am on Saturday, May 13. The Most Reverend Bishop Martin Amos of Davenport will be the celebrant for the liturgy and Fr. Chuck Adam will deliver the homily The Mass will conclude in time for families to enjoy the Brunch in Rogalski Center.  People of all faiths are welcome at this service of thanksgiving and blessing.  Learn more about everything happening for Spring Commencement on the SAU webpage.

•Summer Mass Schedule
This Sunday, May 7 will be the last regular weekend with 10:30am/6:30pm masses on Sunday. The last daily mass is Tuesday, May 9 at 9pm.  Beginning on Sunday, May 14 we will offer Sunday mass in the chapel at 10:30am every weekend until June 25 (except May 28, due to Memorial Day).  No 6:30pm Sunday or daily masses are offered during the summer, and there will be no regular masses from June 26 through August 12.  10:30am Sunday masses resume again on August 13.  Have a great summer!

•Tuesday, May 9 - Last Weekday Mass at 9 pm and Midnight Breakfast at 10 pm
Bring your friends, bring your floor, or bring your team!  All are welcome at the last daily Mass of the semester on Tuesday, May 9 at 9pm in the Grotto (rain location: Chapel). A blessing will be offered for all who will be graduating. We will conclude in plenty of time to get in line for Midnight Breakfast in the Cosgrove Cafeteria which begins at 10pm.

•Thank You from Campus Ministry
We would like to express our thanks and great appreciation for all of the gifts and talents our students, faculty, and staff have shared through campus ministry this year. The list is too long to mention everyone but we would especially like to acknowledge: Peer Campus Ministers; Ambrosians for Peace and Justice; Service on Saturdays; Antioch retreat leaders; New Student and Bee-Leaving retreat leaders; Bridge Bible Fellowship leaders; Poppin Topics organizers; Bee’s Knees prayer members; Mass and More volunteers; and all of our liturgical ministers: Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, Sacristans, Altar Servers, and Music Ministers. THANK YOU!

•Rice Bowls
THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to the Rice Bowl collection from your sacrifices this past Lenten season.  Once again, SAU gave generously, and we have sent $1,000 to Catholic Relief Services to combat hunger around the world!

•New Student Orientation Masses
A simple 8 am mass will be offered in the Chapel to begin the orientation days on June 2, 6, 9, 13, and 16.

•Student Emergency Fund
Thanks to an effort several years ago  from the Student Alumni Association, a fund was developed to help students with emergency needs. The fund has helped students who have experienced devastating fires, family emergencies, and serious family situation.  If you would like to contribute to the fund, simply send monies to “Student Emergency Fund” through campus mail.

•Estimate Number of Hours of Ambrosian Service from 2016-2017 year
Students, faculty, and staff at St. Ambrose University once again responded to the call to serve this year.  Our attempt to count the hours of service has come to 156,620 hours this year.  THANK YOU to all students, faculty, and staff who gave of yourselves in service over the year.  If there are hours from your group not included in this list, please contact Kaitlin at ministry@sau.edu.  Here is what has been done:

Co-Curricular Service:  39,509.5 hours
--Ambrosians for Peace & Justice:  227 hours  --Project Renewal Halloween party and Fit-Fest:  303 hours  --Service on Saturdays:   259 hours  --Kansas City Spring Break Service Trip: 5 people, 250 hours --Memphis Spring Break Service Trip: 10 people, 500 hours  --Chicago Spring Break Service Trip: 3 people, 150 hours  --Dance Marathon: 500+ people, 19,000 hours, $223,861.05 raised  --Bee the Difference: 600 students, 1,800 hours  --Iota Omega Kappa Delta Pi: 232 hours  --Antioch Student Retreat Team: 340 hours  --Confirmation Retreats: 112 hours  --Music Ministry: 1810 hours  --Sacristans and Altar Servers: 52 hours  --Circle K: 333 hours  --Habitat for Humanity - local builds and Spring Break Service trip: 512 hours  --Athletic Department: 6,500 hours  --Bees Knees Prayer Ministry: 3,017 hours  -- Residence Life: 355 hours  --Bridge Bible Fellowship: 933 hours  --Enactus: 800 hours  --CommUNITY day: 277 hours  --PRISM: 115 hours,  --Psychology Club, Psi Chi – 730 hours  --NSSLHA: 120 hours  --Student Physical Therapy Organization: 277.5 hours  -- NSLS: 424 hours  -- Senior Class Leadership team: 81 hours  --Individual Students’ service to Safe Path Survivor Resources, Hope at the Brick House, Up with Families, Edison Academy, Red Frogs Australia, Big Brother Big Sisters, school tutoring and mentoring, bake sales, churches, food donations, nursing homes: 522 hours            

Curricular Service:  114,394 hours
--Urban Plunge: 490 students, 1,225 hours of service, 23 agencies served   --Physical Therapy: 1,400 hours  --Speech-Language Pathology: 41 students, 726 hours  --Honors Program:  760 hours   --Theology:  23 students, 115 hours  --Justice & Peace Studies: 50 students, 263 hours  --Social Work: 56 students, 29,024 hours  --Music: 8 hours  --Women & Gender Studies: 380 hours  --Biology: 45 hours,  --Art: 100 hours  --Education: 22,604 hours  --Occupational Therapy: 17,732 hours  --Organizational Leadership: 120 hours  --Engineering: 1,000 hours  --Nursing: 38,752 hours  --Computer Science: 75 hours  -- History: 13 students, 65 hours

Faculty/Staff Service:  2616.5 hours

Thursday, April 27, 2017

04.30.17

Campus Ministry Bulletin
vol 25 no 27

April 30, 2017 - Third Sunday of Easter

+ Acts 2:14, 22-33  +  1 Peter 1:17-21  +  Luke 24:13-35 +
Masses this Sunday at 10:30 am and 6:30 pm







Mass Intentions:
Sunday04.3010:30 am
6:30 pm         
For the SAU Community                
Monday     05.01Noon+ John "Jack" Genster, '48
Tuesday     05.024:30 pm+ Mary Bracken, '88
Wednesday     05.039:15 pmFor Student Intentions           
Thursday05.04            4:30 pm+ David Thompson          
Friday        05.05Noon+ Peter Motroni, '69

This Week's Activities Include:

Tuesday: Bridge Bible Fellowship (non-denominational) 9 pm (Chapel)
Wednesday: Ambrosians for Peace and Justice 8 pm (Lower Chapel); Sacrament of Reconciliation 8:30 pm (Chapel); Mass & More 9:15 pm (Chapel)
Thursday: Commencement Mass Music Rehearsal 6 pm (Chapel)



Campus Ministry Offices - Lower Chapel
333-6132 or ministry@sau.edu  
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 BeesKnees@sau.edu.

Sign Up for Campus Ministry Events any time during the year!  Go to: http://tinyurl.com/SAUministryinterest16.


Do You Have the Time?
        As we reach the last week of classes for the semester, it can feel as if we are crowding a lot of activities into just a few days. We can wonder if we will have time for all that still must be done. I like the story about a man who had been driving all night and by morning was still far from his destination. He decided to stop at the next city he came to, and park somewhere where it was quiet so he could get an hour or two of sleep. As luck would have it, the quiet place he chose happened to be on one of the city's major jogging routes. No sooner had he settled back for a snooze when there came a knock on his window. He looked out and saw a jogger running in place. "Yes?" he said. "Excuse me, sir," the jogger, said, "do you have the time?" The man looked at the car clock and answered, “8:15.” The jogger said thanks and left. The man settled back again, and was just dozing off when there was another knock on the window and another jogger. "Excuse me, sir, do you have the time?" asked the jogger. "8:25!" the man replied. The jogger said thanks and left. Now the man could see other joggers passing by and he knew it was only a matter of time before another one disturbed him. To avoid that, he got out a pen and paper and put a sign on his window saying, "I do not know the time!" Once again he settled back to sleep. He was just dozing off when there was another knock on the window. "Sir, sir?" said a jogger, seeking to be helpful.' "it’s 8:45!"
        In these busy days, although we might feel we don’t have the time, make sure you keep good balance between work and rest. Take care of yourself and don’t neglect what’s important: your faith, your family, and your friends. For what is essential, make sure you always have the time.   ---Fr. Chuck 


•Turn In Your Rice Bowls
Rice Bowl funds will be counted and sent into Catholic Relief Services this week. If you haven’t yet turned in your Rice Bowl, please bring it to the Chapel Gathering Space, and leave it in the marked basket.  Proceeds go to fight hunger in the Quad Cities as well as globally.  You can also make a donation by going straight to CRS online.  Thank you for your generosity.

 •End of Year Chapel Schedule
This week (April 30 - May 6) is the last week of regular masses in the Chapel for the academic year.  Sunday, May 7 is the last regular Sunday of the year with masses at 10:30am and 6:30pm.  On Monday, May 8, mass will be at 12 noon, and on Tuesday, May 9, daily mass will be at 9:00pm.  After Tuesday, there will be no more daily masses in the Chapel until the fall semester.  There will be a Sunday 10:30 am mass only on Sunday the 14th.

•SAU Community Service Hours - Due MONDAY, MAY 1
We are asking the entire SAU campus community to help us tabulate all of the hours of service that have been given during the 2016-2017 academic year by our students, faculty, and staff.  Last year, the SAU campus completed an amazing 159,639 hours of service!  In order to apply for national recognition and show the date for our commitment to service, we need an accurate count of what student groups, classes, and individuals are doing.  Go to https://sau.wufoo.com/forms/log-your-service-hours/ by Monday, May 1 and log hours of service from your class, with a student club, or individual service you did on your own.  Email Kaitlin Depuydt at ministry@sau.edu with any questions.  Thank you SAU!

•Last Wednesday Night Mass and More
Join us this Wednesday, May 3 at 9:15pm for the final Mass & More of the 2016-2017 year!  We will honor the three seniors who are receiving this year’s Faith Learning Justice awards for their outstanding commitment to Campus Ministry and the values of St. Ambrose University.  Plus, there will be a great surprise More waiting for you in the Chapel Gathering Space after mass.  Bring your friends, bring your team, or bring your floor to this last Mass & More!

•Music for Commencement Mass
All SAU students, faculty, and staff are invited to assist with the music for the Commencement Mass on Saturday, May 13 at 9am in the Chapel.  This mass provides a beautiful send-off for our graduates and their families, and is a wonderful SAU tradition.  Rehearsals begin this Thursday, May 4 at 6pm in the Chapel.  People of all skill levels are welcome!  Email Chris Clow at ministry@sau.edu to sign up.

•Tuesday, May 9 - Last Weekday Mass at 9 pm and Midnight Breakfast at 10 pm
Bring your friends, bring your floor, or bring your team!  All are welcome at the last daily Mass of the semester on Tuesday, May 9 at 9pm in the Grotto (rain location: Chapel). A blessing will be offered for all who will be graduating. We will conclude in plenty of time for getting in line for Midnight Breakfast in the Cosgrove Cafeteria which begins at 10pm.

•Commencement Mass May 13
Graduates and their families are invited to begin Commencement Day by celebrating Mass at Christ the King Chapel at 9 am on Saturday, May 13. The Most Reverend Bishop Martin Amos of Davenport will be the celebrant for the liturgy and Fr. Chuck Adam will deliver the homily The Mass will conclude in time for families to enjoy the Brunch in Rogalski Center.  People of all faiths are welcome at this service of thanksgiving and blessing.  Learn more about everything happening for Spring Commencement on the SAU webpage.

•May Day Quote 
"The world's favorite season is the spring.  All things seem possible in May." -  Edwin Way Teale