Thursday, March 23, 2017


Campus Ministry Bulletin
vol 25 no 23

March 26, 2017 - Fourth Sunday of Lent

+ 1 Samuel 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a  +  Ephesians 5:8-14  +  John 9:1-41 +
Masses this Sunday at 10:30 am and 6:30 pm

Mass Intentions:
Sunday03.2610:30 am
6:30 pm         
For the SAU Community                
Monday     03.27Noon+ James Shovlain, Jr
Tuesday     03.284:30 pm+ Richard Geiger
Wednesday     03.299:15 pmFor Student Intentions           
Thursday03.30            4:30 pm+ Bernette Hollerich          
Friday        03.31Noon+ Joann Weeks

This Week's Activities Include:
Sunday: RCIA 5 pm (Lower Chapel); Merton Small Group 7:30 pm (Gathering Space); Peer Campus Minister Meeting 7:30 pm (Lower Chapel)
Monday: Lenten Small Group 7 pm (Gathering Space); Taize Prayer Service 8 pm (Chapel)
Tuesday: Bridge Bible Fellowship (non-denominational) 9 pm (Chapel)
Wednesday: Ambrosians for Peace and Justice 8 pm (Lower Chapel); Lenten Small Group 8:30 pm (Gathering Space); Sacrament of Reconciliation 8:30 pm (Chapel); Mass & More 9:15 pm (Chapel)
Thursday: Confirmation Preparation 5:15 pm (Lower 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

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Talking to God with our Hands!
Lent provides a good opportunity to renew our commitment to prayer.  It has been gratifying this year to see so many students turn out at the different Monday evening prayer services offered by Campus Ministry. We are especially grateful to our Peer Campus Ministers for encouraging their fellow students to attend. Prayer is important to the life of a Christian.  It is the conversation central to our relationship with God and there is always more to learn about prayer. Recently, I read an article that told of a form of prayer that Pope Francis authored when he was bishop in Argentina. Called the “Five Finger Prayer,” more specifically, it teaches us who to pray for. Using your hand, look first at you thumb. It is the finger closest to you.  Pray first for those closest to you. Pope Francis calls prayer for those near and dear to us a “sweet obligation.”  Second, look at your index finger and pray for those who instruct, teach, or help you heal.  At an academic institution, it’s especially important to pray for our instructors.  Third come the tallest finger on your hand. Let it remind you to pray for the leaders of our country and world community---they really need it!  The fourth finger is the ring finger.  Believe it or not, it is the weakest finger and can remind us to pray for the ones who are weakened by poverty, by illness, or problems of any kind.  And the fifth and smallest finger is your pinkie. It should remind you to pray for yourself. After praying for others, we can see our own needs in proper perspective and in a better way. Give it a try. And after praying with our hands, we can be all the more prepared to allow our hands to be used by God to bring good into the lives of others.   ---Fr. Chuck 

During the Third, Fourth and Fifth Sundays of Lent we celebrate the scrutinies with Kaitlin Frank and Jon Ketz, our elect who are preparing to be baptized this Easter season.  The scrutinies are official prayers of the Order of Christian Initiation in the Catholic Church.  This ritual prays that  the elect will be free from the power of sin and evil, be protected against temptation, and to give them strength in Christ.   While directed at those to be baptised, they remind all of us of need for freedom from sin, which is granted to us through Jesus’ Death and Resurrection. Please keep the elect and our candidates for reception and confirmation in your prayers throughout Lent.
•Service on Saturday
This Saturday, March 25, we will be working with the River Bend Food Bank at their Mobile Pantry.  This pantry serves people directly in the parking lot of Davenport Friends Church, and people come through to get a variety of food for their homes.  The event starts at 10am and ends at 12:30pm.  Sign up online at so that the Food Bank knows how many to expect.  If you’re looking for a carpool, or have more questions, contact us at

•Online Stations of the Cross
The Online Stations are back with new student reflections for 2017!  Two Stations and their reflections will be added every week.  Be sure to view Stations #9 & 10 at

•Ambrosian Reflections
Follow along with the weekly readings all throughout Lent, along with reflections from SAU faculty and staff on the readings.  New reflections every weekday!  Find them at  If you are interested in writing a future reflection, email Fr. Chuck at

•Monday Night Prayer: Taizé
Join us for a different form of prayer every Monday night at 8pm in the Chapel, all throughout Lent.  Our next prayer service Monday, March 27 will be a Taizé service.  This prayer style is modeled after the Taizé ecumenical community in France, and features simple, repeated songs which help bring us deeper into contemplation and worship.  This is also an ecumenical service, meaning that it is meant to promote greater cooperation among all denominations of Christians.  Email to learn more, or to volunteer for future prayer services.

•CRS Rice Bowl App  
Rice Bowls are a wonderful opportunity to make a difference during Lent, and Catholic Relief Services has provided an app for iOS and Android that comes with prayerful reflections for the day, information about their work, and even meatless recipes from some of the countries they serve.  A perfect mix of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.  Learn about the apps and everything else Rice Bowl here: or on Twitter: @CRSRiceBowl.  And pick up a Rice Bowl in the Gathering Space if you haven’t yet!

•Fast Fest - Clothe the Naked
Ambrosians for Peace & Justice invite you to join them in Fast Fest - a different focus and action for each week of Lent based on the Corporal Works of Mercy.  This week will focus on the work “to Clothe the Naked” by watching the documentary Poor Kids, based on the experiences of children from the Quad Cities area who were struggling with poverty.  Join us in Gottlieb at 7:30pm on Wednesday, March 29.  To get the Fast Fest emails, contact Kaitlin at

•Confirmation Preparation
Catholic students interested in preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation, please contact Tammy Norcross-Reitzler at   Sessions are on Thursdays at 5:15 pm.

•Chair of Catholic Studies Lecture
Noted author Ron Hansen, will deliver the annual Chair of Catholic Studies Lecture on Tuesday April 4 at 7:00 pm in the Rogalski Center Ballroom. His lecture is entitled, “Shakespeare and Me,” and will explore the influence of Shakespeare in his writing. Deacon Hansen is the author of twelve books, including Mariette in Ecstasy, Atticus, and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, which was made into an Oscar nominated movie starring Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck. Hansen is an ordained permanent deacon for the Diocese of San Jose and Catholic themes of love, redemption and resurrection recur in his  novels and stories. His writings display perfectly how the disciplines of Literature and Film can further the Catholic Intellectual Tradition.  Part of the College of Arts and Sciences’ Year of Shakespeare.

•Ministry Position Opening
Sacred Heart Parish in Moline, Illinois is looking for people with Theological training interested in joining its parish staff.  Contact Fr. Mark DeSutter at  There are a variety of possibilities.