The Companion

Weekly E-Bulletin of
Rockhurst University's Campus Ministry

April 1, 2012

       Palm Sunday      Taize Prayer       Holy Week

Holy Week Blessings

May your journey through this Holy Week be one of renewal and hope, prayer and reflection, and joyful anticipation of the Resurrection. 


Know of our prayers for you and yours.

Chapel Update & Rededication 

Check it out!! We are beyond delighted to announce that the tile is laid and the furnishings will be returned to the Mabee Chapel on Monday, April 2nd.  As the finishing touches are put on the Chapel, Monday's noon and 10:10 masses will be celebrated in the Finucane Jesuit Center.

The Chapel will be re-dedicated at the noon mass on Tuesday, April 3rd
We hope you are able to join us for the celebration.

We can not adequately express our gratitude for everyone's flexibility, understanding and assistance as the Chapel was out of commission.  Thus, we trust a simple, heart-felt "THANK YOU" will suffice!

Easter Break Mass Schedule 

No on-campus noon or 10:10 masses will be celebrated from Holy Thursday (April 5th) through the end of Easter break (Monday, April 9th). The regular on-campus mass schedule will resume with noon mass on Tuesday, April 10th. 

Additionally, 6pm mass will not be celebrated at St. Francis Xavier on Easter Sunday.  6pm Sunday evening masses will resume on Sunday, April 15th.

SFX Holy Week Schedule 


For those of you remaining in Kansas City over the Easter holiday,
you may access
St. Francis Xavier's schedule of
Holy Week Services

Taize Service 

Taize Ad
All members of the campus community
are welcome to attend.
Eucharistic Adoration

Individuals are invited to spend time in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament on Wednesday, April 5th.  Eucharistic Adoration will take place in the Mabee Chapel beginning at 1:00pm and will commence immediately before the start of the 10:10pm.

Sign up for a timeslot on the chapel door or

 simply stop by as time allows.

Lumberjack Service Retreat

Applications now available!   

This week-long service retreat, scheduled for May 14th-19th, takes place in northern Michigan.  The cost is $160.   

No wood-cutting, axe-wielding experience required!

Applications due April 2nd.

(Photo courtesy of Mark Cinelli.)

Yom HaShoah
Yom HaShoah

Yom HaShoah

Volunteer Readers Needed

Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance day, is commemorated on April 11th at Rockhurst University.  On this day, we will need folks to read names of those killed by the Nazis.  Ten-minute slots are available from 8:30 to 2:00pm.  Names will be read aloud at the bell tower.  If you would like to assist, contact Maddie Burkemper in Campus Ministry.

Jim Keady

Behind the Swoosh

Jimi Keady

Relay for Life

Have you signed up for April 20th's Relay for Life yet??

 If not, DO IT TODAY! 


Relay for LifeCathy Phillips is captaining the CLC Team, which is open to anyone involved with (or who wants to be involved with!) Campus Ministry.   

Besides the fact that it is going to be a TON of fun (held on Lower Bourke this year), the small registration fee of $10 and any additional fundraising that you do goes to an AMAZING cause. We all know someone who has been affected by cancer. This is our chance to fight back.


Join us today!  If you want to be a part of the CLC team, here's how to sign up:

  1. Go to 
  2. Click on "SIGN UP"
  3. Click on "Join a Team"
  4. Our team name is "CLC Gang."  From there, there are multiple ways to get in, but the easiest way would be to click on "Search for a Team" and find our team in the list.
  5. After you click "Join," it will take you through the registration process.  There is a $10 registration fee, which you can pay immediately with credit or pay to Cathy Phillips using cash or check before the Relay.

Check out this awesome video created by RU students to learn more about Relay for Life and the value of your involvement! 


Due to the start of Easter break, there is no VOICES meeting this Thursday, April 5th.  Our next meeting is April 12th at 9pm.


April's focus is Faithful Citizenship.


Thank you to all who donated food to last week's food drive!

And, finally, mark your calendars for Social Justice Week the week of April 15th.  Next Sunday's bulletin will contain the schedule of events. 

Prayer for Racial Healing

As our nation grapples with the reality of racism, we remember the responsibility each of us has to uphold the dignity of all people, as all are created in God's image and likeness.  And, so, we offer this prayer. 

Loving God,

We desire to embrace the dignity

of each human person as revealed

by the mystery of the Incarnation.

Help us to live our shared responsibility to undo racism.

Empower us to participate in the process of

right relationships, healing and reconciliation.

Strengthen us in our resolve to eradicate racism

within ourselves, our communities and our world.

We offer this prayer in the spirit of trust

and hope in your providence.



- Adapted from Oblate Sisters of Providence

The More You Know. . .

The Power of the Palm

PalmsThe blessed palms from Palm Sunday Mass are, like all consecrated objects, symbols intended to express and stimulate faith, hope and love.  However, for centuries, even well into the twentieth century, many people treated these palms as if they possessed magical power.  


Did you know that people would:

  • eat the buds and shoots of blessed branches in order to ward off sicknesses?
  • plant palm branches in the form of crosses in the fields, or burn them there, to ward off storms, lightening, and hail?
  • fasten the branches to crucifixes in their homes in order to protect the residents from any adversity?
  • view the palms as effective defenses against vermin among livestock, against harmful insects on vegetables, and against foxes that threatened the poultry?
Today, the blessed palm branches are largely recognized as an important symbol that conveys meaning rather than an amulet with magical powers. 


(Information adapted from The Liturgical Year by Adolf Adam, 108.)

In This Issue
Holy Week Blessings
Chapel Update
Mass Schedule
SFX Holy Week Services
Taize Service
Eucharistic Adoration
Lumberjack Retreat
Yom HaShoah
Readers Needed
Jim Keady
Relay for Life
Prayer for Racial Healing
The More You Know
This Week in
Campus Ministry


Sunday, April 1st

Palm Sunday   

6:00pm: Mass (SFX)


Monday, April 2nd 

Deadline for Lumberjack Apps 

Noon: Mass (FJC)
10:10pm: Mass (FJC) 


Tuesday, April 3rd 

Noon: Mass & Re-dedication of Chapel (MC)

3:30-4:15pm: Reconciliation (MC)
4:30pm: Pasta & Prayer: Taize (MC) 

9:00pm: UNITY (STD)    


Wednesday, April 4th 

Noon: Mass (MC)   

1:00-10:00pm: Eucharistic Adoration (MC)
7:30pm: Hawks for Life (Fishbowl)

10:10pm: Mass (FJC)     


Thursday, April 5th 

Holy Thursday
No Noon Mass


Friday, April 6th 

Good Friday

Passover Begins at Sundown 

No Campus Ministry Events  


Saturday, April 7th

Holy Saturday

8:00pm: Easter Vigil (SFX) Please pray for our students receiving Sacraments of Initiation at this service. 


Sunday, April 8th 

Easter Sunday

No 6pm Mass at SFX 

An Online Lenten Retreat

An Ignatian Prayer Adventure

A Holy Week Prayer  


I thank you, Lord Jesus, for becoming a human being
so I do not have to pretend or try to be God.

I thank you, Lord Jesus, for becoming finite and limited
so I do not have to pretend that I am infinite and limitless.

I thank you, crucified God, for becoming mortal
so I do not have to try to make myself immortal.

I thank you, Lord Jesus, for becoming inferior
so I do not have to pretend that I am superior to anyone.

I thank you for being crucified outside the walls,
for being expelled and excluded like the sinners and outcasts,
so you can meet me where I feel that I am,
always outside the walls of worthiness.


- Fr. Richard Rohr

Need Prayer?

Email the Campus Ministry staff with your name and your intention, and we will happily hold you in prayer throughout the week.

Office of Campus Ministry
Massman 4 (lower level)
(816) 501-4063
Campus Ministry Website