The Companion

Weekly E-Bulletin of
Rockhurst University's Campus Ministry

May 6, 2012
    Christ        CMC Group
From the Director's Desk . . .

Dear friends,  


It's hard to believe we've arrived at another year-end! I've heard many of you say you don't know what happened to this spring went by so fast!


In reflecting on this year, I am once again amazed at how committed you are to keeping your faith life vibrant and alive. This is evident in the growing attendance at the daily, evening and Sunday Masses, the weekly CLC groups, retreats, and participation in campus groups committed to social justice issues across a broad spectrum of life. I am grateful to those of you who stepped up to the plate and responded to leadership opportunities to make these events happen.


I especially want to take this opportunity to thank all of you who shared your desires for new campus ministry programming and sacramental needs with us during the year. We take very seriously those requests and, after review, implement those that we can as quickly as we can. This year, in particular, we were able to see several new "beginnings": the first-ever Silent Retreat in the fall that was offered again in the spring due to popular demand; a Men's Bible Study Group, a Men's Day of Reflection (already we've heard from the women wanting a corresponding "Women's Day of Reflection" next year); a newly formed Student Liturgy Advisory Team; the formation of the C.I.A. (Catholics in Action) group; and the formation of a musical contemporary ensemble to enhance monthly liturgies through praise and worship musical selections. Listening and responding to each other keeps our Campus Ministry Program alive and enriched! As you've heard me say many times before, we, as campus ministers, grow so much more in our individual faith lives by our interactions with you: the challenging conversations, the dreams of the future, and the realities of the present.


Commencement is always a bittersweet time of the year for us as campus ministers. Those students who we met four years ago and shared many of life's joys and sorrows are now moving on to a new chapter in your lives. Although we are so happy for how you've grown and what you have accomplished while at Rockhurst, we will miss having you in our everyday lives.  Just know you will always remain in our hearts and in our prayers!


For those returning students, we hope you get a lot rest and relaxation this summer so you come back in August re-charged and ready to ROCK! With the new class of 2016 joining you, we're ready for a lot of energy and excitement on our campus, and especially in our CM events.


May you have safe travels wherever you land and always keep us in your thoughts and prayers, as we will keep you in ours.




For the Graduating Seniors . . .
Join us at the academic year's final 6pm Sunday mass at SFX.  We will bless all graduating seniors and have a special blessing of those going on to post-graduate service.

Also, Campus Ministry has resource packets available for you to help in this time of transition.  If you would like one, please contact Cindy.


Noted Ignatian Scholar,
Fr. Joseph Tetlow, SJ
On Ignatian Discernment

Sunday, May 6th

at 7:30pm

in Mabee Theatre

FREE of Charge


Co-sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center and Visiting Scholars Lecture Series, Fr. Joseph Tetlow, SJ will offer his lecture titled "Our Deepest Desires Reveal What God Hopes in Us".


Fr. Tetlow's credentials include a lifetime dedication to the spiritual thought and practice of St. Ignatius, evidenced by numerous books and articles on the Ignatian spiritual exercises and their use in bringing God and God's purposes into one's personal life. Among the books is, Choosing Christ in the Modern World, a primary reference for those directing retreatants in the spiritual exercises. He is this year's keynote for the Fifth Annual Ignatian Weekend sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center of Kansas City.

Year-end BBQ at CMC

All are welcome to join us for

food, fellowship and a break from finals! Yearend BBQ

Rockhurst University Mass Schedule
May 2012

As the academic year closes, the final 6pm student Mass of the year will be celebrated on May 6th. 10:10 evening Masses will end on Monday, May 7th.

St. Francis Xavier Mass Schedule

SFXThose of you staying in Kansas City over the summer, please note St. Francis Xavier's Mass Schedule:

Tuesdays - Fridays: 7am and 11am

Saturdays: 4pm

Sundays: 8am and 10:30am

A Year (and Lifetimes) of
Finding God in All Things

Finding GodThank you to the many students wrote weekly reflections on your experiences of finding God in all things.


For those interested in reading the reflections emailed each Wednesday throughout the academic year, check out this blog.


Also, thank you to all who shared where they found God this year through recording it on the bulletin board outside of the chapel.  Grateful for the many ways in which people glimpsed God, we wanted to share the list generated with all of you.

2012-2013 Theme:
Reflection and Discernment

Reflection and DiscernmentNext year, as a university community, we will engage the value of reflection and discenment in a variety of ways.  Like this year, the year's theme will be the topic of weekly email reflections written by students throughout campus.  The theme was also used in the selection of the freshman reading book.  The book, Wine to Water, is a story of a bartender who uncovered his passion in working to address the world's water crisis. 

Baccalaureate Mass

Friday, May 11th


Doors open at 1:00pm

St. Francis Xavier


Graduates:  Meet at 1pm in front of Conway Hall to line up.  Wear your cap and gown.  Graduate students, do not wear your hood.

Here's to YOU . . .

Graduating seniors who have served as CLC leader, CLC poobah and/or Pasta and Prayer Coordinator for multiple years:


Taylor Segalla

Abby Mueller

Sam Rustemeyer

Anna Hall

Alex Smith

Breanna Werkmeister

Kim Becvar

Meaghan Fanning

Elizabeth Reid

Becky Harvatin 
In This Issue
Director's Desk
For Graduating Seniors
Fr. Joseph Tetlow, SJ
Year-end BBQ
Rockhurst Masses
SFX Masses
God in All Things
Here's to You
This Week (and More) in Campus Ministry


Sunday, May 6th 

4:00pm: Frosh Get-A-Way Team Meeting (CMC)

6:00pm: Final Sunday Student Mass of Academic Year (SFX)

7:30pm: Presentation by Fr. Joseph Tetlow, SJ (Mabee Theatre) 


Monday, May 7th  

Noon: Mass (MC)

10:10pm: Mass (MC)


Tuesday, May 8th  

11:00am-1:00pm: Year-end BBQ (CMC) 

Noon: Mass (MC)


Wednesday, May 9th

Noon: Mass (MC)

10:10pm: Final 10:10 Mass of Semester (MC)     


Thursday, May 10th

Noon: Mass (MC)


Friday, May 11th   

Noon: Mass (MC)  

2:00pm: Baccalaureate Mass (SFX) 


Saturday, May 12th  

1:00pm: Commencement

Sunday, May 13th 

Mother's Day

No 6pm Mass at SFX


Monday, May 14th - Saturday, May 19th

Lumberjack Service Retreat in Northern Michigan


June 1st - July 31st

Campus Ministry Offices Closed for Summer


Tuesday, July 31st

Feast Day of St. Ignatius of Loyola 

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