The Companion

Weekly E-Bulletin of
Rockhurst University's Campus Ministry

October 14, 2012

Fall Break:
Sunday Mass Schedule
 A Reminder:
Due to fall break, the 6:00pm student Mass this evening will take place in the Mabee Chapel.

 Also, Masses are celebrated at 8:00am and 10:30am today at SFX.

Service Trip Interviews

Don't forget to show up for your service trip interview, as this  is an essential component of the application process. 

If you've forgotten the time, day or location of your interview, stop by Susan Janet's desk in Massman 1 to review the signup sheet and retrieve the necessary details.

Presidential Debate - Take #2
This Tuesday

This week's debate is co-sponsored by
Student Senate, Pi Sigma Alpha, the Dean's Office and the Political Science Department.

A Few Pics from the Last Debate . . .
World Cultures Day Prayer Service


Come participate in the World Cultures Day prayer service!

Thursday, October 18th at 11 a.m. 

Missouri River Cleanup

For those who have signed up: 

  • It's now free!  If you already paid $7 come by Bill's office to retrieve your cash.
  • Meet this Saturday, October 20th in front of McGee at 7:45am

If you haven't signed up - there still may be a spot for you.  We need muscle - we've pulled sofas, refrigerators and semi-truck tires out of our river in the past!  Contact Bill in Campus Ministry. 

Mass in the Fishbowl


Emmaus Retreat
Open to sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students who have previous retreat experience, this relaxed overnight retreat provides students with ample time for community and personal prayer and reflection.
Stop by Campus Ministry to register.
Questions?  Contact Cindy.
Miller Service Scholarship
  Interested in doing service over Christmas Break? 
Miller Scholarship - Marc
The Miller Service Scholarship provides an opportunity to do service for 3 weeks over Christmas break and receive in return a scholarship that would be added to your financial aid package. You can do the Service in your hometown or wherever you will be during Christmas Break. 

Applications are available in Campus Ministry and are due by November 1st.

Contact Maureen Henderson for more information.
Question of the Week

question markThis Week's Question:

For the past several weeks, we have featured a tenet of Catholic Social Teaching in the bulletin as a means of encouraging faithful citizenship in this election year.  For this week's question, name at least 3 of the 7 Catholic Social Teaching tenets that we've included in the bulletin.


Send your answer to Cindy Schmersal by 9:00am on Wednesday.  Of those students who respond, one will be chosen at random to receive a free (and delicious!) twister from the Pub.  The winner will be announced in the following week's bulletin.
Here's to YOU!

Joplin volunteers! 
We continue to be inspired by and immensely grateful for the countless ways that Rockhurst students prove themselves "women and men for and with others."  Many thanks for your generosity in helping the people of Joplin rebuild (and for being up and at 'em at 5:45 on a Saturday morning)! 
Indeed, you ROCK!


The Winners Are . . .
Frosh Get-A-Way Apples to Apples Photo Scavenger Hunt 
October 3rd Presidential Debate Trivia 

1)      Sean Kane: $20 Target Card

2)      Grant Monnig: $15 Target Card
3)      Matthias Menges: $15 Roasterie Card
4)      Robert Schaeffer: $10 Target Card
5)      Tyler Head: $10 Panera Card    
Dignity of Work:
Catholic Social Teaching

This week's aspect of Catholic Social Teaching - as articulated by NETWORK, a Catholic lobbying organization - is  


Stewardship of God's Creation


We show our respect for the Creator by our stewardship of creation; indeed, we are "co-creators" of the world we touch. This means that we need to stay in right relation with the physical world. Because of the greater impact that human beings have on the world, we have a special responsibility in our use of material things: the production, transport, sale and disposal of goods must be respectful of ecological systems and the all that depends on those systems. This is not merely do-gooder benevolence to species other than ourselves, it is a requirement for our own survival. We simply cannot live without clean air, clean water and a healthy environment. Our earthly resources are limited; we need to use them in a way that allows regeneration (replacing resources when possible, like growing new trees) and sustainability (using resources prudently so that they will last as long as possible).

The More You Know . . .

Monday, October 15th is the Feast Day of St. Teresa of Avila.  Of the 34 Doctors of the Catholic Church, only four are women.  St. Teresa is one of them.

Here's an interesting fact: Earlier this month,  St. Hildgard of Bingen, a Benedictine mystic, was the fourth woman to be named a Doctor of the Church. 

What does it mean for one to be granted the title
"Doctor of the Church"? 
This is a very special title accorded by the Church to certain saints. This title indicates that the writings and preachings of such a person are useful to Christians "in any age of the Church." Such men and women are also particularly known for the depth of understanding and the orthodoxy of their theological teachings. While the writings of the Doctors are often considered inspired by the Holy Spirit, this does not mean they are infallible.  Rather, it does mean that they contributed significantly to the formulation of Christian teaching in at least one area.
(Explanation taken form
Check Out . . .
The Jesuit Post

Read what young Jesuits think about Jesus, politics and pop-culture, about the Catholic Church, sports, and Socrates, about making the case for God (better: letting God make the case for Himself) in our secular age.


Created by young Jesuits-in-formation for young adults, the Jesuit Post explores the intersection of faith and culture from a sometimes funny, sometimes serious, often quirky and always Ignatian perspective.  We think you'll like it, so check it out!


A Prayer
Opening Prayer
from Vatican II
This prayer was used before every session of the Second Vatican Council.  Thursday, October 11, 2012 marked the 50th Anniversary of the start of Vatican II.  We offer this prayer as a reminder of the gifts of the Council and in the hopes that we continue to remain open to the movement of the Holy Spirit.

We stand before you, Holy Spirit,
conscious of our sinfulness,
but aware that we gather in your name.

Come to us, remain with us,
and enlighten our hearts.

Give us light and strength
to know your will,
to make it our own,
and to live it in our lives.

Guide us by your wisdom,
support us by your power,
for you are God, sharing the glory of Father and Son.

You desire justice for all;
enable us to uphold the rights of others;
do not allow us to be misled by ignorance
or corrupted by fear or favor.

Unite us to yourself in the bond of love
and keep us faithful to all that is true.
As we gather in your name,
may we temper justice with love,
so that all our discussions and reflections
may be pleasing to you, and earn the reward
promised to good and faithful servants.

We ask this of You who live and reign with the
Father and the Son, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

In This Issue
Sunday Mass
Service Trip Interviews
Presidential Debate
World Cultures Day
River Relief
Outdoor Mass
Emmaus Retreat
Service Scholarship
Question of the Week
Here's to YOU!
Winner, Winner . . .
Faithful Citizenship
The More You Know
The Jesuit Post
A Prayer
This Week in
Campus Ministry

Sunday, October 14th

Fall Break!
6:00pm: Mass (MC)


Monday, October 15th  

12noon: Mass (MC)

9:15pm: Reconciliation (MC)
10:10pm: Mass (MC)


Tuesday, October 16th  

12noon: Mass (MC)

4:30pm: Pasta and Prayer (MC and CMC)  

8:00pm: Presidential Debate Watching Party (Rock Room)


Wednesday, October 17th

12noon: Mass (MC)

9:15pm: Benediction and Adoration (MC) 

10:10pm: Mass (MC)


Thursday, October 18th

11:00am: World Culture's Day Prayer Service (Convocation Center) 

12noon: Mass (MC)

10:10pm: Mass (MC) 


Friday, October 19th

12noon: Mass (MC)


Saturday, October 20th

Missouri River Relief Cleanup

Sunday, October 21st
: Mass (Massman Gallery - "The Fishbowl")

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