The Companion

Weekly E-Bulletin of
Rockhurst University's Campus Ministry

November 25, 2012
Tonight's 6pm Mass

Due to Thanksgiving break, this evening's 6pm Sunday  evening Mass will take place in the chapel rather than at SFX.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Monday, November 26th -
Tuesday, November 27th

Begins Post-10:10pm Mass on Monday
Ends at 11:00am on Tuesday
Mabee Chapel

Sign up on the Chapel door or
simply stop by as your schedule allows.
Service Immersion 
Leader Meeting 



Tuesday, November 27th


Massman 248 


Mandatory meeting for all service-immersion trip student leaders

Caroling and Cookies


Contemporary Ensemble Practice
Friday, November 30th and Friday, December 7th
8:00 am
at St. Francis Xavier
Catholic Social Teaching meets
"The Hunger Games"


Taize Ecumenical Prayer Service
Taize is an ecumenical form of prayer rooted in song, scripture and silence. You don't have to be a musician to participate. We hope to see you there!
Rock Room
People, Prizes and Fun - all for an important cause!
A Post-Grad Volunteer Reflection:
Mary Rae Staples, '12, JVC: Northwest

On November 11th of this year, I hit the three month mark of my service as a JVC Northwest and Americorps volunteer in Anchorage, Alaska. Wow! I can't believe I'm of the way through my year and am so excited for the next nine months. I had decided to apply to JVC Northwest in December of my senior year. I wanted to go somewhere far away, but did not feel right about going international, so quickly set my sites on Alaska. I wanted to do something after graduation that would challenge me, allow me to meet tons of new people, get to know a new culture, and see the mountains every single day. This is the place. Alaska, 4000 miles from my hometown of St. Louis, is like a different country. My roommates and I are starting to fit in too. I never predicted that I'd look at the 20 degree weather forecast and think, "Perfect day for a run!"

My placement is at the American Red Cross of Alaska. I focus on preparedness outreach, so the fun parts of my job include giving presentations about what to do in earthquakes and fires to elementary children. I also get to work a ton with volunteers and work with individuals and families affected by disasters (usually home fires). My 5 housemates work all around the city ranging from a teen shelter, day shelter, domestic violence shelter, and the Aids Alliance. We all have heavy jobs some days, so it's nice to come home and unwind together.

There's something incredibly special about focusing one year of our lives (at least) on intentional living - being led by the four values of JVC Northwest - Simple Living, Social & Ecological Justice, Spirituality, and Community. It can be so easy to get distracted in life. Just in the last three months, I've had the opportunity to stop and think. Be self-aware. Connect with the community around me, in my house, in Anchorage, and in the greater world.

This year will definitely not always be easy or happy-go-lucky. Honestly, I don't think anything I would have done after leaving my lovely Rockhurst life that I was so comfortable in would be, but I can say with 100% confidence that I am so glad I'm here. This year has already given me so much experience, deeper awareness of myself, and life-long friends. Looking back on the reasons why I wanted to apply for JVC Northwest, I definitely think they're being fulfilled. Challenges - check. New people - check. New culture - check. Mountains - check.

Question of the Week

question markThis Week's Question:  Next year's theme is "Magis." Send in a suggestion of a book that may fit well with the theme and be of interest to incoming frosh. 


Last Week's Answer: All is gift! 
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.
Last week's winner is . . .  Claire Minnick
A Prayer 

In This Issue
Tonight's Mass
Service Leader Mtg
Caroling and Cookies
Contemporary Ensemble
Hunger Games
JV Reflection
Question of the Week
A Prayer
This Week in  
Campus Ministry

Sunday, November 25th   

Thanksgiving Break 

6:00pm: Mass (MC)  


Monday, November 26th  

12noon: Mass (MC)

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

Post 10:10 Mass: Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament Begins (MC) 


Tuesday, November 27th 

11:30am: Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament Ends (MC)

12noon: Mass (MC)

4:30pm: Pasta and Prayer (MC)

4:30pm: Service Trip Leader Meeting (Massman 248)


Wednesday, November 28th  

12noon: Mass

1:00-2:30pm: Caroling and Cookies (Massman) 

10:10pm: Mass (MC)  


Thursday, November 29th  

12noon: Mass

10:10pm: Mass (MC)


Friday, November 30th 

8:00am: Contemporary Ensemble Practice (SFX)

12noon: Mass (MC)

7:00pm: CST and Hunger Games (Cnwy 115)


Sunday, December 2nd

First Sunday of Advent

6:00pm: Mass (SFX) 

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