The Companion

Weekly E-Bulletin of
Rockhurst University's Campus Ministry

December 2, 2012
Taize Ecumenical Prayer Service
Taize is an ecumenical form of prayer rooted in song, scripture and silence. You don't have to be at all musical to participate. Gift yourself with much-needed quiet and time to intentionally rest with God.  We hope to see you there!
Retreat on the Rock
Rock Room
People, Prizes and Fun - all for an important cause!
Feast of the Immaculate Conception


Contemporary Music Ensemble Practice

Friday, December 7th at 8am at SFX

Service Immersion Trip Send-Off 

During the 6pm Mass on Sunday, December 9th, the students, faculty and staff participating in service immersion trips to New Orleans and Nicaragua will be blessed.

JVC Reflection Julia Krowlikowski


Making the decision to join the Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest was a fairly easy decision for me, and I thought JVC Northwest was going to be a breeze. 

However, life threw some curve balls at me, and while I loved my placement dearly, I found myself terribly homesick and wanting nothing more than to go home and experience the world I had always known. In many ways, I was not prepared for living the life of a JV like I thought, and this was not the experience I signed up for back in March of 2012.  

My placement is at the Yakima Family YMCA, I could not have found a more perfect placement. In the mornings I help plan events for a youth mentoring program. There are over 130 youth in the program matched with an adult in the community. When I first started reading about the success stories of mentors and their mentees, I was usually brought to tears by the bonds that had been created. They are these bonds that have kept these kids off the streets, out of gangs, and in school. The second half of my day is spent in a drop in youth center for youth ages 7-15. Each day is new, and the kids continue to amaze me with their strength and courage to persevere through their dismantled home lives. Many youth struggle with peer pressure to join gangs (as early as the age of 10), have low self-esteem, and are still learning how to express feelings in a healthy manner. My favorite days are when the older kids teach the younger kids how to throw a football, the girls patiently work on a craft, and there are few arguments. 

Despite all the homesickness, I have come to understand that this is where I am supposed to be. When I am packing up for the day, and a child excitedly asks, "Julia! Can you stay with us longer today? I don't want you to leave!" I know I am here for a reason. No matter my own personal challenges, I know these youth have it far worse than I do. Throughout the year, we will continue to find our inner strength together.  

I know I will continue to be challenged throughout the year, but I know better now than ever that while I am more than 1,500 miles from home, I am part of a community here. The support I receive from the staff at the Y, the Yakima community, my friends, and my family bring so much comfort to me. I know if I need this much support, these kids need even more, and this the reason I continue to serve. 

A Community Bulletin Board Item:
Service Opportunities Survey

Julia Vargas and Alicia Douglas have created a survey about service and improving communication about service opportunities.  If you are interested, please complete the survey, which will take 10-15 minutes.  If you do so, you will be entered into a drawing and, even more importantly, help Rockhurst in its continual efforts to strive for the magis.

Question of the Week

question markThis Week's Question:  Name the three items that St. Nick traditionally leaves in children's shoes? (Hint: it is NOT COAL) 


Last Week's Answer: Go read a book!  
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 . . .  Amanda Schumacher
A Prayer 
Lord God, may I look forward to the
birthday of Christ, experience the joy
of salvation and celebrate that feast
with love and thanksgiving.
I ask this through the Lord Jesus
Christ, your Son, who lives and
reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
-Prayer from the prayer cards by the RU advent wreath in Masssman. Stop by and get a copy to keep this Advent season.
In This Issue
Retreat on the Rock
Immaculate Conception
Music Practice
Service Immersion Blessing
JVC Reflection
Service Survey
Question of the Week
A Prayer
This Week in  
Campus Ministry

Sunday, December 2nd   

First Sunday of Advent

1:30pm: March for Life Meeting (CMC)

6:00pm: Mass (SFX)  


Monday, December 3rd  

12noon: Mass (MC)

9:15pm: Reconciliation (MC)

10:10pm: Mass (MC)  


Tuesday, December 4th 

12noon: Mass (MC)

4:30pm: Taize Prayer Service (MC)

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

9:00pmWorld Aids Day Bingo


Wednesday, December 5th  

12noon: Mass

10:10pm: Mass (MC)  


Thursday, December 6th  

12noon: Mass

10:10pm: Mass (MC)


Friday, December 7th 

8:00am: Contemporary Ensemble Practice

12noon: Mass (MC)


Sunday, December 8th Second Sunday of Advent

6:00pm: Mass with Winter Break Service Immersion Send Off (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