The Companion

Weekly E-Bulletin of
Rockhurst University's Campus Ministry
January 13, 2013
 As we happily welcome returning and new students back to campus for the start of a new semester, Campus Ministry also welcomes a new staff member.  We are so grateful to have Kim Plumb on board as the new Campus Ministry Assistant.  We hope you will stop by to help welcome Kim to the Rockhurst community and to say "hello" the rest of the staff after such a long break.  Per usual, our candy bowls are full and our doors open.  We hope to see you soon!!
Retreat on the Rock

The January 23rd registration deadline
 is quickly approaching! 
Questions?  Contact Cindy.
Weekly Mass Schedule 
Daily Noon Masses resume in the Mabee Chapel on Monday, January 14th.

10:10pm Masses resume in the Mabee Chapel on Wednesday, January 16th.  10:10pm Masses are celebrated on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday nights.
CLC Leader Potluck



The CLC Leader's Potluck is set for Thursday, January 17th from 4:45pm to 6:15pm at CMC. If you haven't already RSVPed with Bill and let him know what you're bringing, please do so. 

Spring Break Service Immersion
Trips' Kick Off Meeting 
All students participating in spring break service immersion trips are required to attend the mandatory meeting scheduled from 2-5pm on Friday, January 18th in Massman 250.  Questions?  Contact Bill Kriege.
6pm Mass
Sunday, January 20th  
Due to the MLK Day holiday, the 6pm Student Mass on Sunday, January 20th will be celebrated in the Mabee Chapel.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Events

 Monday, January 21st


1 pm: Service Project - Gather in the Massman Gallery 


Simultaneous projects will occur to benefit local nonprofit organizations and our neighborhood community.
  • Cookie baking with AYS youth for St. James Place = Cookie baking with youth from Associated Youth Services for St. James Place soup kitchen
  • Hugs blanket making for Gillis Center
  • Toiletry Kit assembly for Holy Family House
  • Hot chocolate giveaway at Troost Max Bus Stops
  • Troostwood Memorial clean-up project (weather permitting)
3 pm: Movie "We Are Superman" in Massman 250
"We are Superman" is a documentary that depicts the grassroots efforts to transform 31st & Troost. Filmmaker Kevin Bryce will be in attendance to introduce the film. Click here to view a trailer of the film. Following the film viewing and discussion, we will celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday with a reception.
This Lent: Journey with Jesus
An Offering of the Ignatian Spirituality Center 
Kansas City's Ignatian Spirituality Center invites you to Journey with Jesus this Lent through an Ignatian-style retreat in daily life.  To learn more about this opportunity, read this.
Pasta and Prayer
Pasta and Prayer will resume its regular schedule of praying and feasting on Tuesday, January 22nd
We hope you are able to join us for Mass at 4:30 in the Mabee chapel and then journey with us to the CMC for a delicious pasta meal and wonderful fellowship!
A Volunteer Opportunity 
St. Francis Xavier is looking for a tech-savvy student to help with the design of its webpage.  Service hours, valuable experience, and tons of gratitude would be given in exchange!  Contact Bill in Campus Ministry if you're interested.
Post-Graduate Service:
Alum Service Corps (ASC) 
Jamie Cordia, RU Class of 2012, is currently an Alum Service Corps Volunteer in Colorado, where she teaches English at the Girls' Division of Regis Prep.  Check out this video she created near the start of her experience! 
Question of the Week

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This Week's Question: 
Classes resume this Tuesday. However, you will not attend Tuesday classes. What day's classes will you attend on Tuesday, January 15th?

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.
Deepening our Faith in the Year of Faith
The Sacraments: Baptism


In his dialogue with Nicodemus, Jesus taught that Baptism was necessary for salvation. "No one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit" (Jn 3:5). After his Resurrection, Jesus met with the eleven Apostles and gave them the commission to preach the Gospel and baptize, telling them, "Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved" (Mk 16:16).


The word baptism in its origins is Greek and means "immersion" and "bath." Immersion in water is a sign of death and emersion out of the water means new life. To bathe in water is also to undergo cleansing. Saint Paul sums up this truth when he says, "You were buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead" (Col 2:12).


The origin and foundation of Christian Baptism is Jesus. Before starting his public ministry, Jesus submitted himself to the baptism given by John the Baptist. The waters did not purify him; he cleansed the waters. "He comes to sanctify the Jordan for our sake . . . to begin a new creation through the Spirit and water" (St. Gregory Nazianzen, Liturgy of the Hours, I, 634).


Jesus' immersion in the water is a sign for all human beings of the need to die to themselves to do God's will. Jesus did not need to be baptized because he was totally faithful to the will of his Father and free from sin. However, he wanted to show his solidarity with human beings in order to reconcile them to the Father.


By commanding his disciples to baptize all nations, he established the means by which people would die to sin-Original and actual - and begin to live a new life with God.


-From the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults

Vocation Awareness Week 
January 13-19, 2013

 This week is Vocation Awareness Week, an annual week-long celebration of the Catholic Church in the United States dedicated to promote vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life through prayer and education, and to renew our prayers and support for those who are considering one of these particular vocations.


Throughout this week, we invite you to pray for all who seek to live their lives in the service of God and others. We also invite you to consider the ways you are called to use your unique gifts and talents to help make God's good world better.

January is Poverty Awareness Month 
January is Poverty Awareness Month.
As you move through the remainder of this month, we invite you to use the Catholic Campaign for Human Development's calendar to prayerfully consider this devastating social reality and your response.   
A Vocation Prayer 


 Loving God, to be your prophet is my

desire, but too often I am more

concerned about the bottom line. I

want to bring your message to the

world as so many before me have done.


My heart leads me to you, but I'm not

always sure how to respond. 


 Let me know what it is you are calling

me to do and the life you are asking

me to live.


Give me the strength to share with

others who are in need of the blessings

with which you have enriched my life.


Thank you, God, for hearing my prayer.



In This Issue
Retreat on the Rock
Mass Schedule
CLC Leaders' Potluck
Immersion Trips
Mass on 1/20/13
MLK Jr. Day Events
Journey with Jesus
Pasta and Prayer
Volunteer Opportunity
Post-Grad Service
Question of the Week
Year of Faith
Vocation Awareness Week
Poverty Awareness Month
A Prayer
This Week in  
Campus Ministry


Monday, January 14th

10:00am: March for Life Meeting (CMC)

12noon: Mass (MC)


Tuesday, January 15th

First Day of Classes

12noon: Mass (MC)


Wednesday, January 16th

12noon: Mass

9:15pm: Reconciliation (MC)

10:10pm: Mass (MC)  


Thursday, January 17th

12noon: Mass

4:45pm: CLC Leader Potluck (CMC)

10:10pm: Mass (MC)


Friday, January 18th

12noon: Mass (MC)

12noon: Male Summit/Listening Session (M248)

2:00pm: Spring Break Service Immersion Mandatory Meeting (M250)


Sunday, January 20th   

6:00pm: Mass (Mabee Chapel)

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