The Companion

Weekly E-Bulletin of
Rockhurst University's Campus Ministry
January 20, 2013

Mass this Sunday
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.
Retreat on the Rock

The January 23rd registration deadline
 is quickly approaching! 
Questions?  Contact Cindy.
March for Life  

This Wednesday, eleven Rockhurst students and one staff member will embark on a pilgrimage to Washington D.C. for Friday's March for Life.  Please keep them in your prayers.  Please also pray for a greater reverence for all life: the unborn, the sick, the poor, the marginalized and the stigmatized, the uneducated, the abused, the abusers, the lonely, those confined by life's circumstances, the imprisoned, the elderly, those near death and all of us in a position to affect positive change in others' lives, in our society and in our world.  May we strive to love all of God's creation as God loves. 

Leftovers With Love 

Interested in volunteering? 
Email Nanda and Tess at
Sign up for a time slot on the chapel door
or simply stop by as time allows.
Reflection and Discernment:
Leadership Opportunities 

This year's core value encourages us to reflect on our lives and to discern how we may use our gifts and talents in the service of others. As you do so, do you feel called to apply your gifts in a leadership capacity? The application to serve as a Resident Assistant, Orientation Leader, Social Mentor, Homecoming Coordinator and Family Weekend Coordinator is now available. Click here to apply. The deadline is January 23rd, so apply today!  


You may also consider participating in the Leadership Path Seminar, an opportunity to more fully discern how to apply your gifts. This evening workshop is an opportunity to learn more about your strengths, discuss leadership opportunities and how to prepare for leadership roles around campus. Sign up in Massman 1.

Ignatian Pilgrimage

Are you potentially interested in going on an Ignatian Pilgrimage? Slated for January 14-28, 2013, this two-week pilgrimage is organized by the Ignatian Camino office of the Spanish Jesuits. It will combine guided visits to prominent Ignatian sites (Loyola, Arantzazu, Montserrat, Manresa) AND six days of trekking along the newly developed Camino Ignaciano, where walkers trace the route of Ignatius' own famous 1522 pilgrimage. The pilgrimage is offered for the exceptionally reasonable price (Euro 800, approximately $1050, not including transport to/from Spain).


Here is a Q and A and a one-pager that offer more information. For general information about the Camino itself, see:

If you are considering this opportunity, contact Cindy Schmersal to indicate your interest.

Jesuit Come and See 

Interested in learning more about the Jesuits? 
Considering a possible vocation to the ordained priesthood? 

Check out this "Come and See" Weekend.

If interested, contact Fr. John for more information.
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.
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.
Question of the Week

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This Week's Question: 
In what year did MLK Day become recognized as a federal holiday?

Last Week's Answer: Monday classes were held on Tuesday.

And the Winner is . . . Briana Bondon!

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: Eucharist



So rich is the mystery of the Eucharist that we have a number of terms to illumine its saving grace: the Breaking of the Bread; the Lord's Supper; the Eucharistic Assembly; the Memorial of Christ's Passion, Death, and Resurrection; the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the Holy and Divine Liturgy; the Eucharistic Liturgy; Holy Communion; and Holy Mass (cf. CCC, nos. 1328-1332).


 The use of bread and wine in worship is already found in the early history of God's people. In the Old Testament, bread and wine are seen as gifts from God, to whom praise and thanks are given in return for these blessings and for other manifestations of his care and grace. The story of the priest Melchizedek's offering a sacrifice of bread and wine for Abraham's victory is an example of this (cf. Gn 14:18). The harvest of new lambs was also a time for the sacrifice of a lamb to show gratitude to God for the new flock and its contribution to the well-being of the family and tribe.


These ancient rituals were given historical meaning at the Exodus of God's people. They were united into the Passover Meal as a sign of God's delivering the Israelites from slavery in Egypt, a pledge of his fidelity to his promises and eventually a sign of the coming of the Messiah and messianic times. Each family shared the lamb that had been sacrificed and the bread over which a blessing had been proclaimed. They also drank from a cup of wine over which a similar blessing had been proclaimed.


When Jesus instituted the Eucharist he gave a final meaning to the blessing of the bread and the wine and the sacrifice of the lamb. The Gospels narrate events that anticipated the Eucharist. The miracle of the loaves and fish, reported in all four Gospels, prefigured the unique abundance of the Eucharist. The miracle of changing water into wine at the wedding feast in Cana manifested the divine glory of Jesus and the heavenly wedding feast in which we share at every Eucharist.


In his dialogue with the people at Capernaum, Christ used his miracle of multiplying the loaves of bread as the occasion to describe himself as the Bread of Life: "I am the living bread that came down from heaven. . . Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you" (Jn 6:51, 53).


-From the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults

Elizabeth Reid '12
Jesuit Volunteer in Belize City, Belize

  Hello Hawks and Happy New Year! I write to you from the warm and breezy Belize City, where I am currently working for two years as a Jesuit Volunteer through the international program of JVC. It is an honor to be able to share some of my experience with you today, and I hope that this reflection finds you all well and excited to start a new semester at the Nest. I myself am approaching a milestone in my time here, as the next week or so will mark the end of my first six months in Belize. At this moment I am feeling both amazed that the months have flown by so quickly and incredibly grateful for both the joys and challenges that have shaped this first part of my JV experience. To tell you a little more about my life here, I shall start with my job...

            I work as a social worker for the Building for Change program of Hand in Hand Ministries, an international not-for-profit social services organization. Building for Change, the main program that Hand in Hand runs out of Belize, is very similar to Habitat for Humanity in that we build simple houses for low income families in Belize City. My role as the JV social worker is fairly diverse, but the primary focus of my job is accompanying the families for which we build. I serve as a member of the selection committee-meaning I help interview and assess the families who come in to apply for a house-and I also help plan and facilitate the monthly life skills classes that we host for our house recipients. But my favorite part of my job as a social worker is forming friendships with families we've built for through follow-up and home visits. And, as I've recently gotten my motorcycle driver's license in Belize, I just started getting into this part of my job more by zipping around the city on a lee red motorbike. Some home visit highlights so far have included: getting tours of the new houses of the families who just moved in, listening to a 10-minute harmonica serenade by one of our more musically inclined recipients, and attending a full-on housewarming rager at the house we built a couple weeks ago. It may have been a tad premature seeing as the family hadn't had the chance to install electricity yet, and the party was happening in the evening. We all stood around in their unfurnished home, eating our chicken and rice and beans in substantial darkness, but it was still quite rich.

            I was reading some of the reflections from last semester and saw that my Hawk classmates have already done an excellent job of describing some basics of the JV experience-living in community, working for social justice, leading a simple lifestyle, and practicing spirituality. However, I thought I'd offer a small taste of what JVC's four lived values have looked like thus far in my experience in Belize.

Living Simply: As you might expect, we JVs are asked to be intentional and frugal about our household expenses, and we receive a small monthly stipend which we can use for personal items and the like. However, in Belize City, the living simply component manifests itself not only in how we live, but also where we live. Our house is located in the southern part of the city, which is home to many of Belize's poorest neighborhoods. While we are well cared for by our neighbors, friends, and the JVC staff, we are also inherently closer to some of the instability and violence that characterize many impoverished areas. Our location not only reminds us of the deep disparity between the rich and the poor in Belize, but it also allows us to be present to and better understand the realities of many of the people we serve and work with in our jobs.

Building Community: As such, we also experience a rich and diverse sense of community-in the neighborhood and in the home-because of how and where we live. This year my JV community consists of myself and five other JVs who are all in their second year in Belize. While I've learned a ton about myself by living intentionally with others, I think one of the most important things I've learned is this idea of never dismissing another person. I've come to realize that building community happens most when we continue to return to those relationships we find most difficult-community members who we struggle to get along with, co-workers who are arrogant or like to complain, neighbors who continually ask us for food and money, government officials who don't seem to care about the well-being of Belizeans-and remember that no one is outside of God's love. And just as God continues to meet us where we are and love us just as we are, we are called to reflect that love and find the good in each person before us, whether we find that task easy or not. Though I will never do this perfectly, I've found that this process is where I experience true communion with others in Belize.

Doing Justice (that's what's up!): When I first decided to apply to JVC, this was the component that I felt most ready and excited for(thank you, VOICES for JUSTICE). However, as I've settled into life and work as a JV, I've found that this lived value is sometimes the most difficult to detect in my daily rhythm. As a foreigner and therefore always a guest in this country, there is little I can do to work for change in the systems that keep people poor in Belize. There is also a long history of racial and cultural oppression, and this reality continues to manifest itself in the lives of Belizeans in more ways than I can even begin to understand. But while I recognize my limitations as a human and a JV, I can also see where my actions start to reflect this component of doing justice: in visiting with people, in playing with neighborhood kids, in advocating for families at work, in standing up for people who are poor and marginalized, in treating people kindly in my home, in prayer and reflection. It is certainly less than glorious, but I'm pretty sure that forming relationships and learning to love others is where all justice begins.

Witnessing Faith: Beyond the commitment to pray together and have regular spirituality nights as a community, the practice of witnessing faith in our everyday lives calls us to live from a deep knowledge of God's love for us and for all of creation. In my own process of adjusting to culture shock and getting to know myself in Belize, I've often felt frustrated by how long it's taken me to figure out what I'm supposed to be doing at work, how to stay in touch with the people I love back home, how to taak di kriol, how to live in an intentional community, etc. But the good news is that I am slowly learning how to have patience and love for myself along the way. This journey of self-discovery in Belize has been both uncertain and beautiful, but what holds it together for me is the faith that God is guiding me through it and loving me in all my confused and bumbling glory. I'm beginning to trust that it all belongs, and I am grateful for the strength God gives me to be able to plunge into the difficult and joyful reality that is life in Belize.

Thomas Merton says: The real hope is not in something we think we can do, but in God, who is making something good out of it in some way we cannot see. I think that one sentence might describe my experience thus far as a Jesuit Volunteer better than all of this reflection. For me, these last six months have been about hope-not in what I might accomplish or contribute to during my time here-but in God, who continues to move through us all in new and surprising ways. Thanks for reading, Hawks, and have a great semester!


P.S. - If you're reading this and you go to Rockhurst, you should encourage administration to add an undergraduate program in social work. It is a wonderful and challenging and necessary field of work...and very much grounded in our values as a Jesuit institution. :)

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 Prayer




  Christ, who showed great compassion to the poor, 

give us compassion toward those in poverty. 

Your wish is for all of your children to live with dignity, 

with adequate food, shelter, health care and education. 

Help us take up your work as a community of faith 

and guide us as we seek just solutions to the poverty in our midst.


In This Issue
Mass this Sunday
MLK Jr. Day Events
Retreat on the Rock
March For Life
Leftovers with Love
Leadership Opps
Ignatian Pilgrimage
Jesuit Come and See
Journey with Jesus
Volunteer Opportunity
Question of the Week
Year of Faith
JV Elizabeth Reid '12
Poverty Awareness Month
A Prayer
This Week in  
Campus Ministry


Sunday, January 20th

6:00pm: Mass (MC)


Monday, January 21st

MLK Day 

1pm: Service Project (Fishbowl/Massman Gallery)

3pm: "We are Superman" movie (Massman 250)


Tuesday, January 22nd

12noon: Mass (MC)

4:30pm: Pasta and Prayer (MC) 


Wednesday, January 23rd

Retreat on the Rock Deadline

12noon: Mass

9:15pm: Reconciliation (MC)

10:10pm: Mass (MC)  


Thursday, January 24th

12noon: Mass

10:10pm: Mass (MC)


Friday, January 25th

March for Life 

12noon: Mass (MC)


Sunday, January 27th   

6:00pm: Mass 

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