The Companion

Weekly E-Bulletin of
Rockhurst University's Campus Ministry
February 3, 2013

This Sunday
This Sunday after 6pm mass, we will be celebrating the blessing of throats through the intercession of Saint Blaise.  

Come and join us!  
Daily Mass
We invite all of you who attend daily mass and who are trained liturgical ministers to assist as lectors and Eucharistic ministers during at these masses.  There is a richness that comes with having a diversity of people involved in these ministries.  Be bold, and step forward!

Lenten Offering:

Liturgy of the Hours

 Some dedicated students are coordinating the praying of the Liturgy of the Hours during Lent.  Midday (post-noon Mass) and Evening (6pm) prayer will be prayed each weekday beginning on Thursday, February 14th.  Night prayer will be prayed on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays before 10:10 Mass.
If you are interested in learning how to lead the prayer, please contact Ryan Smith.  Students, staff and faculty are welcome to assist.  Also, praying the Liturgy of the Hours is a Christian tradition, not explicitly Catholic; thus, you needn't be Catholic to participate.

Prayer Requests:

Competitive Scholars Day

Retreat on the Rock

This Friday, we will have nearly three hundred prospective Hawks and their loved ones on campus for Competitive Scholars Day.  Please be your glorious, welcoming selves and, of course, please keep these high school seniors in your prayers as they discern future steps.
This weekend is Retreat on the Rock!  Let's keep our fellow Hawks who are leading and participating in this retreat in our prayers.  God bless, have an excellent weekend! 
Leftovers With Love 

Interested in volunteering? 
Email Nanda and Tess at
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.
An Offering of the Ignatian Spirituality Center:
A Prayer Workshop on the Examen
On Saturday, February 9th, the Ignatian Spirituality Center will be hosting a prayer workshop at Rockhurst University to offer ways to grow in Ignatian prayer and reflection, specifically the Examen.  If you are interested, click on this form for more information about how to sign up!   
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.
Ash Wednesday: February 13th
Here's to YOU! 
 Here's to everyone who participated in the March for Life this past weekend in D.C.!  
Question of the Week

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This Week's Question: 
What else is Saint Blaise patron of besides the blessing of the throat? 
Last Week's Answer: This year marked the 40th anniversary of the March for Life in Washington D.C. 

And the Winner is . . . Alli Shambro!

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: Anointing the Sick


The Rite of Anointing tells us there is no need to wait until a person is at the point of death to receive the Sacrament. A careful judgment about the serious nature of the illness is sufficient. The Sacrament may be repeated if the sick person recovers after the anointing but becomes ill once again, or if, during the same illness, the person's condition becomes more serious. A person should be anointed before surgery when a dangerous illness is the reason for the intervention (cf. Rite of Anointing, Introduction, nos. 8-10).


Moreover, "old people may be anointed if they are in weak condition even though no dangerous illness is present. Sick children may be anointed if they have sufficient use of reason to be comforted by this sacrament. . . . [The faithful] should be encouraged to ask for the anointing, and, as soon as the time for the anointing comes, to receive it with faith and devotion, not misusing the sacrament by putting it off" (Rite of Anointing, nos. 11, 12, 13).


Only bishops and priests may be ministers of the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. A penitential rite followed by the Liturgy of the Word opens the celebration. Scripture awakens the faith of the sick and family members and friends to pray to Christ for the strength of his Holy Spirit. The priest lays his hands on the head of the sick person. He then proceeds to anoint, with the blessed Oil of the Sick, the forehead and hands of the sick person (in the Roman Rite). He accompanies these acts with the words, "Through this holy anointing may the Lord in his love and mercy help you with the grace of the Holy Spirit. May the Lord who frees you from sin save you and raise you up" (CCC, no. 1513).


For those who are about to depart from this life, the Church offers the person Penance, Anointing of the Sick, and the Eucharist as Viaticum (food for the journey) given at the end of life. These are "the sacraments that prepare for our heavenly homeland" (cf. CCC, no. 1525). These rites are highly valued by Catholics as powerful aids to a good death. Since Holy Communion is the effective sign of Christ's Paschal Mystery, it

becomes for the recipient the opportunity to unite one's own suffering and dying to that of Christ with the hope of life eternal
with him. The special words proper to Viaticum are added: "May the Lord Jesus protect you and lead you to everlasting life. Amen." 



-From the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults

Quotes for Reflection

Take some time this week to reflect on your attitude towards those around you and yourself.  Below are some helpful thoughts and ponderings from our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.  
""When it comes to being gentle, start with yourself. Don't get upset with your imperfections. Being disappointed by failure is understandable, but it shouldn't turn into bitterness or spite directed at yourself. It's a great mistake---because it leads nowhere--to get angry because you are angry, upset at being upset, disappointed because you are disappointed."
-St. Francis de Sales 
"The poor need help today, not next week." 
-Mother Catherine McAuley
(foundress of the Sisters of Mercy)

"Do not be depressed.  Do not let your weakness make you impatient.  Instead, let the serenity of your spirit shine through your face.  Let the joy of your mind burst forth."
-St. Peter Damian

"Whoever is near us and needing us must be our "neighbor"; it does not matter whether he is related to us or not, whether he is morally worthy of our help or not.  The love of Christ knows no limits.  It never ends; it does not shrink from ugliness and filth"
-St. Edith Stein
In This Issue
This Sunday
Daily Mass
Liturgy of the Hours
Prayer Requests
Leftovers with Love
Jesuit Come and See
Examen Workshop
Journey with Jesus
Ash Wednesday
Here's to you!
Question of the Week
Year of Faith
Quotes for Reflection
This Week in  
Campus Ministry


Sunday, February 3rd  

6:00pm: Mass (SFX)

Post Mass: Blessing of Throats 


Monday, February 4th

12noon: Mass (MC)
9:15pm: Reconciliation (MC)10:10pm: Mass (MC)

Tuesday, February 5th  

12noon: Mass (MC)

4:30pm: Pasta and Prayer (MC) 


Wednesday, February 6th

12noon: Mass

10:10pm: Mass (MC)  


Thursday, February 7th

12noon: Mass

10:10pm: Mass (MC)


Friday, February 8th 

Competitive Scholars Day

Retreat on the Rock

11:00am: Mass (MC)

11:45am: Mass (MC)


Saturday, February 9th 
Retreat on the Rock

Ignatian Spirituality Retreat


Sunday, February 10th
Retreat on the Rock
6pm: 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