The Companion

Weekly E-Bulletin of
Rockhurst University's Campus Ministry
February 10, 2013

Ash Wednesday: February 13th

Lent Calendar 

Hello Hawks! As we embrace this Lenten season, Campus
Ministry encourages you to seek out opportunities to deepen your faith.  Take a look at the Lenten Calendar

Lenten Offering:

Liturgy of the Hours

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.
Faculty and Staff

Lenten CLC

Are you sick of doing the same old thing for Lent? Do you want to get a taste of what a small Christian community is like? Do your Lenten prayer resolutions fade before they really even get started? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then consider joining a faculty/staff Lenten Prayer Group! These small groups (5 - 7) are open to folks of all faith traditions and are designed to:

  • Create community
  • Deepen/add structure to our individual prayer lives
  • Celebrate the spirituality of St. Ignatius
  • Reach out to those in need

The CLC time commitment, which would span the duration of Lent, is as follows:

Daily: 15 minutes of private prayer, on your own time, using a common prayer guide: (the prayer site of the Irish Jesuits.

Weekly: 1 hour CLC on-campus meeting at convenient times (7:00am, noon, 4:30pm)

Please contact Bill Kriege if you are interested or if you have questions.
Campus Ministry Survey 
Campus Ministry is hosting a drawing for 6 - $10 Target gift cards.

The drawing will take place Tuesday, February 12th at 4:00pm. 
To participate please take a moment to complete this brief  survey.
Your answers are confidential and will help Campus Ministry to best meet the needs and interests of Rockhurst students.
  1. Print the final page of your completed survey.
  2. Write your name, email address and phone number on the sheet.
  3. Drop it in the SURVEY BIN in Campus Ministry Offices at Massman 3.
Thank you for participating!  And, congratulations to our six early bird winners, each of whom won a $20 Target gift card.
  • Adelaine Holdmeyer
  • Nick Ralston
  • Caroline Ukena
  • Grace Houston
  • Carolina Cruz
  • Caroline Albrecht
Ignatian Family Advocacy Month
Ignatian Family Advocacy Month (IFAM) invites institutions and individuals across the country to rally their voices in advocating for humane immigration reform, sustainable environmental policies, and policies that alleviate domestic povertythrough in-district visits with legislators during the month of February 2013. Rockhurst University students will visit the local offices of our U.S. Senators on Friday, February 22ndto ask their support of human immigration reform.
If you'd like to join in the action, contact Bill Kriege in Campus Ministry, and plan to attend the next meeting on Thursday, February 14that 10pm in the Finucane Jesuit Center.
Watcr for Duchity
For our Lenten Almsgiving offering, Campus Ministry is partnering with a student effort to bring clean water to the village of Duchity, Haiti, where residents currently drink from a cesspool of a water source. Monies raised through our Lenten Water Bottle Piggy Banks will be used to purchase water filters that would bolster health and the local economy: the one-piece filters are Haitian-made.
The piggy banks will be made available at Ash Wednesday Masses and at the first student liturgy of Lent - then simply bring your (full!) piggy bank to Campus Ministry at the end of Lent!
Miller Service Scholarship

Stop by Campus Ministry to learn more about this service scholarship and to pick up an application.
Leftovers With Love 

Interested in volunteering? 
Here's to YOU! 
Students and Faculty who helped facilitate Competitive Scholar's day this Friday! 
All those leading and participating in Retreat on the Rock this weekend!  
Question of the Week

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This Week's Question: 
What do we use to create the ashes for Ash Wednesday? 
Last Week's Answer: St. Blaise is also patron of wild animals, those in the medical profession, wool combers, wax-chandlers, and sick cattle.  

And the Winner is . . . Leah Grant!

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: Penance and Reconciliation



The Sacrament of Penance is an experience of the gift of God's boundless mercy.  Not only does it free us from our sins but it also challenges us to have the same kind of compassion and forgiveness for those who sin against us.  We are liberated to be forgivers.  We obtain new insight into the words of the Prayer of St. Francis: "It is in pardoning that we are pardoned." 


Jesus entrusted the ministry of reconciliation to the Church. The Sacrament of Penance is God's gift to us so that any sin committed after Baptism can be forgiven.  In confession we have the opportunity to repent and recover the grace of friendship with God. It is a holy moment in which we place ourselves in his presence and honestly acknowledge our sins, especially mortal sins.  With absolution, we are reconciled to God and the Church. The Sacrament helps us stay close to the truth that we cannot live without God. "In him we live and move and have our being" (Acts 17:28). While all the Sacraments bring us an experience of the mercy that comes from Christ's dying and rising, it is the Sacrament of Reconciliation that is the unique Sacrament of mercy.  


If you want to learn more in depth about why Catholics go to Confession, click here for more information.  


-From the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults


A Prayer for the beginning of Lent 

Creator God, during this Holy Week, you invite us into a time of conversion and reflection upon our relationship to others. Our caring for others is a great joy, but also a grave responsibility and there are times when we feel that we shall stumble under its weight. As we begin the discussions of today, we ask you to draw near and be with us. In our conversations with one another may we come to a richer understanding of the common good of all creation that you have asked us to guard. Deepen our appreciation for both human dignity and human limits. Guide us to see implications of our ideas for the real, living persons that our health systems serve.

We invite you into this gathering and ask that everything we do here be for the glory of your name through Jesus Christ our Lord.


In This Issue
Ash Wednesday
Lenten Season
Liturgy of the Hours
Faculty/Staff CLC
Campus Ministry Survey
Ignatian Family Advocacy Month
Water for Duchity
Leftovers with Love
Here's to you!
Question of the Week
Year of Faith
Quotes for Reflection
This Week in  
Campus Ministry


Sunday, February 10th  

Retreat on the Rock

6:00pm: Mass (SFX) 


Monday, February 11th

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

10:10pm: Mass (MC) 


Tuesday, February 12th 

End of Campus Ministry Survey 

12noon: Mass (MC)

4:30pm: Pasta and Prayer (MC) 


Wednesday, February 13th

Ash Wednesday

12noon: Mass (MC)

4:30pm: Mass (MC)

10:10pm: Mass (MC)  


Thursday, February 14th

12noon: Mass

Post Mass: Liturgy of the Hours (MC)

6:00pm: Liturgy of the Hours (MC)

Pre-Mass: Liturgy of the Hours (MC)

10:10pm: Mass (MC)


Friday, February 15th 

12:00pm: Mass (MC)

Post Mass: Liturgy of the Hours (MC)

6:00pm: Liturgy of the Hours (MC)


Sunday, February 17th

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