The Companion

Weekly E-Bulletin of
Rockhurst University's Campus Ministry

August 18, 2013
WELCOME, New Students!
From the Director's Desk . . .

I would like to welcome each of you to the Rockhurst University experience.  The Campus Ministry staff looks forward to meeting each of you in the days ahead.  No matter what faith you profess, you are welcome to participate in all Campus Ministry programs. 


In addition to liturgies and prayer services, we provide many opportunities for you to get connected----retreats, service, CLC's (Christian Life Communities), Pasta & Prayer, Liturgical Ministry, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and many more. Several of our programs have been started or become strengthened because of students sharing their ideas.  So, we welcome all of your dreams and desires that you bring with you! 


My hope and prayer for you is that you will be attentive to God's dynamic action in your life as you start this new chapter in your faith journey!


Maureen Henderson

We want to hear from YOU!

Registration for Campus Ministry is open! 


Whether you are a new or returning student, we would love to have you register and let us know how you would like to get involved.  You may do so through our website or at the Ice Cream social.

Work Study Positions


Are you eligible for the work study program?   

Consider working with Campus Ministry!


Work studies perform a variety of important tasks for Campus Ministry including coordinating volunteers, providing clerical support, caring for chapels & meeting places, creating advertising, and more.


Positions will fill quickly so don't delay!   

Fill out the application, attach your class schedule and deliver to Kim Plumb in Massman 2A. 


Questions? Email Kim Plumb.
Campus Ministry Game Night
Join us on Friday, August 23rd from 8:00pm until midnight at the Campus Ministry Center (CMC), located at 5134 Forest for our annual start-of-the-year game night.


We will have games galore (washers, board games, Apples to Apples, signs and more), plenty of food including pizza bones, s'mores, sno cones and freshly popped popcorn, a lot of fun and even a few prizes.


We look forward to seeing you there!

Ice Cream Social

On Sunday, August 25th, we will celebrate our first 6pm Student Mass of the academic year at St. Francis Xavier.  We invite you to join us for Liturgy and to remain after for our annual ice cream social that follows on the parish lawn.


The social is an opportunity to learn about the various Campus Ministry groups with which you can become involved. 

Frosh Get-A-Way

Space is limited.  Click here to sign up.

Questions?  Contact Cindy.

Christian Life Communities (CLCs)

New Christian Life Communities (CLCs) will be forming soon!  CLCs are small groups of students that meet each week around the three pillars of Prayer, Community, and Mission.   If you're interested in finding 'Friends in the Lord', CHECK IT OUT! 


Click here for a copy of the registration form.  Return completed forms to Campus Ministry.


Questions? Contact Bill.

Club JUG


Graduates of Jesuit high schools are invited to a special

"Club JUG" event with the Jesuits


Thursday, August 22nd


Jesuit Residence at the corner of Forest and Rockhurst Road (across the street from the Campus Ministry Center)

Free food and fellowship!


Questions?  Fr. John has answers!  He's also the person you want to contact in order to RSVP.

LIFT: Ladies in Faith Together
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

The Blessed Sacrament is exposed in the Mabee Chapel the last Monday of each month from 12:30pm until 10:00pm.  Sign up on the chapel door or through contacting Kim Plumb, or simply stop by.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Beginning on Monday, August 26th, the Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered each Monday evening from 8:30pm-10pm in the Mabee Chapel.
Pasta and Prayer


Pasta and Prayer kicks off next week on Tuesday, August 27th.  We look forward to having you join us!

Mass of the Holy Spirit
Choir Practices

Share your musical talents with the community through joining the choir for Mass of the Holy Spirit.  Below are the practice times.  Contact Maureen Henderson to express your interest or with questions.


Monday, August 26th 2:30-3:30 in Sed115

Wednesday, August 28th 2:30-3:30 in Sed115

Thursday, August 29th 2:30-3:30 in Chapel

Wednesday, September 4th 2:30-3:30 in Sed115

Thursday, September 5th in Chapel

DRESS REHEARSAL: Monday, September 9th 2:30-4:00 at SFX

Leftovers with Love


Leftovers with Love is a volunteer program through which Rockhurst students like YOU package and deliver our cafeteria leftovers to St. James Place, a nearby soup kitchen for hungry folks in Kansas City.  If you want to reach out to our community, rack up service hours, or put your faith into action, Leftovers with Love could be for you!  Leftovers takes place on Mondays and Thursdays at 4pm.


Please contact Bill Kriege today.   
Digging Deeper
Here's to You
You Rock Newest Members of the Rockhurst community! 

Welcome to the Nest, Hawks!

We hope your time here is blessed in abundance and can't wait to share in your journeys!  
Question of the Week
question markThis Week's Question:  
Which of the University's six core values is the theme for this academic year?
(A very soft and slow lob to start off the year!)


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.

The Year's Theme

This year, as a university community, we will uniquely engage the core value of magis, the theme for this academic year.



What is magis?

Magis, Latin for "more," is the desire to do more for Christ, more for the glory of God, more to grow into ourselves.


In every decision you make you may ask yourself, "Is this choice bringing goodness to my life and greater glory to God?"  

Going further, you may consider, "What more in my studies or life or

relationships can I do to bring greater good to my life and the world around me? What more can I do to strengthen my spiritual life? What more can I do to love others? What might I need to remove from my life to strive for magis?"


Magis is ongoing growth and questioning how we can live bolder, better and more  

loving. It's about greatness in its truest

sense - not about personal success or fame. Ultimately, it involves God, that  
Power and Purpose and Presence beyond our self-contained selves. Magis invites us to let go of fears and to live in freedom. 


The More You Know . . .
The Origins of Magis
The concept of magis is derived from the First Principle and Foundation from the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. This principle states: "The human person is created to praise, reverence, and serve God Our Lord, and by so doing to save his or her soul... We should desire and choose only what helps us more towards the end for which we are created." Though magis is never specifically mentioned in the Spiritual Exercises, it is seen through St. Ignatius' diction when using words such as more or greater. Throughout the rest of his Spiritual Exercises, St. Ignatius encourages people to examine: "What have I done for God? What am I doing for God? and What MORE can I do for God?" Magis is closely tied to the Jesuit maxim "AMDG: Ad majorem Dei gloriam," which means "for the greater glory of God."
-Taken from the Ignatian Wiki
Check It Out

We know that the start of the year can definitely include a great deal of busyness and chaos amidst all of the fun and excitement.  If you are looking for a way to stay grounded and to nurture your prayer life, check out Loyola Press's 3-Minute Retreats
A Prayer
Help Me Live Your Kingdom
- John Futrell, SJ
Lord, give me the grace to labor with you
without seeking myself-
to live the Kingdom
in its full reality.
In This Issue
Register with CM
Work Study Positions
Game Night
Ice Cream Social
Frosh Get-A-Way
Club JUG
Eucharistic Adoration
Pasta and Prayer
Choir Practices
Leftovers with Love
Digging Deeper
Here's to YOU
Question of Week
The More You Know
Check It Out
A Prayer
This Week in
Campus Ministry


Sunday, August 18th  

New Student Orientation
12:15pm: Welcome Mass (SFX)
2:00pm-5:00pm: Finucane Service Project


Monday, August 19th  

New Student Orientation 

Noon: Mass (MC)


Tuesday, August 20th

New Student Orientation 

Noon: Mass (MC)


Wednesday, August 21st

Happy 1st Day of Classes! 

Noon: Mass (MC)

10:10pm: Mass (MC)     


Thursday, August 22nd

Noon: Mass (MC)

10:10pm: Mass (MC) 


Friday, August 23rd

Noon: Mass (MC)   

8:00pm-Midnight: Game Night (CMC) 

Sunday, August 25th

New CLC Leader Retreat 

6:00pm: Mass (SFX)
7:00pm: Ice Cream Social and Campus Ministry Activities Fair (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