The Companion

Weekly E-Bulletin of
Rockhurst University's Campus Ministry

September 1, 2013
Labor Day Weekend Mass Schedule



Due to the Labor Day Holiday, there is no 6pm Student Mass at St. Francis Xavier on Sunday, September 1st. 


The St. Francis Xavier community celebrates Mass at the following times on Labor Day Weekend:

Saturday, 4pm

Sunday, 8am and 10:30am

Tuesday: Pasta and Prayer


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

Interested in attending Pasta and Prayer but on a gluten-free diet?  Simply email Cindy by noon of the Tuesday you plan to attend, and we will be sure to prepare gluten-free pasta for you.
Mass of the Holy Spirit Choir
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.


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

Thursday, September 5th 2:30-3:30 in Chapel

DRESS REHEARSAL: Monday, September 9th 2:30-4:00 at SFX
Wednesday: Sophomore and Transfer JUMP
Attention All Sophomores and New Transfer Students:
We look forward to seeing you at JUMP on Wednesday, September 4th
from 3:00-4:30
on the Quad or, if it's super hot, in the Rock Room.  
Wednesday: CLC Leader Potluck





Returning CLC Leader's Potluck is set for Wednesday, September 4th at 5pm at the CMC.  Let's gather to pray in the new year!  Contact Bill to RSVP and to share what food you'll bring.

Ignatian Heritage Week
September 8-13, 2013



Sunday, September 8, 2013

Student Mass

Father Bill Oulvey, S.J.

6:00 pm St. Francis Xavier Parish


Monday, September 9, 2013

Daily Examen

3:30 pm at the statue of St. Ignatius


Magis presentation

Father Jim Blumeyer, S.J.

4:00 pm at the statue of Our Lady Mary


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Mass of the Holy Spirit

10:30 am St. Francis Xavier Parish

Renaissance Festival - quadrangle


Daily Examen

3:30 pm at the statue of St. Ignatius


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Daily Examen

3:30 pm at the statue of St. Ignatius


Saint John's Bible Presentation

7:00 pm Mabee Theatre

Reception in Greenlease Library

RSVP by Friday, September 6:


Thursday, September 12, 2013

Ignatian Conversations presentation

Father Stephen Yavorsky, S.J.

3:00 pm Massman Hall room 248


Daily Examen

3:30 pm at the statue of St. Ignatius


Ignatian Film Series

Mean Streets

7:00 pm Mabee Theatre


Friday, September 13, 2013

Daily Examen

3:30 pm at the statue of St. Ignatius


All Week

Ignatian Six Word Story Contest

Iggy Scavenger Hunt

Dress Iggy (the statue) contest



For more information visit:

Digging Deeper:
Magis Talk with Fr. Jim Blumeyer, SJ


Mass of the Holy Spirit


Pentecost, Donald Jackson, Copyright 2002 The Saint John's Bible, Saint John's University, Minnesota USA. Used by permission. All rights reserved.  

The St. John's Bible

The Saint John's Bible is the first handwritten, illuminated bible  commissioned in over 500 years



Public Lecture at Rockhurst University

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

7:00 pm - Mabee Theatre


Reception to follow with viewing of the Bible


RSVP by Friday, September 6:


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.
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.

RCIA Classes
Thursdays, beginning September 18th, 7:00-9:00pm,
SFX Hearth Room
Do you attend Mass but wonder, "why do Catholics do that?"  Would you like to deepen  your own faith and understanding of the Roman Catholic faith?  Join SFX for RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation)/Catechumenate classes - no strings attached!  The process includes prayer and worship, presentations on our beliefs and practices, assigned readings, videos, small group discussions, service opportunities, and LOTS of time for "Questions and Answers."  For more information contact Fr. John Craig, SJ.
Question of the Week
question markThis Week's Question:  
What is the name of notable hand-written, hand-illuminated bible visiting campus this month? (Hint: It's mentioned in this bulletin.)
Last Week's Answer: AMDG is shorthand for the Latin phrase "Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam," which translates to "For the Greater Glory of God."  This phrase lies at the heart of this year's theme of Magis.
And the winner is . . . Helen Schultz!

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 More You Know . . .

From Pope Francis' response to the April 2013 Bangladeshi factory collapse that killed 1,132 people and injured more than 2,500:


"Living on 38 euros ($50) a month - that was the pay of these people who died. That is called slave labor...Dignity is not bestowed by power, by money, by culture - no! Dignity is bestowed by work. Social, political and economic systems have made a choice that signifies exploiting the individual."



To further explore the Catholic Church's long-standing tradition of upholding the dignity of work and of workers, check out this year's Labor Day Statement from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

A Prayer in Honor of Labor Day
    Prayers of Blessing the Work of Our Hands


Blessed be the works of your hands,

O Holy One.


Blessed be these hands that have touched life.

Blessed be these hands that have nurtured creativity.

Blessed be these hands that have held pain.

Blessed be these hands that have embraced with passion.

Blessed be these hands that have tended gardens.

Blessed be these hands that have closed in anger.

Blessed be these hands that have planted new seeds.

Blessed be these hands that have cleaned, washed, mopped, scrubbed.

Blessed be these hands that have become knotty with age.

Blessed be these hands that are wrinkled and scarred from doing justice.

Blessed be these hands that have reached out and been received.

Blesse be these hands that hold the promise of the future.


Blessed be the works of your hands,

O Holy One.


[Prayer by Diann Neu from Imagining the World: An Arts and Lectionary Resource, Volume 1, 1994]

In This Issue
Labor Day Weekend
Pasta and Prayer
Choir Practice
CLC Leaders
Ignatian Heritage Week
Digging Deeper
Mass of the Holy Spirit
St. John's Bible
Leftovers with Love
Question of Week
The More You Know
A Prayer
This Week in
Campus Ministry


Sunday, September 1st

Labor Day Weekend

8:00am and 10:30am: Mass (SFX)

No 6pm Mass at SFX


Monday, September 2nd

Labor Day

No Regularly Scheduled Offerings


Tuesday, September 3rd

Noon: Mass (MC)

4:30pm: Pasta and Prayer (MC)


Wednesday, September 4th

Noon: Mass (MC)

2:30-3:30pm: Mass of the Holy Spirit choir practice (Sed115)

3:00-4:30pm: Sophomore & Transfer Jump (Quad or, alternate heat location, Rock Room)

5:00pm: CLC Leader Potluck (CMC)

10:10pm: Mass (MC)     


Thursday, September 5th

Noon: Mass (MC)

2:30-3:30pm: Mass of the Holy Spirit choir practice (MC)

10:10pm: Mass (MC) 


Friday, September 6th

Noon: Mass (MC)   


Sunday, September 8th

Frosh Get-A-Way Leaders' Team Day

Ignatian Heritage Week

6pm: Mass - Kick Off to Ignatian Heritage Week(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