The Companion

Weekly E-Bulletin of
Rockhurst University's Campus Ministry

September 15, 2013

Welcome Back, Frosh-Get-A-Way Retreatants!

Welcome back to campus, Frosh-Get-A-Way retreatants and leaders!  We hope you had a fulfilling weekend full of prayer, laughter, getting to know each other, savoring God's presence, and an all-together good time!  


We look forward to seeing you at tonight's 6pm Mass! 

Today: CLC Application Deadline

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. Remember to return completed forms to Campus Ministry by September 15th!

Questions? Contact Bill.

Tuesday: Pasta and Prayer


On a gluten-free diet?  Please email Cindy by 12noon on Tuesday  

if you plan to attend Pasta and Prayer.   

Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC)




This year, several recently graduated Hawks are participating in a year or more of service through the Jesuit Volunteer Corps.  They are serving in a variety of locations domestically (Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Scranton, Camden and Newark) and internationally (Belize, Micronesia and Tanzania).



Interested in learning more about this program?


Caroline Wilson, representative of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, will be at Rockhurst on Wednesday September 18th - Friday September 20th.  Feel free to call Caroline at (410) 800-8127 or email her at with questions.  Or, look for her at the Nonprofit Speed Networking event or Thursday's VOICES meeting.


Jesuit Voluteer Corps Northwest (JVCNM)
Visit with Steph Haas, JVCNW representative, who will be part of the Nonprofit Speed Networking event on Wednesday, September 18th and tabling on campus on Thursday, September 19th to learn more about this post-graduate volunteer program.  Sam Gormley, '13, is presently serving in Montana through JVCNW.
Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley
A representative from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley will be visiting Rockhurst on Thursday, September 19th.  She will have a table outside of the Massman Gallery from 11:30-1:30.  Stop by to learn more!


Service Trips



Information sessions for winter and spring break service-immersion trips to international and domestic locations are set for September 17th and 18th from 5 to 6pm in Massman 250.  Come to learn about this exciting opportunity (destinations, costs, application process, etc.)! 
Contact Bill Kriege ( with questions.    
Liturgical Ministry Trainings


Oklahoma City Day of Service
Sign-Ups are now available in Campus Ministry.  We will head down October 23rd-24th to assist in tornado relief efforts. We will be sleeping one night on a gym floor and working the next day with Habitat for Humanity. 
Cost: $20.  Deadline: September 26.  
Missouri River Relief
Sign-ups are now available in Campus Ministry.  This free event on Saturday, October 5th will hook you up with a free t-shirt, lunch, and boat ride up and down the Missouri River where we will pick up trash and debris that has washed ashore. 
Contact Bill in Campus Ministry. Deadline: September 30 
Jesuit Come and See Weekend
Calling all men for a Come and See Weekend.  Join us the weekend of September 27th-29th at the Bellarmine House in Saint Louis, Missouri to meet and learn more about the Jesuits.
Contact Fr. John with any further questions.
Men's Discernment Group
All men discerning a potential vocation to religious life are invited to join Fr. John for dinner and discussion at the Jesuit Residence at 5pm on Friday, September 20th.   


Please RSVP with Fr. John.   
Women's Discernment Retreat
Join the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth for an online Women's Discernment Retreat September 22nd-26th.  Attend this private discernment retreat from wherever you are & as it fits your busy schedule.  During the retreat week you are invited to take time for prayer, reflect on a call, and speak to a spiritual guide via email, phone or Skype.  To register go to this site or email Sr. Virginia Ann Brooks at   For more information about this retreat contact: Sr. Virginia Ann via email or phone 812-963-7563. Deadline to register is Monday, September 16, 2013.
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.
We Celebrate You
You Rock
  We would like to extend a HUGE thank you to all the leaders of the Frosh-Get-A-Way Retreat.  Your generosity, dedication and joy are gift on gift on gift!  Know that we appreciate how fully and selflessly you embody the magis in an effort glorify God and nurture community at the Nest! 
Question of the Week
question markQuestion of the Week: A bit of trivia . . .This week, we have representatives from the Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC) and the Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest (JVCNW) on campus.  At least three Rockhurst staff members are former Jesuit Volunteers.  For every one of the three you correctly identify, you will receive one entry in this week's Question of the Week drawing. (Hint: All three of these staff members have offices in Massman hall.)
Last Week's Answer: During the battle of Pamplona, St. Ignatius' leg was shattered by a canon ball. Ouch! 

Last Week's Winner: Philip Calcagno

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.

Check it Out!

Considering a mission-focused volunteer opportunity after life at the Nest?  Check out this very helpful resource the Catholic Volunteer Network to explore options.   

Prayer for the Week

Mighty God, Father of all,

Compassionate God, Mother of all,

bless every person I have met,

every face I have seen,

every voice I have heard,

especially those most dear;

bless every city, town, and

street that I have known,

bless every sight I have seen,

every sound I have heard,

every object I have touched.

In some mysterious way these

have all fashioned my life;

all that I am,

I have received.

Great God, bless the world


-       Jack Morris, SJ, Founder of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps


In This Issue
Welcome Back from FGAW
Pasta and Prayer
Service Trips
Liturgical Ministry
Oklahoma City
River Relief
Come and See
Men's Discernment
Women's Discernment
Here's To You
Question of Week
Check it Out
A Prayer
This Week in
Campus Ministry


Sunday, September 15th


CLC Registration Deadline 

6pm: Mass - (SFX)


Mon, September 16th

Noon: Mass (MC)

10:10pm: Mass (MC)


Tues, September 17th

Noon: Mass (MC)

4:30: Pasta & Prayer (MC)

5:00: Service Trip Info


Weds, September 18th

Noon: Mass (MC)

5:00: Service Trip Info

10:10pm: Mass (MC)   


Thurs, September 19th

Noon: Mass (MC)

10:10pm: Mass (MC) 


Friday, September 20th

Noon: Mass (MC) 

5:00: Men's Discernment Group (Jesuit Residence) 


Sun, September 22nd

6:00pm: 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