The Companion

Weekly E-Bulletin of
Rockhurst University's Campus Ministry

October 27, 2013
Today: 6pm Student Mass
This evening's 6pm Mass
will be held in Mabee Chapel
for those students who are back on campus.

We hope you enjoyed a wonderfully refreshing break! 
Monday: LIFT

Our October 28th gathering will focus on the lives of women saints whose faith and witness can serve as inspirations to us, particularly as we prepare for the month of November, a time of remembering all who have gone before us marked by the sign of faith.

We look forward to having you join us!
Monday: 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. Adoration will take place this Monday, October 28th. Sign up for a time slot on the outside of the chapel door or simply stop by as your schedule allows.
Monday: CLC Retreat Deadline

Registration Deadline: Monday, October 27th  
Wednesday: Retreat on the Rock Leadership Application Deadline
Friday: All Saints Day
In addition to noon mass in Mabee Chapel there will also be 7am and 11am mass in SFX chapel. 
Next Sunday: Mass with the Bishop, Provincial and President
Mass of Remembrance
Following in the tradition of all Jesuit colleges and universities, Rockhurst will mark the month of November as a time dedicated to remembering and praying for our loved ones who have died. Starting Monday, October 28th, students are encouraged to visit Mabee Chapel to fill out a special remembrance card and place it in the basket. The basket will be kept on our Altar of Remembrance so that we may include your loved ones in our prayers throughout the month.
Miller Service Scholarships
A Slice of Life
  Do you find yourself wondering what God really has in mind for you? 

Young women are invited to come for
"A Slice of Life" at the Jesuit residence
on Sunday, November 10,
following the 6pm Mass.

Sr. Colleen, Apostle of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, will host pizza
and a discussion on discernment and religious life.

For more information contact Sr. Colleen Smith
at (203) 988-4742 or by e-mail at
Question of the Week
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Question of the Week: The Western Christian holiday of All Saints Day is celebrated every year on November 1st.  When and by whom did this tradition start? 

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.

Post-Grad Service Reflection:
Theresa Kiblinger, '13
Salesian Lay Missioner in South Sudan

I've been making South Sudan my home for two months already!  Without a doubt, the most gratifying part of being here for two months is the relationships that each day become a little deeper and more meaningful.  From across the compound I hear, what feels like one hundred times each day, the children calling out, "How are you, Sister Theresa!?" or the popular line, "Sister, look at this one!" (pointing to a wound that needs to be bandaged).  Each greeting is paired with the biggest smile painted boldly on their faces.  I spend every evening of my weekdays playing, singing, and dancing with so many children.  We toss stones, draw pictures in the dirt, make up hand-shakes, and skip deep into the village.  Life is so simple and so joyful.


What I am realizing is the gift that God has given me in being an authentic part of these children's lives.  God sent me here for one reason.  He didn't send me here to simply bandage wounds and hand out medications.   Instead, He sent me to South Sudan to be present and to love these kiddos.   Mission is not about "doing."  It is about being and loving.  The most important thing that I can do for these kids is to offer simple moments to just be with the children and love them. 


Skill and expertise are not the aim, but the amount of heart I can pour into my work.  This is where true "success" lies, not only in mission but in the very essence of life.


 Before coming to South Sudan, I read a quote that has resonated throughout my short two months.  "The most important hour is always the present.  The most significant person is precisely the one sitting across from you right now.  The most necessary work is always love." (Meister Eckhart).  I have been doing my best to let these words guide my work and my life here.  The rule I've set for myself from the beginning of this mission is to always choose the person in front of me before anything else.  If I want to check Facebook to see what everyone is up to at home, but a little rascal wants to play, the internet can wait so that the child can be loved now.  I need to constantly put people first because they are what really matter.  Each day, these amazing kids teach me valuable life lessons.  They call me to be present and to love just as Christ Himself loved.  They reinforce one simple idea that I have been taught over and over again but rarely  observed in such a concrete way:  My vocation is to love.


Despite the language barrier and the moments of frustration and hesitation that naturally come each day, I am so deeply and peacefully happy here.  I am exactly where I am supposed to be, without question.


I strive to live simply and intentionally in every moment I am blessed with in South Sudan.  With two months down, I can only hope and pray to take in and appreciate every moment in the next year and a half with these sweet children and loving adults who have already taught me to view the world through different eyes.

Check it Out!

  The Office of Mission and Ministry is now on Facebook! 

Take a minute to visit and "Like" the Mission and Ministry Facebook page at:  Rockhurst University Mission & Ministry Office

Prayer for the Week

A Prayer for Autumn Days

By Sr. Joyce Rupp, OSM


God of the seasons, there is a time for everything; there is a time for dying and a time for rising.  We need courage to enter into the transformation process.


God of autumn, the trees are saying goodbye to their green, letting go of what has been.  We, too, have our moments of surrender, with all their insecurity and risk.  Help us to let go when we need to do so.


God of fallen leaves lying in colored patterns on the ground, our lives have their own patterns.  As we see the patterns of our own growth, may we learn from them.


God of misty days and harvest moon nights, there is always the dimension of mystery and wonder in our lives.  We always need to recognize your power-filled presence.  May we gain strength from this.


God of harvest wagons and fields of ripened grain, many gifts of growth lie within the season of our surrender.  We must wait for harvest in faith and hope.  Grant us patience when we do not see the blessings.


God of geese going south for another season, your wisdom enables us to know what needs to be left  behind and what needs to be carried into the future.   

We yearn for insight and vision.


God of flowers touched with frost and windows wearing white designs, may your love keep our hearts from growing cold in the empty seasons.


God of life, you believe in us, you enrich us, you entrust us with the freedom to choose life.  For all this, we are grateful. 

In This Issue
Student 6pm Mass
Eucharistic Adoration
CLC Retreat
ROTR Leader Apps
All Saints Day
Mass with Bishop, Proivincial and President
Mass of Remembrance
Miller Service Apps
A Slice of Life
Question of Week
Check it Out
Theresa Kiblinger '13
A Prayer
This Week in
Campus Ministry


Sunday, October 27th
: Mass (MC)


Monday, October 28th

CLC Retreat Registration Deadline

Noon: Mass (MC)

12:30-10:00pm: Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament 

4pm: LIFT (CMC)

8:30-10:00pm: Reconciliation (MC)

10:10pm: Mass (MC)


Tuesday, October 29th

Noon: Mass (MC)

4:30pm: Pasta and Prayer (MC) 


Wednesday, October 30th

ROTR Leader Application Deadline

Noon: Mass (MC)

10:10pm: Mass (MC)


Thursday, October 31st

Noon: Mass (MC)

10:10pm: Mass (MC)


November is a Month of Remembrance  


Friday, November 1st

All Saints Day

Noon: Mass (MC)


Saturday, November 2nd

All Souls Day


Sunday, November 3rd

6pm: Mass with the Bishop, Provincial and President (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