The Companion

Weekly E-Bulletin of
Rockhurst University's Campus Ministry

November 10, 2013
Today: 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
Friday: Vocation Night for Men
 Come for a men's informal chat with food and conversation on vocation.
 Friday, November 15th at 5pm on Claver East. 
Please RSVP to Fr. John.
Senior Day of Reflection
Muffin Mix Drive
Each year the Seton Center collects food for the holidays to feed over 1000 families. Annually, Rockhurst University helps by collecting boxes of Muffin Mix to donate to this drive. This year you can place your donations in the boxes located in Massman, the Library, and in the Residence Halls, or else you can drop off a monetary donation, or muffin mix, to the Center for Service Learning Office (Van Ackeren 200G) to purchase the boxes of muffin mix. The Muffin Mix Drive will take place from November 4th to November 24th! 
Question of the Week
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Question of the Week: What are the seven books in the Old Testament that are only found in Catholic Bibles and not found in Protestant Bibles?
Last Week's Answer: Oops!  We forgot to include a question.  Our apologies for the missed opportunity to enjoy a free twister!

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.

Here's to You
CLC retreatants and the coordinators who planned the event!
Post-Grad Volunteer Reflection:
Julie Sahaida, 13', Jesuit Volunteer in Camden, NJ
I live in Camden, New Jersey, infamously known as the poorest and most dangerous city in America. The physical poverty alone is staggering. The city is filled with potholes, abandoned houses, and gang-tagged graffiti walls. But the physical poverty pales in comparison to the emotional and mental poverty, as prostitutes occupy the south side and the open air drug market pervades the north side, where I live. Children are exploited, some as young as 12 years old are transformed into gang "soldiers" so they can make enough money to support their families, many of which have absent fathers and mothers who became pregnant as teenagers. Suburban addicts stream into the city, slaves to the drugs that consume these dejected nine square miles, this "city invincible," as Walt Whitman described it. Tent city is occupied by more homeless addicts, who live in a world of survival - living to get their next meal and their next fix.



I work for a teen outreach center called LUCY "Lifting Up Camden's Youth," and hearing the stories of the youth breaks my heart every day. Some of these kids have been through more horrific experiences than I can imagine, many dealing with PTSD after witnessing violence in their homes, at school, and on the streets. Some find out they are undocumented when they begin applying for jobs and colleges. Whenever we serve food at youth nights, I always notice a few who go back for third and fourth servings because it will be the most wholesome meal of their day, or maybe even their week. The heartbreaking stories in Camden are endless. There are just too many injustices stacked against these kids from the minute they were born, while kids in the neighboring suburbs just 15 minutes away have every opportunity one could dream of right in front of them.


Being faced with such potent disillusionment, I have discovered how important it is to be intentional about finding purpose in my daily experiences. It took me a while to realize my main purpose here because it didn't seem all that impactful at first, and that is the ministry of presence. It's simply showing up every day. Sometimes I feel defeated because I can't fix their problems like I so badly want to, and I often feel like my words fall short. But I CAN show up every day and provide some consistency in their lives. Many don't hear "I love you" much less anything positive in Camden's broken homes and schools. The best way I can serve this population during my time here is by being a dependable figure and affirming them; by showing the youth through my daily words and actions that they are loved and they are beautiful exactly the way they are.


This poem has been my mantra that I continuously return to when I'm feeling discouraged. It sums up so wonderfully what God's call has been to me this year:


With That Moon Language

Admit something: Everyone you see, you say to them, "Love me."

Of course you do not do this out loud, otherwise someone would call the cops.

Still though, think about this, this great pull in us to connect. Why not become the one who lives with a full moon in each eye that is always saying, with that sweet moon language, What every other eye in this world is dying to hear?


Check it Out!

Looking for something new in your prayer life?

Check out Prayer Windows,

a site that invites individuals to pray with art.

The More You Know

Monday, November 11th is Veterans Day.  On this day, we encourage you to pause in prayer for all who have served in the military, their loved ones and all who are impacted by the tragedy of war.  The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' website includes a number of prayers to commemorate Veteran's Day. 

Prayer for the Week
Occupy Our Calendars
  by Walter Brueggemann


Our times are in your hands:

            but we count our times for us;

                        we count our days and fill them with us;

                        we count our weeks and fill them with our busyness;

                        we count our years and fill them with our fears.

And then caught up short with your claim,

            our times are in your hands!

Take our times, times of love and times of weariness,

take them all, bless them and break them,

            give them to us again,

                        slow paced and eager,

                        fixed in your readiness for our neighbor.

            Occupy our calendars,

            flood us with itsy-bitsy, daily kairoi,

            in the name of your fleshed kairos.  Amen.


In This Issue
A Slice of Life
Vocation for Men
Vocation for Men
Vocation for Men
Question of Week
Here's to You
Here's to You
Check it Out
The More You Know
A Prayer
This Week in
Campus Ministry


November is a Month of Remembrance


Sunday, November 10th

6pm: Student Mass (SFX)

7pm: A Slice of Life (Jesuit Res)


Monday, November 11th

Veteran's Day

Noon: Mass (MC)

8:30pm: Reconciliation (MC) 

10:10pm: Mass (MC)


Tuesday, November 12th 

Noon: Mass (MC)

4:30pm: Pasta and Prayer (MC) 


Wednesday, November 13th

Noon: Mass of Remembrance (MC)

10:10pm: Mass (MC)


Thursday, November 14th

Noon: Mass (MC)

7:00pm: Bucket List (Mas 250)

10:10pm: Mass (MC)


Friday, November 15th

5pm: Vocation Night for Men


Saturday, November 16th

Ignatian Family Teach-In


Sunday, November 17th

Ignatian Family Teach-In

6pm: Student 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