The Companion

Weekly E-Bulletin of
Rockhurst University's Campus Ministry

November 17, 2013
Senior Day of Reflection


Senior Day of Reflection Registration Form 

Leftovers with Love Hot Cocoa Drive
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! 
The Philippines


Thank you to all who donated last week.  Please continue to keep the people of the Philippines - those who lost their lives and those recovering from the devastating typhoon - and all who seek to assist them in your prayers.


Question of the Week
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Question of the Week: Some members of the Rockhurst community are spending this weekend in Washington, D.C. at the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice.  What is the Ignatian Family Teach-In? 
Last Week's Answer: The seven books found in the Old Testament of the Catholic Bible and not the Protestant Bible are known as the Apocrypha or Deuterocanonical books: Tobit, Judith, Wisdom, Sirach, Baruch, I and II Maccabees, and Esther.

Last Week's Winner: Joanna VanPelt!

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.

Last Week's Enders Game and Catholic Social Teaching
Post-Grad Volunteer Reflection:
Kevin Roy, '13, Alum Service Corps in Denver Colorado

I guess I should tell you about the first time I climbed a mountain.  Before I do though I should also mention I have used the analogy of climbing a mountain for all the little bumps I have gone through in my life.  I had absolutely no idea what it actually meant to climb a mountain, but I figured it had to be pretty rough.  I quickly learned that 'pretty rough' was a very nice way of putting it.  If I had really known what it meant to climb a mountain I probably would not have said "I have a mountain of work to do" when describing the 5 page paper and the 2 tests I had in the same week in college.
The idea to climb Mount Bierstadt came a week after a group from Arrupe had decided to take on the hike.  The 
Regis Jesuit Alum Service Corps community figured we could take on the mountain that rises to an elevation of 14,065 feet, officially making it one of Colorado's 53 "fourteeners."

The trek started off simple enough, walking past a beautiful lake and going on a trail with a slight incline.  Once the incline took us higher, the air started to become thinner.  When we passed the tree line, I knew we had to breathe deep to get some oxygen.  As we went up the path, I kept looking up to the highest point I could see.  I had realized this was not the top of Bierstadt, but rather it was a false summit and even more of the mountain lay beyond that.  The false summit became my goal, and when we reached it we sat in the grass and looked up toward the peak of the mountain.  The distance looked like double what we had already traveled and with an even steeper slope.  The real challenge and climb had begun.

In each step I took, I told myself this is the highest I have ever been. Every ten steps my lungs and legs would tell me to stop.  It was during these breaks, these many, many breaks, that I would look around at the beauty and awesomeness that surrounded me.  I could see for miles and was amazed at the magnificence of the giants I stood by.  One of the greatest parts of the climb was that I never felt I could not finish.  I realized I needed the breaks, but the mountain kept pushing me up to its top.

I am going to use the analogy of climbing a mountain once again, this time I'm using it to describe the month leading up to the first day of teaching.  Between ASC boot camp and faculty meetings at Regis Jesuit I felt I had my first day of class covered.  I felt prepared and ready.  But the first day became the false summit.  I had been working toward that one day, and in reality I had a whole year.  But like Bierstadt I feel like I am being pushed to something higher, and I am constantly looking around at the beauty of the experience I am having.

I am continually experiencing amazing things on this journey I am on.  Both from the students I'm surrounded by and the mountains.  Just this past weekend I have seen a group of young 'Rowdies' keep a crowd of students energized for an entire football game.  The very next day I went into the mountains and really understood what Katherine Lee Bates meant when she wrote "for purple mountains majesties." As the sun set and I saw the mountains change to a dark purple. I am so excited and look forward to all the experiences I will encounter on this adventure as an ASC.

The More You Know: The Jesuit Martyrs of El Salvador
Yesterday marked the 24th anniversary of the murders of six Jesuits, their housekeeper and her daughter at the University of Central America in San Salvador, El Salvador. 
To learn more about them and their witness to peace and justice, read this brief article.
Prayer for the Week

God of freedom, God of justice

You whose love is strong as death

You who saw the dark of prison,

You who knew the price of faith -

            Touch our world of sad oppression

            With your Spirit's healing breath.


Rid the earth of torture's terror

You whose hands were nailed to wood;

Hear the cries of pain and protest;

You who shed the tears and blood -

            Move in us the power of pity

            Restless for the common good.


Make in us a captive conscience

Quick to hear, to act, to please;

Make us truly sisters, brothers

Of whatever race or creed -

            Teach us to be fully human,

            Open to each other's needs.


-Shirley Erena Murray

In This Issue
Senior Day of Reflection
Leftovers with Love Hot Cocoa Drive
Muffin Mix Drive
The Philippines
Question of Week
Enders Game and CST
Post Grad Reflection
The More You Know
A Prayer
This Week in
Campus Ministry


November is a Month of Remembrance


Sunday, November 17th

Ignatian Family Teach-In

6pm: Student Mass (SFX)


Monday, November 18th

Ignatian Family Teach-In

Noon: Mass (MC)

8:30pm: Reconciliation (MC) 

10:10pm: Mass (MC)


Tuesday, November 19th 

Noon: Mass (MC)

4:30pm: Pasta and Prayer (MC) 


Wednesday, November 20th

Noon: Mass of Remembrance (MC)

10:10pm: Mass (MC)


Thursday, November 21st

Noon: Mass (MC)

10:10pm: Mass (MC)


Sunday, November 24th

Last day for Muffin Mix Drive

12:30: Senior Day of Reflection

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