The Companion

Weekly E-Bulletin of
Rockhurst University's Campus Ministry

December 8, 2013
Sunday: Winter Service Trip Blessing
Join us for the 6pm Student Mass at St. Francis Xavier.  The celebration will include a special blessing of the students and the faculty and staff companions participating in the winter break service immersion trips to New Orleans and Nicaragua.  


Monday: Feast of the Immaculate Conception

As December 8th was a Sunday this year, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception will be celebrated on Monday, December 9th and is not a holy day of obligation.  Masses will be offered in the Mabee Chapel at 12noon and 10:10pm. 

Monday: Retreat on the Rock 
Registration Forms Available
Registration form for Retreat on the Rock!
Service Trip Reminder
 If you are going on a spring break service trip, don't forget to
stop by Patti Halter's desk in Massman 3 to complete a Myers-Briggs
Type Inventory.  Please allot 15 minutes for this, and make sure
it's taken care of by the week's end.
Question of the Week
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Question of the Week: What do the purple and rose colors of the candles in an Advent wreath symbolize?
Last Week's Answer: True.  Advent is a time of preparing both for Christ's birth and for Christ's second coming.
Last Week's Winner: Josh Goralski!

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: Liz Leake, '13
Jesuit Volunteer in Scranton, PA
The State of In(Dependence) 


I have considered myself a pretty independent person for most of my life. I knew I would have to be very independent as I entered JVC being nearly 800 miles from home in a new city and practically living with strangers from other parts of the U.S. When I crossed over the State-line, I vividly remember seeing the "Welcome to Pennsylvania!" sign. The words "State of Independence" were written below. This really struck me and I thought it was very fitting for the newest chapter of my life. So here I am on this independent journey, out of my Missouri comfort zone. I have been in Scranton, PA for a total of three months already, which is hard to believe.  After transitioning to a new state, I've realized how self-sufficient I am without my family and friends nearby. But I have also realized how I am starting to feel dependent on others. Since I do not have a car to drive here, I get picked up in the morning from a supervisor at work and picked up in the afternoon by one of my roommates who also and from work everyday for the next year. Without them, I would not have a direct way to get to work or I would have to walk a couple miles. I am greatly appreciative of their offering of rides so freely. It's an adjustment, but it led me to think about the clients I have already been working with at job placement, St. Joseph's Center Adult Day Program. These clients are over the age of 21 with severe and profound intellectual and physical disabilities. Most are non-verbal, in wheelchairs, and exhibit some behaviors. St. Joe's gives direct care to nearly 200

 individuals 24/7. This includes oral care, bathing, nutrition, shelter, clothing, works at St. Joseph's Center. It hit me that I have to rely on others for transportation to my job, something I have never dealt with. I already feel guilty that others have to leave a little earlier or spend time waiting to pick me up. I will depend on them to get to and medical care.  A majority of these individuals cannot verbalize their choices, cannot ambulate, and cannot hold a spoon to eat. This makes them reliant on others to care for them. Without the numerous staff, nurses, therapists, caregivers, and now me, these individuals would not be able to meet their daily needs independently.  Each day and night employees attend to the human needs that you and I take for granted, the things we do not even have to think about as we are doing them. We get to make 

conscious decisions every single day about what outfit to wear, what to eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks, what time we want to take a shower, what TV show to watch, and what time go to bed.  Dependence does not make them less than you or me. It allows for more present and intentional care, and love that all of these individuals with intellectual and physical delays deserve because they are human and they should be treated with dignity and respect like everyone else on this Earth. Because these individuals will depend on me every day for the next year, I will strive to be my best self and allow my abilities to aid their daily needs. My goals while working with the clients are to embrace our differences, to work together and learn from one another, to find trust and comfort, and to share the love we are all entitled to feel. Not only has my independence and choice to move to Scranton, PA allowed for others to depend on me, but it has allowed me to depend on others near and far.

Prayer for the Week

Pope Francis concludes "Evangelii Gaudium" (The Joy of the Gospel) with a prayer for the intercession of Mary as the church evangelizes. He writes of her presence at the stable in Bethlehem and the cross at Gologotha. "She is the woman whose heart was pierced by a sword and who understands all our pain," he writes. "As mother of all, she is a sign of hope for peoples suffering the birth pangs of justice."

Posted November 27, 2013 l Copyright 2013, Center of Concern 


Mary, Virgin and Mother,

you who, moved by the Holy Spirit,

welcomed the word of life

in the depths of your humble faith:

as you gave yourself completely to the Eternal One,

help us to say our own "yes"

to the urgent call, as pressing as ever,

to proclaim the good news of Jesus.


Filled with Christ's presence, 

you brought joy to John the Baptist,

making him exult in the womb of his mother.

Brimming over with joy,

you sang of the great things done by God.

Standing at the foot of the cross

with unyielding faith,

you received the joyful comfort of the resurrection, 

and joined the disciples in awaiting the Spirit

so that the evangelizing Church might be born.


Obtain for us now a new ardour born of the resurrection,

that we may bring to all the Gospel of life

which triumphs over death.

Give us a holy courage to seek new paths,

that the gift of unfading beauty

may reach every man and woman.


Virgin of listening and contemplation,

Mother of love, Bride of the eternal wedding feast,

pray for the Church, whose pure icon you are, 

that she may never be closed in on herself 

or lose her passion for establishing God's kingdom.


Star of the new evangelization, 

help us to bear radiant witness to communion,

service, ardent and generous faith,

justice and love of the poor,

that the joy of the Gospel

may reach to the ends of the earth,

illuminating even the fringes of our world.


Mother of the living Gospel,

wellspring of happiness for God's little ones, 

pray for us.


Amen. Alleluia!



In This Issue
Service Trip Blessing
Immaculate Conception
Retreat on the Rock
Service Trip Reminder
Question of Week
Post-Grad Reflection
This Week in
Campus Ministry


Sunday, Dec 8th

2nd Sunday of Advent

6pm: Student Mass, Rite of Welcome, and Winter Service Trip Blessing(SFX)


Monday, Dec 9th

Feast of Immaculate Conception

Noon: Mass (MC)

8:30pm: Reconciliation (MC) 

10:10pm: Mass (MC)


Tuesday, Dec 10th

Study, Study, Study!

Noon: Mass (MC)

4:30pm: Pasta and Prayer (MC, CMC)


Wed, Dec 11th

Final Exams!

Noon: Mass (MC)

10:10pm: Mass (MC)


Thursday, Dec 12th

Final Exams

Noon: Mass (MC)

10:10pm: Mass (MC)


Friday, Dec 13th

Final Exams

Noon: Mass (MC)


Sunday, Dec 15th

3rd Sunday of Advent

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