The Companion

Weekly E-Bulletin of
Rockhurst University's Campus Ministry

December 15, 2013
Retreat on the Rock
 Here is more information and the registration form for Retreat on the Rock!  
Before You Leave... Two Reminders
1. If you are going on a spring break service trip and haven't done the following already, please stop by Massman 3 to complete a MBTI survey before you leave for the semester.


2. If you received an email from Bill about picking up your CLC t-shirt and have yet to retrieve it, please swing by Bill's office in the next couple of days.

RU raised $543.25 to help the people of the Philippines in their recovery efforts from Typhoon Haiyan. All monies will be donated to Catholic Relief Services (CRS): some of their efforts are detailed here.

Thank you! Please continue to pray for the people of the Philippines.
Question of the Week
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Question of the Week: Due to Christmas break, there is no Question of the Week this week.  Stay tuned for January!


Last Week's Answer:  The first purple candle is the candle of hope or the prophecy candle. The second purple candle is the candle of preparation or the Bethlehem candle.  The third candle, which is pink, symbolizes joy and is also known as the shepherd candle. The fourth candle is purple and symbolizes love, also known as the Angel Candle.  The fifth candle, which is white, symbolizes Christ.


Last Week's Winner: Meredith Koch!


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: Samantha Gormley, '13
Jesuit Volunteer in Ashland, MT

When I was asked to contribute a reflection, I failed to realize I would have so much to say, yet be at such a loss for words.  I mean, where to start- my community, locale, cultural experiences, the four values of JVC Northwest, my service, social justice issues, and everything in between.  To put it in the words of one of my community members, these past four months have been "everything I could never expect."  It's a year that has devoted itself to catching me off guard, and as I'm slowly adjusting to the growing pains, I realize that this is a good thing.

I'm getting ahead of myself and not relating the basics.  I am currently living as a member of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest in Ashland, Montana, just a hop, skip, and a jump from the Crow and Northern Cheyenne reservations.  I serve at Shiloh Group Home for foster youth as a tutor and big sister figure.  And honestly, the description of an older sister is probably the most accurate way I can convey what my experience of service has been like.  As anyone with siblings can tell you, there is nothing more fulfilling and satisfying, as well as painful and aggravating, as running around with those remarkably special kids.  Never could I have guessed or dreamed that as part of my year of service I would listen to an eleven-year old make his own contributions to his history book by replacing every adjective and noun with cheesy and cheese as he read aloud. Nor could I have guessed that it would be part of my responsibilities to help clean cars, in addition to other chores, or judge dives when we go to the pool.  The fights, laughter, tears, excitement, tedium, and surprises (good and bad) that accompany any family experience can be found daily here at Shiloh Lodge.  And just like anything worthwhile, family is hard at times.  If you can point out someone who wouldn't get upset when their fellow volunteer is told not to touch anything because she will infect it with her "whiteness" and you are just as white as she is, then you are currently pointing at a saint.  I can tell you from experience that it does nothing to boost confidence points when you are simply trying to help a youth with homework and are told that there is no way you could help because you are an outsider.  There are some days that are simply so frustrating that you want to lock yourself away, scream or cry until blue in the face, and never come out again.  And the feeling is mutual- the youth are quite unafraid to let us know what they really think of us and it is not a rare occasion that they beat the other volunteer or I to a temper tantrum.  But you start to live for the days when your heart just melts with their sweetness and joy, their attention and openness to you, and you plot how you're going to pack them in your suitcase at the end of the service year.  And from all this, the good and the bad, I have gleaned one thing: it is out of my hands.  I've done what I can do, and that's what really matters when it's all said and done.  They may hate my guts at the end of the day, but hey, there's a whole new day tomorrow.  That's the best thing about kids - they are all about clean slates and fresh starts.  So as each day comes to a close, I have to remember to tell myself, no matter how great or awful the day, it's out of my hands.  The day, the problems, the successes, the kids themselves - none of it belongs in my hands anyway.  In fact, I couldn't think of a worse place for them to be.  They all belong in my heart and that's where I prefer for them to be.  That's the truth of service - the hands, the doing, is not what is valuable during my time here, as helpful as it may be.  The heart, the being, is a place of greater caring, love, and compassion.  I may do nothing but play cards with one of the kiddos all day because that's what he or she has asked of me, and if that's all I do, then that is the greatest good I could have done: to simply be with him or her.  I can't be with my hands; that's a task only the heart is capable of.  And to just be is the greatest good I have yet achieved. 

I am wishing all my fellow Hawks the best this holiday season and pray that you allow yourself to be open to whatever exciting challenges and paths reveal themselves to you at the Rock.  Be joyful, be reflective, be caught off guard.  

Christmas Break
We hope you enjoy an abundantly blessed Christmas and New Year! 
Know of our prayers for you and for all of your loved ones. 
Prayer for the Week

Lord God, we adore you because you have come to us in the past.

 You have spoken to us in the Law of Israel.

 You have challenged us in the words of the prophets.

 You have shown us in Jesus what you are really like.


Lord God, we adore you because you still come to us now.

 You come to us through other people and their love and concern for us.

 You come to us through men and women who need our help.

 You come to us as we worship you with your people.


Lord God, we adore you because you will come to us at the end.

 You will be with us at the hour of death.

 You will still reign supreme when all human institutions fail.

 You will still be God when our history has run its course.


We welcome you, the God who comes.

 Come to us now in the power of Jesus Christ our Lord.

In This Issue
Retreat on the Rock
Before You Leave
Question of Week
Post-Grad Reflection
Christmas Break
This Week in
Campus Ministry


Sun, Dec 15th

3rd Sunday of Advent

6pm: Mass(SFX)


Mon, Dec 16th

Noon: Mass (MC)

8:30pm: Reconciliation (MC) 

10:10pm: Mass (MC)


Tues, Dec 17th

Noon: Mass (MC)


Wed, Dec 18th

Start of Chrismas Break!

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