The Companion

Weekly E-Bulletin of
Rockhurst University's Campus Ministry

March 9, 2014

From the Director's Desk


A Lenten Reflection


What can we do to refresh our heart, and heat up our soul? What can we do to "jumpstart" our faith life?


Lent is here and is a time for us to ask ourselves, "What are we going to do this Lent?" or "What are we going to 'give up' this Lent?".   

 Now, those of you who know me know that I strongly encourage you to "DO" rather than "give up" (or to do some of both). 


So, I pose a challenge to you---In the spirit of "DOING"----- dream with me a little....




We know that the Eucharist is the most binding element of our faith.  We know that it places Christ with us and in us in the closest way possible.  So what about making an effort to attend daily Mass during Lent?  What about trying for twice a week?




Think for a moment about the last time you received the Eucharist and how you felt---


    ... humble

       ... peaceful

          ... forgiving

             ... powerful


                  ... open

                    ... loving

                      ... (you fill in the blank)

WHAT IF...?   

We know that daily Eucharist can help keep our faith lives "jumpstarted".  There are so many temptations and challenges in the world we live in that make it easy for us to lose our focus.  But with that daily dose of Eucharist we can stay more centered.


WHAT IF...?        You went to daily Mass...your roommate went daily...your best friend also went.... your fraternity brother went.... your advisor went also.... your favorite teacher was there...


WHAT IF...?          More of the Rockhurst community shared this Feast together?     What could our campus look like, feel like, act like...?




Would it make a difference---I don't know, but I'd like to challenge us to use this Lenten season as an experiment.




Daily Mass is offered:

7AM at SFX Chapel

11AM at SFX Chapel

12 Noon in Mabee Chapel

10:10PM on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday in Mabee Chapel 

A PSA: Spring Forward
March 9th marks the beginning of Daylight Savings Time.  Don't forget to move your clocks forward an hour!

This Tuesday: Stations of the Cross 
Pasta and Prayer this week:
Join us in the Mabee Chapel for Stations of the Cross  
 followed by a delicious meal in the CMC. 
This Thursday: Service Trip Send Off
 Thursday, March 13th


Mabee Chapel

Join us to prayerfully send-off the students and faculty and staff companions participating in Spring Break Service Immersion Trips!

Upcoming Sundays
 Due to Spring Break, there is no 6pm mass on Sunday, March 16th.  The 6pm mass on Sunday, March 23rd will take place in the Mabee Chapel.

Have a safe, rejuvenating and blessed break!
Lenten Almsgiving
Mary Schletzbaum, a May 2013 Rockhurst University graduate,
is currently in Tanzania serving as a Jesuit Volunteer at Saint Peter Claver High School.  This Jesuit school is excited to begin its fourth year, though
construction of the campus continues as the school grows; many unfinished projects await funding.  One such project is the bathroom.  Right now there are not enough toilets to even begin to accommodate the 600+ students and teachers that are on campus.  Adding to this problem is the issue of frequent flooding in the current bathrooms when they are overused or when there is a heavy rain that washes the septic back up through the floor.  The dream is to install flush toilets (an upgrade from the manual-flush ceramic drop toilets currently in use) and a much improved,
more hygienic and environmentally 
friendly septic system. 
Estimated Project Cost: $2500. 

Kudos to all who worked so hard to make Karaoke for a Cause an absolute success, raising over $1000 to benefit Toilets for Tanzania!
Frosh-Get-A-Way Leader Applications Now Available 
CLC Leadership 

If you are interested in serving in a CLC Leadership role, please attend a short informational meeting Wednesday, March 12th at 4:30pm in SCI 315. 

Lumberjack Service Retreat 





Applications available: Monday, March 3

Apps due: Wednesday, April 2

Deposit Due: April 14

Meetings begin: Week of April 14   


Men's and Women's Day of Service 

Join us for the Men's and Women's Day of Service on Saturday, March 29th. 
The men will spend the day serving with Habitat for Humanity and the women with Amethyst Place and NewHouse Shelter. 
The day will conclude in the late afternoon with shared reflection and a meal. 
Learn more here and sign up soon.
Millar Service Scholarship Application
6pm Mass Hospitality
If your student org is interested in providing hospitality for a 6pm Sunday evening student mass, contact Cindy Schmersal.  A few spaces remain for this semester and a number are still available for the fall.


Rosary for Life
Soup and Spirituality 2014: Saints of the Americas

Sponsored by St. Francis Xavier Parish Adult Faith Formation Committee

Rockhurst Community Center

6:00-7:30 pm


Wednesday, March 19th:  Stephanie Pino Dressman:  St. Damien of Molkoi

Wednesday, March 26th: Dirk Dunfee, S.J.:  Sister Dorothy Stang, SND

Wednesday, April 2nd: Bill Sheahan, S.J.: St. Alberto Hurtado, S.J.

Wednesday, April 9th: Bonnie Hagharian:  Dorothy Day


Join us for a simple soup supper followed by engaging presentations on four "saints" who have truly been "Christ for others."  For more information contact Mariann McCormally (816-523-5115 x 204 or

Campus Ministry Survey

 Thank you for taking the time to share your experiences, insights, feedback and ideas on Campus Ministry and its offerings.  

Your input is essential and very much valued!

Pope Francis's 2014 Lenten Message

He became poor,

so that by his poverty you might become rich

(cf. 2 Cor 8:9)


Dear Brothers and Sisters,


As Lent draws near, I would like to offer some helpful thoughts on our path of conversion as individuals and as a community. These insights are inspired by the words of Saint Paul: "For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich" (2 Cor 8:9). The Apostle was writing to the Christians of Corinth to encourage them to be generous in helping the faithful in Jerusalem who were in need. What do these words of Saint Paul mean for us Christians today? What does this invitation to poverty, a life of evangelical poverty, mean for us today?


1. Christ's grace


First of all, it shows us how God works. He does not reveal himself cloaked in worldly power and wealth but rather in weakness and poverty: "though He was rich, yet for your sake he became poor ...". Christ, the eternal Son of God, one with the Father in power and glory, chose to be poor; he came amongst us and drew near to each of us; he set aside his glory and emptied himself so that he could be like us in all things (cf. Phil 2:7; Heb 4:15). God's becoming man is a great mystery! But the reason for all this is his love, a love which is grace, generosity, a desire to draw near, a love which does not hesitate to offer itself in sacrifice for the beloved. Charity, love, is sharing with the one we love in all things. Love makes us similar, it creates equality, it breaks down walls and eliminates distances. God did this with us. Indeed, Jesus "worked with human hands, thought with a human mind, acted by human choice and loved with a human heart. Born of the Virgin Mary, he truly became one of us, like us in all things except sin." (Gaudium et Spes, 22).


By making himself poor, Jesus did not seek poverty for its own sake but, as Saint Paul says "that by his poverty you might become rich". This is no mere play on words or a catch phrase. Rather, it sums up God's logic, the logic of love, the logic of the incarnation and the cross. God did not let our salvation drop down from heaven, like someone who gives alms from their abundance out of a sense of altruism and piety. Christ's love is different! When Jesus stepped into the waters of the Jordan and was baptized by John the Baptist, he did so not because he was in need of repentance, or conversion; he did it to be among people who need forgiveness, among us sinners, and to take upon himself the burden of our sins. In this way he chose to comfort us, to save us, to free us from our misery. It is striking that the Apostle states that we were set free, not by Christ's riches but by his poverty. Yet Saint Paul is well aware of the "the unsearchable riches of Christ" (Eph 3:8), that he is "heir of all things" (Heb 1:2).


So what is this poverty by which Christ frees us and enriches us? It is his way of loving us, his way of being our neighbour, just as the Good Samaritan was neighbour to the man left half dead by the side of the road (cf. Lk 10:25ff ). What gives us true freedom, true salvation and true happiness is the compassion, tenderness and solidarity of his love. Christ's poverty which enriches us is his taking flesh and bearing our weaknesses and sins as an expression of God's infinite mercy to us. Christ's poverty is the greatest treasure of all: Jesus' wealth is that of his boundless confidence in God the Father, his constant trust, his desire always and only to do the Father's will and give glory to him. Jesus is rich in the same way as a child who feels loved and who loves its parents, without doubting their love and tenderness for an instant. Jesus' wealth lies in his being the Son; his unique relationship with the Father is the sovereign prerogative of this Messiah who is poor. When Jesus asks us to take up his "yoke which is easy", he asks us to be enriched by his "poverty which is rich" and his "richness which is poor", to share his filial and fraternal Spirit, to become sons and daughters in the Son, brothers and sisters in the firstborn brother (cf. Rom 8:29).


It has been said that the only real regret lies in not being a saint (L. Bloy); we could also say that there is only one real kind of poverty: not living as children of God and brothers and sisters of Christ.


2. Our witness


We might think that this "way" of poverty was Jesus' way, whereas we who come after him can save the world with the right kind of human resources. This is not the case. In every time and place God continues to save mankind and the world through the poverty of Christ, who makes himself poor in the sacraments, in his word and in his Church, which is a people of the poor. God's wealth passes not through our wealth, but invariably and exclusively through our personal and communal poverty, enlivened by the Spirit of Christ.


In imitation of our Master, we Christians are called to confront the poverty of our brothers and sisters, to touch it, to make it our own and to take practical steps to alleviate it. Destitution is not the same as poverty: destitution is poverty without faith, without support, without hope. There are three types of destitution: material, moral and spiritual. Material destitution is what is normally called poverty, and affects those living in conditions opposed to human dignity: those who lack basic rights and needs such as food, water, hygiene, work and the opportunity to develop and grow culturally. In response to this destitution, the Church offers her help, her diakonia, in meeting these needs and binding these wounds which disfigure the face of humanity. In the poor and outcast we see Christ's face; by loving and helping the poor, we love and serve Christ. Our efforts are also directed to ending violations of human dignity, discrimination and abuse in the world, for these are so often the cause of destitution. When power, luxury and money become idols, they take priority over the need for a fair distribution of wealth. Our consciences thus need to be converted to justice, equality, simplicity and sharing.


No less a concern is moral destitution, which consists in slavery to vice and sin. How much pain is caused in families because one of their members - often a young person - is in thrall to alcohol, drugs, gambling or pornography! How many people no longer see meaning in life or prospects for the future, how many have lost hope! And how many are plunged into this destitution by unjust social conditions, by unemployment, which takes away their dignity as breadwinners, and by lack of equal access to education and health care. In such cases, moral destitution can be considered impending suicide. This type of destitution, which also causes financial ruin, is invariably linked to the spiritual destitution which we experience when we turn away from God and reject his love. If we think we don't need God who reaches out to us through Christ, because we believe we can make do on our own, we are headed for a fall. God alone can truly save and free us.


The Gospel is the real antidote to spiritual destitution: wherever we go, we are called as Christians to proclaim the liberating news that forgiveness for sins committed is possible, that God is greater than our sinfulness, that he freely loves us at all times and that we were made for communion and eternal life. The Lord asks us to be joyous heralds of this message of mercy and hope! It is thrilling to experience the joy of spreading this good news, sharing the treasure entrusted to us, consoling broken hearts and offering hope to our brothers and sisters experiencing darkness. It means following and imitating Jesus, who sought out the poor and sinners as a shepherd lovingly seeks his lost sheep. In union with Jesus, we can courageously open up new paths of evangelization and human promotion.


Dear brothers and sisters, may this Lenten season find the whole Church ready to bear witness to all those who live in material, moral and spiritual destitution the Gospel message of the merciful love of God our Father, who is ready to embrace everyone in Christ. We can do this to the extent that we imitate Christ who became poor and enriched us by his poverty. Lent is a fitting time for self-denial; we would do well to ask ourselves what we can give up in order to help and enrich others by our own poverty. Let us not forget that real poverty hurts: no self-denial is real without this dimension of penance. I distrust a charity that costs nothing and does not hurt.


May the Holy Spirit, through whom we are "as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything" (2 Cor 6:10), sustain us in our resolutions and increase our concern and responsibility for human destitution, so that we can become merciful and act with mercy. In expressing this hope, I likewise pray that each individual member of the faithful and every Church community will undertake a fruitful Lenten journey. I ask all of you to pray for me. May the Lord bless you and Our Lady keep you safe.


From the Vatican, 26 December 2013

Feast of Saint Stephen, Deacon and First Martyr


Pilgrimage to Rome
Check out this opportunity, a vocational discernment pilgrimage to Rome provided by the Apostles of the Interior Life.
Prayer for the Week

May Lent be for us

a time of learning to look,

a time of learning

to recognize the complex roots of injustice,

to recognize the Gethsemanes

in our global community.

May Lent be for us

a time of learning to become

an Easter people,

a time of learning

to recognize the deep roots of compassion,

to recognize we are called

to announce the hope of the Resurrection.


by Jane Deren, Education for Justice

In This Issue
Director's Desk
Spring Forward
Stations of Cross
Service Send Off
Upcoming Sundays
Lenten Almsgiving
FGAW Leaders
CLC Leadership
Lumberjack Retreat
Day of Service
Miller Scholarship
Mass Hospitality
Rosary for Life
Pope on Lent
This Week in
Campus Ministry


Sunday, March 9th

6:00pm: Mass (SFX)


Monday, March 10th

Noon: Mass (MC)

9:00pm: Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament (MC)

10:10pm: Mass (MC) 


Tuesday, March 11th

Noon: Mass (MC)

4:30: Pasta and Prayer (MC)

5:45-7:00pm: Reconciliation (Jesuit Residence) 

9:00pm: Rosary for Life (MC)


Wednes, March 12th

12noon: Mass (MC)

9:00pm: Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament (MC) 

10:10pm: Mass (MC)


Thurs, March 13th

12noon: Mass (MC)

3:30: Service Trip Send-off (MC)

9:00pm: Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament 

10:10pm: Mass (MC)


Friday, March 14th

Noon: Mass (MC)


Sat, March 15th- Sunday, March 23rd

Spring 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
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(816) 501-4063