The Companion

Weekly E-Bulletin of
Rockhurst University's Campus Ministry

August 17, 2014
WELCOME, New Students!
From the Director's Desk . . .

I would like to welcome each of you to the Rockhurst University experience.  The Campus Ministry staff looks forward to meeting each of you in the days ahead.  No matter what faith you profess, you are welcome to participate in all Campus Ministry programs. 


In addition to liturgies and prayer services, we provide many opportunities for you to get connected----retreats, service, CLC's (Christian Life Communities), Pasta & Prayer, Liturgical Ministry, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and many more. Several of our programs have been started or become strengthened because of students sharing their ideas.  So, we welcome all of your dreams and desires that you bring with you! 


My hope and prayer for you is that you will be attentive to God's dynamic action in your life as you start this new chapter in your faith journey!


Maureen Henderson

We want to hear from YOU!

Registration for Campus Ministry is open! 


Whether you are a new or returning student, we would love to have you register and let us know how you would like to get involved.  You may do so through our website or at the Ice Cream social.

Work Study Positions

 Are you eligible for the work study program?   

Consider working with Campus Ministry!


Work studies perform a variety of important tasks for Campus Ministry including coordinating volunteers, providing clerical support, caring for chapels & meeting places, creating advertising, and more.


Positions will fill quickly so don't delay!   


Fill out the application, attach your class schedule and deliver to Cindy Schmersal in the basement of Massman. 

Questions? Email Cindy Schmersal.
Church Companion
Campus Ministry is happy to help non-Catholic students locate a local community of faith with which to worship. So that we may best assist you with this, please complete our "Church Companion" form.

If you already have a local community of faith with which you worship and would be open to have interested students attend with you, please also complete the "Church Companion" form.
Frosh Get-A-Way

Space is limited.  Click here to sign up.

Questions?  Contact Cindy.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
10:10 Mass
Campus Ministry Game Night

Join us on Satday, August 23rd from 8:00pm until midnight
at the Campus Ministry Center (CMC), located at 5134 Forest for our annual start-of-the-year game night.


We will have games galore, plenty of food and a lot of fun.


We look forward to seeing you there!

Ice Cream Social

On Sunday, August 24th, we will celebrate our first 6pm Student Mass of the academic year at St. Francis Xavier.  We invite you to join us for Liturgy and to remain after for our annual ice cream social that follows on the parish lawn.


The social is an opportunity to learn about the various Campus Ministry groups with which you can become involved. 


Campus Ministry, SAB and SAAC invite you to head on over to the men's soccer game against UMKC after enjoying your ice cream. Go Hawks!

LIFT: Ladies in Faith Together
   Our first gathering is Monday, August 25th. See you there!
Pasta and Prayer


Pasta and Prayer kicks off next week on Tuesday, August 26th.  We look forward to having you join us!

Sacrament of Reconciliation
For Those Considering Becoming Catholic
Do you attend Mass but wonder about why Catholics do certain things? Would you like to deepen  your own faith and understanding of the Roman Catholic faith?  Join St. Francis Xavier for RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation)/Catechumenate classes - no strings attached!  The process includes prayer and worship, presentations on our beliefs and practices, assigned readings, videos, small group discussions, service opportunities, and LOTS of time for "Questions and Answers."  

For more information contact Fr. John Craig, SJ.

Cura Personalis:
The Year's Theme

This year, as a university community, we will uniquely engage the core value of Cura Personalis, the theme for this academic year.


What is Cura Personalis?

A hallmark of Ignatian spirituality and therefore of Jesuit education, Cura Personalis is an attitude of respect for the dignity of each individual, one's self included.  It derives from the Judeo-Christian vision of human beings as unique creations of humanity, and of human destiny as ultimate communion with God in everlasting life.


At Rockhurst University, we are committed to caring for others in and outside of the classroom; therefore, we strive to help people:

  • understand their inherent human dignity
  • reach their greatest potential
  • share their experience and knowledge with others
  • act in a way that reflects this growth
A Prayer
A Prayer for College Students
- Cardinal John Henry Newman

God has created me to do some definite service; God has committed some work to me which has not yet been committed to another.  I have my mission -- I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next.

I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons.
God has not created me for naught.  I shall do good.  I shall do God's work.  I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place.

Whatever, wherever I am, I can never be thrown away.  If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve the Lord; in perplexity, my perplexity may serve the Lord; if I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve the Lord.  God does nothing in vain.  Therefore I will trust the Lord.


If you have a favorite prayer that you would like to share with the campus community, feel free to pass it along to Cindy Schmersal so that it may be considered for inclusion in this section of "The Companion."
In This Issue
Register with CM
Work Study Positions
Church Companion
Frosh Get-A-Way
Eucharistic Adoration
10:10 Mass
Game Night
Ice Cream Social
Pasta and Prayer
A Prayer
This Week in
Campus Ministry


Sunday, August 17th  

New Student Orientation
12:15pm: Welcome Mass (SFX)
2:00pm-5:00pm: Finucane Service Project


Monday, August 18th  

New Student Orientation 

Noon: Mass (MC)


Tuesday, August 19th

New Student Orientation 

Noon: Mass (MC)


Wednesday, August 20th

Happy 1st Day of Classes! 

Noon: Mass (MC)

9:00-10:00pm: Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament (MC)

10:10pm: Mass (MC)     


Thursday, August 21st

Noon: Mass (MC)

9:00-10:00pm: Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament (MC)
10:10pm: Mass (MC) 


Friday, August 22nd

Noon: Mass (MC)   


Saturday, August 23rd

8:00p,-12:00am: Game Night (CMC)

Sunday, August 24th

CLC Leader Potluck

6:00pm: Mass (SFX)
7:00pm: Ice Cream Social and Campus Ministry Activities Fair (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