The Companion

Weekly E-Bulletin of
Rockhurst University's Campus Ministry

August 31, 2014
Labor Day Weekend: Mass Schedule
Due to the Labor Day holiday, there will be no 6pm Student Mass at St. Francis Xavier.  If you are staying on campus for the long weekend, St. Francis offers 8:00 and 10:30 masses on Sunday morning.
Ignatian Heritage Week
September 7-11, 2014


6PM Mass with Fr. Hung Pham, SJ at SFX



Speaker on "Cura Personalis", Hung Pham, SJ at 4 PM in Mabee Chapel



Mass of the Holy Spirit - 10:45AM at SFX with a picnic following on Kinerk Commons



Art Presentation by Holly Schapker at 7:00PM in Greenlease Library 

Register for this event.


Come pray the Examen everyday at the Ignatius Statue at 3:30 PM

Mass of the Holy Spirit

You're invited to join other students, staff and faculty to sing in the Rockhurst Community Choir at our annual Mass of the Holy Spirit on September 9th.  You don't need a "trained" voice, just a desire to sing for the Lord!  Here are the rehearsal times:

  • Tuesday, 9/2 in the Chapel from 12_30-1:30
  • Wednesday, 9/3 in SED115 from 2:30-3:30
  • Dress Rehearsal is Monday, 9/8 in SFX from 2:30-4PM
Questions? Contact Maureen Henderson.
Silent Retreat
Questions? Contact Cindy Schmersal
CLC: Christian Life Communities
Questions? Contact Bill Kriege
Leftovers with Love

Volunteers are needed to deliver leftovers from Rockhurst's cafeteria to St. James Place soup kitchen, each Wednesday from 4 to 5:30pm.  If you need service hours (for Frosh Seminars!), want to reduce waste, or desire to serve hungry people, jump on board!  Contact Liz Humphrey to sign up: 2 volunteers are needed for each shift.

Volunteer Opportunity

St. Francis Xavier, our Jesuit parish across the street, is looking for volunteers to assist in unloading their weekly shipment of food in their food pantry.  If you're interested, contact Rebecca Hinman McKnight (a former Hawk!) at or 816-523-5115 ext 211.  Make sure to track your service hours!

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.
Issues and Controversies in Contemporary Catholicism Course

The Thomas More Center is sponsoring a one-credit hour special topics course this semester entitled "Issues and Controversies in Contemporary Catholicism."  The course features presentations by various Rockhurst University faculty members on issues pertaining to the Catholic Church today.  Students enrolled in the course will also read a book by John L. Allen - The Catholic Church: What Everyone Needs to Know - as background and reference.


The course meets on Mondays, 2:20-3:10 p.m. in Conway 205.  There are a few empty seats in the classroom if you are interested in attending any of the presentations.  Feel free to contact Dr. Rick Janet with your interest or just drop by the classroom on Mondays at 2:20.  Here is a listing of the topics and presenters for each Monday meeting.  

Free Commonweal Magazine Subscription

Commonweal is an independent journal of religion, politics and culture edited by lay Catholics.  Current undergraduate and graduate students may signup for free subscriptions through visiting:

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.

A Prayer

Submitted by student Jeremy Adkins, this prayer by St. Francis of Assisi got Jeremy through a lot of tough times as a medic in Iraq.


Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
...where there is injury, pardon;
...where there is doubt, faith;
...where there is despair, hope;
...where there is darkness, light;
...where there is sadness, joy;

O Master, grant that I may not so much seek be consoled as to console; be understood as to understand; be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive; is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
...and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. 

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
Labor Day
Ignatian Heritage Week
Mass of the Holy Spirit
Silent Retreat
Leftovers with Love
Volunteer Opportunity
Church Companion
Special Topics Course
Free Subscription
A Prayer
This Week in
Campus Ministry


Sunday, August 31st 

Labor Day

No 6pm Mass


Monday, September 1st   

Labor Day


Tuesday, September 2nd  

Noon: Mass (MC)

4:30pm: Pasta and Prayer (MC)

5:45-6:45pm: Reconciliation (Jesuit Residence)


Weds, September 3rd

Noon: Mass (MC)

3:00-4:30pm: Sophomore Jump (Quad)

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

10:10pm: Mass (MC)     


Thurs, September 4th 

Noon: Mass (MC)

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

10:10pm: Mass (MC) 


Friday, September 5th

Noon: Mass (MC)   

Sunday, September 7th 

FGAW Team Day

6pm: 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