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Lent @ SAU

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lentTo paraphrase Fr. Chuck, Lent is a wonderful season which allows us an opportunity to open our hearts to one another and for us to receive God into our lives more fully.  There are many different opportunities and ways that we can observe this season of Lent.  Be sure to mark your calendars for all kinds of ways to grow in Faith Learning Justice.



Ash Wednesday is February 18. Masses will be offered at 12 Noon, 4:30pm, and 9:15pm.

Sunday Masses are offered at 10:30am and 6:30pm (Spring Break exceptions: NO Masses on March 8, NO 10:30 Mass March 15)

Daily Masses are offered at differing times during the week: Monday and Friday at 12 noon, Tuesday and Thursday at 4:30pm, and Wednesday night at 9:15pm.

Wednesday Ecumenical Quiet Reflection is a time for a brief moment of quiet in the middle of a busy week.  Come join us in the Gathering Space at 12 noon on Wednesdays.

Booklets for Stations of the Cross will be available all throughout Lent under the First Station in the Chapel.  Come and pray the Stations whenever you like.

Online Stations of the Cross featuring reflections from St. Ambrose students and the beautiful etchings of the late Fr. Edward Catich can be seen here.  New reflections for the 2014-2015 school year will be posted on Ash Wednesday.

Join in Late Night Adoration prayer services every Monday during Lent at 9:00 pm.  Come join for a time of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, scripture, song, and silent reflection.

Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered every week on Wednesday nights at 8:30pm before Mass begins, or by appointment with Fr. Chuck.

Be sure to pray for those on the Antioch Retreat on Feb 27 - March 1.

Join in the sixth annual Gospel Fest on Thursday, March 26 at 7pm in the Chapel.  The SAU Multicultural Affairs Community Action (MACA) student group will host the event, featuring local choirs and gospel artist Drew Chambers.

Communal Penance Service will be held on Monday, March 30 at 7:00pm in the Chapel, offering a time for everyone to gather and celebrate the sacrament of Reconciliation. 


Lenten Booklets for reflection, prayer, and activities are made available in the Chapel and the mailroom, courtesy of Campus Ministry.  This year's booklet is "Turning Around" by Ann Naffziger.

Follow along during the season of Lent with Ambrosian Reflections: reflections from SAU students, faculty, and staff based on the readings of the day.  Gain some spiritual insight throughout the entire season from our SAU community:

Brewed Awakening hosts theological/spiritual discussion with specialty coffee drinks on Monday nights.  Come join us in the Gathering Space on the following Mondays at 8:00pm - Feb 23, March 2, 16, 23, and 30.

Tuesday Discussions will have everyone gather for lunch in the Gathering Space to read and discuss "A Church of Mercy," a collection of reflections, homilies, and other writings/speeches from Pope Francis.  Come read and learn with us, Tuesdays at 12 noon.

Young women interested in growing deeper in the Catholic faith are invited to join our Women & Faith group, meeting Thursdays at 8pm in the Chapel Gathering Space, beginning Feb 19.


Rice Bowls are a fantastic way to observe the season of Lent. Benefiting the work of Catholic Relief Services, the proceeds from the Rice Bowl collection go to help those in need all over the world.  Take a rice bowl from the Chapel or from other locations on campus, fill it up during Lent, and bring them back during Holy Week (March 29 - April 2) before leaving for Easter break.  Visit CRS to learn more about Rice Bowl and the CRS programs, and even download the CRS app to track your donations, find reflections and prayers all throughout Lent!

Take part in the CRS Rice Bowl Meal on Wednesday, April 1.  Bring your Rice Bowl back at Mass, and taste food from Tanzania, Nicaragua, and Niger - three of the countries that Catholic Relief Services supports.

Fast Fest will offer five different fasts throughout Lent.  Be sure to sign up and take part:

  • Desserts Fast (February 22-28) - Go without sweets at your meals, and eat healthier things.
  • Laziness Fast (March 1-7) - Strive to not waste time, to be in the moment and use your time well.
  • Social Media Fast (March 15-21) - Take time away from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and the like and spend more time in prayer, reflection, quiet, or just spending time with others!
  • Negativity Fast (March 22-28) - Work to eliminate negative language in your life, and focus on positive words and actions that lift others up.
  • Appreciation Week (March 29-April 5) - Take some time each day to show your appreciation to those around you!

Join for a special prayer service for the Armenian Genocide Remembrance on March 24 at 7pm in the Chapel.  On the 100th year anniversary of this genocide, come and learn more about what happened, and take part as we pray for peace in our world.

Service on Saturdays provides an opportunity for students to help those in need in the Quad Cities on Saturdays.  Various service projects take place on these Saturdays in Lent: Feb 21, 28 & March 21.

Pray for those on Spring Break Service Trips.  Students will be going to the Cass Community in Detriot, Michigan, the Hubbard House in East St. Louis, Illinois, to the Christian Appalachian Project in Eastern Kentucky, and to Maggie's Place in Cleveland, in addition to two Habitat for Humanity Trips. Be sure to pray for our students who are going out to help those in need this Spring Break. 


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