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Lent @ SAU

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Lent is a wonderful season in the liturgical calendar which inspires us to commit ourselves to a renewal of Faith Learning Justice in our lives.  Campus Ministry sponsors many ways in which our students can celebrate the season of Lent.  Be sure to contact us to learn more about anything taking place during Lent.


Ash Wednesday Masses are offered in Christ the King Chapel on Wednesday, March 1 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 12, NO 10:30 Mass March 19)

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.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is a wonderful practice for Lent.  Individual confessions are on Wednesdays at 8:30pm in the Chapel, or by appointment. A Communal Penance Service will also be offered on Tuesday, April 11 at 7 p.m., providing a time for everyone to gather during Holy Week as a community to celebrate the sacrament.

Ambrosian Reflections from SAU faculty and staff allow you to follow along with the daily readings of Lent.  Gain some spiritual insight throughout the entire season from our SAU community:

Stations of the Cross is a traditional Lenten practice, and there are a few ways to observe it this Lenten season:

  • You can come to the Chapel and pray the Stations whenever you like all throughout Lent. Booklets for individual or group stations will be by the First Station in the Chapel.
  • You can also pray the stations wherever you are with our Online Stations of the Cross. Featuring the beautiful etchings of the late Fr. Edward Catich, and reflections for each station from our own St. Ambrose students, these stations are a wonderful reflection for your Lenten practice.  The 2017 Online Stations will be updated every week with two stations per week, along with their corresponding reflections.  Find them online at
  • Finally, there will be two Communal Stations of the Cross prayer services.  One will take place on Friday, March 24 at 7pm in the Chapel, and will be led by the Peer Campus Ministers.  The other service will take place on Wednesday evening of Holy Week (April 13), and will reflect on the Stations with scripture and song, before leading into the last Mass of Lent.

The Lenten Prayer Series
 provides opportunities to learn and practice different prayer forms on Monday evenings in Lent.  We will feature multiple student-led varieties of prayer to enrich your practice in Lent, all at 8:00 pm on the following Mondays:

  • March 6 - Eucharistic Adoration
  • March 20Spiritual Rosary
  • March 27Taize Ecumenical Prayer Service
  • April 3Liturgy of the Hours (Night Prayer)
  • April 10Eucharistic Adoration (for Holy Week)


Lenten Booklets for reflection, prayer, and activities are made available in the Chapel, courtesy of Campus Ministry. This year's booklet is Becomine Whole, Becoming Holy by Alice Camille.

Student led Faith Sharing Groups will meet for an hour every week to read, reflect, discuss, and pray together.  Register for one of our three groups at  The discussion groups are:

  • Bridges to Contemplative Living with Thomas Merton.  Scripture, prayer, spiritual reading, and contemplative dialogue, utilizing the writings of the mystic Thomas Merton.  Meets Sundays at 7:30pm, beginning March 5.  Led by Grant Colborn and Abby Hammer.
  • Around the Lenten Circle.  The Sunday readings come alive as students integrate them into their daily lives through reflection and prayer.  There are two groups at different times: the Monday group will meet at 7:00pm beginning March 6, and is led by Katie Galuska and Kara Fairfield; while the Wednesday group will meet at 8:30pm beginning March 8, and is led by Jake Hayles and Morgan Wollesen.

Poppin' Topics
 hosts theological/spiritual discussion with popcorn and specialty topics throughout the semester.  Stay tuned for upcoming discussions, or email us at if you have a topic suggestion.

Join us for the Chair of Catholic Studies Lecture on Tuesday, April 4 at 7pm in the Rogalski Center Ballroom.  Ron Hansen, the Gerard Manley Hopkins, SJ Professor in the Arts and Humanities at Santa Clara University, will deliver the lecture "Shakespeare and Me."  Part of the College of Arts and Science's Shakespeare Project.  Go here to learn more.


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 (April 9-13) 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!

The CRS Rice Bowl Meal on Wednesday, April 12, provides an excellent way to celebrate the end of Lent. Bring your Rice Bowl back at Mass, and taste food from different countries that Catholic Relief Services supports.

Ambrosians for Peace and Justice meet every week and discuss Catholic Social Teaching and how to apply it to students' lives.  Meetings are at 8pm every Wednesday in the Lower Chapel.

Join us for a presentation on labor trafficking - The Human Thread: The Real Cost of Cheap Clothing - on Thursday, March 2 from 11am-noon in the Rogalski Center Ballroom.  Sponsored by Campus Ministry and Ambrose Women for Social Justice, this presentation will be delievered by Chris Cox, head of The Human Thread campaign, on the reality of labor trafficking and the working conditions of garment sweatshop workers.  Come learn how you can make a difference and learn to live in right relationship with our brothers and sisters on distant continents.

Sign up for Fast Fest 2017 - every week in Lent, there will be a corresponding fast and action that you can join in, based on the Corporal Works of Mercy.  The weeks are as follows:

  • Week 1 - What Are the Corporal Works of Mercy?
  • Week 2 - Give Drink to the Thirsty
  • Week 3 - Feed the Hungry
  • Week 4 - Shelter the Homeless
  • Week 5 - Visit the Sick and Imprisoned
  • Week 6 - Welcome the Stranger

To learn more about each week's fast and action, email us at, or sign up at Ash Wednesday or the First Sunday of Lent in the Chapel.

Pray for those on Spring Break Service Trips. Students will be going to Chicago, Kansas City, and Memphis, in addition to the Habitat for Humanity trips. Be sure to pray for our students who are going out to help those in need this Spring Break. 


Contact us at for more information about any of these events.