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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.

 

Faith

Ash Wednesday is March 5. 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 9, NO 10:30 Mass March 16)

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.

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 "LENT: Little by Little" by Fr. Thomas Connery.

Wednesday 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.

Stations of the Cross are prayed in the Chapel directly following the Thursday daily mass at 4:30pm.  Join us at 5pm for Stations.

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 2013-2014 school year will be posted on Ash Wednesday.

Holy Hour Eucharistic Adoration prayer services will occur on two Thursdays during Lent - March 20 and April 3 at 7:00pm.  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.

Communal Penance Service will be held on Monday, March 31 at 7:00pm in the Chapel, offering a time for everyone to gather and celebrate the sacrament of Reconciliation. 

Learning

Brewed Awakening hosts theological/spiritual discussion with coffee drinks on Monday nights.  Come join us in the Gathering Space on the following Mondays at 8:00pm - March 3, 17, 31, April 7, 14.  Topics include how to help the poor, and discussions from students who went on service trips over Spring Break.

Tuesday Discussions will have everyone gather for lunch in the Gathering Space to read and discuss Pope Francis' Evangelii Gaudium, "The Joy of the Gospel."  Come read and learn about this wonderful document from our pope, Tuesdays at 12 noon.

College Bible Study meets on Tuesday nights to discuss Scripture in community.  Come and take part at 7:00pm in the Gathering Space.

The Wilbur Symposium Lecture will be delivered by our Theology department's Fr. Robert Grant on Thursday, March 27 at 7pm in the Rogalski Center Ballroom.  The topic fits into our year of Sustainability - "Ecocide: Violence and the Environment."  Learn more about the lecture and topic here.

Join in the Busy Student Retreat and spend just a little bit of time with Scripture and in dialogue, all without having to leave campus.  All it takes is two 30-minute periods a day for four days, as participants spend a half hour praying with Scripture, and a half hour speaking with a spiritual guide.  Applications will be available soon, but mark your calendars for March 31-April 3.  It's the perfect retreat for when you're too busy to get away from campus, and a great reflection during Lent.  Contact ministry@sau.edu to learn more about this retreat.

Justice

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 14-17) 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!

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

  • Laziness Fast (March 17-21) - Strive to not waste time, to be in the moment and use your time well.
  • Sweets Fast (March 24-28) - Go without sweets, sugar, and pop, and strive to eat and drink healthier things.
  • Social Media Fast (March 31-April 4) - Take time away from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and the like and spend more time in prayer, reflection, quiet, or just spending time with others!
  • Complaining and Gossip Fast (April 7-11) - Work to eliminate negative language in your life, and focus on positive words and actions that lift others up.
  • The Meal Fast will begin with Brewed Awakening on Monday, April 14 at 8:00pm and end with 4:30pm Mass on Tues, April 15.

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 Saturdays throughout the year.

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 Catholic Worker Farm in West Virginia, and to Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in East Shannon, South Dakota. Be sure to pray for our students who are going out ot help those in need this Spring Break. 

 

Contact us at ministry@sau.edu for more information about any of these events.