Liturgy & Sacraments
The following Masses are celebrated while school is in session:
Sundays: 6 p.m. at St. Francis Xavier
Mondays: 10:10 p.m. in Mabee Chapel
Tuesdays: 4:30 p.m. biweekly in Mabee Chapel
Wednesdays: 10:10 p.m. in Mabee Chapel
Masses Celebrated at St. Francis Xavier
Saturdays: 4 p.m. at SFX Church
Sundays: 8 a.m., 10:30 a.m. at SFX Church
Mondays: 11 a.m. in SFX Chapel
Tuesdays: 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. in SFX Chapel
Wednesdays: 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. in SFX Chapel
Thursdays: 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. in SFX Chapel
Fridays: 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. in SFX Chapel
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is offered in the St. Francis Xavier Chapel on Thursdays between 11:00am and 2:00pm.
Mabee Chapel is located on the first floor of Massman Hall.
Saint Francis Xavier Church is the Jesuit parish located directly across the street from Rockhurst University at Troost Avenue and 52nd Street.
Residence Hall prayer rooms are located in Corcoran, Xavier-Loyola and McGee Residence Halls and are open 24 hours a day for private prayer and reflection.
Students have the opportunity to be Eucharistic ministers, lectors, altar servers, greeters, cantors, instrumentalists, and members of the contemporary ensemble for the student liturgies.
Altar Server: A vital and valued position, the altar server assists the priest with several aspects of the Mass, ensuring that details are attended to and that the Mass progresses seamlessly and prayerfully. Contact Cindy Schmersal at 816-501-4303.
Lector: The lector is responsible for proclaiming the Word of God to us through the scriptures. The lector speaks the stories of God to the people of God. Contact Cindy Schmersal at 816-501-4303.
Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion: Communion is a major sign of the inclusive hospitality of Christ who calls all of us to the table, who unifies us, with all our differences, through Christ’s very presence, in the Body and Blood. The Eucharistic minister assists with Communion as servant, host and helper. Contact Cindy Schmersal at 816-501-4303.
Cantor: Lead the assembly in song for Rockhurst liturgies. Contact Maureen Henderson at 816-501-4869.
Contemporary Ensemble: Student vocalists and musicians are invited to consider sharing their talents in the Contemporary Music Ensemble, which leads the singing at one student liturgy per month during the school year, and occasionally at other university prayer services. Faithful attendance to two practices per month, musical talent, and a desire to invite others into the Spirit of the song are all that’s required! Contact Bill Kriege at 816-501-4855.
Instrumentalist: Flutists, trumpeters, guitarists and percussionists, share your talent by playing an instrument at liturgies. Contact Maureen Henderson at 816-501-4869.
Mass Hospitality is an opportunity for student organizations to provide a valuable service to the Rockhurst community through assisting as greeters, ushers and gift-bearers and through hosting the post-Mass social. All of these roles may be filled by students of any faith tradition, so all Rockhurst students are welcome and encouraged to participate. This offering not only serves the Rockhurst community but also allows student groups an opportunity spend time together in a unique and meaningful capacity.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Saturdays: 3:15 p.m.-4:00 p.m. at St. Francis Xavier Church
By appointment: call Fr. Bill Oulvey, S.J. at 816-501-4599
Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)
This process, available through Saint Francis Xavier Parish, prepares the participant for Baptism into the Catholic faith, the profession of the Catholic faith, or the Sacrament of Confirmation. For more information, contact Cindy Schmersal at 816-501-4303.