Liturgy & Sacraments

Mass

Mass Schedules

The following Masses will be celebrated during fall semester 2020. Know that we will take liturgical precautions to increase safety during the pandemic:

  • Pre-registration of names (to facilitate contact tracing, if necessary)
  • Temperature check
  • Hand sanitizing
  • Mask wearing
  • Social distancing
  • No singing
  • No hand-holding at the Lord's Prayer
  • No handshaking at the sign of peace
  • No communion on the tongue
  • No communion from the cup

Please check here periodically to monitor schedule changes as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic:

Sundays: 6 p.m. at St. Francis Xavier
Mondays: noon in Mabee Chapel
Wednesdays: 9 p.m. in Mabee Chapel

St. Francis Xavier Parish Masses

Saturdays: 4 p.m. at St. Francis Xavier Church
Sundays: 9 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Church

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

The Blessed Sacrament resides in the tabernacle in Massman Hall's Mabee Chapel, a prayer spot to which students have 24-hour swipe card access.

Sacrament of Reconciliation

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available by appointment only. Contact Bill Kriege (hotlink to my email address: bill.kriege@rockhurst.edu) to set an appointment.

Worship and Prayer Spaces

Mabee Chapel is located on the first floor of Massman Hall.

The Multi-Faith Prayer Room is located in the Campus Ministry Center (CMC), which is on Rockhurst Road, kitty-corner from Mason Halpin gym. This space is accessible via Rockhurst University swipe from 7am to 11pm, 7 days a week. Prayer rugs are stored in this room and a bathroom with tub (for foot washing) is adjacent to this space.

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.

Liturgical Ministry

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 Bill Kriege at 816-501-4855. 

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 Bill Kriege at 816-501-4855. 

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 Bill Kriege at 816-501-4855. 

Cantor: Lead the assembly in song for Rockhurst liturgies. Contact Hyunki Yoon at 816-501-4869. 

Joyful Noise: Student vocalists and musicians are invited to share their talents in Joyful Noise, a contemporary musical group which leads the singing at one student liturgy per month and twice a month at IMPACT, Rockhurst’s praise and worship group.  Faithful attendance to Friday morning practices, 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 Hyunki Yoon at 816-501-4869. 

Mass Hospitality

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. To learn more or express interest, contact Bill Kriege at 816-501-4855.

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Tuesdays: 3-4 p.m. - Mabee Chapel

Saturdays: 3:15-4 p.m. at St. Francis Xavier Church

By appointment: email Bill Kriege

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 Bill Kriege at 816-501-4855.