Care and Compassion

In everything, do to others as you would have them do to you. Matthew 7:12

C.A.R. - Catch a Ride to Mass | Campus Safety Committee | Catholic Works of Mercy | Church in the City | Community Meals | Community Outreach | Divorce Care | Employment Network | Funeral Luncheons | Good Samaritans | GriefShare | Living with Cancer Support Group | Ministry of Consolation | Mission Possible | Prayer Line | Prison Ministry | Pro-Life Group | Prayer Shawl | Quilting Ministry | Social Concerns Commission

C.A.R. - Catch a Ride to Mass

This ministry is currently inactive due to the need not being present. If you interested in becoming a driver or the services provided, please contact the Front Office.

CAR provides safe, reliable transportation to and from weekend Mass for homebound parishioners who are 18 and over, are mobile, unable to drive and want to come worship with our faith community. We are unable to transport persons requiring wheelchairs, walkers, rolling oxygen tanks or children under the age of 18.

Campus Safety Committee

The Campus Safety Committee is comprised of parishioners and community members with the goal of promoting campus safety, security, and emergency preparedness to ensure safe and secure working, learning and worship environment for Saint Ambrose Parish. The Campus Safety Committee provides guidance, support, and recommendations to the pastor regarding safety policies and programs.

Catholic Works of Mercy

CONTACT: Jeff Trush, (440) 554-6277 or jtrush@us.ibm.com,

Our ministry helps the people in need within our parish community boundaries, regardless of age, race or creed.  The time commitment for this ministry is about 12 hours a month.  Special events that our ministry helps with on an annual basis are Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas food distribution, as well as the  Fresh Produce Program, Community Meals, Blanket Sunday, Christmas in July and the Kindness Pine Tree at Christmas time.  We are looking for people who have a positive attitude about helping others in need, and the ability to do it confidentially.

Church in the City

CONTACT: Dawn Fitzpatrick, (216) 970-8627 or dawnafitzpatrick@gmail.com

Through this partnership with Saint Rocco’s Parish, members of both parishes have the opportunity to serve along each other through Community Meals and Service Days, as well as have the opportunity to become involved with other Parish Collaborations.

Community Meals

CONTACT: Linda Cebula, (330) 225-7740 or seapines8@aol.com

Or Bill Zarefoss, (330) 220-4596 or bzarefoss@roadrunner.com

Our monthly community meal provides a free hot home cooked meal on the 3rd Sunday of every month. All are welcome for the meal and fellowship. Deliveries are available for the homebound. Call the rectory to sign up for meals or deliveries.

Volunteers are always welcome; we have a diverse list of jobs that need to be done for each meal. The only requirement is a desire to help our brothers and sisters. We ask volunteers to be flexible and willing to help with whatever needs to be done at the time to help the Community Meal run smoothly. For more information, please contact us.

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Community Outreach

CONTACT: Megan Lowes, (330) 460-7334 or mlowes@stambrose.us

This team provides home services to those who can use assistance with completing projects around their homes. With our gifts and talents, our team would like to help others in our community complete projects around their homes!

Divorce Care

CONTACT: Diane Capretta, (330) 350-5471or ladydi776@yahoo.com

Some people feel so alone when faced with the losses of divorce. Overcoming obstacles and seeking to know Christ’s peace in the valley of divorce or separation is the best goal in such times. This confidential ministry offers important Christ-centered love, a safe haven in which to express your feelings, and tools to deal with common divorce-related problems in an atmosphere of faith, trust, and Christian encouragement.

Fortunately the need in the parish is lessened and meetings are paused, but will reconvene if the need should arise. Contact the Saint Ambrose Divorce Care Coordinator, Diane Capretta, for more information through the church office at 330-460-7300. Support will be waiting for you. Non-Catholics are welcome.

Employment Network

CONTACT: Steve Anderson, (330) 220-5507 or steve0106@frontier.com

Employment networking is parishioners helping other parishioners: those who can help provide jobs (contacts) helping those who are seeking employment (seekers). This is not an employment agency. We provide support and help building relationships for those seeking opportunities.

Funeral Luncheons

CONTACT: Marian Swansinger, (330) 225-3987

When our parishioners experience the death of a family member, we like to offer families the option of having a luncheon here at St. Ambrose, for a minimal charge, after the funeral service. Volunteers are needed to serve, cleanup and to provide the side dishes. Many hands make for light work.  This is another compassionate way of expressing support to parishioners in their time of need.

Good Samaritans

CONTACT: Deacon Frank Weglicki, (440) 238-1665 or secesh1246@wowway.com

or Gladys Kemski, (330) 225-4783 or pakemsi@aol.com

For more than 26 years, the “Good Samaritan” Ministry has faithfully carried out their mission to bring the “Eucharist” to the Homebound, to visit the Sick and those recovering from the hospital, and to pray and listen to those who request it. During the last five years, this mission of care and compassion has also responded to Our Lord’s call to minister to those who are hospitalized. Not only do we bring the “Eucharist” to the Hospitalized, but we pray we listen to and share in the suffering of our brothers and sisters. Besides being a compassionate person who desires to serve your brothers and sisters, this ministry requires you to be a “Eucharistic” Minister. For those interested in the “Hospital” Ministry, a 1-2 hour Orientation at Medina Hospital is included as part of your training. Our general meetings are usually held on the first Wednesday of the Month. If you are experiencing God’s “Call” to serve either as a “Homebound” or “Hospital” Minister or if you are “Homebound” and would like one of the “Good SAMS" to bring the Eucharist to you, contact Deacon Frank, Gladys Kemski, or the Saint Ambrose Rectory.

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GriefShare

CONTACT: Therese Bartchak, (216)-973-6784 or tbartchak86@gmail.com

Grief Sharing is 13 weekly sessions for those who are dealing with the death of someone they love. We meet on Thursday evenings in Matthew from 7-9:00 PM.  We open with a DVD that lasts under 40 minutes and then break in to smaller groups to discuss what we've heard. There is a workbook that is handed out for their use so they can follow the DVD's bullet points as well as providing them a weeks worth of pages to review and reflect for their own needs during this process.

Living with Cancer Support Group

CONTACT: Miriam Hopkins or Terri Blasko, Livingwithcancer2009@yahoo.com    

Spend an hour with us on the FIRST Wednesday of every month at 7:00pm at the Lehner Center in the “Mathew room” This group is for cancer survivors, caregivers, family members and anyone whose life has been touched by cancer and needs our prayers and support.  Our group is an uplifting group where we all share our personal experience or that of a loved one.

Come and see if together we can make a difference.   We enjoy talking, eating and discussing any new treatments, the latest nutrition food fads, take short walks, also participate in relay for life, meet for breakfast, small outings, and even sing.

We pray for our loved ones and we rely on each other’s strengths to smile, laugh and live life to the fullest. Please stop by, check us out, and hopefully share in our lives.  For more info contact Miriam 330-225-9005, Terri at 216-990-0082, or write us at Livingwithcancer2009@yahoo.com    

Ministry of Consolation

CONTACT: Monica Kortan, (330) 225-7843 or MonicaK1@roadrunner.com

The Ministry of Consolation provides compassion, help, understanding, and spiritual support to families who have suffered the loss of a loved one. We offer to assist the family with funeral liturgy, and continued support through our bereavement programs. Our Ministry meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month in Lehner Center from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm.  The bereavement program helps to provide comfort and support to those grieving through the use of prayer, music, coping measures, and understanding the pain associated with the loss of a loved one. The series is presented several times throughout the year. In addition, a Holiday Grief program is offered in November. Following the series we continue with ongoing support with monthly meetings of our “Companions on the Journey” group as we travel along the road to healing.  These meetings are on the last Tuesday of the month from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

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Mission Possible

CONTACT: Jake Bihari, (330) 460-7331 or jbihari@stambrose.us

St. Ambrose pioneered a mission trip to Higuey, Dominican Republic in 2006. We partnered with a poor community devastated by hurricanes and began helping them rebuild. Since then, over 150 people have traveled to Higuey every June and December to build a community center, a school, a chicken coop, establish a water system, hook up electricity, and bring much-needed food and supplies to our brothers and sisters in Christ. This lasting relationship has made a difference in the lives of people both in Higuey and right here in Brunswick.  St. Ambrose parishioners have generously supported our mission outreach through prayers, financial donations, and the donations of clothing, toys and building supplies. Thank you for your generosity!

Learn more about the mission here.

Prayer Line

CONTACT: Connie Smalley, (330) 225-9236 or diccon73@roadrunner.com

This ministry allows parishioners to reach out and ask for prayers for those whom they feel are in need of them. We are looking for compassionate people willing to help us.  There are no meetings to attend, as everything is done by phone or email. Time commitment on a weekly basis can be one hour to 3 or 4 hours, depending on length of phone calls.

Prayer Shawl

CONTACT: Helen Sheridan, (330) 460-7322 or hsheridan@stambrose.us

We knit or crochet prayer shawls and lap throws for those that are ill. We also make white afghans for babies or others being baptized.  Throughout the year, our pieces are brought to church where they are blessed. An example of the blessing that is included with a shawl is: “Compassionate God, bless the person for whom this shawl has been so lovingly created. May this shawl be a reminder of your presence in their life. May this shawl bring love and light, hope and joy.”  We meet on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month, from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm. If you know how to knit or crochet, and are looking for a meaningful way to put your skills to use, please join us!

Prison Ministry

CONTACT: Mark Oldfield, (440) 666-5217 or oldfield322@gmail.com

Our ministry helps the incarcerated with needs varying from spiritual material, reading material and clothing. We also assist the incarcerated person’s family with food, medical, and other household bills. At Christmas time, we also supply gifts for the incarcerated and their families.

We hold quarterly meetings which are held in the Lehner Center. Volunteers can expect to spend about 4 hours a month helping with this ministry. Members of our group must have a heart for forgiveness and compassion, as well as an attitude of helping others in need, and the ability to do it confidentially.

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Pro-Life Group

CONTACT: Trish Shaw, (440) 590-0083 or ohshaws@gmail.com

or Marian Iglai, (330) 225-4817 or lmiglai@frontier.com

Are you truly pro-life? If pro-life issues are important to you, then we want you. The Saint Ambrose Pro Life Group promotes awareness of the sanctity and value of human life from conception until natural death.

What exactly do we do?

  • Inspire & educate our school students to be 100% Pro-life.
  • Educate our parishioners on abortion, end-of-life issues, adoption, in-vitro fertilization, natural family planning, human trafficking, health care mandates, and other issues.
  • Work in conjunction with our priests to promote the sanctity of life.
  • Participate in 40 Days for Life campaigns where we pray the rosary outside abortion clinics and hold signs saying “Pray to End Abortion.”
  • Attend the annual March For Life in DC.
  • Raise money and collect baby items for the local organizations to help mothers and families.
  • Attend the annual Medina Life Chain in October.

Talents and skills we are looking for: We need someone with new and creative ways to educate our parishioners and school students to increase the awareness of the pro-life message. We’re looking for individuals who enjoy speaking to the parish about Pro-life issues. We welcome fresh faces who simply want to know more about our causes or who are willing to help out in any way they can. Is this you? If so, please contact Trish today.

When do we meet? The Pro-Life Group meets 4-5 times a year; the months of February, April, August, and December in the Lehner Center from 7:00 pm-8:30 pm as posted in the bulletin. Call Trish or Marian to confirm meetings.

Would you like more information? Go to www.stambrose.us click on “Parish Groups” then “Social Concerns Commission Pro Life Group.”

Quilting Ministry

CONTACT: Bonnie Kaltenstein, (330) 483-4841 or retirein2003@msn.com

The Quilting Ministry provides Prayer Quilts to those members in the parish, children and adults, who are ill or  struggling with Cancer.  We come together with love and companionship to create a quilt for each person to remind them they are covered in God's love.  We pray for the healing love of Jesus Christ that they may walk hand and hand with Him through their illness.  Anyone interested in joining us may call Bonnie Kaltenstein at 330-483-4841.  Quilting Ministry meets the first and third Tuesday each month from 6:30 pm until 8:30 pm in the Lehner Center, Mark.  If you know someone who is in need of a quilt please let Father Bob know frbob@StAmbrose.us so he can coordinate the prayer quilt.

Social Concerns Commission

CONTACT: Lisa Homady, (330) 460-7300 or info@stambrose.us

Or Scott Hodan, (330) 220-1262 or scott@hodanassoc.com

The Ministry of our Social Concerns Commission has two aspects. The SERVICE aspect includes: Catholic Works of Mercy, Pro-Life Group, Community Meal, Job Search, Mission Outreach, C.A.R. (Catch a Ride to church). Each part of the Service aspect meets according to each group’s needs. The second aspect is ADVOCACY/AWARENESS. This group, through the use of the parish bulletin, liturgy, parish web site, newsletter, educational series… helps to present facts/opinions on social issues to help our head and our heart make informed choices as Christians.

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