Catechesis and Conversion

The wise among the people shall give understanding to the many. Daniel 11:33

Adult Confirmation | Adult Faith Formation | Alpha | AnnulmentsChrist Renews His Parish/Men's Renewal | Children’s Liturgy (Christmas) | Children’s Liturgy (Easter) & Lenten Journey Program | Children's Liturgy of the Word - CLoW | Confirmation Preparation Team | Couple to Couple (Marriage Enrichment)Faith In Action Teens - FIATJunior High PSR - Ablaze | Legion of Mary | Marriage Enrichment Program | Ministry of Mothers Sharing (MOMS) | Parish School of Religion (PSR) Advisory Board | Parish School of Religion (PSR) & RCIC | Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) | Sarah's Circle | Scripture Study | Vacation Bible School | Women's Fellowship | Young Adult Ministry (20smthg)

Adult Confirmation

CONTACT: Pattie Batchman, (330)-460-7323 or

Many adult Catholics have not yet received the sacrament of Confirmation. If you have already received First Eucharist and desire to receive the third Sacrament of Initiation, Confirmation, we can help you prepare to receive this sacrament at our parish, along with the teen Confirmation candidates on March 9, 2014, or at St. John’s Cathedral, with other adults throughout our diocese in May 2014. As a fully initiated Catholic, you are able to serve as a godparent for baptism or as a sponsor for Confirmation. Several preparation options are available.

Adult Faith Formation

CONTACT: Pattie Batchman, (330) 460-7323 or

Adult Faith Formation is a group of committed Catholic adults who value educational and seek to offer creative and meaningful ways to explore processes and programs that will assist others in their faith journey.  Meetings are as needed, depending on time needed for preparation and implementation of various programs and processes. Throughout the year, we host different events, such as evenings of spiritual enrichment, retreats, etc. We seek adult men and women who see a need and have a desire to help others grow in their Catholic faith.


CONTACT: Jean Boylan, (330)-225-9341 or, Or Mark Oldfield, (440)-666-5217

The Alpha Course is for those who have questions about life and God. The Alpha Course offers a relaxed setting to explore the Christian faith over 10 thought-provoking weekly sessions. All sessions begin with a light meal and include a video segment and gret discussions. Whether you are seeking to grow closer to God or to learn more about Jesus and the Christian way of life - Alpha is for you. The course is offered each fall and winter/spring. All are welcome!


CONTACTS: Any of the Priests or Deacons, (330-460)-7300, Or Pattie Batchman (330)-460-7323 or

Persons who have married and are now divorced are welcome to discuss the Church’s process of annulment, and have their circumstances heard and evaluated in a totally confidential manner in order to ascertain whether or not an annulment of the marriage is possible. The First Step program, during which Tribunal staff explain the annulment process options and answer questions, will be hosted at St. Ambrose on Sept. 23, 2014 at 7pm. Individuals are welcome to make an appointment to discuss what’s involved and start the process.

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Christ Renews His Parish/Men's Renewal

CONTACT: Deacon Tom Sheridan, (330) 225-3255 or

Our group is an effective spiritual renewal process which calls together the members of the parish. A team of parishioners is properly formed in prayer and love, and instructed in the total process of becoming committed to spiritual growth and ministerial formation. There are no requirements — prayerfulness, loving concern, and simple service are all that’s needed. Jesus is the medium. As the Way and Truth, attention is called to Him.  Come and enjoy a weekend that leads you to friendship and growth in your personal relationship with Jesus. After the Renewal weekend, you will be asked to continue to meet in prayer, song, and formation to put on a Renewal weekend for the next group of men or women who are called to personal growth in being an active member in Christian community.

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Children’s Liturgy (Christmas)

CONTACT: Helen Lanzarotta, (330)-460-7343 or

The Children’s Liturgy gives the older children of the parish a chance to experience the true meaning of Christmas by participating as readers for the Christmas liturgies at the children’s Mass.  We also invite the parish children of all ages to take part in a Christmas Pageant which is presented before the children’s mass on Christmas Eve.

Children’s Liturgy (Easter) & Lenten Journey Program

CONTACTS: Beth Wish, (330)-225-4768 or, Or Shari Whisler (330)-225-6962 or

Our program provides a yearly Lenten theme of classes each Thursday, teaching about Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday. Each week, the children have prayer time, snack time, a lesson, review time, and an activity or craft. We meet from 4:00 pm-5:30 pm each week throughout Lent.

Volunteers help during class aiding the children, and helping with snack. The leader plans the lessons and then coordinates and teaches the classes, with help from the aides. The leader needs to prepare 6-7 lessons for the Lenten theme that year; aides must be willing to help with the children, and will earn service hours as a result (student aides). Our children, if available, participate in the Holy Thursday Mass.

Children's Liturgy of the Word - CLoW

CONTACT: Janet Majka, (330) 460-7321 or

Children’s Liturgy of the Word invites the children of the parish to experience Mass in a way that has a deeper meaning to them. We leave the general Mass with a blessing from the priest after the opening prayer and return during the offertory. In the chapel, during our Children’s Liturgy, we, as ministers, give the weekly reading and gospel from the children’s lectionary, a mini-homily and the prayers. It’s a wonderful experience to interact with the children and hear their reaction and response to God’s word.  We offer Children’s Liturgy of the Word at the 4:30 pm Saturday Vigil Mass and on Sunday at the 9:00 am and 10:30 am Mass. For each Mass, there is an Adult Leader that does the readings, the homily and the prayers; an Adult Helper that aids the leader with the children; and a special volunteer to lend a helping hand wherever needed.  The Children’s Liturgy Ministers use a leader’s guide publication to give us a background on the readings and to help us gear a homily toward the children. There is no formal training needed.  We have a special place for everyone who loves interacting with children and we’d love to have you join us…from as simple as supporting and guiding our children during the liturgy to the excitement of putting together the homily and interacting with the children. The more wonderful people we have, the more we can offer this priceless gift to our parish.

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Confirmation Preparation Team

CONTACT: Rachel Burkey, (330) 460-7338 or

Saint Ambrose offers Confirmation for students in grade 9, as well as for older students and adults. Each year we confirm approximately 160 candidates and the preparation program runs September through April. An integral part of the Confirmation program is the Confirmation catechists who serve as small group leaders. We are looking for adults who can commit to one Sunday afternoon per month and who want to help our young people grow in faith. All materials are provided. Nothing is more rewarding than helping a teen set their life on fire with Christ!  If you would consider serving as a Confirmation catechist or would like more information about the program, please contact Religious Education Office at 330-460-7300.

Couple to Couple (Marriage Enrichment)

CONTACT: Dennis + Donna Koeth, (330) 225-8529 or

Couple-To-Couple Ministry is a unique way to touch other people’s lives through your marriage. Our ministers work with engaged couples on their journey to a Catholic marriage. We help prepare engaged couples for the sacrament of marriage. We meet with the engaged couples 3-4 times, in our own homes, before their wedding to share our experiences with key aspects of a marriage. Our conversations generally last up to 1 ½ hours.  Topics that are touched upon include Communication; Finance; Expectations of Each Other, Marriage and Family Relationships; Resolving Conflict; Catholic Family Life.  This ministry is wonderful in the fact that it requires a good husband and wife team with a strong passion for this sacred sacrament. What a great way to bring this community together on such a personal level. Training is provided as a one day session at St. Ambrose, on a Saturday, several times throughout the year. This initial training is for one day and lasts about 6-hours. We meet as a group quarterly.
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Faith In Action Teens - FIAT

CONTACT: Rachel Burkey, (330) 460-7338 or

OR Caitlin O'Neill,

OR Jess Yurick,

FIAT is our Saint Ambrose Youth Ministry program, open to anyone in high school wanting to grow, lead, serve and have fun! Our mission is to empower young people to live as disciples of Jesus, to participate in the Church community, and to foster spiritual growth. We meet most Sunday nights (except for holidays and retreat weekends) for an upbeat 5:00 pm Mass, then afterwards for dinner and a FIAT night. We also have two retreats a year, lots of fun social events (laser tag, dodge ball, Kalahari, and paintball, just to name a few), service opportunities, and more! There is something for everyone!  We’re excited to have you.

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Junior High PSR - Ablaze

CONTACT: Ann Marie Frattare, (330) 460-7325 or

Grades 7 & 8: PSR Sessions for junior high students are held during all three PSR sessions: Monday evenings 6:30-8:00 pm, Wednesday afternoons 4:30-6:00 pm and Saturday mornings 9:00-10:30 am. Young teens gather for instruction and special activities.  Small group discussions take place in mixed grade level groups of approximately 10 students.  Learning experiences include social events to build friendships within our parish family and foster a sense of connection to the parish in our young teens.  Service events introduce young teens to the many various ways that we can serve our Lord as we serve others. Parents are invited and encouraged to help serve as table leaders, chaperones and assist with supervision, especially at service and social events.

We have a team of adults who meet, plan activities and events that bring faith, life and learning all together. Adults & high school students are encouraged to get involved and volunteer. We are in need of caring, creative, and energetic people to support our Junior High teens.

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Legion of Mary

CONTACT: Mary Vadini, (330) 273-1113 or

The Legion of Mary is a group of Christians who promote a deeper love of God through their devotion to Mary, especially through the rosary, and through the apostolic works they perform. We seek a balanced program of prayer and service, thereby advancing the growth of faith, understanding, and true devotion to Christ and His Blessed Mother.  Membership is open to all Catholics ages 18 and over, willing to serve others. Active members meet weekly on Thursdays at 7:00 pm (except holidays and Holy Days) for an hour of prayer; plus commit time to individual acts of service.  Auxiliary members, who commit to 20-30 minutes to daily prayer, are not required to attend meetings.  We are very involved with the parish and our community, as we help with: May Crowning with the Special Education PSR; “Bowing Ceremony” for the Feast of the Assumption; October’s “Month of the Rosary” promotion; support Pro-Life activities; assist with Mass once a month at Willowood Nursing Home; recite Rosary at Pearlview Nursing home twice a month; visit families with the Blessed Virgin Mary statue and other activities as needed.

Marriage Enrichment Program

CONTACTS: Deacon Tom & Helen Sheridan, 330-460-7322 or          

Opportunities to grow and nourish your marriage through humor, speakers and a variety of topics; all to enhance your marriage. Are you finding your marriage going stale? Do you feel as if your relationship is withered and although things are okay, you both have the “Blahs?” The six week series can provide an excellent opportunity for enhancing communication, developing trust, cultivating physical intimacy, dealing with anger, nurturing spirituality, and adjusting to the inevitable bumps that happen in every marriage.

You will find weekly Marriage Moments & Parenting Pointers listed in the Bulletin along with Web-sites for resources.

2014/2015 Marriage Enrichment Programs

September 9, 2014 thru October 14, 2014 – 6 Week Program

October 18, 2014 Passion and Purpose for Marriage

February 14, 2015 World Marriage Day

March 13, April 17 & May 8, 2015 Marriage Enrichment Series

Ministry of Mothers Sharing (MOMS)

CONTACT: Pattie Batchman, (330)-460-7323 or

The mission of Saint Ambrose Ministry of Mothers Sharing (MOMS) is to assist moms of all stages and ages as they fulfill the holy vocation of motherhood. With Mary as our example, we will work together to create a supportive, positive, Christ-centered environment, filled with prayer, thoughtful meeting topics, scripture and meaningful conversation. Meetings are held monthly, please check the bulletin for dates and times. Child care will be available during the evening session. We will use national MOMS resources in the sessions this year. All are welcome to join us!

Parish School of Religion (PSR) Advisory Board

CONTACT: Pattie Batchman, (330)-460-7323 or

The PSR Advisory Board serves as an advisory group to the pastor and Director of Religious Education regarding the Parish School of Religion. Comprised of parents of currently enrolled students, the group researches and discusses various issues and proposals and offers counsel to the pastor and DRE, with the goal to provide the best possible religious education for all youth in our parish. PSR serves to support parents, in their role as primary educators of the faith, as they pass on our Catholic faith to their children. Meetings are held quarterly during regularly scheduled PSR meeting times.

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Parish School of Religion (PSR) & RCIC

CONTACT: Janet Majka, (330)-460-7321 or, Or Pattie Batchman, (330) 460-7323 or

The Parish School of Religion (PSR) is an extension of the educational mission of Saint Ambrose Catholic Church, and serves to support parents in the spiritual development and faith formation of their children. Growing in faith means living a life centered on Christ, through active participation in Sunday liturgy (Mass), the sacraments, and generous service to others. Saint Ambrose PSR is committed to provide the best possible faith formation experiences for your child. Children with strong faith and values do better in school and make for happier homes. We offer a variety of programs to support parents in their role as primary educators in the ways of our Catholic faith. Registration is required for the various PSR programs.

Catechists and Assistants work together to create engaging and enriching learning activities. They are volunteers who give of their time and talents because of their love of God’s children and desire to share their faith. In all PSR programs, all adults are required to fulfill all diocesan VIRTUS Protecting God’s Children requirements, including background checks, VIRTUS Protecting God’s Children training course and reading and acknowledging the Policy for the Safety of Children and the Standards of Conduct in Ministry.

Family Home School PSR, Grades 1-8: In this PSR option, parents are responsible for covering textbook material and discussing the topics  with their children as they learn Catholic teachings on a weekly basis, similar to PSR. Families participating in this program, along with their at-home studies, are expected to participate in all family centered PSR events and grade level activities throughout the year to foster a connection with our parish community. Parents participate in three meetings throughout the year for training and support as they serve as their child’s catechist.

Sacramental Preparation: Students typically prepare for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist during their second grade year. Confirmation students are usually prepared during their ninth grade year. Information on these sacramental preparation programs will be mailed directly to the home of enrolled 1st and 8th grade students. Enrollment in 1st Grade PSR is expected prior to enrollment in Sacramental Preparation for First Eucharist and enrollment in both 7th & 8th grade PSR is expected for enrollment in Sacramental Preparation for Confirmation.

Elementary/Grades 1-6 PSR: Grades 1-6: Sessions are scheduled approx. 3 times each month throughout the school year. Classes are led by catechists and assistants. Classes include textbook material and activities to reinforce the topic. Students, and their parent(s), participating in this program are expected to participate in all family-centered PSR events and grade level activities throughout the year. This fosters both parental involvement and connection with our faith community. Classes are offered on Saturday mornings, 9:00-10:30 am, Monday evenings, 6:30-8:00 pm and Wednesday afternoons 4:30-6:00 pm.

Rite of Christian Initiation adapted for Children - RCIC: This program is for those students who are 7 years old or older and have not yet celebrated the sacrament of Baptism. Students prepare for Baptism, First Reconciliation and First Eucharist in these classes before entering regular PSR classes. This preparation process may take 1 or 2 years depending upon sacramental preparation needs of the student and family.There is a special program for those students who are entering the PSR program for the first time and are in the 3rd-7th grade, called RCIC (Rite of Christian Initiation of Children). If the student would like to receive their First Eucharist, they would attend these classes for two years and receive their First Eucharist after completion of both sessions, Introduction to Catholic Faith Year I and II.

Journey with Jesus Preschool Parish School of Religion: CONTACT: Jenni Wasowski, (440) 301-9195 or

Young children learn easily through song and stories. Preschool years are the best time to share the songs of our faith and stories about Jesus. Our Preschool PSR is designed to help you, as parents, teach your child the songs and stories that will stay with them forever. Sunday mornings during the school year, we invite your child to join others their age, so we can help form their hearts in the ways of our loving, caring, and faithful God as they “journey with Jesus”!

The Journey with Jesus program is offered during both the 9:00 and 10:30 am Masses for 3, 4 and 5 year old or Kindergarten children, from September 2013 through April 2014. We know it can be challenging for families with young children to participate weekly in Mass. This program helps young children grow in faith through age appropriate experiences and develop friendships with peers in our parish.

Adult Catechists, aided by adult and teen assistants, lead the children in prayer and share stories, crafts and activities that introduce the children to our Catholic values and traditions.

Special Education: CONTACT: Chris Monczewski, (330) 225-0025 or

Our program provides religious instruction for both children and adults with mental and/or physical disabilities.  Students celebrate the sacraments and learn how to participate in the Mass.  We meet on Saturday mornings, September through April, from 8:30 am - 10:00 am in the Lehner Center. We have a Special Education Mass in December and April. The students participate in whatever way possible.  Volunteers to work with these special children and adults need to be organized, compassionate and flexible.  If you prefer your student to participate in our inclusion program, please call Pattie Batchman, Director of Religious Education, at 330-460-7323, to discuss your specific needs.

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Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)

CONTACT: Joe & Holly Neff, (440)-237-4455 Or;, Linda Kaminski, (330)-225-9323 or, Or Pattie Batchman, (330) 460-7323 or

The RCIA is the process for growing closer to Christ and welcoming new adult members into the Catholic Church. It is a process for those who may be interested in becoming Catholic and who have never been baptized or who seek, as baptized Christians, to become a member of the Catholic faith community.

Inquiry sessions, focusing on your journey of faith, are offered throughout the year to learn more about the RCIA process and allowing you to ask questions, in general, about the Catholic faith. These are informal discussions including such topics as “what Catholics believe,” the Bible, saints, Mary and “who’s who in the Church.”

Catechetical sessions, presenting the Church’s teachings on a variety of topics, including Sacraments, prayer, Social Justice, etc. are held on Wednesdays from 7:00 pm-8:30 pm in the Lehner Center John. They will begin in mid-September each year.

Sarah's Circle

CONTACT: Pat Drum, 330-273-8453  or

Ladies open to prayer, scripture and sharing of their faith are welcome to come to Sarah’s Circle for 1 hour on Tuesday’s in the Lehner Center, Mark at 9:30 am. We are a small group of adult women who will open the circle to embrace another woman looking for an opportunity to grow in grace and knowledge. Contacts: Pat Drum 330-273-8453/Helen 330-460-7322 all are welcome.

Scripture Study

CONTACT: Mark Oldfield, (440)-666-5217 or

Scripture Study offers adult participants an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of Scripture, as a means to experience how God reveals Himself through Scripture, and better understand the Scriptural roots of our faith tradition. Sessions run from late September through May, on Monday evenings, Wednesday mornings and Wednesday evenings, in short series of sessions focused on one book of the Bible. Sessions include lecture or video presentations and discussion from the Little Rock Scripture Study series. Participants are welcome to attend all sessions or any of those that fit their individual schedules.

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Vacation Bible School

CONTACT: Ann Marie Frattare, (330) 460-7325 or

Vacation Bible School (VBS) is held the summer months each year. It offers children a religious education and faith formation experience that is different from the traditional PSR classroom classes. Music, crafts, games and even snacks are connected to Bible themes each day! Children are grouped according to age for some activities, but large group experiences bring all ages together for faith and fun!

This summer 2014, sessions will be offered morning, afternoon and evening, 9:00 am-12:00 noon and 1:00-4:00 pm Monday through Friday, July 14-18, and 6:00 pm-8:30 pm on Tuesday, July 15. The evening sessions are geared for family participation-so parents can enjoy the fun and faith of VBS!

Adult volunteers (aided by adults, high school teens and junior high youth assistants) lead participants through the various activities during the session. Babysitting is offered for volunteers with younger children. All ages can participate and enjoy VBS!

Women's Fellowship

CONTACT: Helen Sheridan, (330) 460-7322 or

OR Sharon Pacek,

"The Real Deal" that's us! When gathered we're like a bouque of flowers, different in size, color, type, yet very unique. Just the beauty of God's creation tells a story…like the populat collectible charm bracelets grabbing headlines across the globe today-each charm is an exclusive design. Ladies, God exclusively designed you to tell your story of faith, life and Church. We meed on the 1st Sunday of each month from September to May from 6:00 to 7:30pm in the Lehner Center. ALL ARE WELCOME!

Young Adult Ministry (20smthg)

CONTACT: Rachel Burkey, (330) 460-7338 or

OR Caitlin O'Neill, (330) 460-7338 or

Saint Ambrose Parish is in the process of developing a vibrant young adult ministry (ages 18-30). We welcome suggestions and input from the young adults of our parish about what you want, what you need, and how we can best serve you.  Help us create a life-giving ministry to young adults, a valued and essential part of our community!

Sign Up for Young Adult Ministry!

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