Worship the Lord with gladness; Come into His presence with singing. Psalm 100:2

Celebration Ministries focus on becoming more involved in the Mass.

Music Ministry | Angels Choir | FIAT Band | FIAT Choir & Cantors | Adult Choir | Instrumentalists | Cantors | Hand Bell Choir | New Life Choir | Acolytes | Altar Servers | Art & Environment | Avilas | Baptism Ministry Team | Eucharistic Adoration | Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion | Greeters | Lectors | Linen Angels | Sacristy Work | Ushers | Worship Commission

Music Ministry

Director: Tom Bonezzi.............330.460.7337 or TBonezzi@StAmbrose.us
Assistant: Helen Lanzarotta.....330.460.7343 or HLanzarotta@StAmbrose.us

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Angels Choir

This choir is for any PSR, day school or home-schooled child in grades 1 - 8. The choir practices every Tuesday from 5:30-6:30 pm and sings once or twice a month at a Sunday Mass from September through April. This choir also sings on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Easter.

Worship the Lord with gladness; Come into His presence with singing. ~ Psalm 100:2


The FIAT Band is open to all high school students in grades 9th through 12th. The band plays every Sunday at the 5:00 pm Mass throughout the FIAT year. This group meets every Sunday from 3:30-4:15 pm to rehearse the music for that day’s mass. All instruments are welcome!

FIAT Choir & Cantors

The FIAT Choir is open to all high school students 9th through 12th grade, and for middle school students in the 8th grade. The choir sings every Sunday at the 5:00 pm Mass. The group meets on Sundays after the FIAT Band from 4:15-5:00 pm for rehearsal. From the choir, members are encouraged to cantor and lead the congregation in song.

My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and make music. I will praise You, O Lord, among the nations; I will sing of you among the peoples. For great is Your love, reaching to the heavens; Your faithfulness reaches to the skies. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let Your glory be over all the earth. ~Psalm 57: 7, 9-11

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Adult Choir

The choir sings weekly at the 9:00 and 10:30 am Sunday Masses from September through June. The choir also sings for Parish celebrations and holy days, including: Christmas, Easter, First Eucharist, Confirmation, etc. Rehearsals are held on Wednesdays from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm September through June.


The instrumentalists rehearse with the choir on Wednesdays from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm and play at the 9:00 am, 10:30 am or 12:00 pm Masses on Sundays from September through June. Instrumentalists also play for holidays, including: Christmas, Easter, All Saints’ Day, etc. Instrumentalists include: flute, guitar, bass drum, trumpet, trombone, violin, oboe, etc.

I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my understanding; I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my understanding. ~I Corinthians 14:15


The cantors volunteer their time and lead the congregation in song. Cantors rehearse once a month, usually on a designated Tuesday of the month. Cantors are assigned to sing 2 - 3 liturgies a month. Based upon availability, cantors are also assigned to sing for all Parish Celebrations and Holy Days, including: Christmas, Easter, First Eucharist, Confirmation, etc.

Hand Bell Choir

Suggested Strengths: Harmony, Self-Assurance, Significance, WOO

CONTACT: Charlotte Ginter, 440.238.2136 or rcg642bells@aol.com

We ring hand bells joyfully, prayerfully and for the glory of God! We play a prelude, before communion and at other times during Mass. We have two hand bell choirs, each with eleven men and women volunteers. Each hand bell choir plays at approximately two Masses a month. We also play for special services during the year. Practices are held on Thursday evenings for 1 ½ hours with separate practice times for each choir. We will try to meet several times during the summer. If you have some background in music, it is helpful, but not necessary. We are looking for dedicated people who will attend practices each week and to play at Masses. Feel free to stop by after Mass to speak to any of the members or contact Charlotte!

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New Life Choir

Suggested Strengths: Harmony, Self-Assurance, Significance, WOO

CONTACT: Mike Zahn, 330.225.4639 or mjzahn@frontier.com

The New Life Choir is a group that sings at funeral Masses, using their voices to console the family and friends of the deceased. Rehearsals are held in the church on Tuesday mornings from 11:00 am - 12:00 noon, from September through mid-May. We sing whenever there is a funeral held in the church. The leader and volunteers will spend approximately one hour per week rehearsing plus sing at any funeral Masses that are scheduled.While the New Life Choir members are not required to be able to read music, they must have a love of singing!


Suggested Strengths: Includer, WOO, Empathy

CONTACT: Jim Lepi, 330.273.1801 or jml0750@roadrunner.com 

Or Dennis Pastorelle, 330. 225.4636 or dennis.pastorelle@yahoo.com

Acolytes act as altar servers for funeral Masses. There are no regular meetings, and participation is on an “as needed” basis. We could use anyone who is available during the day, especially mornings.

Altar Servers

Suggested Strengths: Includer, WOO, Empathy

CONTACT: Helen Lanzarotta or Ryan Muir, Servers@StAmbrose.us

Our ministry gives students in grades 5 - 12 the opportunity to assist the priest during weekend and weekday Masses.  We are also a part of special events, such as weddings, Confirmation, and First Holy Communion, as well as Holy Week Masses and services, Easter Vigil Mass, Easter Masses and Christmas Masses.  There are no regular meeting dates for the older, experienced servers; however, there are training sessions for students that are interested in becoming an altar server. Training sessions are in June and November, and are about 1 ½ hours in length.  Servers are usually scheduled about once a month for the weekend Masses, and every three months for weekday Masses.  The special talents required for being an altar server is to have an open heart, and to be flexible. Each server needs to expect change because there may be something different with the Mass, depending on the celebrant.

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Art & Environment

Suggested Strengths: Arranger, Adaptability, Futuristic

CONTACT: Lisa Beckett, 330.604.5180 or labecket@aol.com

Or Kathy McDonough, 330.273.6667 or kathy.mcd@hotmail.com

Art & Environment is responsible for the worship environment of our church. This includes decorating the church, narthex (entrance), and outside of the building for various seasons of the church year. Special attention and planning are given to major seasons of Lent/Easter and Advent/Christmas.  Art & Environment is for individuals who like to decorate, meet other people, and work with their hands. The committee includes painters, carpenters, decorators, floral arrangers, seamstresses, and many other talented members.  More practical elements of the ministry include: washing and ironing, watering and maintaining plants, and just being a helper wherever help is needed.  Committee members meet twice a month during regular time. During major seasons, we meet on an as needed basis.


Suggested Strengths: Belief, Self-Assurance, Communication

CONTACT: Rita Andrich,  440.537.4740 or apostole4priests@roadrunner.com

"God grants these favours, then, not because those who receive them are holier than those who do not, but in order that His greatness may be made known, as we see in the case of Saint Paul and the Magdalen, and in order that we may praise Him in His creatures.” -From Interior Castle by Saint Teresa of Avila

Named after St. Teresa of Aliva, members of the Avilas join together in praying for new and existing vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and religious life.  Our Saint Ambrose Avilas will again be praying in the Chapel from 9:00 am - 10:00 am and 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm. Prayer books for use during those times are available. The Blessed Sacrament is exposed as well. If you wish to join the Avilas, just show up on Monday or call the rectory at any time for information. No dues, no meetings — the power of prayer together!  We come together the 2nd Monday of each month.  Our group continues to grow much like the mustard tree! The Avilas are a group unique to the Cleveland Diocese, now numbering more than a thousand. For more than 30 years, the Avilas have promoted vocations in our diocese. These are people who pledge to pray for vocations, and for continued and sustained work of ordained ministers and vowed religious.

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Baptism Ministry Team

CONTACT: Deacon Tom + Helen Sheridan, 330.460.7322 or HSheridan@StAmbrose.us

We help parents plan and prepare for the baptism in the best possible way. The signs and symbolism of baptism are explained, as well as what to expect on the day of baptism, which can take place as part of a Sunday Mass, or at the customary time outside of Mass.  Baptism classes are provided on the 2nd Sunday at 1:00 pm or Monday evening at 7:00 pm every other month. Your baby’s baptism is a time for celebration and joy. And, naturally, you want the best for your baby. We want to help you plan and prepare for the baptism in the best possible way.

Eucharistic Adoration

CONTACT: Deacon Gary + Shari Tomazic, 330.273.2321 or GTomazic@StAmbrose.us

Our group sponsors Eucharistic adoration every Monday from 9:00 am – 5:30 pm in the Chapel. Join us to spend 30-60 minutes in devotion to our Lord, who is present in the Eucharist.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

Suggested Strengths: Belief, Includer, Responsibility

CONTACT: Gary + Shari Tomazic, 330.273.2321 or GTomazic@StAmbrose.us

Ministers assist priest and deacons distribute Holy Communion during Masses, and take Holy Communion to area nursing homes.  Time involved with this ministry includes attendance at weekend Mass, as ministers are scheduled about 3 times per month for Communion distribution. Ministers who visit nursing homes attend 9:00 am Mass, then conduct a Communion Service at the nursing home, as well as make room visits. This takes approximately 2 hours, once a month.  Ministers should possess a devotion to our Lord, present in the Eucharist. For those visiting nursing homes, ministers should be friendly and compassionate, and comfortable leading the Communion Service. Diocesan and local training is required for all Eucharistic Ministers.


Suggested Strengths: Includer, Communication, WOO

CONTACT: Dyan Beder, 330.321.6386

Being a greeter is for EVERYONE! This is a simple but meaningful ministry. Arrive 20-minutes before the start of the Mass of your choosing, stand by the entrance of the church, put a smile on and welcome everyone to St. Ambrose as we pass out Missals. You can greet every week or once a month.  Anyone of any age can be a greeter or be done as a family!

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Suggested Strengths: Communication, Self-Assurance, Responsibility, WOO

CONTACT: Mike Mascio, 330.225.7402 or mmascpdm668@roadrunner.com

“Lectors are part of a faith-based ministry rooted in the proclamation of God’s Word. Just as a priest is instrumental in nourishing the souls of God’s elect through the Liturgy of the Eucharist, lectors minister to God’s faithful through the Liturgy of the Word, which Scriptures define as “with God from the beginning, and who is Christ made flesh.” (John 1:1-14)

First and foremost, a lector must have a fervent love for God’s Word. They must also have strong reading and presentation skills, with the ability to directly touch the hearts of God’s congregation through the proclamation of the Word.

Lectors normally meet as part of quarterly reflection services for liturgical ministers. Meetings last between one and two hours. Ministry leaders are involved 10 to 15 hours per month, while a typical lector is involved 3 to 5 hours per month. Every attempt is made to schedule lectors according to their personal Mass preferences and availability each month. There are quarterly training sessions for new lectors and those who wish to enhance their skills.

Linen Angels

CONTACT: Cheryl Gazso, 330.225.1092 or crg1938@aol.com

With deep love and reverence for the Holy Eucharist, the Altar Linen Care Ministry cares for the sacred linens. The individuals of this ministry was and iron all of the various small linens used for Masses, such as purificators, and corporals used on the altar at Mass.

Sacristy Work

Suggested Strengths: Belief, Arranger, Futuristic, Responsibility

CONTACT: Jan Avery, 330.220.0203 or jma4673@yahoo.com,

Or Grace Bouman, 330.225.5148,

Or Helen Lanzarotta, 330.460.7343 or HLanzarotta@StAmbrose.us

These parishioners prepare the sacred vessels, wine, hosts and other liturgical items before and after weekend Masses, funerals and weddings.


Suggested Strengths: Responsibility, WOO, Belief, Includer, individualization

CONTACT: Dennis Pastorelle, 330.225.4636 or dennis.pastorelle@yahoo.com

Our group welcomes both men and women to be responsible for coordinating seating, offertory collections, and traffic flow of communicants during Masses. Our ushers usually select the Mass that is most convenient for them and their families, and they continue to serve at the same weekly Mass. We welcome anyone from teens to seniors.

Worship Commission

Suggested Strengths:  Empathy, Ideation, Belief

CONTACT: Tom Bonezzi, 330.421.7933 or TBonezzi@StAmbrose.us

The Liturgy Planning Team meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month. This group enlivens our worship experience by helping to plan special events in the church year including: Christmas, Lent, Easter, Mother’s Day, Baptism of the Lord, etc.
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