Advent Events 2019

Below are all of the wonderful things happening this Advent season! Listen to the Advent song for our season “Waiting for God”.

Advent & Christmas Mass Schedule

Sacrament of Reconciliation
Saturday, December 7, 14, 21

9:00 – 9:30am
Saturday mornings during Advent, Thursday 9:00-9:30am, and always by appointment (330.460.7300).
Additional times are on the first Friday of every month at 3:00pm. Join us for this healing Sacrament.

Feast of the Immaculate Conception
Masses on Monday, December 9, 2019 at 8:15am, 12 Noon, and 5:30pm
Not a Holy Day of Obligation

Christmas Eve – Tuesday, December 24
3:30pm Children’s Christmas Pageant
4:00pm Church and Hilkert Hall
6:00pm, 8:00pm and 12:00 Midnight in Church
(Music before Midnight Mass at 11:30pm)

Christmas Day – Wednesday, December 25
8:00am, 10:00am, 12:00noon

New Year’s Eve – December 31
Vigil of Mary, Mother of God
4:00pm and 5:30pm

New Year’s Day – January 1
Mary, Mother of God
9:00am and 10:30am

Prepare your Hearts during this Advent Season

“I, the Lord, have called you for the victory of justice. I formed you and set you as a covenant of the people, a light for the nations, to open the eyes of the blind, to bring prisoners from confinement, and from the dungeon those who live in darkness.” Isaiah 42:6-7

  • For the times and the ways in which I have failed to honor the demands of justice required of me as God’s disciple…
  • For the destruction and abuse of our natural environment…
  • For my wastefulness and failure to be a good steward of God’s creation…
  • For my refusal to share with those who are truly in need;
  • For abusing my body through overindulgence…
  • For selfishness and pettiness in my family…
  • For being careless and disrespectful in how I drive my car…
  • For failing to carry out the duties of democracy…
  • For using others as objects for my gratification and advancement…
  • For abusing the gift of human sexuality through lust, deceit or manipulation…

“If you remove from your midst oppression, false accusation and malicious speech. If you bestow your bread upon the hungry and satisfy the afflicted, then light shall rise for you in the darkness, and the gloom shall become as midday.” Isaiah 58:9-10

  • For the time and the ways in which I have done what is wrong or failed to do what is good…
  • For dishonesty and infidelity in my relationships…
  • For gossip and slander in my speech…
  • For apathy in regard to issues of importance in our world, such as disease, hunger, poverty, war, abortion, debt relief and drug abuse…
  • For lack of concern toward the poor, the hungry, the homeless, the immigrant, the refugee and the weak…
  • For my failure to practice peace-making in my life…
  • For my refusal to forgive others or myself…
  • For clinging to anger and resentment…
  • For seeking revenge and for efforts to retaliate…
  • For failing to listen with empathy and understanding…
  • For using words that demean the dignity and hurt the feelings of others…

“Come now, let us set things right, says the Lord: Though your sins be like scarlet, they may become white a snow; though they be crimson red, they may become white as wool.” Isaiah 1:18

  • For the time and the ways in which I have failed to love God with all my heart and mind and soul and strength, and refused to love my neighbor as myself…
  • For my failure to worship in a true spirit of thanksgiving and praise…
  • For my hesitancy in speaking and acting as a true witness and apostle of Jesus Christ…
  • For failing to participate fully, consciously and actively at Mass…
  • For my refusal to pick up the cross and follow Christ…
  • For my failure to pray as often or as sincerely as I should…
  • For using rationalizations and excuses to avoid the call of the Gospel…
  • For not living my faith as fully or as fervently as I should…

Act of Contrition

My God,

I am sorry for my sins with all my heart.
In choosing to do wrong and in failing to do good,
I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things.
I firmly intend, with your help,
to do penance, to sin no more,
and to avoid whatever leads me to sin.
Our Savior Jesus Christ suffered and died for us,
in his name, my God, have mercy.

Amen.

Advent Tea

Saturday, December 7, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in Hilkert Hall
Join us for our 4th annual Advent Tea with guest speaker Romona Robinson. Her compelling story will inspire you to examine your own purpose – with a desire to walk in faith, not fear. Details at www.StAmbrose.us/AdventTea

TICKETS: Tickets are $18 per person. Includes a light lunch with dessert, hot tea and drinks, a dynamic presentation by Romona Robinson, and a meaningful afternoon with close friends and family. You can be a hostess for a table of 8 (where you can decorate your own table), or just join us for a relaxing afternoon. Please stop by the Parish Life Center front office to purchase your tickets. The ticket deadline is December 1.

INFO:  For any additional information, contact Lisa at LHomady@stambrose.us or Helen at HLanzarotta@stambrose.us 330.460.7343

Music Ministry Concert with Potluck & Tree Lighting

Saturday, December 7 – Ring in the joy of this season!

  • 5:30pm Potluck Dinner (after the 4:30pm Mass)
  • 6:30pm Christmas Tree Lighting outside of Church
  • 6:30-8:00pm Music Ministry concert in the Church

POTLUCK INFO! Last names A-I please bring a salad to share, last names J-R please bring a side dish to share, and last names S-Z please bring a dessert to share. For your convenience, all food can be dropped off prior to 4:30 Mass in Hilkert Hall. Please make sure your dish is clearly labeled with your last name.

Breakfast with St. Nick, Saint Ambrose & Friends

Sunday, December 8, 8:00am – 11:45am
Christmas is right around the corner, and we know what that means! The annual St. Nick’s Breakfast is almost here. Join the Knights of Columbus, Boy Scouts, FIAT, and our Littlest Angels as we celebrate this great feast day with breakfast, a visit with Saint Nick, and some fun crafts for the whole family.

TICKETS: $7 General Admission (Under 2 Free). Tickets include Breakfast, craft for each child, picture with St. Ambrose, St. Nick and Santa in our Winter Wonderland! Meal includes: Pancakes, eggs, sausage, potatoes, fruit drink, coffee, and water.

School Christmas Concert

Thursday, December 12, at 6:30 pm
All are welcome to the Saint Ambrose School K-8 Christmas Concert beginning in the church. Doors open at 6:00pm, concert begins at 6:30pm. Before the concert, at 5:30pm, will be an art gallery in Hilkert Hall with cookies and hot cocoa!

Generations of Faith Christmas Cookie Baking 

December 14, 1:00 pm in Hilkert Hall

Young and old, we all love cookies! Bring all of your family generations to do something special together this Christmas season! We have a fun afternoon planned to learn new recipes, share family traditions, and get new techniques. And of course…BAKE CHRISTMAS COOKIES TOGETHER!

Have a favorite recipe? Bring it to share! It’s a fun event for the whole family.

RSVP by December 7 to Jane Baldwin at JBaldwin@StAmbrose.us or 330.460.7381

Living Nativity

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Sunday, December 15, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
What a better way to enter into the Advent season than remembering where it all began. Join the Saint Ambrose community as we re-enact that joyful night where Heaven and earth collided and God gave us His most precious gift.

Followed by fun in Hilkert Hall with family activities, crafts and a chili bar with all the toppings! Bring your favorite Christmas treat to share. Invite your friends and family to join you!

Advent Kindness Pines

Share in the spirit of Christmas…Beginning the week of November 16 – December 15, there will be 3 Kindness Pines located at the entryways of the church filled with tags listing items for families in need in our community. Please consider taking a tag or two sharing the spirit of Christmas – the spirit of giving from the heart.

The tags will give you all the directions and details!
No need to wrap your requested gift, the parents like to do this for their children.

To give them time to do this, please return all gifts to the designated bins at church entrances (with tag from tree taped to bag) by Sunday, December 15. If you have any questions, please call Catholic Works of Mercy 330.460.7303. Thank you.

Bambinelli Blessing

December 14 and 15 – All Masses
A thirty year old tradition that was started in Rome at the Vatican. Every family is invited to bring their “Baby Jesus” from their Nativity Scene to the Masses this weekend and receive a blessing alongside the parish Bambinelli. The Bambinelli Blessing will bring us to experience God’s true joy and love that comes to us from the infant Jesus.