Upcoming Events During Advent
Below are all of the wonderful things happening this Advent season!
Ready to challenge yourself? Do something meaningful this Advent!
We have provided reflective, thought-provoking, feel-good and very doable challenges for you. The Advent Challenge will allow you to do wonderful things for yourself, your family and your community this season.
Young Adult Advent Yoga
Saturday, December 1, 12:00 noon – 1:15pm
Enter the Advent season with a grateful & peaceful heart! Join St. Ambrose parishioner and yoga instructor Lisa Berardinelli for a discounted Young Adult Yoga Class! The class will be held at her studio, The Barn Wellness Center in Hinckley, and modeled after her “Soulful Sunday” classes, which incorporate a mix of high energy and contemplative Christian worship music. The last 15 minutes will be dedicated to a mindful meditation. Class is $10 per person. Space is limited to 25. College students, 20s & 30s welcome (young moms & dads included)!
RSVP: Contact Catherine R. at CRainey@StAmbrose.us or 330.460.7338 by Nov. 28th.
St. Nick’s Breakfast
Sunday, December 2, 8:00am – 11:45am
Christmas is right around the corner, and we know what that means! The annual Saint 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: $6.50 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.
for KING & COUNTRY Christmas Concert featuring Zach Williams
After the absolute viral response from their “Little Drummer Boy (LIVE)” music video last Christmas season, the GRAMMY award-winning duo for KING & COUNTRY will embark on their theatrical, dynamic, and moving Little Drummer Boy | The Christmas Tour featuring fellow GRAMMY-award winner, Zach Williams. The tour will feature original hits from both artists, as well as brand new songs from for KING & COUNTRY’s album ‘burn the ships’, previous holiday recordings and Christmas classics. Visit 955thefish.com for tickets and information.
“Son of God, Come into Our Lives”
Saturday, December 8, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in Hilkert Hall
Let the love of God strengthen and deepen our hearts and minds this Advent season. Join us for our 3rd annual Advent Tea with guest speaker Sara Carnes, co-host of the Fish, as Jesus comes into our life to be our Light. Take some time for yourself, invite your family and friends, and spend an afternoon celebrating the Son of God, our Love Divine.
TICKETS: Tickets are $10.00 per person. Includes a light lunch with dessert, tea and drinks, a dynamic presentation by Sara Carnes, 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.
RSVP: For more info or to RSVP contact Lisa H. or Helen L. at 330.460.7300.
Potluck & St. Ambrose Music Ministry Concert
Saturday, December 8th, 5:30pm
Join us as we begin the Advent Season! Following the 4:30 pm Mass we will gather in Hilkert Hall for a potluck dinner. We’ll provide the pizza! 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.
After dinner, join us in the church at 7:00 pm for a beautiful concert by our Music Ministry to help us prepare, through words and music, our hearts for the Son of God, Love Divine, Come into Our Lives, Be our Light!
School Christmas Concert
Thursday, December 13, 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 15th, 1:00 pm in Hilkert Hall
Don’t ruin this holiday season with store-bought cookies! Create a lasting—and delicious— impression this holiday season with our festive cookie class.In this fun, hands-on class, you will be introduced to various types of cookie dough preparations and the tips to prep, bake and decorate for the holidays. Bring your appetite and imagination, this will be the best holiday party of the season.
Please join us as we come together from all different generations to learn more about Christmas Cookies, Baking and Family Traditions.
RSVP by 12/10 to Jane Baldwin, JBaldwin@StAmbrose.us or 330.460.7381
Sunday, December 16, 5:45 – 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 19 – December 11, 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 11. If you have any questions, please call Catholic Works of Mercy 330.460.7303. Thank you.
December 15 & 16 – 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.
Advent & Christmas Mass Schedule
Immaculate Conception on Saturday, December 8th
7pm Vigil on Friday the 7th, 8:15 am, 9:30 am on Saturday the 8th
Christmas Eve – Monday, December 24
4:00pm Church and Hilkert Hall
6:00pm, 8:00pm & 12:00 Midnight in Church
Christmas Day – Tuesday, December 25
8:00am, 10:00am, 12:00noon
New Year’s Eve – December 31
Vigil of Mary, Mother of God
4:30pm & 6:00pm
New Year’s Day – January 1
Mary, Mother of God
9:00am & 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
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.