Care and Compassion Ministries focus on service and helping those in our community.

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

The Saint Ambrose “Angels on Wheels” ministry, offers care, compassion, and a home-cooked hot meal to our families that may be experiencing joy, or loss, or suffering. Are you celebrating the birth of a new child? Are you mourning the loss of a loved one? God is continuously nourishing our hearts, our minds, and our lives with his continued, everlasting love… and our parish family wants to nourish our families in the same way. If you find yourself in need, or know someone that does, please contact Lisa Homady or Kim Nemet. We want to shine God’s love upon those that need it and fulfill Christ’s mission of taking care of others!

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Visit the Angels on Wheels page to fill out a request or referral form.

CONTACT: Lisa Homady, 330.460.7315 or Or Kim Nemet, 330.460.7316 at

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.

Suggested Strengths: Connectedness, Restorative, Includer, Empathy

CONTACT: Please call the Parish Office at 330.460.7300 for additional information.

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.

Suggested Strengths: Connectedness, Responsibility, Restorative, Empathy, Arranger

CONTACT: Jeff Trush, 440.554.6277 or

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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.

Suggested Strengths: Connectedness, Responsibility, Restorative, Empathy, Arranger

CONTACT: Linda Cebula, 330.225.7740 or
Or Bill Zarefoss, 330.220.4596 or
Or Jeff Trush, 440.554.6277 or

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!

Suggested Strengths: Connectedness, Focus, Ideation, Responsibility, WOO

CONTACT: Jane Baldwin, 330.460.7381 or

Meets every Monday 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the School Library.

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.

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.

Suggested Strengths: Empathy, Relator, Includer

Diane Capretta,
330.351.5471 or
Bob Eskut, 330.421.4070 or

Is your child struggling from your divorce or separation? Are you looking to help your child heal?

Meets every Monday in the School Pre-School Room from 6:00-8:00 p.m. to coincide with Divorce Care for adults. 

Divorce Care for Kids (DC4K) is a scripture-based program designed to help children (aged 6-12) of families experiencing divorce and separation.  It is a 13-week Christ-centered support group that is full of games, fun activities, arts and crafts, stories, exercise, videos and music that is centered around a weekly theme.

Throughout Divorce Care for Kids, your children realize that they are not the only ones going through this. They develop friendships with others who understand how they feel. They will learn how to sort through their feelings and will learn how to have healthy relationships- with you, your family and with God.  Best of all, children will learn how God’s love can strengthen them and help them turn tears to hope and joy.

If you think your child(ren) would benefit from Divorce Care for Kids and would like more information, or would like to register your child, please contact Lisa Homady.

CONTACT: Lisa Homady, 330.460.7315 or

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.

Suggested Strengths: Connectedness, Input, Positivity, Responsibility, Relator

CONTACT: Steve Anderson, 330.220.5507 or

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.

Suggested Strengths: Connectedness, Empathy, Responsibility, Arranger

CONTACT: Marian Swansinger, 330.225.3987

Grief Sharing  GriefShare is 13 weekly sessions for those who are dealing with the death of someone they love. We meet on Thursday  Wednesday evenings in Matthew Fr. McGivney room 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.

Suggested Strengths: Empathy, Individualization, Relator, Positivity

Therese Bartchak
, 216.973.6784 or
Pat Drum, 330.273.8453 or    Nancy VanGieson 330-225-7385 or

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.

Suggested Strengths: Connectedness, Individualization, Responsibility, Belief

Deacon Frank Weglicki, 440.238.1665 or
Gladys Kemski, 330.225.4783 or

The mission of the Parish Health and Wellness Committee is to bring community health resources to St. Ambrose to assist parishioners to live a healthy and holy life to their fullest God-given potential.

The Committee’s largest event is the annual Health & Wellness Fair held in the month of March.  Duties for this event involve securing vendors, offering health screenings, and marketing of the event to the parishioners and the community.  The Committee also serves parishioners by publishing monthly health and wellness topics and healthy recipes in the bulletin, organizing informational health talks, and other events, such as Family Fitness Day in September.  Committee meetings are held when necessary to prepare for events.  Most communications are done via email.  Individuals with some type of healthcare training are encouraged to offer their time by joining the Committee, although this is not a requirement.

If living a healthy life is a priority for you and your family, then this is a great committee to join!

Suggested Strengths: Positivity, Responsibility, Restorative

Sue Kirchner,
440.539.9358 or
Renee O’Connor, 216.571.4243 or

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.

Suggested Strengths: Empathy, Individualization, Positivity

CONTACT: Miriam Hopkins or Terri Blasko,

Saint 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.  Saint 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!

Visit to learn more!


Suggested Strengths: Achiever, Ideation, Includer, Arranger, Adaptability

Sarah Krieger,
Jake Bihari
, 330.460.7331 or
Diane Graham, 330.321.1630 or

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.

Suggested Strengths: Empathy, Responsibility, Belief, Positivity

CONTACT: Monica Kortan, 330.225.7843 or

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.

Suggested Strengths: Connectedness, WOO, Self-Assurance

Bob Marzola,
 330.273.1071 or
Stacy Menethy, 216.410.8285 or

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.

Suggested Strengths: Connectedness, Responsibility, Empathy, Positivity

CONTACT: Connie Smalley, 330.225.9236 or

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!

CONTACT: Helen Sheridan, 330.460.7322 or

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.

For more, visit

Suggested Strengths: Empathy, Responsibility, Positivity, Belief

Trish Shaw
440.590.0083 or
Marian Iglai, 330.225.4817 or

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.

Suggested Strengths: Connectedness, Positivity, Relator, Empathy

CONTACT: Mark Oldfield, 440.666.5217 or

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.

Suggested Strengths: Command, Responsibility, Positivity, Strategic, Deliberative

Lisa Homady,
330.460.7315 or
Mary Harley, 216.570.8556 or
Matt Harley, 216.952.5034 or

Our group represents Saint Ambrose Parish in the Brunswick community at the Brunswick Relay for Life.  This event is held at Brunswick High School in early June and is the signature event for the American Cancer Society.  We raise awareness and promote prevention in our community, as well as raise funds in support of ACS.  We meet several times a year to organize various fundraisers, with our main event being the 5K Run for the Relay and 1 Mile Fun Run. We are always looking for compassionate, creative people who in one way or another have been affected by cancer and are ready to step up to make a difference

Suggested Strengths:  Empathy, Positivity, Includer, Connectedness

CONTACT: Shari Whisler, 330.225.6962 or

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 so he can coordinate the prayer quilt.

CONTACT: Bonnie Kaltenstein, 330.483.4841 or