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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 LHomady@StAmbrose.us

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 jtrush@us.ibm.com

community meal

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 seapines8@aol.com
Or Bill Zarefoss, 330.220.4596 or wzarefoss@gmail.com
Or Jeff Trush, 440.554.6277 or jtrush@us.ibm.com

We are a team of parishioners who offer assistance to families in our parish community, completing projects around their homes that they may not be able to do themselves. We work with parish staff, Catholic Works of Mercy, and other community groups to identify families and individuals who need help. 

Suggested Strengths: Achiever, Arranger, Responsibility, Restorative

CONTACT: Jane Baldwin, 330.460.7381 or JBaldwin@StAmbrose.us

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, Lisa Homady, for more information at 330.460.7315 or LHomady@StAmbrose.us. Support will be waiting for you. Non-Catholics are welcome.

Suggested Strengths: Empathy, Relator, Includer

CONTACT:
Diane Capretta,
330.351.5471 or dcapretta8@gmail.com
Bob Eskut, 330.421.4070 or liv2samba@gmail.com

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 LHomady@StAmbrose.us

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, 216.870.2411 or steve0106@frontier.com

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

CONTACT:
Therese Bartchak
, 216.973.6784 or tbartchak86@gmail.com
Pat Drum, 330.273.8453 or drumstar2@yahoo.com    Nancy VanGieson at nvang1@aol.com Denise Goal at Denise.Griefshare@gmail.com  

Since its formation in 1985, the “Good Samaritan” Ministry ranks as one of the earliest and at the same time Blessed Parish Ministries at St. Ambrose. From 1985 to the present, the “GOOD SAMS” continue to faithfully carry out their mission to bring the “Eucharist” to the Homebound and the Hospitalized, to visit the sick and those recovering from the hospital, to pray with and to listen to whom the Lord sends them with a compassionate ear and heart. If you are experiencing God’s Call to serve as a Hospital or Homebound Minister, please contact Deacon Frank or Gladys Kemski.

CONTACT:
Deacon Frank Weglicki, 440.238.1665 or secesh1246@wowway.com
Gladys Kemski, 330.225.4783 or pakemski@aol.com

We are a group of dedicated parishioners committed to bringing health resources to Saint Ambrose. We are doctors, nurses, nutritionists and parents. We serve parishioners by organizing informational health talks, hosting health conscious events, and encouraging everyone to live a healthy and holy life to their fullest God-given potential.  Email Lisa Homady if you are interested in attending an upcoming meeting so that we can contact you. It does not involve much time to volunteer in this ministry.

If health is a priority to you and your family, then this is a great committee to be involved with.

Contact Lisa Homady: LHomady@StAmbrose.us or 330.460.7315

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 | 330.225.9005 | MiriamH1945@gmail.com or Terri Blasko | 216.990.0082 | terriblasko@frontier.com

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 www.MissionPossible.us to learn more!

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

CONTACT:
Michele Summer:  MSumner@StAmbrose.us / 330.460.7324

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, 330.460.7304 or MonicaK1@roadrunner.com

Saint Ambrose Catholic Parish in Brunswick, Saint Rocco Catholic Parish in Cleveland, and others come together in partnership to share gifts and talents, resources and friendship in the building up of God’s Kingdom in Northern Ohio for the spiritual growth and pastoral care in service to the Lord, our members, and the communities we serve.

Suggested Strengths: Connectedness, WOO, Self-Assurance

CONTACT:
Jane Baldwin,
330.460.7381 or jbaldwin@stambrose.us

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 diccon73@roadrunner.com

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, or work from the comfort of your own home

. 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 HSheridan@StAmbrose.us

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 www.StAmbrose.us/Pro-Life.

Suggested Strengths: Empathy, Responsibility, Positivity, Belief

CONTACT:
Trish Shaw
440.590.0083 or ohshaws@gmail.com
Marian Iglai, 330.225.4817 or Imiglai@frontier.com

We are parishioners who pray for and visit our incarcerated brothers and sisters.  Our ministry helps the incarcerated with their needs, varying from spiritual material, reading material and clothing and looking to expand in other areas such as prayer groups, job placement and tutoring. We also have Masses for inmates throughout the year. We currently have a Thursday and Friday morning team that goes to Medina County Jail to lead inmates in prayer, scripture study and reflection through the Alpha program.

If you or anyone you know is interested in being a part of our ministry, please contact Mark or Jane to learn more.

Suggested Strengths: Contentedness, Empathy, Positivity, Relator

Mark Oldfield: 440.666.5217 or oldfield322@gmail.com

Jane Baldwin: 330.460.7381 or jbaldwin@stambrose.us

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

CONTACT:
Lisa Homady,
330.460.7315 or LHomady@StAmbrose.us

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 swhisler@gmail.com

We provide prayer quilts to members of the parish who are ill or struggling with cancer. We come together with love and companionship to create a quilt for each person, reminding them that they are covered in God’s love. We pray for the healing love of Jesus Christ, that they may walk hand in hand with Him through their illness. The Quilting Ministry meets the first and third Tuesday each month.

If you know someone who is in need of a quilt, please let Father Bob know (FrBob@StAmbrose.us) so that he can coordinate the prayer quilt or if you want to join our team, contact Kathy Pearl for more information on how to be involved.

Contact: Kathy Pearl: 330.571.2234 or KPearl@StAmbrose.us