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, a 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 would benefit from Angels on Wheels outreach, 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.


Lisa Homady, 330.460.7315 |

Kim Nemet, 330.460.7316 |

We are Parish staff and priests who want to help you walk through the annulment process. We are here for you. If you have been married and are now divorced we welcome you to discuss the Church’s process of annulment, and have your circumstances heard and evaluated in a totally confidential manner in order to ascertain whether or not an annulment of the marriage is possible.

The First Step program, during which Tribunal staff explains the annulment process options and answer questions, is hosted throughout the Diocese. We meet with you on an as-needed basis. Call any of our Priests or Deacons to make an appointment to discuss what’s involved and start the process.

You are welcome to complete our online Annulment Form to get started.

Online Annulment Form

CAR provides safe and reliable transportation to and from weekend Masses 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: Lisa Homady, 330.460.7315 |

Are you looking to make a difference in someone’s life? We are beginning a new ministry to reach out to those parishioners that may be alone or feeling lonely, by making a few phone calls per month to them.  All it entails is just a simple phone call, asking how they are doing, and letting them know that WE care about them and will be praying for them.  Imagine someone you care about… sitting home alone without any family members… and what a difference this simple phone call could make in their life. If you are looking to do something that requires minimal time, even from the comfort of your own home, this may be the perfect opportunity for you to really make a difference in the life of someone.

If you are interested in helping to bring joy and God’s love into someone’s life, one phone call at a time, please contact Helen at 330-460-7322 or Lisa at

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 per month.  Special events that our ministry helps with on an annual basis include 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 while maintaining confidentiality.

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

CONTACT: Jeff Trush, 440.554.6277 |

Community Day is a one day, community ‘blitz’ when we go out and serve the community by the hundreds! From flower beds to garbage removal to gardening, we serve parishioners and community members in need. Our annual event is scheduled in April each year. It’s an easy way to make a big impact in our community.

Suggested Strengths: Achiever, Arranger, Responsibility, Restorative

For information, CONTACT: Jane Baldwin, 330.460.7381 or, or Lisa Homady, 330.460.7315 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

Linda Cebula
, 440-239-9757 or
Or Bill Zarefoss, 216-287-4552 or
Or Jeff Trush, 440-554-6277 or

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

Meets on Saturdays, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, in  Lehner Center.

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 Support will be waiting for you. Non-Catholics are welcome.

Suggested Strengths: Empathy, Relator, Includer

Diane Capretta,
330.351.5471 or
Jennie Porco, 330.460.7317 or

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

Meets on Tuesdays in the Lehner Center, from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm beginning in March 2021. 

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 Jennie Porco.

CONTACT: Jennie Porco, 330.460.7317 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, 216.870.2411 or

Unemployed? Underemployed? Where to Turn?

Members of our St. Ambrose community want to discern the types of support and services needed by job seekers. If you are looking for a new position, please click here to submit an information form that will let us know the types of assistance that might help you.

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

GriefShare is a non-denominational, “CHRIST CENTERED” group setting with a video/workbook based program for adults who are dealing with the death of someone they love.

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 your use so you can follow the DVD’s bullet points, as well as providing you a week’s worth of pages to review and reflect for your own needs during this process.

The program runs for 13 weeks with a different subject each week. (We ask you please try to commit to a minimum of 3 weeks).  If it too soon for you, you may always come back when you are ready. If it is not your think thing, we will certainly understand that as well. You may start either session at any time.

This is a SAFE environment where you can laugh, cry, and share your story/memories in confidence. There is NO change, complimentary snack and beverage provided. We do not offer child care.

Suggested Strengths: Empathy, Individualization, Relator, Positivity

Due to COVID-19, we are NOT meeting in groups, however, You are able to view videos online. Please contact Denise Golan via email for details.

Wednesday Evenings 7:00 – 9:00 pm in the Lehner Center Fr. McGivney Room.
CONTACT: Denise Golan,      Phone/Text 440-465-7813

Thursday Afternoons 1:00 – 3:00 pm in the Lehner Center Luke Room.
CONTACT: Nancy VanGieson,  Phone: 330-225-7385  or

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.

Deacon Frank Weglicki, 440.238.1665 or
Gladys Kemski, 330.225.4783 or

We are a team who believe in the power of the Holy Spirit to offer healing to individuals. We work in conjunction with the Evangelization & Tuesday Evening Prayer Group to provide Holy Spirit and healing opportunities throughout the year.

Suggested Strengths: Empathy, Belief, Communication, Connectedness

Watch the bulletin for information or contact Jane Baldwin, 330.460.7381 or

We are a group of dedicated parishioners committed to bringing health resources to Saint Ambrose. 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 Jennie Porce 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 Jennie: or 330.460.7317.

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 | or Terri Blasko | 216.990.0082 |

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

Michele Summer: / 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

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

Jane Baldwin,
330.460.7381 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, 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

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

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

Jane Baldwin: 330.460.7381 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

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

A wonderful Care and Compassion ministry at Saint Ambrose serving the need for one-to-one lay care for those in our community who are hurting. In conjunction with the church, there is a special group of people who run this ministry. They are our Stephen Ministry Team. Some have gone through a week-long training course or have God given talents that have equipped them with the tools they need to ensure that this ministry runs smoothly.

In Matthew 18, Jesus promises to be with us.
That’s one of the great miracles of Stephen Ministry. When a Stephen Minister meets one-to-one with his or her care receiver, Jesus is present too. He brings the power of His transforming love, and the peace, healing, and comfort that only God can give.

In 1 Thessalonians 5 Paul writes, “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up…Encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone.” God has called us all to build up and encourage one another. For those who are experiencing a really difficult time, our Stephen Ministers can provide the special encouragement, care, and support they need until they are past the crisis.

If you would like an application or more information please contact Lisa Homady at 330.460.7315 or Carol Maline at 330.460.7336  Applications are also available at the front office.


Saint Ambrose Parish feeds over 6,000 people during Thanksgiving. We set up, prepare, cook, and serve thousands of people during Thanksgiving. We need all sorts of different people to help set up the building, deliver/ transport food, wrap silverware, prepare placemats, prepare, cook, and serve food. You name it; we do it and we need your help! The core planning team meets regularly throughout the year, but to sign up and help on Thanksgiving Day, just keep an eye out in the parish bulletin. It’s easy and anyone can help!

Suggested Strengths: Connectedness, Discipline, Harmony, Self-Assurance

Betty Ann Hodan, 216.406.1574
Scott Hodan, 440.336.2199 |
Jane Baldwin,
Lisa Homady, 330.460.7315 |

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 ( 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