Boy Scout Troop 513, chartered by St. Ambrose Church is a youth organization targeted to young boys between the ages 10-18. Under the guidance of over 25 adult leaders, the scouts develop various skills including strong character, timeless values, and leadership. The Scouting program maximizes these aims through the use of weekly meetings on Thursday from 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm and on campouts scheduled once a month all year round; trips include a week long resident camp, winter campouts, caving, and historical sites.

Scouts advance in rank based on skills and the earning of merit badges, activities that feature skill sets, hobbies such as wood carving, rocketry, and citizenship. The merit badge program is orchestrated to give the scout exposure to numerous trades and skills that otherwise may not be present in a youth’s growth. This also includes service to the church and our community through the sponsorship of American Red Cross Blood Drives, Adopt-a-Roadway, Adopting 2 or 3 families at Christmas through Catholic Works of Mercy, service to our Military Veterans, and other special fundraisers — such as the Scout Sunday Pancake Breakfast on the first Sunday of February in Hilkert Hall.  Scouting is youth run organization, where the boys develop leadership skills by planning their weekly meetings and camp outs, execute those plans, and then evaluate those plans.  The Scout Troop is always looking for new participants, youth or adult alike, who can contribute their life skills and experiences to help train our boys to become young adults.


Frank Gati, 330.273.4366 or
John Frohlich, 330.273.6839 or

We have regular meetings every other Wednesday morning at 9 am and plan our work days from there.  The committee has a documented Preventative Maintenance Program that it follows in order to maintain the building and grounds of the parish.  We are always looking for anyone interested in helping with the committee. Construction experience would be helpful, but is not required. Anyone with carpentry, flooring, concrete, masonry, electrical, plumbing or painting experience would be greatly appreciated.

Contact Ken Kukarola at or the parish office for information.

Cub scouts, a part of Boy Scouts of America, is an organization serving boys in grades K – 5. The goals of the Cub Scouting program are to build character, foster citizenship and develop physical, mental, emotional and moral fitness through the completion of activities that are fun and challenging.  Dens, groups of boys organized by grade level, typically meet twice per month throughout the school year. The pack, all dens together, meets once per month throughout the school year.  Volunteers are the family and friends of the boys involved in the scouting program. The pack needs new leaders, assistant leaders and Pack Committee members each year. All leaders must be VIRTUS trained. Volunteers who will be working directly with the children will also be required to take some basic training that is paid for by the pack.

Time commitment varies depending upon the role for which you volunteer.  Each year, the pack hosts a Halloween Party, Christmas Party, Pinewood Derby, Blue and Gold Banquet and Summer Boat Race for the scouts and their families. The pack is also involved in several community service activities such as Scouting for Food, Good Will/Good Turn Day, Christmas in July and a USO Drive.

Andy Keller, 330.220.4290 or
Carla Karla, 216.401.7263 or

The Saint Ambrose Endowment Fund receives and administers gifts and contributions for charitable, religious, educational and social service purposes. The organization operates consistent with the principles, teachings and philosophy of the Roman Catholic Church.  Gifts are received through many avenues including, but not limited to: cash, real estate, securities, retirement funds, life insurance policies and tangible personal property.

Suggested Strengths: Responsibility

CONTACT: Kathy Plavecski, 330.483.3085 or

John Paul II called the Church to a new evangelization. He reminded us that we as Catholic Christians have the responsibility to spread the Good News to all people everywhere. The Evangelization Committee of Saint Ambrose Parish is charged with this responsibility to help our community welcome, invite and share the Good News of Jesus Christ. The committee hosts programs like “Welcome Home Sunday” to invite all inactive Catholics to come back “home” to Church.

Suggested Strengths: Ideation, Positivity, Responsibility, Activator, WOO

CONTACT: Shari Tomazic

We are a dedicated group of parishioners with diverse backgrounds and gifts, talents and insights to offer. The Parish Finance Council provides expertise and consultation in financial analysis, planning, and policy development in order to aid the Pastor in the administration of parish goods, while maintaining due regard for The Code of Canon Law and The Diocese of Cleveland Parish Finance Council Policy Norms. The full Finance Council meets the fourth  Wednesday of every month, usually from 7:00-9:00 pm. In addition to the full Finance Council meetings, Council members attend committee meetings, as required. Finance Council Members serve 1 year terms beginning July 31st.

If you have any experience in finance, education, administration, human resources, law or operations and have 1.5 hours a month to dedicate to your parish, please contact Fr. Bob Stec, Bob Downs or Bryce Rausch.

Fr. Bob Stec,
Bob Downs, 330.273.3108 or
Bryce Rausch, 215.896.924 or

We are a small group of girls, grades Kindergarten through  and grade 7, led by adult volunteers, who meet every other week to work on crafts, educational projects, music, drama, and other skills toward the achievement of Girl Scout badges.  About once a month, we go on special outings, which can include camping, visiting special places, or just going out to have fun. We meet every other week at school.  We have leaders and volunteers that dedicate approximately 2 hours per week, plus some extra time for training and weekend outings.  We are a girl-centered group, with young preteens, and would be interested in guest volunteers who are involved in anything that might be of interest to the girls, or who might be an excellent role model. Alternately, if someone had a need that would service as a good service project for our group, please contact the leader.

Tina Cigany, 330.273.0971 or
Carrie Ruggiero, 440.476.3637 or

Council #4847

We are a group of men, dedicated to serving our parish and community. The Brunswick Council 4847 was charted in 1959 and is one of 13,000 councils worldwide. We are a Catholic fraternal benefit society that was formed to offer financial aid to its members and their families.

We serve in five key areas: faith, community, youth, family and fellowship. You can find us cooking food or parking cars at parish events, hosting fundraisers for the needy and being actively involved in our parish community.

The Knights of Columbus meet every Tuesday evening at 7:00pm for about an hour and have many opportunities for involvement throughout the year (cooking, parking cars, serving, etc.).

If you are a Catholic adult man over 18 and are looking for likeminded guys to share your faith with, get in touch with Frank Pacek or John Taylor or visit the website for more info:

Frank Pacek, Grand Knight 330.225.4370 or
John Taylor, Deputy Grand Knight

Assembly #3105

The primary purpose of the Fourth Degree is to foster the spirit of patriotism by promoting responsible citizenship and a love of and loyalty to our country through active membership in local Fourth Degree groups (called “assemblies”).

Certain members of our assembly serve as honor guards at civic and religious functions, an activity that has brought worldwide recognition to the Knights of Columbus.

Our assembly meets in the Saint Ambrose Catholic Parish Lehner Center on the 3rd Thursday of the month, with an officers meeting at 6:45 pm followed by the general membership at 7:30 pm.

All members MUST be a Third Degree member of Council #4847 prior to joining.

Contact Jim for information. Jim Maslach at 440.785.9838 or

The mission of Saint Ambrose Catholic School is to be a Catholic community where Jesus Christ is everything to us and our students are challenged to reach their potential. Our Littlest Angels Early Childhood Program (age 2-pre K) exposes children to independent thinking through a variety of social and academic classroom experiences. The Saint Ambrose Elementary Education students (Grades 1-4) grow in self-confidence while discovering their innate talents and abilities. The Saint Ambrose High School Prep program (Grades 5-8) empowers independent thinking through personal accountability, dynamic communication, and daily work ethic.

We serve our students, staff, parish and great community every day through our teaching and countless service programs. Our day school and various programs and activities meet throughout the school year, depending on the program.

To learn more about the school or to get involved, please contact Lisa or visit our website:  

Mrs. Lisa Cinadr, Principal, 330.460.7350 or
or Mrs. Maryellen Newrones, School Administrative Office Assistant, 330.460.7353
or Mrs. Colleen Bremmer, Secretary, 330.460.7351 or

Every parent of a Saint Ambrose student is automatically considered a member of PTU and all are invited to attend meetings and share ideas. The PTU organization is a vital part of Saint Ambrose School. It provides many ways in which parents can assist in the education of their children and their understanding between home and school. Its support is invaluable to the Saint Ambrose School community and the educational success of the student body.

Our core group meets once a month and other committees meet as needed to plan various activities for the students. Time commitments vary from 2 hours a month or more. If you’re a Saint Ambrose School parent and want to get involved, reach out to


Saint Ambrose Parish Pastoral Council is made up of parishioners who, guided by a prayerful spirit, meet regularly to assist the pastor in ongoing assessments of parish life and the planning of ways to enhance its mission, ministry and spirituality.

We help new and existing ministries perform to their fullest, and also develop ideas into real practices for advancing our Saint Ambrose community. The process of developing plans and policies of the identified pastoral priorities includes prayer, study of relevant church documents and teaching, and listening to the needs of the parishioners of Saint Ambrose.

We meet once a month on the second Tuesday each month from September – June for about 1.5 hours and as needed to assist with other ministries, boards, parish staff and committees.

If you are an active member of Saint Ambrose and have unique thoughts and insights to contribute to the life of the parish, we need you! Please call or email the leadership team.

Suggested Strengths: Deliberative, Responsibility, Strategic, Futuristic

For additional information contact Mary Jo Halenar at

The SAB serves as an advisory group to the pastor and principal regarding St. Ambrose School. Comprised of parents and other interested parishioners, the group researches and discusses various issues and proposals and offers counsel to the pastor and principal, all with the goal of making St. Ambrose School an exceptional 21st century Catholic learning environment.

Meetings are generally held once per month, although additional special meetings are occasionally called. Currently, meetings are conducted the second Tuesday of the month. Meetings routinely run two to three hours. This varies greatly depending on the issues before the Board at any particular time, and the time demands of SAB committees, several of which are chaired by SAB members. The minimum time commitment per month probably runs five to ten hours.  Generally there is at minimum one evening meeting for all parents held per school year.

An understanding of K-8 education in general and Catholic education in particular is helpful. But the only true requirement is a desire and dedication to the children of St. Ambrose School and to the goal of continually improving the education our students receive.

CONTACT: Frank Gati, 330.273.4366 or

The Saint Ambrose School Alumni Association is here to help alumni say connected to each other and to the school community through reunions, newsletters and much more. If you are a Saint Ambrose day school graduate or would like something mentioned in our upcoming letter, please contact Michelle.

Suggested Strengths: Context, WOO, Includer

CONTACT: Michelle Dietrich, 216.635.9171 or