Welcome to our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Page!
We’re glad you’re here.
Below you’ll find the answers to some of the biggest questions we receive. Have a question that isn’t answered here? Please make sure to contact us so that we can assist you.
Saint Ambrose Catholic Parish was founded in 1957 in Brunswick, Ohio. With 16,000 members made up of 5,00 families, Saint Ambrose is the second largest church in the Diocese of Cleveland and the largest church in Brunswick, Ohio. Although there are many faces around campus, each member of our parish community is special. When you’re at Saint Ambrose, you’re not a number, but a member of our family, the Family of God. Whether you are a member of 12 different church groups or like to sit in the last pew on Sunday mornings, you are important to us…perfect and loved as your are.
We’re pretty easy to find, especially since we’re on a state route! If you want to GPS us, plug our address in: 929 Pearl Road, Brunswick, Ohio, 44212. (We recommend using Google Maps.)
If following a GPS is not your thing, don’t worry, it’s fairly easy to get to us off the highway. If you’re coming from the south, take I-71 North to Route 303 (exit 226) and hang a left. You’ll pass a bunch of shopping centers, mostly on your left. When you see a Walgreens on your right, you’ll know it’s time to turn right onto Pearl Road (Route 42). Take Pearl until you see our church on the right hand side.
If you’re coming from the north, take I-71 S to the Route 82 (exit 231 B). You’re going to want to hang a left onto Howe when you’re exiting the highway, so make sure you’re in the left lane getting off the highway. Once you turn left onto Howe, take it all the way until it dead ends into Boston, and hang a right. Then, when you hit Pearl Road (Route 42), take a left (you’ll see a Burger King on the corner). Just take Pearl until you see us on the left!
You are most welcome to join us during any of our weekend Masses (4:30 pm Vigil on Saturday, and 7:30 am, 9:00 am, 10:30 am, 12:00 pm and 5:00 pm on Sundays). Are you hoping to go to Mass during the week? We offer Mass in our chapel every weekday at 8:15 am and 5:30 pm, and on Saturday at 8:15 am.
If you are going to be attending Mass on a Holy Day of Obligation or Feast Day (like Ash Wednesday), we have Mass at 8:15 am, 12:00 pm and 7:00 pm in the church, with the vigil the night before also taking place at 7:00 pm
Whether you go every week or haven’t received the Sacrament of Penance since grade school, come experience the love and forgiveness of our Lord. Our priests are happy to gently walk you through the process if you are unsure as to what to do.
It can be natural to feel nervous, but don’t worry: our priests are kind and our Lord is merciful. You have nothing to be afraid of!
We’re glad to have you join us! The process of registering here at Saint Ambrose is pretty simple: register online or, if you prefer, in person at the front desk of the Parish Life Center. (Registering online is quick, safe and easy, though, so we recommend going that route.) Once we receive your registration, our pastor, Fr. Bob Stec, will invite you to a meeting on campus so that he can welcome you personally and introduce you to the wonderful opportunities here at our church.
Congratulations! This is an exciting time for the both of you, and we are happy to be a part of your special and holy day. Please contact the Parish Office at 333.460.7300 at least six months ahead of your proposed wedding date. Why six months? Well, there’s a few reasons, the main one being that we want to make sure you two have the time to spiritually prepare for this holy Sacrament. From a practical standpoint, you also have a better chance getting the wedding date and time the more in advance you book your wedding. With this in mind, we recommend booking your wedding at least 9 months to a year out, although it’s never too early to register.
Congratulations! We offer a baptism class on campus that helps to prepare you and your family for this Sacrament. Please contact Kim Nemet (KNemet@StAmbrose.us) or Helen Sheridan (HSheridan@StAmbrose.us) to sign up for your class. They will also guide you through the process. It’s pretty straightforward, so don’t worry!
We are very sorry for your loss. Although we believe in the the goodness of our Lord and the Resurrection, we also know how terrible this time can be for you. Please contact the Parish Office at 330.460.7300 to begin making arrangements.
Know that you and your loved ones are in our prayers. As a parish family, we are here for you. Our Griefshare ministry is an opportunity to cope with the loss of a loved one. If there is anything else we can do for you, please let us know.
We’re happy to have you join our Catholic faith! To become fully initiated into the Catholic Church, you’ll need to participate in the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) program. Ask any of our past participants and they will tell you what a rewarding and beautiful experience this program is. You’ll need a Catholic sponsor during this time in RCIA; your sponsor can be a spouse, family member or friend, so make sure to pray over it (but don’t stress over it)!
You will be welcomed as a full-fledged Catholic during the Easter Vigil when you receive the Sacraments of Baptism, Holy Eucharist, and Confirmation. (If you’ve received some of the Sacraments already, you will not need to make them again.)
To learn more, please reach out to Caitlin O’Neill at CONeill@StAmbrose.us.