Lent 2019

One Day makes a difference!
One Day at a time!
One Day we’ll all get to heaven!
The theme for Lent 2019 calls us to reflect on each day and make choices each day to grow closer to the Lord. We have ‘forty’ – one days….enough time to make a real change in our lives…grow closer to the Lord….and take many steps on the path that leads to heaven – one step at a time.

Checklist to Have a Meaningful Lent

  •  Commit to going to Confession
  • Use a Little Black Book
  • Join a Lent Small Faith Group (Email JBaldwin@StAmbrose.us)
  • Make a sacrifice or do something for your spiritual growth
  • Ministry of Praise Prayer Group Tuesdays (7:00-8:30 pm)
  • Participate in our Mission Rice Bowl campaign
  • Read the Bible daily

Mission Rice Bowl

Rice Bowls will be distributed through the School and PSR, as well as on Wednesday, March 6. Rice Bowls should be returned on the weekend of Palm Sunday.

Each one of us can make a sacrifice and put the savings/change in this Rice Bowl. Skipping a cup of coffee or a candy bar can make all the difference for those most in need! Think about it…$1 a day for 40 days = $40 x thousands of members!
Bring this filled rice bowl to Church on Palm Sunday.

Help us build a home for those in need in our mission. Small change. Big Difference. if we do it together!

Lent 1.3

Small Faith Groups

3 hours that can make this the BEST Lent ever!

This Lent, join us for 1 hour, 3 times for meaningful conversation in our Small Faith Groups.

Quite simply, these conversations are about connecting life and faith together. Imagine reflecting on ways to find inner peace or greater joy.  Imagine instead of talking about your kids or grandkids, you reflect and strengthen the core values of your family that will allow you to better parent and grandparent?

Imagine learning a little bit more about scripture – God’s Word – and how it can connect and apply to your life.


Lenten Family Movie Nights

Every Friday During Lent

March 8, March 15, March 22, March 29, April 5, April 12, April 19
Please join us for Lenten Family Movie Nights following the Fish Fry on Friday evenings in the PLC John Paul II Room. Our movies will begin approximately at 7:00 pm. Please bring a snack to share!


  • March 15 – Same Kind of Different as Me
  • March 22 – War Room
  • March 29 – The Young Messiah
  • April 5 & 12 – Ten Commandments

A Lenten Journey through the Holy Land with Fr. Rob and guests

Please join us after you eat at the Fish Fry. Each Friday we will be looking at a different city from the Holy Land pilgrimage using pictures, music and witness talks. Everyone can join us on a virtual journey that will touch our heart and help to guide us during the 40 days of Lenten preparation.

  • March 8 – Nazareth & Mt. Tabor
  • March 15 – Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, & Mt. of Beatitudes
  • March 29 – Bethlehem
  • April 5 – Jerusalem
  • April 12 – Holy Sepulcher & Via Dolorosa

Lenten Soup Suppers

Thursdays, March 21, 28 and April 4

6:00-8:00 pm | Parish Life Center, Mother Teresa Room

Please join us as we gather together for a delicious soup dinner and spiritual reflections and discussion.

Topics include:

March 21:  Dobie Moser “The Importance of Passing Down Family Values”
March 28:
Father Rob Ramser “Generations of Faith, Hope and Love”
April 4: 
Dr. Anthony Iezzi “The Spiritual Wonders of Wisdom”

Come for great food, fellowship and wonderful speakers this Lent.
Please contact Lisa at LHomady@StAmbrose.us for more information.

Men’s Renewal Weekend 2019

March 2-3

The Holy Spirit is inviting you to join with a small group of people to renew the flames of your faith. This weekend is open to men of Saint Ambrose Parish over the age of 19. Space is limited, so register early! The weekend is meant to renew your own faith. However, you will get to know others in the parish and be able to see them at parish activities for many years to come. For more information or to register, please visit the website www.StAmbrose.us/MensRenewal. Contact Deacon Tom for any questions 330-460-7322/tsheridan@StAmbrose.us.

A St. Patrick’s Day Evening of Music & Song

Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 7:00pm

As we celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day, join us for an evening of music and song with James Kilbane – Ireland’s #1 Christian Artist. James Kilbane is top Christian performing artist in Ireland. His great voice will bring to life your favorite Irish songs along with songs of praise to God. Join us for this great evening at Saint Ambrose. The concert is open to everyone.

Women’s Renewal 2019

March 30-31

Calling all adult women of the parish. You asked and we heard you. Women’s Renewal is BACK! The theme for the weekend is taken from Psalm 33:22, “May your mercy, LORD, be upon us; as we put our hope in you.” Space is limited so RSVP ASAP to Sue Tevis at suetevis@sprynet.com or 216.288.9555 or Betty Ann Hodan at bettyannhodan@gmail.com or 216.406.1574. Learn more at StAmbrose.us/womensrenewal

FIAT Spring Retreat

April 5-7

Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Take some time this Lent to get away from the chaos and stress, grow in faith, develop deeper bonds of friendship & have fun! Our annual Spring Retreat is April 5-7. All details & permission forms can be found at www.myFIAT.us/forms! Questions? Call Caitlin at 330.460.7387.

Bunny Breakfast 2019!

Join us Saturday, April 13

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Mark your calendars for our annual Bunny Breakfast! Join us as we celebrate the Easter season at Saint Ambrose with family and friends. Delicious food, holiday crafts, and the Easter Bunny will be on hand. You won’t want to miss this GREAT event!

All for FREE! Sponsored by the Saint Ambrose Littlest Angels Preschool, FIAT and the Knights of Columbus. All are welcome!

  • Family Friendly Breakfast: scrambled eggs, pancakes, sausage, hash brown potatoes
  • Easter Bunny: dress in your Easter finest and visit with the Easter Bunny
  • Spring Crafts: create Easter crafts to share with your family
  • Bake Sale: Goodies, cookies and more!
  • Preschool Performance: 9:30am & 10:30am
  • RSVP: to Front Office at 330.460.7300

Help us plan! RSVP for the Bunny Breakfast here!

Holy Week Concert “One Day”

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Members of our Adult Choir, Instrumentalists, Angels and Gaudete! Choirs, Hand-bells, Adult and School Cantors
come together for song, scripture and reflection as we journey together, growing closer to the Lord. This is a FREE event for our parish and communitycome together, and experience powerful music that the Lord has blessed us with.

Holy Thursday, April 18

Holy Thursday begins the Triduum, the three days that lead up to Easter Sunday.

Start the day off with Morning Prayer at 8:15 am, and then come back at 7:30 pm for the Mass of the Lord’s Supper leading directly into an all-night Adoration in the Mother Teresa Room. The specific way that Jesus asks you to love him in return is to spend one quiet hour with him in the Blessed Sacrament.

“Where your treasure is, there is your heart….” “Could you not watch one hour with me?” (Mt 6:21; 26:40)

Please come and spend some time with our Lord, sign-up here:


Solemn Blessing of the Easter Food

Saturday, April 20 | 1:00pm

Bring a basket containing some of your favorite Easter Foods to be blessed. This wonderful family tradition celebrates the new life in Christ fostering health of body and soul. Foods are then taken home and shared on Easter.

Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 20

Bring your basket; an Easter egg hunt for children will be held immediately after the Blessing of Food at 1:30pm. Rain or shine!

Lent, Holy Week & Easter Liturgies

Stations of the Cross:

  • April 11 Living Stations – School 7pm
  • April 15 Living Stations – PSR 7pm
  • Good Friday, April 19 Living Stations – FIAT 8pm

Communal Penance:

  • Diocesan Wide Confessions March 20 5-8 pm Gym
  • Communal Penance Friday, April 12 1-2:30 pm
  • Communal Penance Sunday, April 14 6:30 – 8 pm
  • Saturday Confessions 9 am John Paul II  (no confession on Holy Saturday)

Palm Sunday – April 14
Masses at 4:30pm, 7:30am, 9:00am, 10:30am, 12:00pm and 5:00pm (Palm blessed and distributed at all Masses)

Holy Thursday – April 18 
Morning Prayer in Lehner Center Fr. McGivney at 8:15am.  Mass of The Lord’s Supper at 7:30pm, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament throughout the night in the Mother Teresa room following Mass (Night Prayer at 10:30pm)

Good Friday – April 19 
Morning Prayer in Lehner Center Fr. McGivney at 8:15am. Passion Liturgy with Veneration of the Cross at 3:00pm in Hilkert Hall.  FIAT Living Stations of the Cross at 8:00pm in Hilkert Hall.

Holy Saturday – April 20 
Morning Prayer in Lehner Center Fr. McGivney at 8:15am. Blessing of the Easter Food at 1:00pm in Hilkert Hall.  Easter Egg Hunt 1:30pm on Parish Grounds.  Easter Vigil at 8:30pm

Easter Sunday – April 21
Hallelujah! Christ is Risen! Celebrate in our New Church
6:00 am Sunrise Service, 7:30 am, 9:00 am, 10:30 am, 12:00 noon, 5:00 pm

Ash Wednesday Mass Schedule

6:30am  Prayer Service & Ashes before work
8:15am  Mass & Ashes
10:30am  Prayer Service & Ashes
12:00noon  Mass & Ashes
5:30pm  Prayer Service & Ashes
7:00pm  Mass & Ashes

Lenten Events

Every Friday during Lent
Stations of the Cross
Fish Fry 4:30-7:00 pm
Lenten Movie Night

Saturday Confessions
9:00 am John Paul II

March 6: Ash Wednesday
6:30am, 10:30am, 5:30pm  Prayer Service & Ash Distribution
8:15am, 12:00noon, 7:00pm  Mass & Ashes

March 21, 28, April 4
Lenten Soup Suppers

March 8, 15, 22, 29 and April 5, 12, 19
Family Lenten Movie Night (7:30-9:30pm Mother Teresa)

March 2-3
Men’s Renewal

March 9
School PTU Auction & Gala

March 20
Diocesan Wide Confessions  5-8 pm Gym

March 30-31
Women’s Renewal

April 5-7
FIAT Spring Retreat

Friday, April 12 1-2:30 pm
Communal Penance

April 13
Bunny Brunch

Sunday, April 14 6:30 – 8 pm
Communal Penance Sunday

April 14: Palm Sunday
4:30 pm Mass (Vigil); 7:30 am, 9:00 am, 10:30 am,
12:00 pm and 5:00 pm Mass

April 14: Palm Sunday Communal Penance (6:30pm-8:00pm in Church)

April 17: Holy Week Concert
“One Day” at 7:00pm

April 18: Holy Thursday
Morning Prayer 8:15 am, Mass of the Lord’s Supper 7:30 pm,
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament throughout the night in the Mother Teresa room following Mass (Night Prayer at 10:30pm)

April 19: Good Friday
Morning Prayer in the Chapel at 8:15am
Stations of the Cross in Church 12:00pm
Passion of Our Lord in Church 3:00pm
FIAT Living Stations 8:00pm

April 20: Holy Saturday
Morning Prayer in the Chapel 8:15 am
Food Blessing 1:00 pm
Egg Hunt 1:30 pm,
Easter Vigil 8:30 pm (NO Vigil Mass at 4:30pm)
(No confessions)

April 21: Easter Sunday
Hallelujah! Christ is Risen!
Celebrate in our New Church
6:00 am Sunrise Service, 7:30 am, 9:00 am,
10:30 am, 12:00 noon, 5:00 pm

Fasting and Abstinence

Catholics between the ages of 18 and 59 are called to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday; one full meal or two smaller meals are permitted. Catholics 14 years of age and up are to abstain from meat on all Fridays during Lent.

The Sacrament of Penance

Christ is generous in His mercy and forgiveness and Lent is the perfect time to experience the love of God for us through the Sacrament of Penance. Whether you go every month of haven’t been to Confession in years, we warmly welcome you to participate in this beautiful Sacrament:

  • Every Saturday, from 3:30-4:00 pm
  • Wednesday, February 28 (Diocesan Evening of Penance), from 5:00-8:00 pm
  • Friday March 23rd from 1:00-2:30pm
  • Palm Sunday, March 25th from 6:30- 8:00pm
  • …or anytime by appointment.

Adoration & Chapel Hours

Spend time in prayer with the Lord over these 40 days.

6:00 am until 10:00 pm Mondays-Fridays
6:30 am until 8:00 pm, Saturdays
6:00 am until 7:00 pm, Sundays

Adoration is on hold during our construction phase.