Our parish theme for Lent comes from the Book of Romans (12,12): Rejoice in Hope. Endure in Suffering. Faithful in Prayer. It really is the three part ‘recipe’ that can help us put all of our joy, struggles, crosses, and concerns into context. The Lord is always our hope. Like Christ, all of us will have challenges that will require our perseverance and spiritual endurance. In all things, faithfully pray and trust in the Lord. Watch for good reminders of this three-fold path to the glory of God.
Checklist to Have a Meaningful Lent in 2018
- Join a Lent Faith Sharing Group
- Use a Little Black Book
- Come to Adoration Mondays (9:00 am-9:00 pm) or Ministry of Praise Prayer Group Tuesdays (7:00-8:30 pm)
- Make a sacrifice or do something for your spiritual growth
- Participate in our Mission Rice Bowl campaign
- Read the Bible daily
- Commit to going to Confession
Lenten Family Movie Nights
Every Friday During Lent
Please join us for Lenten Family Movie Nights following the Fish Fry on Friday evenings in the PLC Mother Teresa room. Our movies will begin approximately at 7:45 pm. Please bring a snack to share!
- February 16: The Case for Christ
- February 23: Wonder
- March 2: The Shack
- March 9: Fireproof
- March 16: God’s Not Dead
- March 23: God’s Not Dead 2
- March 30: God’s Not Dead: A Light in the Darkness (Movie Theater Trip)
Lent Prayer & Discussion
If you don’t have time to read everyday and prefer to just come together 3 times this Lent, consider attending 3 sessions of Lenten Prayer with video and discussion time. If you would like more involvement, join one of our Small Faith Sharing Groups! Click here for more information.
- February 27 – Lehner Center Luke (7:00pm)
- March 12 – Lehner Center Fr. McGivney (7:00pm)
- March 26 – Lehner Center Fr. McGivney (7:00pm)
Lenten Soup Suppers
Thursdays, March 1, 8, 15
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.
- March 1: Fr. Neil Kookoothe with Joe D’ambrosia “A true story of Life from Death”
- March 8: Sr. Rita Mary Harwood “I was in prison and You came.”
- March 15: Dr. Anthony Iezzi “ The Spiritual Passion of Christ”
Come for great food, fellowship and wonderful speakers this Lent.
Please contact Lisa at LHomady@StAmbrose.us for more information.
Men’s Renewal Weekend 2018
March 3 and 4
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.
Women’s Renewal 2018
March 17 and 18
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 216.288.9555 or Betty Ann Hodan at email@example.com or 216.406.1574. Learn more at StAmbrose.us/womensrenewal
Saturday, March 24, 10am – 1pm
Mark your calendars for our annual Bunny Brunch! 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!
- Family Friendly Brunch: delicious brunch will be served including scrambled eggs, pancakes, sausage, hot dogs, & mac and cheese
- Easter Bunny: dress in your Easter finest and get your picture taken with the Easter Bunny
- Spring Crafts: create Easter crafts to share with your family
- Bake Sale: RSVP to Front Office at 330.460.7300
Help us plan! RSVP for the Bunny Brunch here!
Holy Thursday, March 29
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, March 31 | 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, March 31
COME FOR THE FOOD BLESSING…STAY FOR THE EGG HUNT!
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:
March 2nd, 9th
March 16th (Living Stations presented by PSR )
March 23rd (Living Stations presented by Day School)
March 30th (Living Stations presented by FIAT youth group)
Friday, March 23rd 1:00pm-2:30pm in the Church
Sunday, March 25th 6:30-8:00pm in the Church (many priests available at both of these events)
Masses at 4:30pm, 7:30am, 9:00am, 10:30am, 12:00pm and 5:00pm (Palm blessed and distributed at all Masses)
Holy Thursday – March 29th
Morning Prayer in the Chapel 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 – March 30th
Morning Prayer in the Chapel at 8:15am. Stations of the Cross at 12:00pm in the Church & Stations of the Cross at North Park at 12:00pm. Passion Liturgy with Veneration of the Cross at 3:00pm in the Church. FIAT Living Stations of the Cross at 8:00pm
Holy Saturday – March 31st
Morning Prayer in the Chapel. Blessing of the Easter Food at 1:00pm in the Church. Easter Egg Hunt 1:30pm on Parish Grounds. Easter Vigil at 8:00pm (NO Vigil Mass at 4:30pm)
Easter Sunday – April 1st
Masses at 7:30am (Church), 9:00am (Church & Hilkert Hall), 10:30am (Church & Hilkert Hall), 12:00pm (Church & Hilkert Hall) – NO 5:00PM Mass on Easter Sunday.
Ash Wednesday Mass Schedule
Masses at 8:15 am, 12:00 pm, 5:30 pm & 7:00 pm. Special prayer service at 6:30pm to receive ashes before work.
Every Friday during Lent
Stations of the Cross
Fish Fry 4:30-7:00 pm
Lenten Movie Night
9:00 am – 7:30 pm
Lenten Parish Mission, Pray40Days with Father Michael Denk
February 14: Ash Wednesday
Masses at 8:15 am, 12:00 pm, 5:30 pm & 7:00 pm. Special prayer service at 6:30pm to receive ashes before work. Fish Fry that night!
February 16, 23
Family Lenten Movie Night (7:30-9:30pm Mother Teresa)
Diocesan Evening of Penance (5:00pm-8:00pm in Church)
March 1, 8, 15
Lenten Soup Suppers
March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Family Lenten Movie Night (7:30-9:30pm Mother Teresa)
Marriage Enrichment Series
Saint Patrick’s Day Celebration
Marriage Enrichment Series
Health and Wellness Fair
School PTU Auction & Gala
Living Stations presented by PSR 7:00pm (In Church)
Communal Penance (1:00pm-2:30pm in Church)
Living Stations presented by School 7:00pm (In Church)
FIAT Spring Retreat
March 25: Palm Sunday
4:30 pm Mass (Vigil); 7:30 am, 9:00 am, 10:30 am,
12:00 pm and 5:00 pm Mass
March 25: Palm Sunday Communal Penance (6:30pm-8:00pm in Church)
March 29: 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)
March 30: Good Friday
Morning Prayer in the Chapel at 8:15am
Stations of the Cross in Church 12:00pm
Stations of the Cross at North Park 12:00pm
Passion of Our Lord in Church 3:00pm
FIAT Living Stations 8:00pm
March 31: Holy Saturday
Morning Prayer in the Chapel 8:15 am
Food Blessing 1:00 pm
Egg Hunt 1:30 pm,
Easter Vigil 8:00 pm (NEW earlier time, NO Vigil Mass at 4:30pm)
April 1: Easter Sunday
Alleluia! He is Risen!
Masses at 7:30am (Church),
9:00am, 10:30am,12:00pm (Church & Hilkert Hall)
NO 5:00PM Mass on Easter Sunday.
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
Every Monday from 9:00 am-9:00 pm
In a special way, we invite you to worship Christ during our all-night Adoration on Holy Thursday into Good Friday. After Holy Thursday’s 7:30 pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper, Adoration will take place in the PLC Mother Teresa Room. This will last until 8:15 am Morning Prayer on Good Friday. We are in need of two adorers per half hour. To sign up, visit www.StAmbrose.us/Lent or see the sign up boards at all the entrances to the Church.
Adoration: After the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday through Morning Prayer on Good Friday
We need two adorers per half hour to spend with our Lord in Adoration. Please sign up by clicking the link here.