To you Lord, I return…
The season of Lent is an invitation to you, to me, to all of us – to return to the Lord….to come home to a comfortable, peaceful place with God.
While there are all sorts of Lenten practices, mostly this Lent we are invited, called, and encouraged, to return to the Lord. In so doing, we can give to the Lord our hopes and fears, our struggles and pains, our joys and prayers for our family and our future.
“To you Lord, I return” is part of a radical prayer by St. Ignatius of Loyola called the Suscipe which when translated is “receive.”
We are called to give it all to the Lord and in so doing, receive from the Lord all that we need. The prayer reflects the invitation and the promise of Lent. As Christ gave ‘it all’ for us, we are called to give it all – good and difficult – to the Lord. Make this classic prayer a part of your daily prayer this Lent. Hear the invitation to return to the Lord – to give it all to the Lord – and find a fullness of life and joy in Christ.
Take some time to review this newsletter and check out our website for a complete listing of programs and opportunities to help all of us return to the Lord this Lent.
Prayers always for you.
Father Bob Stec
Checklist to Have a Meaningful Lent
- 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 Soup Suppers
Thursdays, March 2nd, 9th, and 16th
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 2: Catholic Charities Migration and Refugee Services- “Immigration: Welcoming the Stranger”
March 9: Collaborative to End Human Trafficking- “It Happens Here Too”
March 16: Dr. Iezzi- “ To You Lord I Return”
Come for great food, fellowship and wonderful speakers this Lent.
Please contact Lisa at LHomady@StAmbrose.us for more information.
Men’s Renewal Weekend
March 18 & 19
Christ Renews His Parish 2017 Men’s Renewal is free and open to all Catholic men ages 18 and over. Men’s Renewal will allow you to make new friends while growing your relationship with Christ. Join us for our next Men’s Renewal weekend. For more information, or to register, contact Vic Preisel at 440.915.2330 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Alex Molchan at 216.926.0440 or email@example.com.
A Lenten Parish Mission
Living a Eucharistic Life with Rev. John Thomas Lane, SSS
March 19-22 at 6:45 pm each evening in the Church
Learn to grow in your desire of Eucharistic living, worship and prayer during our Lenten Parish Mission. Fr. John Thomas Lane (Pastor of Saint Paschal Baylon in Highland Heights) will allow us to dig deeper into our faith during this holy season of Lent. A reception will follow each evening.
- Sunday, March 19: To You Lord, I Return: Power of Coming & Serving the Table of the Lord
- Monday, March 20: Adoration, Thanksgiving, Reparation & Entreaty (Intercession) including Benediction and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
- Tuesday, March 21: Power of Forgiveness
- Wednesday, March 22: Reflecting on Living a Eucharistic Life with Mary, Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament
Lenten Family Movie Nights
Every Friday Night
Back by popular demand, our Lenten Family Movie Nights will again be in the PLC Mother Teresa room every Friday during Lent. Join us after the Friday Night Fish Fries for Christian movies that will inspire you. Our movies—including new films such as Miracles from Heaven and I’m Not Ashamed—will begin approximately at 7:45 pm.
Saturday, April 8, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
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!
Ash Wednesday Mass Schedule
This Lent, return to the Lord. Join us for Mass on Ash Wednesday at 6:30 am, 8:15 am, 12:00 pm, 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm.
Every Friday during Lent
Stations of the Cross
Lenten Movie Night
March 1: Ash Wednesday
Masses at 6:30 am, 8:15 am, 12:00 pm,
5:30 pm & 7:00 pm. Special Fish Fry
March 2, 9 & 16
Lenten Soup Suppers
Marriage Enrichment Series
Saint Patrick’s Day Celebration
Health and Wellness Fair
Diocesan Evening of Confession
Lenten Parish Mission
Afternoon of Penance
FIAT Spring Retreat
Marriage Enrichment Series
April 9: Palm Sunday
4:30 pm Mass (Vigil); 7:30 am, 9:00 am, 10:30 am,
12:00 pm and 5:00 pm Mass
Passiontide Concert 7:00 pm
April 13: Holy Thursday
Morning Prayer 8:15 am, Mass of the Lord’s Supper 7:30 pm,
Adoration through the night in Mother Teresa Room
April 14: Good Friday
Stations of the Cross in Church
and at North Park
Passion of Our Lord 3:00 pm
FIAT Living Stations 8:00 pm
April 15: Holy Saturday
Morning Prayer 8:15 am, Food Blessing 1:00 pm, Egg Hunt 1:30 pm,
Easter Vigil 9:00 pm
April 16: Easter Sunday
Alleluia! He is Risen! Join us for Mass at 7:30 am, 9:00 am, 10:30 am and 12:00 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, March 15 (Diocesan Evening of Penance), from 5:00-8:00 pm
- Friday, March 31 from 1:00-2:30 pm
- Palm Sunday Weekend, April 8 and 9: Extended Confessions
- …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.