Volume 3, Issue 2
We are a Catholic Community of Faith, Centered on Jesus Christ who is Everything for us!
Hopefully, by the time you read this to discuss parish pastoral and spiritual
newsletter, we will have hired a general needs and priorities for the upcoming
contractor for the Lehner Center. He year.
will be responsible for the construction
of four meeting rooms, a dedicated All of the above are signs of life and
food bank, as well as infrastructure growth. All are signs of our members
improvements (i.e., no more flooding). coming together at Saint Ambrose in
We are hopeful that construction can service to the Lord. The building will be
be completed by late September. While helpful, but what is far more important
the updated and new facilities will be is what all this communicates – a
helpful for our community, what is more community centered on Jesus Christ,
important is what this construction and committed to serving and building
communicates about our parish: God’s kingdom.
…We are alive and full of life, and in a May these summer months be a time of
wonderful way, out of room. refreshment and peace for you and your
…When we work together – giving, family. In a few weeks, please join us for
sharing, and helping -- we can our Parish Festival; it will be a GREAT
do good things for the Lord. kick off to summer! All proceeds from
…While we are taking care of our space the Festival and the raffle will be used
needs (four new meeting rooms), a to maintain and care for our parish
large piece of this project is the creation
of a dedicated space for our Catholic
facilities. I look forward to seeing YOU
IN THIS ISSUE
Works of Mercy Program to support and Upcoming Events page 2
maintain a food bank. If there is anything I can do for you, Groundbreaking! page 3
This food bank will extend our care and please feel free to contact me at frbob@ Community Meal page 4
concern for those most in need. stambrose.us or 330.460.7333.
Sacraments page 5
Last week, 24 members of our parish May God bless you and your loved ones, Day School page 6
came together to review the specs, FIAT page 8
plans and bids – a sign that our In Memoriam page 9
members are invested and working
together to make good decisions for
Summer Excitment page 11
our parish. In a similar way, two weeks
ago, 28 parish leaders came together Father Bob Stec
as part of our Pastoral Council meeting
rmation, please visit
For latest Parish or School info
www.StAmbrose.us or sign up at
Welcome to our Lehner Center Groundbreaking...A Vision Come True.
Parish Community! by Judy Edinger
C e r e m o n i a l
Father Bob singled out Bob Howski,
who was responsible for buildings
and grounds for 28 years. Even after
Jake Bihari, who oversaw portions of
the project, said it was “a great day for
the parish, a good step, the first of many
A warm welcome goes out to the many families and individuals who have
groundbreaking for an retirement he continues to work part- to come.” He also credited Howski for
recently joined our parish community. May you find Saint Ambrose to be a
addition to the Lehner time. Last year he conducted tours for much of the work. “Before there was
place where you are always welcome!
Center was “exciting” parishioners, pointing out furnaces and St. Ambrose Buildings and Grounds,
Mr. & Mrs. Milton Adrovet Mr. & Mrs. Michael Manzo and “satisfying” for boilers that date back to 1962. This there was Bob Howski,” he said.
Mrs. Rosemary Bogdas Mr. & Mrs. James Naelitz those who have worked so hard to day Howski said he was excited about
Mr. & Mrs. Fred Borsuk Mr. Robert Quinn see this day. The ceremony took the start of “something we really need”. Bob Cebula, who became involved with
Summer Mr. & Mrs. Scott Bryan
Mr. Jim Bryson
Mr. R.William Romph
Mrs. Kathleen Sarazin
place May 12 after the 4:30 pm Mass.
Construction is expected to begin after
the Summer Festival in June.
The addition to the Lehner Center will
add another four meeting rooms, as
well as ample room for food storage to
the Vision 20/20 fundraising project
last September, said he was “excited
about what we’ve accomplished”
Parish Events Mr. Paul Busch
Mr. Daniel Carr
Mr. & Mrs. John Cicerone
Miss Kathleen Sergott
Ms. Gina Shrader
Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Shrodes After a prayer and scriptural reading,
feed the hungry. and that it was satisfying to see the
groundbreaking finally take place.
JUnE 2 Ms. Christine Cowan Mr. Dominic Simeone Pastor Father Bob Stec introduced five “Without our Vision 20/20 leadership
Star4Life Relay for Life 5K Run Mr Anthony DeMutis Ms. Mary Toman parishioners with shovels who turned team, the project would be nowhere,” After the ceremony, parishioners
and 1 Mile Fun Run Mr. & Mrs. Raymond Foos Miss Angel Vealey over the turf: Jake Bihari, Bob and Father Bob said later. “They did a lot enjoyed a potluck meal that included
Mr. & Mrs. Josh Jeffi Mrs. Maryann Walsh Linda Cebula, Bob Howski, and Mark of hard work in fundraising as well as hamburgers and hotdogs in Hilkert Hall.
JUnE 7-10 Ms. Tiara Monique Jones Mr. & Mrs. Zachary Warner Oldfield. All are members of the Vision getting the word out”, he added.
Parish Summer Festival Ms. Lois Kelly Ms. Susie White 20/20 committee. The ceremony
Mr. & Mrs. Evor Kerr III Ms. Angela Windau concluded with another prayer and a Howski and Bob
da Cebula, Bob
JUnE 20-21 Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Kijek Mr. Jay Yagersz song. Jake Bihari, Mark
Indoor Garage Sale Mrs. Elaine Lynch Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Zamiska
new Parishioner Welcome
Together.StAmbrose.us is a great site where you can find
and share photos, post messages and questions, join
groups and just to stay in the know. Also available on
JULY 7 your SMARTPHONE! Find events, parishioner directory,
Outdoor Mass & Movie night event photos and more.
SKY Vacation Bible School
Knights of Columbus Annual
Groundbreaking Potluck PROJECT TIMELInE:
Thank you for joining us! MAY 7 // Leadership Team met with the architect to
narrow the bids down to two contractors
Steak Roast and More! May 11 and 12 // The Leadership Team met with the
May 12 // Ceremonial groundbreaking
May 16 // Leadership Team held a conference call to
May 21 // Fr. Bob and Bob Downs, Finance Council
Chair, selected Marous Brothers as the Lehner Center
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SAINT AMBROSE PARISH Expansion contractor on behalf of the Leadership Team
May 24 // Letter was sent to the Diocese requesting
permission to move forward with the project
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June 11 // Official first day of construction
Saint Ambrose Community Mission Possible Outreach Saint Ambrose Celebrates
Meal Continues to Serve Efforts in the Dominican
by Marion Drake Republic continues to Grow!
Sacraments of Initiation
by Pattie Batchman,
Director of Religious Education
It was nearly four years ago when the Community Meal by Jake Bihari
became the brain child of a group of Saint Ambrose
People of all ages celebrated
parishioners who had a calling to serve a Thanksgiving On April 4, the night before Sacraments of Initiation this
dinner to those in need in the Brunswick community. The opening day, Mission spring at Saint Ambrose! From
Community Meal blossomed from there to a meal served Possible hosted a fundraiser those experiencing the water
on the third Sunday of every month. Each month, Jim and Pixie develop at Progressive Field. The of Baptism to the Confirmation
the menu, order and shop for the food and coordinate the volunteers for the event was a huge success, anointing by Bishop Roger
preparation, cooking and serving of the community meal. On the Saturday raising $129,519. This money will be used for Gries and those who were
before each meal, a group of 10 to 12 dedicated volunteers prepare the shipping a container in November, ongoing called to the table of the Lord as they celebrated
meal in the church kitchen. They return on Sunday morning to finish any social services and care, construction of a First Eucharist, we are reminded that Saint
remaining preparation, set up the serving line and dining room and cook baseball field and will allow workers to begin Ambrose is Alive and Centered on Christ.
the food for the day’s meal. Linda Cebula is responsible for setting up and the construction of new homes.
managing the serving line and Bill Zarefoss is responsible for the dining
room. In addition to their food prep duties, Saturday’s prep volunteers handle This June, Mission Possible will be
the serving line for Sunday’s meal. Pixie and Bill Zarefoss coordinate the accompanied by a group of 43 missionaries
volunteer assignments for the kitchen and dining areas. Approximately 30 - from Saint Ambrose, Holy Angels, Saint John
40 volunteers join in each month to ensure that Sunday’s meal is a success. Neumann and Our Lady of Mount Carmel
preparing to go on the trip. We are planning
“I really enjoy cooking, that’s why I do it this,” laughs Jim. “But really, it is to do many great things for our brothers
because it is a great community event that brings a lot of people together. and sisters: ongoing social outreach and
The volunteer commitment has been outstanding and many of the volunteers education, continued maintenance and
have been with the program since its inception. Some of our guests come for upkeep of our existing community, medical
the food and some come for the companionship and conversation. I really outreach, and the construction of 2 new
enjoy the people who come for dinner and it brings those together who are homes in our current community.
looking for a fresh hot meal or just someone to visit with.”
If you are interested in making a donation
To date, the volunteers have served over 8,000 meals not including the to support our efforts or would like more
Thanksgiving Dinners which account for an additional 2,000 meals and information, please contact Beth Yaugher
6,000 box lunches. The dinner is funded through the annual Souper Bowl (Yaugher@aol.com).
of Caring event sponsored by FIAT (Faith In Action Teens). Through their
fundraising efforts and generous parishioners, FIAT was able to raise over
almost $8,000 in 2012. “Our meal is self funded and we are able to prepare
a hot and delicious meal that is well balanced and healthy strictly from
donations and the Souper Bowl of Caring Event,” adds Jim. “Our parishioners
bake beautiful homemade desserts and cakes to serve our guests,” noted
Pixie. Buehler’s has been a partner with Saint Ambrose by donating bread
May God walk beside you always and forever!
and bakery items for the meal. For more information about the Community
Meal, contact the Parish Office at (330) 460-7300.
Is GOD calling you...to a deeper faith?
RCIA Information nights Would you like to learn
St. Ambrose Parish invites you to join the RCIA journey. RCIA, the Rite more about RCIA?
of Christian Initiation for Adults is for people interested in learning about
our Catholic faith and traditions as a means to discern if God is calling Join us in the School Library:
you to become Catholic. July 11, 7:00 p.m.
August 22, 7:00 p.m.
For more information contact Father Bob Stec at 330-460-7300 or
“True success is found in improving ones talents and passions Saint Ambrose Students Lay
in order to help others in the hopes to promote the Glory of
God. I am using my passion for anatomy and fascination Wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown
about the human body to quite literally end others physical
suffering through Athletic Training and Physical Therapy… A trip to Washington, D.C. is a rite of An essay contest was conducted to
passage for most eighth grade students. select the students that participated in
My purpose is greater than me and my wants.”
Most remember their experience as a the ceremony. “I was overwhelmed with
– Megan Newrones ‘04
trip of a lifetime. Four students from excitement when I found out I was a
Saint Ambrose School will be able to add contest winner because I knew this would Monczewski, eighth grade student council
Seussical, Jr. wreath layer to their trip’s memories. be a once in a lifetime opportunity,” said president.
wreath layer Alec Biller.
On May 4 & 5, the Saint Ambrose On April 21, Alec Biller, Elizabeth Wish, During the ceremony, the students
Fine Arts Program presented Jordyn Nuti and Tony Monczewski had Students followed a mandatory dress followed a sequence of events that kept
Seussical, Jr. at Padua Franciscan the honor of laying a wreath at the Tomb code and strict visitor rules including with the mission of Arlington National
School Dates High School to a packed crowd.
Our Angels showcased their
of the Unknown during the wreath laying
ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.
meeting with the Tomb Guard Sentinels
prior to placing a wreath the students
Ceremony and preserved the dignity
of the services. “My grandfather was a
amazing talent. Seussical, Jr. was Arlington National Cemetery is known as provided. “The guards instructed us on guard at Arlington and I felt his presence
AUGUST 12 directed by Chris Monczewski and one of the nations most sacred shrines the important parts and reminded us as I was laying the wreath,” remarked
Spirit Sunday Lauren Lloyd. honoring our nation’s Veterans and their not to be nervous. They also explained eighth grader Elizabeth Wish.
families who sacrificed their lives for our what an honor it was for us to participate
AUGUST 15 & 20 freedom while serving in past and present in this experience because it is how we “This was an experience I will remember
Rita Stec Scholarship Awarded conflicts. remember the brave people who have
fought for our country,” added Tony
forever,” said Monczewski.
AUGUST 17 On Sunday, May 13 five Saint Ambrose Day
School Open House School students were awarded the Rita Jane Stec
Scholarship. The purpose of the Scholarship that
AUGUST 19 was established in memory of Father Bob Stec’s Saint Ambrose Angels Continue to Soar
new Family Mass & Breakfast mother in 2010, is to provide students resources
Megan newrones Dr. Michael S. Benninger
to continue their Catholic Education into junior high
AUGUST 20 and high school. Students selected demonstrated
Saint Ambrose alumna Megan Newrones, After graduating Saint Ambrose School,
First Day of School (Gr. 1-8) 21, graduated from Wheeling Jesuit Dr. Benninger attended Saint Ignatius High
strong academics, character, leadership as well as
University as the valedictorian of her class School. A graduate of Harvard University,
service. Sixth graders, Eric Scalfano and Alaina
AUGUST 21 Ricciardi each received $500 scholarships to Saint
on May 19 with a degree in athletic training Dr. Benninger received his medical degree
Mass at 6:30 pm and and physical therapy. She played soccer from Case Western Reserve University
Ambrose Day School and eighth graders, Lucas
Parent night/Open House during her time at Wheeling Jesuit and in Cleveland, Ohio. He is currently the
Herman, Megan LoFaso and Erika Rogers each
was team captain all four years beginning Chairman of the Head and Neck Institute
received $1,000 scholarships to Padua Franciscan
AUGUST 22 High School.
as a freshman. Megan won scholarships at The Cleveland Clinic and is Professor of
Kindergarten First Full for soccer, service and academics at Wheeling Jesuit. Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of
Alaina Ricciardi and Frank Stec After a brief break, she will begin studies at The Ohio State Case Western Reserve University.
Day of School
University June 19. Megan plans to earn a doctorate degree
Saint Ambrose PTU Event a BIG Success in physical therapy in three years. In addition to his work at the hospital, Dr. Benninger has
been very involved in Regional, National and International
This past March, 270 parishioners, family and friends entered
The Newrones family has lived in Medina “since I’ve been medical organizations. He is the President of the American
Hilkert Hall for a night in the Big Easy. The event raised $58,000,
born,” Megan said. She graduated from Saint Ambrose School Laryngologic Association, the President-Elect of the
providing funds for scholarships, technology and resources for our
in 2004 and Walsh Jesuit High School in 2008 where she led International Association of Phonosurgery and a member of
parish to install air condition on the third floor of the school.
her team to two State Championships as team captain. the Board of Directors of the Voice Foundation. Dr Benninger
has authored or edited 6 books, including his most recent
books, “The Performer’s Voice” and “The Singer’s Voice”.
He has 2 additional books in press. He has also has written
Saint Ambrose over 50 book chapters and over 170 scientific articles,
Alumni Association focusing primarily on voice care and laryngology, nasal and
sinus disease and health care management. He has lectured
Join us at the Summer Festival on Saturday, extensively across the country and throughout the world.
June 9. Look for the “Alumni” sign.
PTU Fundraiser 2012 SAInT AMBROSE CATHOLIC SCHOOL
923 Pearl Rd., Brunswick OH 44212 330-460-7301
“The Big Easy!” www.SaintAmbroseSchool.us
Into Our Heart
model as far as it goes. But What is even more
what is missing from this remarkable is that this is
picture is the soul, the part not the full extent of God’s
of God that lives within each gifting. God made us human
of us. and knows we have human
needs. As one of His last
From our soul comes grace, acts on earth, Jesus gave
FIAT Summer Sand by Tony Lisy
God’s gift to enable us to us His body and blood.
Eternal rest, grant unto
live good and moral lives When we receive Eucharist,
Basic psychology calls them, O Lord, and let
Volleyball League is Back! the combined conscious filled with His Love. It is the we physically receive God perpetual light shine upon
Heart that joins our soul with into us.
and unconscious mind the them, May the souls of the
FIAT Dates The Sand Volleyball League is an
opportunity for Jr. High through current
graduating Seniors, to take part in a
Members of the Youth Ministry Team will
keep score and facilitate each match. Each
team’s captain will be responsible to relay
psyche. Freud broke this
into three parts: 1) The Id –
our psyche. Thus the most
important thing the Heart
does is allow God’s graces
So between the graces
flowing through our Hearts
faithful departed through
the mercy of God, rest in
summer long league. The league will run pertinent information. For more information our instincts and desires; 2)
JUnE 27 Tuesdays from June 12 through July 31. about the Youth Volleyball League, please The Ego – our awareness to flow into us. This is also and the Eucharist, we get a
how the Holy Spirit comes double shot of God’s Love Butscher Robert
Cedar Point This FIAT sponsored summer volleyball call the Youth Ministry office at 330-460- of reality; and 3) The Super-
to us, how the Spirit sets our – mind and body. It is like Case Jennifer
league is open to all teens of Brunswick, not 7334. Looking forward to another GREAT Ego – our morality. This has
JUnE 29 & 30 just high school teens involved with FIAT season! Permission Forms and Medical been used for a century as Hearts on fire, inspires us, being caught in a cross fire. Cesear Willard
fills us with an abundance of Cikunczuk Marie
Steubenville Trip or parishioners of Saint Ambrose. Teams Release Forms are required before any a model for understanding
divine gifts. Dietrich Carl
should consist of 6 participants, additional teen is eligible to participate in this Sand human behavior. It is a good
JUnE 12 players will rotate in as new server during Volleyball League.
Volley Ball League Begins change of possession. Each match will Hirchak Leonard
JULY 9 & 10
consist of best 2 out of 3 games. Games
will be rally scoring and played to 25 points;
Extraordinary Memory Kniceley Oscar
White Water Rafting Trip team must win by 2pts. If necessary a 3rd Extraordinary Gift Lombardi Daniel
game will be played to 15 points, must win
AUGUST 12 & 13 by 2 pts.
By placing Saint Ambrose Parish in your estate plans and Will, you celebrate Matulionis Viola
and recognize how important this parish has been in your lives. Saint Ambrose Mickler Ethel
Guys and Girls Retreat
has been there to celebrate your joys and to comfort you in times of sorrow. An Olexa Antoinette
endowment contribution will enable us to continue providing the same love and Pearson Marie
care for many generations to come. Powell Jacqueline
For more information contact: Marion Drake at 330-460-7315 (mdrake@ Schuessler Loretta
StAmbrose.us) or Father Bob Stec at 330-460-7300 (firstname.lastname@example.org) Schultz Fred
SUMMERTIME...a time for fun, faith and service Seese Roy
at St. Ambrose Vacation Bible School – July 9-13! Summers Judith
This summer “Sky - VBS” will be the discussing the bible stories, and sharing and come and participate or volunteer at
setting for young children to learn that… snacks – together. No one is too old VBS. Sessions are available mornings, 9
with God ALL things are possible… to enjoy VBS! Many teen volunteers am to 12 noon, afternoons, 1 to 4 pm or
Join us for St. Ambrose Vacation
leading to greater trust in our loving God. actually help out because they so enjoyed for one evening, Tuesday July 10 from 6 Bible School July 9-13
Children participants and teen and adult participating when they were younger. to 8:30 pm, including dinner for families. REGISTER TODAY!
volunteers work, play and learn together They look forward to being able to help Registration and volunteer forms are Spend a week with friends this
for a week in July. Last year 95 volunteers when they reach junior high. Adults return available at www.StAmbrose.us, on
summer…. Come for great Bible
worked together to provide crafts, songs year after year, for this summertime week Together.StAmbrose.us, and can be
experiences, crafts, games and
games, snacks, movies and scripture of fun, because they see how the week picked up in Church or at the PSR Office Visit together.
stories for the children. touches so many young hearts! in the Rectory. Come join us!! tasty treats.
The inspiring part of VBS is watching No matter who you are, how you feel, For more information, contact Shelly see more parish
everyone – both participants and what other people do, what happens, and school
Yanke at email@example.com or
volunteers – enjoy the gift of playing or where you are … trust God! A good
games, creating crafts, singing songs, lesson for all to learn. So invite a friend 330-460-7327. photos!
Outdoor Mass & Movie Summer Festival...More Than Just Country!
LISTEN TO GREAT FAMILY FRIENDLY BANDS!
“TOY STORY 3” Thursday, June 7
5:30 - 10:00 P.M.
Friday, June 8
5:00 - 11:00 P.M.
Saturday, June 9
5:00 - 11:00 P.M.
Sunday, June 10
1:00 - 9:00 P.M.
MOCKINGBIRD TONY RIO AND MINDY
LOVE AND SUN RELENTLESS CALLAHAN
8:30 P.M. 5:30 P.M. 1:30 P.M.
2nd Annual Charity Golf Outing THEFT
Knights of Columbus Council 4879
Saint Ambrose is celebrating its fifth annual summer Mindy Callahan – contemporary, uplifting
Saturday, July 21 festival in a BIG way by going country. This year’s
festival promises to be the best yet.
Gospel singer, Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
The festival will feature up-and-coming country bands The Avenue – uniquely modern R&B/pop
Tee Time: 1:00 p.m.
from Nashville, including Love and Theft, JT Hodges style and jazz, Sunday at 4:30 p.m.
Bunker Hill Golf Course and Mockingbird Sun. These bands will be sure to take
3060 Pearl Rd., Medina this year’s festival over the top. The previous few years Rick and the Cutting Edge -
have brought around 8,000 people over the four days 7-Piece band that offers unparalleled
For more information: of the festival. music & entertainment, Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
Jim Maslach - (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Not only is Saint Ambrose featuring bands from
Saturday July 7 Nashville, but also local sounds from Mindy Callahan
to Rick and the Cutting Edge, The Avenue and Iconic.
Iconic - current pop hits and an expert
mix of classic dance tunes and ballads,
Mass celebration at 6:30 p.m. Each bringing their own distinct style of music. Friday at 5:00 p.m.
followed by dinner.
Movie begins at dusk.
free admission • close parking • faVoriTe fesTiVal foods
• fun rides • games • win prizes • insTanT bingo
air condiTioned casino • beer garden
Saint Ambrose Annual
Steak Roast & More! We need your help to make theFeSt poSSible!
Saturday, August 25, 2012 Check out the website at www.theFEST.us
5:30 - 9:00 pm Mark your calendars for Sunday August 5th and tell your family and friends!
Food Served 5:30-7:00 Saint Ambrose Sign up TODAY to be a volunteer (visit the website!)
Dessert Served 7:15
Music 5:30-9:00 1st Annual Indoor Join the planning team – we need you! (email frbob@theFEST.us)
Live Music by Karri Fedor & Kerosene
Take a Listen! June 20-21
www.karrifedorkerosene.com 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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