As of May 28, 2022, St. Ambrose Church, St. Joseph Church in Mantua, St. Joan of Arc in Streetsboro, and Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Aurora officially
became a collaborative region known as northern Portage County.
Fr. Shawn Conoboy and the parochial vicar (to be named) has been appointed pastor of St. Joseph and St. Ambrose.
Fr. Conoboy maintains his responsibilities as pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, Ecumenical and Interfaith Officer, and part-time professor
at Walsh University. He will work with Fr. Chris Luoni, pastor of St. Joan of Arc, Streetsboro, to serve the needs of the faithful of all four parishes
in northern Portage County. They will prepare the four parishes to share two priests within the coming year.
A native of Jefferson, Ohio in Ashtabula County, Fr. Shawn is the youngest of six children. He graduated from Jefferson Area High School, attended Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ava Maria College in Ypsilanti, Michigan, and then North American College in Rome for seminary formation and theological studies. He was ordained July 29, 2006, and has served our diocese at St. Charles Parish (Boardman), Christ the Good Shepherd Parish (Campbell), Holy Family Parish (Brewster and Navarre), St. Mary and St. Joseph Parish (Newton Falls), prior to coming to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish (Aurora) in August of 2019. We thank God for the gift of Fr. Shawn’s faith-filled life and his dedicated service. Pray that the Holy Spirit will sustain and strengthen him as he serves our parish.
In the month of August, the Womens’ Spiritual Renewal Team is holding the 50/50 drawing to be held on the last day of the month. Tickets are $1 each, or 6 for $5 and will be sold after all the Masses - the prize is half of all donations received.
What Are You Doing On Tuesday Nights?
Come play bingo with us in the church hall at St. Ambrose and support our parish’s programs. The doors open at 5:45 p.m. and Early Bird Bingo begins at 6:45 p.m. Regular bingo begins at 7:00 p.m. Your first packet (good for all evening with nine cards per game) is only $13.00. Each additional packet is only $3.00 more! Jackpots begin at $400.00 and 48 numbers, and adds one number and $15.00 each week. Each regular bingo game pays $25.00. Next Bingo is this Tuesday, August 16.
St. Ambrose K of C Steak Fry
The St. Ambrose Knights of Columbus Council is hosting their annual Steak Fry on Saturday, August 20, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Cost is $15/person, $25/couple or $50/family max. We accept cash, checks or credit/debit cards. One of the Knights will be taking names after all Masses this weekend so we can purchase the correct number of steaks.
Engaged Couple Retreat Day
The next diocesan-sponsored one-day marriage preparation retreat day for engaged couples will be held on Saturday, August 20, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the social hall at St. Columba Cathedral. Reservations are required. Registration information may be found at www.doy.org; go to the “Ministries” drop-down menu and press on “Pro-Life, Marriage & Family Life.” For more information on these, and other opportunities for marriage preparation formation, call 330-744-8451, ext. 272 or contact email@example.com.
The Retrouvaille program is a Lifeline for Troubled Marriages. The Weekend is scheduled for August 26 thru 28. Has your marriage become unloving or uncaring – your relationship cold, distant – thinking about a separation or divorce? Are you already separated/divorced but both of you want to try again? Then the Retrouvaille program may help you rediscover each other. RETROUVAILLE, which means rediscovery, is supported by the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, but it is open to couples of all faiths. This program consists of a weekend experience for couples and six follow up sessions. A registration fee of $200.00 is required to confirm your reservation. For more information concerning the program, or to register, please call Mace or Liz Gliha at 440-357-6580 or 1-800-470-2230, or go online to www.helpourmarriage.org.
Mantua K of C Pig & Chicken Roast
Come join the fun on Saturday, September 10, as the Mantua Knights of Columbus Council 3766 host a Pig & Chicken Roast from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Held under and around the pavilion at St. Joseph Church (11045 St. Joseph Blvd., Mantua), the event features good food, live music, corn hole tournament, 50/50, and fellowship. With food being served at 7:00 p.m., the menu includes roasted pork and chicken, mac & cheese, baked beans, corn on the cob, pop and bottled water (BYOB). Cost is $25 per person. Seating will be available in the pavilion but you may wish to bring lawn chairs. For tickets or any questions, please contact Greg (330-569-4614 or firstname.lastname@example.org) or Ed (440-413-4236 or email@example.com).
Save the Date:
Faith & Family Festival on Sunday, Sept. 25, at Walsh University. For more information, contact Dave Schmidt at 330-744-8451 ext. 272 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ministry of Care: Prayer Request
Ministry of Care was started by Vi McCarty and has been part of our St. Ambrose family for decades. If you have a prayer request or would like to become a St. Ambrose prayer warrior, please email your information to email@example.com. Prayer requests will be sent to members at the beginning of each month via email in the form of an attached letter. For prayers needed in between the monthly letter you can simply send your request to the same email, and all members who are on the email chain will receive it. If you do not have access to email, you can contact the rectory to request a copy to be mailed to you. For other questions please feel free to contact co-chairs Betsy Dunn 330-719-2657 or Judy Macek 330-398- 5000.
Are You Registered?
To avoid problems or misunderstandings, especially when planning baptisms, marriages, etc., be sure that you are registered and active. To register, call the rectory at 330-527- 4105. One way to show you are active means to use your weekly contribution envelopes. That way, the computer will not deactivate you.
PSR & Youth Ministry
PSR is looking for volunteers to serve as catechists in our PSR program. If you love our faith and feel called to share it with children, this could be your call. Interested parishioners should contact our DRE, Peg Haney, by calling the rectory or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PSR Registration Begins
Registration forms for this year's PSR program are available in the church vestibule. Please return the form in the collection basket or drop it off at the rectory. PSR is for all children, from preschool through the 8th grade. This year's program begins on Sunday, September 18. If you have any questions, contact the rectory at 300-527-4105 or Peg Haney at email@example.com.
Diocesan Policy requires that all students be actively enrolled in religious education classes TWO YEARS PRIOR to celebrating the Sacraments of Initiation (First Communion and Confirmation) and attend the Sunday Eucharistic Celebration (Mass).
Knights of Columbus
K of C Meeting Times
St. Ambrose Council 11801 - Meets the second (business) and fourth (social) Monday of each month at 7:30 pm in the St. Ambrose hall.
Windham K of C - The Windham K of C meets the second and fourth Monday of each month at 7:30 pm in the St. Michael hall.
Please check the weekly bulletin for schedule changes.
The St. Ambrose Knights of Columbus is hosting a charity fundraiser through Cal's restaurant in Garrettsville that benefits the K of C/Charles Abraham Scholarship fund and Garrettsville-Nelson Food Shelf. Download and print a copy of the Cal's flyer, dine at Cal's and present the flyer on the listed dates. Flyers are also available in the church vestibule. Download and print the Cals Flyer
Labels For Education
St. Ambrose Knights of Columbus are teaming up with J. A. Garfield Schools for a "Box Tops for Education"/"Labels for Education" drive. The school receives money for every UPC label and box top submitted. There is a collection box in the back of the Church for you to deposit your labels. Please help the kids and JAG Schools. Thank you!