From Bishop Murry
Dear Brother Priests, Deacons and Parish Leaders,
After months of suspending the public celebration of Mass, I
have been in discussion with the Ohio Bishops and we have
determined that Sunday Liturgy can resume on the Solemnity
Pentecost, May 30/31, 2020, following the prudent guidelines
that accompany this letter. I am most appreciative of your
careful pastoral concern and leadership during this difficult time.
I express my thanks to Father Balash and other liturgical leadership in the State for their diligent work in preparing these
guidelines. In preparation for the weekend celebration of
Sunday Mass on Pentecost, you may begin daily Mass on
Monday, May 25, 2020, if you are able to carefully implement
these guidelines. Please note that the liturgical guidelines also
assume your prudent pastoral judgement and common sense in
following the cautions and regulations established by health and
government leaders of the State of Ohio as you use these
guidelines in your parish. Please contact Father Balash with any
questions or concerns you have in putting these guidelines into
practice in your parish. As circumstances change and additional
information is available, updates will be shared with you. Be
assured of my daily prayers for you, your staff and parish
community in the weeks to come.
Sincerely in Christ,
Most Reverend George V. Murry, S.J.
Bishop of Youngstown
Altar & Rosary Rummage Sale
The A & R Rummage Sale has been moved to the weekend of June 26 and June 27. The Garrettsville Community Garage Sale is also scheduled for that weekend also. We are hoping to increase sales by having more people in the area attending the yard/garage sales. Please do not bring any donations to the garage until the end of May. Thank you and look for updates closer to the dates!!
Friends of Melana Virtual 5K / 1 Mile Event
The Friends of Melana Foundation was established in honor and memory of Melana Matson, a Garrettsville resident and St. Ambrose parishioner, who lost her battle with brain cancer in 2009 at the age of nine. The foundation holds 5K/1mile fundraisers for childhood cancer research each year during Garrettsville’s SummerFest. Because of the pandemic the foundation is holding a virtual race event this summer beginning June 11 through June 20. Detailed information and open race registration is now online at www.gopherarun.com. Click on “Races.” Plans are to promote loyal sponsors using the press, social media, the foundation website (www.stopkidscancer.org), as well as on the race t-shirt designed for this event. Shirts will be mailed to participants. For more information contact Norm and Joyce Fashing at 330-527-8093.
Bloodmobile - American Red Cross
Thursday, May 21, the American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be at St. Ambrose in the church hall from 1:00-7:00 p.m. Please consider giving the gift-of-life...donate blood.
Local Sunday Mass on the Web and TV
The weekend Vigil Mass from Immaculate Conception, Ravenna, can be viewed live online Saturdays at 4:00 p.m., or "on demand" Sunday and during the week, at https://www.nwntv.com, courtesy of Nightwine Productions, Rootstown. If the video says "Stream Unavailable" or remains blank, please try again later. Also: Sunday Mass from Cleveland Diocese is broadcast on Fox TV 8 each Sunday at 6:00 a.m. Cox Communications Cable subscribers can view Sunday Mass on channel 45 each week at 11:30 a.m.
The Act of Spiritual Communion is made when circumstances
prevent one from receiving Holy Communion at Mass. The way
to make an Act of Spiritual Communion is listed below and can
be adapted based upon personal and family needs:
1. Gather with others in your household and begin a time of prayer with the sign of the cross.
2. Watch Mass on television or on-line, or if unable, take time to read and reflect upon the readings from Sunday Mass. Scripture readings can be found at www.usccb.org. A schedule of televised Mass is available at www.doy.org under Media tab.
3. Share prayer intentions quietly or aloud.
4. Pray the Lord’s Prayer.
5. Offer a prayer for healing, strength, or forgiveness or any prayer available during the coronavirus pandemic. If viewing Mass, offer a prayer during the normal time of Communion.
6. Close with the sign of the cross.
Prayer For Spiritual Communion
My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the
Most Holy Sacrament.
I love you above all things and I desire
to receive you in my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace you as if you were already there
and unite myself wholly to you.
Never permit me to be separated from you.
How You Can Help
James A. Garfield Schools, the Nelson Garrettsville Community Cupboard, SkyLanes and Garrettsville United Methodist Church are
feeding Garfield students during the state-mandated closure. Check the food pantry’s Facebook page @NGCCfoodpantry for details.
Monetary donations may be sent to NGCC, P.O. Box 294, Garrettsville, OH 44231 or online through PayPal at email@example.com.
PSR & Youth Ministry
PSR and Journey Registration
Any student wishing to attend PSR (preschool to grade 8) or Journey (grades 9 to12) and is not currently attending must fill out a pink registration form. Please call the rectory to request a registration form and it will be mailed to you. Place the registration form in the collection basket, drop it off at the rectory, or mail it to the church. Please include a copy of the student’s baptismal certificate. (Preschoolers must be age 4 by Sept. 30.)
Malley’s Candy Sales
Please note that you can drop your candy bar sales money at the rectory. Please call first to be sure that I’ll be there or you can mail it to the church to my attention: St. Ambrose Church, Attn: Sue Pickett, 10692 Freedom Street, Garrettsville, OH 44231. Also, since our fund raiser was unexpectedly cut short, I do have candy bars to be sold. If you feel that you could sell some of these for our PSR Program, please call me at 330-204- 5568! Thanks so much for all you do!!
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!