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What’s new in our faith family?

Watch this page to learn about upcoming events, recent happenings, and new opportunities to be involved at St. Ambrose Cathedral.

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Sunday, Dec 11  at 4 PM

A unique St. Ambrose benefit concert! 

O Come Let Us Praise Him: Carols from Around the World” will feature choirs of St. Ambrose parishioners singing Advent and Christmas from their native lands! All this takes place in our beautiful cathedral.

Your free will donations at this concert will help young adults from St. Ambrose parish to attend World Youth Day in the Spring.

A food sale/bake sale will follow in the Parish Hall — and its proceeds will also support our World Youth Day pilgrims.

Volunteers are needed at this event to:

  • be a greeter
  • provide childcare
  • donate food items
  • plan and staff the food/bake sale

Please contact Father Ambrose, Catherine Swoboda or Theresa Lewis if you can help.

Jesus gathers families of all races
Sunday, Dec. 18

First Reconciliation & Advent Family Reconciliation

All are welcome in the Cathedral at 9:30 to pray and participate in this hour of forgiveness.  About 30 of our young people grades 2-6 will experience the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time. After that, others of all ages are welcome to come to Confession.

Please pray for these young people and their families as they welcome Jesus and feel God’s forgiveness!

Volunteers are welcome and needed to help these young people prepare. Are you called to give some time between now and Christmas? Contact Theresa Lewis.  More about Family Faith Formation


Please tell us how you want to serve

During this month of giving thanks — please tell us how you might like to “give back” in our faith community.

  1. Please complete the Time and Talent Form that you’ll find in your pew or at the cathedral entrances – or download the form here.
  2. Return your form in the collection basket at Mass, or to the parish office, by November 30.

This webside can help you consider how you are drawn to serve, or learn more about ministries at Mass or ministries of service

All are welcome and invited to try something new among us! Thank you!

Wed. Dec. 7

Celebrate the Feast of St. Ambrose with us

Please come to the 12:10 Mass, then to the parish hall for a light lunch together. Free. Thanks to members of St. Ambrose SVDP for bringing food to share.

We will also celebrate the birthday of our own Fr. Ambrose Ladu Daniel! We hope many can come for this special time together.

donations to SVDP food bank from St Ambrose parishioners
Dec. 3 & 4

Food Pantry Donations

Our parish’s monthly collection of items for the St. Vincent de Paul food pantries is this weekend. Please share something with those in need. Bring food that does not need refrigeration, or items that help people keep themselves and their homes clean. Feminine hygiene products are especially needed right now.

So Generous!
Over the past 12 months since we revived this tradition of giving, our parish has donated items valued at an estimated $4,100! We are making a difference for our brothers and sisters in Christ. Our parish SVDP volunteers especially thank you for your generosity!

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Tuesday, Dec. 6

SVDP gathering

Interested in knowing more about our St. Ambrose SVDP group?

You’re invited to our next meeting this Tuesday at 5:30 PM in the Parish Hall.  You’ll experience our hour of prayer, fellowship, and discussion of how we can next serve those in need.

Feel free to come out of curiosity! You don’t have to “join” to come!

Dec. 12: Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

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