WHEN YOU VISIT
Visiting a new church can be intimidating: What should I wear? Where do I park? Where do my kids go? We understand the many thoughts that can come from visiting a new church, so we want you to feel completely comfortable when you visit. Below are some frequently asked questions. If you have any additional questions, don't hesitate to contact us or talk with an usher when you visit.
WHEN ARE SERVICES
Sunday: 8:30AM and 10:30AM
WHEN IS CONFESSION AVAILABLE?
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered on Saturdays from 3:30PM-4:00PM. Confessions are also available on the First Friday of each month after the 8:30AM Mass. During the Year of Real Presence, Confessions are offered Tuesday mornings from 8:00AM until 8:20AM and on every third Wednesday from 4:00PM until 4:30PM.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
We want you to feel comfortable. After all, we are thrilled that you're joining us and want you to be more focused on the service than what you're wearing. In the summertime, it's not uncommon to see people wearing sandals, shorts, and a shirt. Others prefer to still put on their "Sunday best," and that's fine too! However, we do request that shorts be of a conservative length (no “short-shorts”), no spaghetti straps, no strapless nor sleeveless attire, and that in general, clothing be respectable and conservative.
HOW DO I GET TO ST. AMBROSE CHURCH?
Our Parish is located at
WHERE DO MY CHILDREN GO?
We believe it is important for children of all ages to attend mass with their families. If necessary, a “cry room” is located in the back of the church, which has large windows and a sound system to allow you to hear and participate in the mass.
To the parents of our young children, may we suggest…
Relax! God put the wiggle in children; don’t feel you have to suppress it in God’s house. ALL ARE WELCOME!
Sit toward the front where it is easier for your little ones to see and hear what’s going on. They tire of seeing the backs of others’ heads!
Quietly explain the parts of the Mass and actions of the priest, ushers, choir, etc.
Sing hymns, pray and voice the responses. Children learn liturgical behavior by copying us.
If you have to leave Mass with your child, feel free to do so, but please come back. As Jesus said, “Let the children come to me.”
Remember, that the way we welcome children in church directly affects the way they respond to the Church, to God, and to one another. Let them know that they are at home in this house of God.
To the members of our Church...
The presence of children is a gift to the Church and they are a reminder that our congregation is growing.
Please welcome our children and give a smile of encouragement to their parents.
PARTICIPATION IN COMMUNION
Communion, or The Eucharist, is the most intimate expression of our faith. For all those unsure about participating in communion, please refer to the Guidelines for the Reception of Communion from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
AM I EXPECTED TO PUT MONEY IN THE OFFERING?
If you are visiting with us, we don't expect you to put money in the offering, but if you would like to support us in our ministry and parish mission, we would be happy and thankful to have your offering. If you consider our parish your church home, we'd love for you to prayerfully consider giving on a weekly basis. You can give by check or cash during the service, or you can sign up for online giving here.