Special Ministries

Annulment Assistance

A trained professional volunteer’s her service to those who are in need of an annulment. Assistance is held in strict confidence. Answers to questions and concerns with help in filling out the forms and filing them with the proper office. 

Contact: Sandy Willings 973-0999

Bereavement Ministry

The Bereavement Committee extends Christian friendship, moral support and encouragement to those who have experienced loss in their lives. Most often, this ministry is exercised in behalf of those who have a loss resulting from the death of a loved one. Funeral luncheons are offered to those families who are so bereaved. 

Contact: Pat Klasner at the Parish Office

Eucharistic Ministers to the Homebound and Hospitalized 

The extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist to the homebound and to those confined to Nursing Homes assist in the distribution of Eucharist to those unable to attend Mass. The Eucharistic ministers to the hospitalized bring Eucharist to people hospitalized at Alton Memorial. Training is provided for those parishioners interested in this ministry of care. The pastor makes arrangements with these Eucharistic Ministers as the need arises.

Ministers of Hospitality - Greeters at the Masses

These parishioners minister by greeting parishioners and guests at weekend masses. First impressions are often lasting impressions. Consequently, the ministry of the greeters is one of the most important things that happen in any congregation! Greeters serve on a rotating basis at the Masses of their choice. 

Contact Parish Office 466-2921

Ministry of Praise

This is a spiritual ministry in which we offer all prayers, joys, and sufferings to God for the salvation of souls. This enables those involved to realize his/her spiritual worth to the church. These ministers are asked to pray for the world, especially members of our parish who are sick or for those who have special intentions. 

Contact: Pat Beets 466-4754

Money Counters

Money Counting is a very special ministry for ordinary people to do extraordinary work. It is a willingness to give about five Sunday mornings a year to the task of separating and counting the Sunday Collection. This ministry begins at 9:00 AM on Mondays in the Parish Pastoral Center.

Contact the Parish Office 466-2921

Parish Nurse

The parish nurse program was established at St. Ambrose to provide health and wholeness within the parish. The parish is provided a registered nurse under the auspice of Alton Memorial Hospital in Alton. She visits the sick in hospitals, nursing homes and homebound parishioners and assists in any way she can in their health care needs. A great emphasis is also placed on emotional and spiritual care as it relates to health. The parish nurse also serves to train volunteers for respite care and personal assistance in transportation, emergency meals and other areas of need as they arise. There is no cost to parishioners for the service of the parish nurse.

Contact: Cathie Ketterer 466-2921

Parish Welcome Group

The intent of this group is to act as ambassadors of St. Ambrose Parish by extending an early, friendly expression of welcome to new members of the parish, and to provide an in-depth explanation of the parish information in the welcome packet. In addition, if the new member is also new to the area, the Welcome Group member helps orient the new parishioner(s) to the Alton - Godfrey area.

To volunteer to serve as a home visitor, contact Parish Office 466-2921.

St. Ambrose Pro-Life Committee

St. Ambrose Pro-Life Committee is a small yet active group of parishioners  who meet on a bi-monthly basis at the parish center to discuss current events in our community and diocese related to pro-life issues. 

We address topics forwarded to us by the Springfield diocese, such as legislation updates, church-based meetings, conventions, etc; as well as gain involvement in local issues and events such as Arms of Love Crisis Pregnancy Center’s Walk for Life and Baby Bottle Campaign as well as the city-wide Life Chain (held in downtown Alton). Our efforts also include working with area school children to help them understand that life is a gift from God and we want to help them develop their respect for life as they grow.

This past year we also sponsored a service at St. Ambrose Church, in conjunction with Arms of Love, to promote healing, peace and salvation for those affected by past decisions of abortion. 

We welcome any parishioner, of any age, to come to a meeting and learn more about our group. Meetings are published in the church bulletin, or for more information please contact Susan Piazza  or call the parish office at 466-2921. 

Ushers

Ushers minister to people attending Sunday Mass by assisting with seating and helping them in their preparation for the liturgy, gathering the offertory collection and providing assistance and helpful information. A workshop is provided for those interested in becoming Ushers. Ushers serve on a rotating basis at the Masses of their choice. 

Contact: Parish Office 466-2921

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