Alpha at Jim’s

Do you know anyone in your life that is unchurched…or de-churched? Perhaps a loved one away from the faith whom you would love to see encounter – or re-encounter – Jesus? Consider recommending them to Alpha, a ten-week program featuring a free meal, excellent videos, and small group discussion. Alpha focuses on the basic message of God’s love for us in Jesus Christ. It is a starter course in Christianity within a safe, loving atmosphere to bring questions, concerns, even skepticism. Alpha has been an extremely effective tool for positively introducing people to the Gospel message and to faith.

Jim Prochaska has graciously offered to host Alpha at his tavern. We believe this is a safe place where unchurched people may feel more comfortable and less threatened than a church. Alpha runs Tuesdays starting September 5 and continues through late November. Sessions begin at 6pm with a meal, followed by the video and then discussion…wrapping up around 7:30. There is no cost, however, registration is required as spaces are limited. Anyone is free to leave at any time if they do not enjoy the sessions.

We have had a request and if any of you can assist, please see the info below:

I am a volunteer with Breaking Traffik, and Maria Romero requested help for a group of migrant and H2A workers who have just arrived in Iowa.  They bring only the clothes on their backs and the shoes on their feet and will not receive their paychecks for 2 weeks.  This is a list of needs:

Men’s shoes sizes 9-11
Long sleeve shirts sizes M, L, XL
Pants/jeans/khakies 32×32, 32×34, 34×34, 36×34

Would it be possible to send out an email to see if other churches would be able to help.  Also if there are any churches who collect toiletry items that would also be helpful.  If it is possible to send this out to the member churches that would be great.  It would be good to have the items by next Thursday 8/3/2017.  I am available to collect the items.  My phone number cell number is 309-737-3281 church number is 309-764-6721 and my email is

New Mass Schedule

Starting the first weekend in Aug. our Mass times will be changing. Our new schedule will be:

Sat. 5:00 PM St. Ambrose
Sun. 8:00 AM St. Ambrose
Sun. 9:30 AM St. Pat’s
Sun. 11:00 AM St. Ambrose

Bring the kids out

Save the Date!! The Knights of Columbus are sponsoring a night at Milan Sprayground Sun. Aug. 20 from 6-8 pm. for all the parishioners. The concession stand will be open. Hope to see you there!

Fall Rummage Sale

It’s that time to be thinking ahead to our Fall Parish Rummage Sale! The date is Oct. 5-7th. If you have any questions or are interested in helping out, please contact Sue Griffiths 787-3355 or 912-6678.

See the latest on the renovation

We have posted a number of photos on the construction and renovation of our Church.  Click here to see the latest photos.  Check back daily as we are adding photos as quickly as they come in.  If you take your own photos please send email them to you might see them online here and on facebook.

Or if you would like to see the latest video Click here and follow the work.

Something New!!

Starting Wed. June 21st. we will pray the Rosary at 6 pm followed by the Divine Mercy Chaplet. We’ll be doing this every Wed. at 6 pm. Hope you can join us!

Also if a weekend Mass is scheduled for a family member or loved one, and you would like to take the gifts up during Mass, please let the Ushers know.

ADA Appeal

Thanks to all who made a pledge to the Annual Diocesan Appeal. Currently, we have pledges of $32,580. We are still $9,420 short of our goal of $42,000. A gift to the ADA, no matter how great or small, can go a long way. A pledge of $10 or $20 a month can add up. Even a one-time gift is helpful to the cause. To those who have contributed, we are most grateful. If you have not yet made a gift to the ADA, we invite you to do so today. There are pledge cards in the pews. Every dollar raised to make our goal supports important diocesan services and every dollar raised over our goal will be kept in the parish

St . Ambrose now provides Online Giving

A convenient and safe way to make a one-time or recurring donation. Getting started is easy, just visit our website and click on the Online Giving link (located on the left hand side). When you participate, your gift will be securely transferred directly into the parish bank account. You won’t have to remember to write a check or stop by the ATM on the weekend. “I Give” cards will be available to drop in the basket for those who would like to continue “the tradition”. If you sign up by Ash Wednesday your name will be placed in a drawing for some prizes! Sign up soon!

Info on Fr. John

If you’d like to send Fr. John a note of encouragement his address is: Immaculate Conception, 415 N High St. Lacon, IL 61540. I’m sure he’d love to hear from you or have a visit if you’re looking for somewhere to go this summer. Please keep him and his parishioners in your prayers.

A great way to remember your loved ones who are gone

We are in need of DAILY MASS INTENTIONS. Our weekend Mass intentions fill up, but we’re in need of daily Mass intentions. Having a Mass said for a loved one is a great way to pray for and remember our deceased loved ones, Catholic or Protestant. You can also have a Mass said for a Special Intention. Although it is wonderful if you can attend the Mass, it is not necessary. As a reminder, Mass intentions need to be paid prior to the date of the intention. The usual Mass stipend is $10.  Also if a weekend Mass is scheduled for a family member or loved one, and you would like to take the gifts up during Mass, please let the Ushers know.


This month we spotlight one of the longest lasting organizations here at St. Ambrose Parish.  Check back from time to time and see the latest issue of Spotlight and all of the back issues.  Click here to see them.

St. Joe’s Meal Site Help Needed

St. Ambrose Parish is responsible to serve meals at St. Joseph’s Meal site the fourth Monday every month. Three or four persons prepare a meal of a main dish, side dish, bread/butter, milk & a simple dessert at home to serve at the meal site at 2827 7th. Ave Rock Island. We are in need of 4 or 5 persons to help serve in the coming year, in Jan. & May. Those who come to eat are so appreciative of the food and your generosity. If you feel you are able to share your blessings with those less fortunate, and can serve, please call Neva Cook at 309-269-9014 or email

Communion to the Homebound

If anyone is interested in taking Communion to the homebound either once a week or twice a month please let us know. In this year of Mercy, please prayerfully consider assisting with this Corporal Work of Mercy. You may call the office at 787-4593 or e-mail us at