BRUNSWICK — It was the day after Christmas, but the members of St. Ambrose Catholic Parish were already getting ready for Easter Sunday.
Construction at the 929 Pearl Road church has been going on since September, at a cost of nearly $5 million.
“When things are done on Easter Sunday, we will walk into a fresh, repaired, renewed church that has served us well and will be equipped to serve the next generation,” said the Rev. Bob Stec, pastor of St. Ambrose. “We are doing a complete, what I would call, repair and remodel.”
The roof is being replaced, a new building will expand space for the church and the school, carpets are being replaced and the sanctuary is being remodeled with the addition of new pews.
“The congregation coming together this morning at 8 a.m. the day after Christmas, I just think that’s phenomenal,” Gail Basey, one of the photographers for the church and a St. Ambrose parishioner, said Wednesday.
“They basically gutted everything out.”
Basey said that 200-300 parishioners had showed up Wednesday to help take out the pews.
“It was phenomenal,” Stec said about the work put in to clear out the church pews. “Let me tell you what is best about St. Ambrose. Our members are humbly good. Together, they are like a force of goodness in our community.”
He spoke very highly about his parishioners and the work they put in this holiday season to improve the church and help the community.
“Over the Christmas season, we took care of hundreds and hundreds of people for Christmas. Not just two or 20, hundreds and hundreds of people,” said Stec.
“We passed out thousands of coats and hundreds and hundreds of hats and gloves. So, that same force of goodness literally showed up here this morning and, in two and a half hours, all the pews, all the carpet, everything was removed, demolished, stored, dumped and gone.”
Stec said that several people chose to take pews home and he added that 20 pews were donated to the Medina County courts.
Funding for the project came donations and pledges from parishioners, state funds, ministry donations and money raised from the parish’s summer festival, bingo nights and fish fries.