Tag: Spiritual Life

For the Feast of St. Ambrose on Wednesday, December 7th, we will have Mass with Bishop Hying from 2:30-3:15pm at Holy Name Heights. Parents are welcome to join us for Mass.

Students will need to be picked up from Holy Name Heights.

Parents are invited to come to school early at 7:35am on Friday, October 7th for a First Friday parent-led Rosary. Parents who come to pray may stay for Mass and are encouraged to stay for some time spent in Eucharistic Adoration. Come join together to pray for our students, faculty, staff, board, and benefactors!

The 7th grade students will be attending the Consecration of Catholic Schools to Our Lady of Good Help Mass as the representatives of St. Ambrose Academy. Permission slips have been sent home with students.

Schedule of events:

10:00am – Celebration of Holy Mass, Bishop Hying presiding

11:00am – Prayer of consectration followed by the blessing of rosaries

11:30am – Eucharistic procession begins – pray the rosary while walking

12:00pm – Eucharistic procession ends and schools prepare to depart

On Friday, October 14th, 6th-8th grade students will be attending a retreat at Camp Gray.

Please pack a snack, lunch, and water bottle. Students should dress appropriately for the weather. Uniforms are not required, but students should follow non-uniform attire guidelines. Cell phones must be left at school.


Teachers chaperones: Ms. Klinkhammer and Ms. Gust

Mass at St. Ambrose during the Summer: 4th Mondays – Fr. Mark Miller will be celebrating the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass at St. Ambrose on at 8:15 a.m. on Mon., Aug. 22. Please join us!

Unite our intentions by praying the rosary with other parents in the oratory. Please enter through the side door of the oratory to keep the hallways clear on the first day of school. 

A brief period of intercessory prayer will take place from 8:00-8:10am after the rosary. Parents are welcome to continue socializing outside of school after the time of prayer is over! 

Retreat for 9th & 10th Grade Ladies | Monday, August 29, 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. | St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, Madison
The 9th & 10th grade ladies are invited to attend a beginning of the year retreat led by the 11th & 12th grade ladies at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish. The day will start with Mass at 8:30 am.
Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Please bring a journal, a Bible, and a water bottle.
Retreat for 11th & 12th Grade Ladies | Wednesday, August 17, 7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Chapel of the Sisters of Mary Morningstar, Monona
All 11th and 12th grade ladies are invited to join the Sisters of Mary Morningstar in their chapel in Monona for a day of retreat. Morning prayer begins at 7:30 a.m. in the chapel. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Pickup is from IHM at 3:00 p.m.
Retreat Schedule:
7:30 a.m. – Lauds in the Mary Morningstar Oratory
8:00 – 8:30 a.m. – Adoration
8:30 – 9:00 – Breakfast
9:00 – 9:45 – Lectio divina with the Sisters
9:45 – 10:15 – Break/walk
10:30 – 11:30 – Talk on prayer and small groups
11:45 – Mass
After Mass, those interested in being on the retreat team may stay for lunch and to plan a retreat for the 9th and 10th grade ladies.
12:30 p.m. – Lunch
1:00 – 3:00 – plan 9th/10th grade girls retreat
3:00 p.m. – End of Retreat
Please bring a Bible, a journal, and ideas for planning the 9th/10th grade retreat.

At the close of the 3rd quarter, the students at St. Ambrose Academy will have an opportunity to participate in a service day in order to take our Gospel call to service and our love of Christ out into the community. On Friday, March 3rd, 2023, groups of students will be out in the Madison area working at crisis pregnancy centers, stocking food pantries, or just raking the lawn for retired religious. This is a required school-day activity for all of the students – please do not opt out unless it is a previously planned absence. Please complete the permission slip to give your student permission to be taken off campus in the vehicle of a SAA staff member or parent.

Students will meet at the St. Thomas Aquinas Parish at 8:00am and will attend 8:30am Mass.

Please consider chaperoning, we need a lot of volunteer parents. Please indicate on the bottom of the permission slip or go to the SAA sign-up genius. Thank you!

Students can wear their work day clothes for Mass, but should comply with SAA dress code policy. They should bring a bag lunch unless directed otherwise. Also bring a water bottle, work gloves, clothing/shoes that can get dirty. Please dress for the weather.

As a parent or legal guardian, you remain fully responsible for any legal responsibility that may result from any personal actions taken by your child.

Parents, please come prepared to meet with your student’s teachers. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by Mr. Schmiesing who will give you your student’s Progress Report and a map of where each teacher will be in the school. Chairs will be set outside each room for parents to wait for their turn to meet.

Please limit your time to 10 minutes with each teacher. Remember, this is a brief Progress Report of how your student is performing.

Eucharistic Adoration will be in the Oratory.

The senior high boys, along with Fr. Greg Ihm, will be heading to Camp Gray for a retreat on 4/29/2022. Boys are to meet at school that day by 7:50am, so they can depart by 8:00am.

Classes will be held as usual for senior high girls that day.

Join St. Ambrose Academy for a faculty speaker event featuring Ms. Theresa Klinkhammer, SAA religion teacher and Director of Student Ministries. Ms. Klinkhammer will share a talk based on a text that is a part of our senior high religion curriculum and is especially timely for Catholics who want to incorporate their faith more into their daily lives.

Blessed Columba Marmion was a leader of the liturgical renewal in the early 20th century. His book, Christ in His Mysteries, shows how we enter into the mysteries of Christ’s life by living liturgically.

This talk will first delve into Marmion’s thought concerning participation in Christ’s mysteries and then explore this idea through looking at the power of the propers of the Mass, especially those of the Easter season.

Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help
for the Success of the New Building Campaign

On Monday, February 14, there will be an all-school pilgrimage to the National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion, Wisconsin – the only approved apparition site in the United States! – to beg Our Lady’s intercession for the success of our building campaign.

We would like to issue a warm invitation to families and those who care about our mission to join us, whether in person or in spirit!


If you are interested in coming to the Shrine on Monday, February 14, you will find the St. Ambrose group at the 11:00am Mass at the Shrine. The group will pray afterwards (some kind of novena/prayer and personal prayer) while smaller groups of ~20 take turns visiting the apparition site.

If you are unable to meet us at the Shrine in person, we encourage you to pray in a particular way for the students and the success of our building campaign this coming Monday.

With the Lord’s blessing and the collaboration of many, we will continue to see a flourishing of the faith among young people and families in south-central Wisconsin!

Pro-Life Conference and March for LIfe – Madison, WI


Friday, January 21 – March for Life at the Capitol

  • 8 am – meet at St. Ambrose
  • 8:10 – drive to downtown Madison – parking at Lake Street Parking Garage or University Square Parking Garage for big vans – 324 N. Lake St, Madison, WI 53715
  • 8:30 – walk to St. Paul’s and eat some breakfast
  • 9-9:30 – inspirational talk
  • 9:30-11:30 – March for Life
    1. Route – Starting at St. Paul’s University Center, walk down State Street to the Capitol and then around the Capitol building several times
    2. at 11:30, walk to St. Patrick’s Church (404 E. Main Street) and join in for Mass at 12:10 pm
  • 12:10 – Mass at St. Patrick’s
    1. after Mass, walk back to St. Paul’s
  • 1:15 Lunch at St. Paul’s
  • 2 pm – rosary for life in St. Paul’s Oratory
  • 2:30 pm – head back to SAA

* This is only applicable to those junior and senior students who are not going on the March for Life in Washington, D.C.

Pro-Life Conference and March for Life – Madison, Wisconsin

Thursday, January 20 – Conference at Holy Name Heights

  • 8 students arrive at Holy Name Heights (please wear masks when walking through HNH)
  • Meet in Upper Auditorium – go down the stairs and all the way to the left
  • 8:15-8:30 – Breakfast
  • 8:30-9:45 – Mrs. Brenda Collins from Pregnancy Helpline/Sharing Center
    1. Resources for women
    2. Pregnancy Helpline/Sharing Center, Women’s Care Center, CareNet
    3. What can we do for women in crisis pregnancies right now?
  • 9:45-10 – Break
  • 10-11:30 – Law Professor Cecilia Klingele
    1. Roe v. Wade
    2. Planned Parenthood v. Casey
    3. Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization
  • 11:30 – prayer in Oratory
  • 12-12:40 – Holy Mass
  • 12:45-1:15 – Lunch
  • 1:15-2:45 – Mrs. Schiedermayer
    1. Rachel’s Vineyard
    2. Psychological, physiological, and spiritual ramifications of abortion
  • 2:45 – Chaplet of Divine Mercy for the unborn and women in crisis pregnancies

* This schedule is only applicable to those junior and senior students who are not going on the March for Life in Washington, D.C.

For the success of the New Building Campaign, on Monday, February 14 there will be an all-school pilgrimage to the National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion, WI to beg Our Lady’s intercession for our new building.

This is the site of the only approved Marian apparition in the United States. Mary appeared to Adele Brise in 1859 and told her, “Gather the children in this wild country and teach them what they should know for salvation. Teach them their catechism, how to sign themselves with the sign of the cross, and how to approach the Sacraments. That is what I wish you to do. Go and fear nothing. I will help you.”

This call from Our Lady had been of great importance to the St. Ambrose community, and we trust that Our Lady will give us her help in the building project.

We will depart at 8:00am sharp and return around 3:30pm. We would love for many parents, families, and friends of SAA to accompany us on this journey of faith. Please contact Miss Klinkhammer if you would be willing to chaperone or if your family would like to caravan with us.