April 14 &15, 2018 Third Sunday of
Welcome Home to St Mary's Parish ...
We extend a warm welcome to St. Mary of the Visitation Parish
and pray that you feel at home. Please introduce yourself and consider becoming
a member of our Family of Faith.
Parish Registration Form may be found on the table at the main entrance of the
Church or see anyone at our Welcome Desk in the Parish
PARISH MASSES THIS WEEK
request a Mass for a future date please contact our Parish
Thursday, April 19, 2018
8:00am - Intentions of Cathy Cook - req. Parish Friends
Friday, April 20, 2018
8:00am - Bob Glover - req. Dobranski Family
Saturday, April 21, 2018
5:00pm - Bill Donahue - req. Barb Sanvido
- Shelagh Malloy - req. Kof C 4916
Sunday, April 15, 2018
8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m**, 11:30 a.m.**
*Additional parking will be available at the WD Johnson Centre
and seating in our Parish Centre at all Masses.
Ministry for those Age 2 - Age 9.
Ministries for Next Weekend:
April 21 & 22, 2018 - Team B
Full Liturgical Schedule for a telephone contact list - please call
the Parish Office
Those not currently using envelopes but who are
interested in obtaining Sunday Offering Envelopes, are asked to use the
sign-up sheet at our Welcome Desk. Our parish also offers Pre Authorized Debit for your
Lord’s Day Offerings. If you are interested, sign up forms are available
at the Welcome Desk in the Parish Centre Narthex. We also offer an On
Line Giving Option and Debit machines are available at both our Welcome Desk
and our Parish Office. Check out
our recent Stewardship Message
What’s New ?........What’s Next ?
Did you get your "E-Newsletter"? It’s never too late to sign up
- our list keeps growing!
Check out Twitter; "Padre’s Pause" and
receive a daily message - Father
Glance at our Parish Blog - -
great ways to be connected.
Like our Parish Facebook
Share your Prayer
Needs - these will be privately remembered by Father at daily Mass
Please notify the Parish Office of any
address changes. If you are moving, please let us know so we can
keep in touch.
Our Parish Book of Prayer is located in our Adoration
Chapel in the lower level of the Church, you are welcome to write your
intentions on its pages. These intentions are remembered at the parish Masses
and by those who visit our Chapel. Share
your Prayer Needs - these will be privately remembered by Father at
daily Mass. To find out more about Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration - check
out a video on our parish website featuring some parishioners and their
witness to the power of prayer. Votive
candles are also available for your needs. It truly is a place of prayer always
open for you! Drop in for a visit. For details on our Chapel, contact the
Parish Office- 519 658 4443.
Your financial faithfulness toward each active family contributing to
Generations is essential as we seek to meet needs in our growing family.
you have not yet made your Generations contributions; please consider doing so.
On Line Giving Option.
Message from the Pastor
"Are We There Yet?"
Than Survive” .
Glance at our Pastor's
Workshops and Events
We welcome Father Toby Collins this weekend. It is good to
have him with us. This Lord’s Day, our Confirmation Candidates will be
participating in their annual retreat at Camp Brebeuf. Again, this year in
addition to an amazing surrounding, we will welcome Chris Bray, a Christian
recording artist who will be with us during the retreat. Please keep them in
Thank you to parents of our Atrium of the Visitation Program, and to our
volunteer catechists, for an outstanding year together. This program for
children ages 3-6 has been a blessing not only to the children involved but also
their families. We look forward to resuming in September.
Thank you for the many positive comments received following our Stewardship
Report last weekend. This is certainly a tribute to our entire Family of Faith,
and as always give God the Glory. Deo gratias!
Mark Your Calendars
Some wonderful events in the life of our parish:
-"Green Bag" Saturday - May 26th .
Watch for more details!
- VBS - July 9-13, 2018 (registration opens May 1, 2018)
- Devotions to St Anne - July 28 & 29, 2018
- St Mary of the Visitation Day Camp at Camp Brebeuf - August
13-14 and August 20-24, 2018 (register on line today!)
Did You Ride the Shuttle ?
Thank you to all of those who made room for others this week
in our Parking Lots by riding our Sunday Shuttle - let us know what you think of
the idea and the experience?
Don’t Get Lost in the Crowd - Small Groups
Our parish is blessed with a variety of small groups which
meet to share faith - couples groups, men’s groups, ladies groups, mother’s
groups, faith sharing groups - check our display in the Parish Centre, visit our
website or drop by our Welcome Desk for details and join us. All Welcome.
Easter Floral Tributes
An opportunity to remember our loved ones this Easter with a Floral Tribute.
You are invited to return the Floral Tribute form, found at the doors of the
Church, in the envelope provided. All donations will be put toward our Easter
decorations. Thank you for choosing to remember your loved ones in this way, all
to whom a floral tribute is dedicated will be remembered at Mass during the
First Communion Retreat
All young people who will be receiving their Holy Communion will gather
together for a half day retreat at our Parish Centre in preparation on
Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 9:00am-Noon. If you have questions
contact the parish office. Parents are not required to remain during the
When Sadness Strikes or a new member arrives- a family is there - and that is
the goal of the Neighbourhood Ministry.
Parish Office to volunteer or if you are in need of assistance from our
Special Friends exists to help children and teens with special needs access
our programs and ministries. The spirit of Special Friends is one of inclusion;
we match children and teens, who have special needs with an adult or teenage
buddy to help integrate the child/teen into current programs. Parents/Guardians
are asked to enroll your child in Special Friends by visiting our on website.
Friends Calming Kits
For children and teens with autism, developmental delays, sensory
challenges, or other special needs, the crowds, sounds, smells, and lights
of Mass can at times be overwhelming and result in anxiety and upset. Five
“Calming Kits” are now available in our Vestry to be used during Masses
by our Special Friends who experience distress due to sensory overload. See
one of our Hospitality Ministers.
of the Visitation
A unique opportunity for young children at our Parish to grow in their life
of faith! The Atrium of the Visitation is a program for children 3-6 years old
inspired by the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd which is rooted in the
educational principles of Maria Montessori. To find out more drop into the
Atrium on Wednesdays from 6:15pm - 7:15pm (use Chapel Entrance). If you have
questions or would like more details, contact the Parish Office.
Is for children/youth from Grades 2-8 seeking the
Sacraments of Baptism, First Reconciliation, First Communion or Confirmation who
fall under one or more of these circumstances: Attending public school, private
school, or home schooled OR Not receiving/received religious education OR Are
past the usual age to receive a given Sacrament OR Have never been baptized OR
Are not Catholic but would like to become Catholic. It is offered on Sundays in
between our 9:30am and 11:30am Mass (on a scheduled basis). Come join us - there is room for you. If you have
questions or would like more details, contact the Parish Office.
Interested in Becoming Catholic?
Any adults who have not been baptized and are considering becoming Catholic,
or any adults who have already been baptized in other Christian churches and
wish to become full members of the Catholic Church, please
speak to Father Freitas and arrangements will be made to complete your
initiation into the Catholic Church. There is a place for you - welcome!
"Milk Bags for Haiti"
Thank you to all who are aiding in the collection of Milk
Bags for Haiti. Remember, it’s always helpful to ensure they are clean, dry
and even folded as you drop them off. You are welcome to join us for a
"hands on" experience of transforming milk bags into comfortable
sleeping mats for the Haitian people on Saturday,
May 26, 2018 from 10:00a.m.-12:00p.m. in the Parish Centre.
Don’t forget as you travel that our weekly homilies are posted on our
website in our ever expanding "Media
You can listen or even download them for later listening or
sharing. Check it out today.
out Editions of Heart to Home
devotional "Sunday Matters"
Our parish E Newsletter - "Sursum Corda"
reaches over 600 subscribers. If you did not receive your copy this past Friday,
or wish to subscribe, sign up
via our website.
is More to Our Story
an experience to explore faith in a conversational setting with others.
This is for you if you are over eighteen
years of age and just have questions.
up today - new series beginning soon
-its never too late to join
This excellent video series will, in a fun loving way, help
you answer questions and discover the blessing of our faith and Church
The Unconditional Love of God
Sin, Guilt. Forgiveness
The Problem of Suffering
Mortality, Grief and Eternal Life
Week 1 - Why God?
Week 2 - Why Christ?
Week 3 - Why the Church?
Week 4 - Q & A with our Parish Team
Are you longing for something new?
Iron Men Group is about Catholic men inviting men
to a comfortable environment where we grow in learning, living, strengthening
and sharing our faith. This will in turn make us better men, leaders, husbands,
fathers and followers of Jesus Christ.
Our time includes breakfast, which leads us to
watch a video series, share faith and spend time with the guys.
Join us on Saturdays beginning at 7:00a.m.
Set aside $5.00 and join us.
Just Drop in - you are welcome!
Take some much needed time for yourself and enjoy an evening spent with other
moms of our parish as we learn, pray, share, and laugh together. Join us as we
gather on Tuesday evenings, 7:30-9:00pm in St Mary's Parish Centre. All moms
of any age are welcome! There is a place for you!
- Ready to set, volley and spike? Well join us on Fridays
-7:00pm at St Elizabeth School Gym -drop in!! No registration required.
The Strike Squad is underway but there is room to join on Monday night -never
too late to join - call Parish office to sign
Wize Guys - Man's Meal Mania
Monday, April 30, 2018 - 6:30pm - Parish
Join other men from our parish for a wonderful
evening of "Man's food" as we not only eat like a king, but spend a
little time learning how to make Christ the King of our hearts. A great evening
of food, faith and fraternal fellowship. Join us in the Parish Centre - new
members always welcome!
Knights of Columbus
On May 12 &13 weekend, the members of the Knights of Columbus will
be having their annual "Roses for Life" Appeal which assists Pro-Life
Causes. Thank you to the Knights for all their good work in our parish and
The Welcome Desk....Needs You!
Let the Church always be a place of mercy and hope, where
everyone is welcomed, loved, and forgiven." ~ Pope
We desire to be an intentionally welcoming church… and we
are in need of a few new people to be part of our Welcome Desk. This ministry is
a "welcome" service to all our members and guests coming to Mass on
the Lord’s Day. If you enjoy people and love to make people feel welcome,
please consider this ministry. If you are interested, stop by the Welcome Desk
contact the Parish Office. Join
Weekly E Newsletter for Children, Youth and Young Adult Ministries
Join us: Download
Kids Klub Registration Form
April20, 2018- 7:00 p.m. - Our Lady of
Come find out what it is and how it can feed our gratitude which is a
super important practice to build into your life.
"Mountain Climber Relay" is the name of the game, fun is the
aim. "Snack Shack," small group time and more! Remember: If it’s Friday night, then it’s
Kids Klub night!
Full - Filled (Part 2)
Thursday, April 19, 2018 -7:00pm - Parish
We’ve learned that we are made from love and
for love but what does "love" even mean? Find out tonight and compete
in the "Greatest Love Song of All Time" challenge. Bring a friend.
Join us and bring a friend! Thursday Means Da Crew!
Be A Part of Da Crew!
Steubenville Youth Conference,
July 13-15, 2018
Who: all youth from Grades 9-12 (in September 2018)
Cost: $300 (Conference, 2 nights accommodation and food)
*$100 non-refundable deposit at time of registration*
A Parent Information Meeting will be held on Thursday, April 19,
2018 at 7:00p.m. in the Parish Center. All parents of high school aged young
people (including those who will be in high school next year) are welcome to
attend. Permission forms to attend are available at our Youth Ministry display
DAY ONE CHOIR
Our Youth Choir, Day
One, is made up of high schoolers and Young Adults who would love to have
you join them.
Bring your voice, an instrument if you
have one, and a friend and come join us! For further details, Contact
the parish office (519 658 4443).
Are you 18 - 29 Years of Age? - Join Crossroads!
Sunday, April 22 , 2018 - "Veritas
After the 11:30am Mass
So is there really a God? Come on out for a discussion of the question of
God's existence with some excellent videos from the Catholicism series - we will
discover the riches of our faith. Friendship and food as always. New
Check out the
Young Adults Facebook
are you looking for ...
Growth? Encouragement? Connection?
You'll find all of these in a Small Group, and we have new groups starting soon.
Save A Seat in one of the groups from below, or use click the link to find a
group that fits you best.
Our Heart to Home Small groups are now in full swing and
welcome new members. Heart to Home is a unique reflection series written by
Father Freitas as a continuation of weekly homilies. Each weekly guide is
accompanied by the audio Podcast of the Sunday Message, and also a video small
Come connect with other parishioners in an informal setting to
share and grow in God’s Word. We have active groups that meet in the
Parish Centre, contact
the parish office . for details and come, be part of Heart to Home and
continue to make Sunday Matter!
Is a gathering of couples....doesn't matter
your age or how long you've been married
Is an exciting way to meet other couples...
Is potluck..... (so that always means good
Is fun and at someone else's house (so no
dishes for you)
Our Couples Ministry is made up of small groups of four couples each who come
together to share faith, food and lots of laughs. Each group is formed according
to members stage of life and gathers in each others homes. New groups are being
formed, and current groups are looking for members. For more information, SIGN
This small group format is a compassionate,
caring environment dedicated to help you thru the process of loss, grief and
emptiness. To register please contact the parish office. Registration will be
limited to ensure everyone receives the care they need. Join us today - we have
a spot waiting for you.
parish office for meeting times.
Act 2 - Group for Separated and Divorced
change is never easy, but after a separation or divorce it’s particularly
isolating. Come together with others to realize there is a “second
act” and you are not alone. Join us for our small group gathering
– you belong!
April 26, 2018- 7:00pm - St Mary’s
Join us for Board Games and Coffee. A great social evening.
This event is open and welcomes new members. (bring a snack and beverage)
- Sign up today !
May 26, 2018