LORD'S DAY MASS TIMES
Saturday 5:00pm, Sunday 8:00am, 9:30am & 11:30am
 Weekday Mass Schedule:Please consult Bulletin.
Children's Ministry:  at 9:30 & 11:30a.m. Mass.
Reconciliation:Tues. 6:30-7:00pm, Sat. 4:00-4:30pm

St. Mary of the Visitation Parish

16 Cooper Street, Cambridge (Hespeler), Ontario     N3C 2N2
Tel:519.658.4443 Fax:519.658.6783 St.Vincent de Paul:519.658.6511
We are connected to our past, committed to our future, and compassionately focused on being a Family of Faith with something for everyone.

April 14 &15, 2018 Third Sunday of Easter

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 Centre.

PARISH MASSES THIS WEEK

To request a Mass for a future date please contact our Parish Office .

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.

** Children’s Ministry for those Age 2 - Age 9.  

Liturgical Ministries for Next Weekend:

April 21 & 22, 2018 - Team B

 See Full Liturgical Schedule for a telephone contact list - please call the Parish Office

Sunday Offerings

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 on Twitter  

Glance at our  Parish Blog - great ways to be connected.

Like our Parish Facebook page. 

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.

 

Adoration Chapel

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.

Generations

 Your financial faithfulness toward each active family contributing to Generations is essential as we seek to meet needs in our growing family. 

If you have not yet made your Generations contributions; please consider doing so.  We also have an On Line Giving Option.

 

Message from the Pastor

  "Are We There Yet?"         “More Than Survive” .

Glance at our  Pastor's Blog       Diocesan Workshops and Events

Current Message Series

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 your prayers

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!)

 

CATHOLIC CAFÉ    

Join us after Mass for our Catholic Café located in our Parish Centre. 

Warm and Cold Drinks, a Fresh Bite with all proceeds going to our Mission/Outreach efforts.

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 Easter Season.

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 retreat.

Children’s Ministry 

We are truly blessed in our parish with an excellent Children’s Ministry at our Sunday at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30am Mass. It includes our Kids Zone (Ages 2 & 3), and our Children’s Liturgy (JK - Grade 1). Visitation Kids (for Grade 2), our IWANNAGO Program (for Grades 3 & 4)

Please use the registration forms here on line or pick one up at the doors of the Church, to sign up your child. 

The goal of our Children’s Ministry is simple: To make it the best hour of your child’s week.   

Neighbourhood Ministry  

When Sadness Strikes or a new member arrives- a family is there - and that is the goal of the Neighbourhood Ministry. 

Contact the Parish Office to volunteer or if you are in need of assistance from our Neighbourhood Ministry.

Special Friends Ministry

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.     

Special 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.

Atrium 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.

Current Message Series

Don’t forget as you travel that our weekly homilies are posted on our website in our ever expanding "Media Section" . 

You can listen or even download them for later listening or sharing. Check it out today.

Check out Editions of Heart to Home 

Our weekly devotional "Sunday Matters" continues. SIGN UP  

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.

 

 

There is More to Our Story

"Starting Point": 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. 

Sign up today  -  new series beginning soon  -its never too late to join us 

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?

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Our new Kiosks are a great way to connect to our parish life. 

You can sign up for events, enroll for our e newsletter, donate to the parish and even register in the parish or set up a time to meet about a Sacrament. 

Check them out next to our Welcome Desk in our Parish Centre

 

Join us

 Our 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. until 8:30a.m.

Set aside $5.00 and join us.

Just Drop in - you are welcome!

 

Embracing Motherhood

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!

 

Adult Sports

Volleyball. - Ready to set, volley and spike? Well join us on Fridays -7:00pm at St Elizabeth School Gym -drop in!! No registration required. 

Bowling - The Strike Squad is underway but there is room to join on Monday night -never too late to join - call Parish office to sign up.   

 

Wize Guys - Man's Meal Mania

Monday, April 30, 2018 - 6:30pm - Parish Centre 

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 community.

The Welcome Desk....Needs You!

Let the Church always be a place of mercy and hope, where

everyone is welcomed, loved, and forgiven." ~ Pope Francis

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 or contact the Parish Office. Join our team!

Our Weekly E Newsletter for Children, Youth and Young Adult Ministries

Join us: Download Kids Klub Registration Form

Rely Racing

April20, 2018- 7:00 p.m. - Our Lady of Fatima Gym 

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!

 

Hey High Schoolers...Da Crew

Full - Filled (Part 2)

Thursday, April 19, 2018 -7:00pm - Parish Centre

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!

Come 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 (Truth)"

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 Members welcome!

Check out the Young Adults Facebook Page

 

 

What are you looking for ...

Friendship? 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.

 

Heart to Home 

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 group podcast.

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!

 

Dinner for 8

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  • 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 food)

  • 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 UP

Grief Relief 

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.

Contact the parish office  for meeting times.

 

Act 2 - Group for Separated and Divorced

Life 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!

 

BOARD GAMES NIGHT

April 26, 2018- 7:00pm - St Mary’s Parish Centre

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 !

 

 

Our Next Service Saturday

will be May 26, 2018

Sign up Here to help with Service Saturday.