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.

February 10 & 11, 2018 Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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 .

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

7:00pm - Deceased St Mary’s CWL Members

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - Ash Wednesday

8:00am - Mass with Distribution of Ashes - Intentions of Parishioners

9:15am - Liturgy of the Word at Our Lady of Fatima

11:00am - Liturgy of the Word at St. Elizabeth

1:00pm - Liturgy of the Word at St. Gabriel

7:00pm - Mass with Distribution of Ashes -Intentions of Parishioners

Thursday, February 15, 2018

8:00am -Alfred Crichton - Len Crichton & Family

Friday, February 16, 2018

8:00am -Alois & Ida Maier - Barbara Maier

7:00pm - Stations of the Cross

Saturday, February 17, 2018

5:00pm - Ilidio Dinis - req. Our Lady of Fatima Staff

Liturgical Ministries for Next Weekend:

February 17 & 18, 2018 - Team C

 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.

 

Sunday Offering Envelopes for 2018

Current envelope users are reminded that Sunday Offering Envelopes for 2018 are available in the Parish Centre. Those not currently using envelopes but who are interested in obtaining Sunday Offering Envelopes, may use the sign-up sheet at the Welcome Desk. All are invited to consider Pre Authorized Debit for your Lord’s Day Offerings. as a method to support our parish family. Forms available at Welcome Desk.   Check out our recent Stewardship Message

Kids Klub Kake Krawl

THIS WEEKEND - After All Masses

Get your tickets - $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00 and purchase a chance at winning one of over 2 dozen specially made cakes! All proceeds go toward our Kids Klub.

Message from the Pastor

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

Glance at our  Pastor's Blog       Diocesan Workshops and Events

Current Message Series

On Saturday at our 5:00pm Mass we mark the Day of Prayer for the Sick by celebrating the Sacrament of the Sick with those requesting such. It is also an opportunity to pray for those in the medical profession, especially at this challenging time of seeking to defend life at all its stages. This weekend we also thank our Ministers of Communion to the Sick who do such a wonderful job reaching our infirmed, homebound and elderly.

Lent begins Wednesday with the Distribution of Ashes and it is a day of Fast and Abstinence. During Lent consider making daily Mass a part of your Lenten journey. During the Fridays of Lent, it is a Catholic tradition to celebrate the Stations of the Cross. Join us at 7:00p.m.

Wize Guys told me I am not suppose to tell you the final score of the Road Hockey game last weekend - but I will say this - Da Crew do want me to tell you! Thank you to all who played.

Our message series - Defining Moments -   concludes today, but 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.

Thank you for the positive comments and affirmation on our current message series "It is wonderful that almost 400 families and individuals have picked up copies of Matthew Kelly’s Book "Perfectly Yourself" and are following along with our weekly devotional "Making Sunday Matter." Please see our welcome desk if you would like to join them. Limited copies left.

 

Are you part of a small group ?

Don’t Get Lost in the Crowd .....

... Get Involved ...Get Connected!

This Lent we are inviting (and energetically encouraging) you and all our members to consider joining a Lent Heart to Home Small Group. Quite simply, these are opportunities to come together with 7 or 8 other members over the season of Lent.

Each gathering will be an investment of an hour where you will read some scripture passages, watch a special video and discuss daily life. It’s a great way to grow in the ways of the Lord….strengthen existing friendships and create some new ones. The hardest part of doing this is simply giving it a try.

Speak to someone at our Welcome Desk and connect today - just in time for Lent

 

Kindergarten Registration

We are truly blessed in our parish with our three dynamic Elementary Schools. Junior Kindergarten Registration (for Catholic School Supporter of children who were born in 2014) and Kindergarten Registration (for children born in 2013 and who did not attend Junior Kindergarten) for students residing within school boundaries begins. Special registration dates have been set, please call each school for an appointment time. A Catholic Baptismal Certificate is required. A copy of your child’s birth certificate and immunization record is also requested. While a Catholic School does not replace the parish, and enrollment in a Catholic school does not take over the role of the home, all do complement each other. When children know their parish each Sunday, attend a Catholic school each week and pray with their families each day; they come to live as ones who know they are loved by God eternally. May each of us pray that parish, school and home will work together.

Give us a Hand

Our Welcome Desk and Usher Ministry are in need of a few volunteers. Consider this gentle way of lending a hand. Training provided. Drop by and leave your name.

 

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.

Catholic Women’s League Meeting

February 13, 2018

- 7:00pm Mass / 7:30pm Meeting

Join us for our social and general meeting in the Parish Centre All ladies of the parish are most welcome to attend!

 

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, March 3, 2018 from 10:00a.m.-12:00p.m. in the Parish Centre.

 

Confirmation - Parent Information Night

Thursday, February 22, 2018- 7:00P.M.

A reminder to parents of those preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation, of our Parent Information Evening concerning our Confirmation retreat. Join us in our Parish Church.

 

Homilies On Line

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 

 

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!

 

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.   

 

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!

Kids Khoir...Underway!

Our Kids Khoir (for those in Grades 3-8) sings at the 9:30 a.m. Mass once per month. We're looking forward to another great year of singing and fun. New members are always welcome! Practices are held in the Church - Tuesdays from 5:45-6:30pm. Registration forms are at the Church entrances

 

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

Join us: Download Kids Klub Registration Form

February 16, 2018 - Mission Possible

Our Lady of Fatima Gym - 7:00PM

With secret envelope in hand, teams will roam to find clues to an epic mission reward. This is one of those nights you definitely not only don’t want to miss, but you do want to bring your friends! 

Join us ! Remember: If it’s Friday night, then it’s Kids Klub night!

 

 

Hey High Schoolers...Da Crew

Movie Night - 

Thursday, February 22, 2018-7:00pm

Lower Level of Church

Join Da Crew as we break out the popcorn and soda (Lenten approved) and bring the big screen experience to St. Mary's. A feature film with a great time of discussion and fun afterwards. It’s a great time to relax during the middle of your week, and also a great opportunity to invite a friend to Da Crew. Join us! Thursday Means Da Crew

Come Be A Part of Da Crew!

Save the Date - Missionaries of Mercy Day - March 4, 2018

Da Crew and Crossroads are off to a special day of putting "Mercy into Action" as we travel to Toronto to help feed the homeless. First, we gather on Thursday March 1st in the Lower Level of the Church at 7:00pm to put together the "care packages."

Then Sunday March 4th we'll leave the Parish, following our commissioning at the 11:30am Mass, and go feed the homeless in Toronto's downtown core.  We will finish our evening with Lectio Divina at St Michael Cathedral in Toronto, returning around 9:00pm. An event not to be missed! Pick up a form from Youth Ministry Table.

Hey Da Crew & Young Adults !

Good Friday Drama

Plans are underway for a Good Friday Passion Play. The first rehearsal will be soon - and we need your help - technical skills, actors, music - we need it all - there is a spot for YOU 

- leave your name at the Welcome Desk or see Father

 

 

 

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!

Lenten Look at Scripture 

- February 25, 2018 (Parish Centre) Following the 11:30AM Mass

Join Father Freitas, and some young adults, as we gather for a look at the Lenten readings, but not before a few Lenten approved treats. Join us following the 11:30am Mass! Bring a friend!

 

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!

Some great opportunities to connect are coming up

Thursday. February 22, 2018 -  7:00pm – Coffee at Coffee Culture (corner of Franklin & Pinebush) (shop closes at 9pm)

Thursday March 22, 2018 - 7:00pm – Discussion Night at St Mary Parish Centre (topic(s) – stay tuned)

Thursday. April 26,2018 - 7:00pm – Board Games Night at St Mary Parish Centre  (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.