September 15 & 16, 2018 Twenty-Fourth 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, September 18, 2018
1:30pm - Mass at St. Luke’s Place - Intention of Residents of St Luke’s
7:00pm - Intentions of our Small Group Leaders
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
8:00am - Joey Woods - req. Family
Thursday, September 20, 2018
8:00am - Bob Johnson - req. Mary Johnson
Friday, September 21, 2018
8:00am - Mervyn Nowak - req. Paul & Stella Logel
Saturday, September 22, 2018
5:00pm - Anna Joseph - req. Bill and Sonya Black
Sunday, September 23, 2018
8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m**, 11:30 a.m.**
** Children’s Ministry for those Age 2 - Age 9.
Liturgical Ministries for Next Weekend:
September 22 & 23 - Team C
See 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 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.
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.
Message from the Pastor
Thank you to all who joined us last weekend as we launched forth in the Fall. A returning parishioner expressed amazement at the numbers at Church and young families with children in our midst. In fact, our opening weekend for Children’s Ministry saw us welcome 95 children to our programs. What a blessing!
It is also so wonderful that so many new faces are joining us, and getting involved. We welcomed numerous new parishioners to liturgical ministries and service opportunities.
If you missed the Fall edition of Our Family of Faith newsletter outlining many of the things happening in the parish, please check the Church entrances and our Welcome Desk; extra copies are available. This is a great tool to get connected and involved...remember we were not meant to walk this way alone.
Thank you to those who offered positive comments regarding our Fall Message series "Made for Mondays." I look forward to the next few weeks as we take our call in life and bring it to our world and family life.
This weekend our sense of Family continues as we celebrate our Fall Family Festival. A truly dedicated team has been working very hard on this celebration. It gets started at Noon on Sunday at Forbes Park - free admission, and the fun will be contagious - do join us!
This coming week, our Small Group Leaders will gather for a in service retreat evening to prepare for this important area of our parish life - please keep us all in prayer.
Parent Meetings...Sacramental Preparation
Parents who have children preparing for First Holy Communion, First Reconciliation or Confirmation
are reminded of the dates for our Parent Information Evenings:
Holy Communion Parents’ Meeting: September 27, 2018
Confirmation Parents’ Meeting: October 4, 2018
Both meetings begin promptly at 7:00 p.m. in our Parish Church. Please bring your child’s registration forms and Baptismal Certificates.
This meeting is for parents only.
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.
We also serve Pizza following our 5:00pm Mass on Saturday and 11:30am Mass on Sunday - stay with the whole family.
Getting to Church
Just Got So Much Easier Every Sunday Off Site Parking at St Gabriel
School Parking Lot (Baldwin Drive & Guelph Avenue) It runs from 9:00a.m.-1:00
p.m., picks you right up at your car, and drops you off at the Church front
Getting to Church Just Got So Much Easier
Off Site Parking at St Gabriel School Parking Lot (Baldwin Drive & Guelph Avenue)
It runs from 9:00a.m.-1:00 p.m., picks you right up at your car, and drops you off at the Church front doors.
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.
All of these programs resume with our "Move Up Sunday" on September 9, 2018.
Please use the registration forms found at the
doors of the Church, or register on our website and sign up your child.
Haiti Milk Bag Mats
Come find out how simple Milk Bags become sleeping mats for homeless individuals in Haiti. Join us on September 22nd at 10:00am in the Parish Center to be part of the process
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.
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. PARENT INFORMATION MEETING - Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 7:00pm - St Mary of the Visitation Parish Centre
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. PARENT INFORMATION MEETING - Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 7:30pm - St Mary of the Visitation Parish Centre
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!
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.
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.
"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?
Our new Kiosks are a great way to connect to our parish life.
Check them out next to our Welcome Desk in our Parish Centre
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.
(Resumes September 15, 2018)
Set aside $5.00 and join us.
Just Drop in - you are welcome!
Volleyball. - Ready to set, volley and spike? Well join us on Fridays -7:00pm at St Elizabeth School Gym -drop in!! Our season will resume October 12, 2018.
When Sadness Strikes or a new member arrives- a family is there - and that is the goal of the Neighbourhood Ministry.
Join us: Download Kids Klub Registration Form
Called to Greatness - September 21, 2018
- St Mary of the Visitation Parish Centre - 7:00pm
Get ready for an epic evening with supersized games on the menu! We are all called to Greatness, an exciting proposition placed in our hearts by God. We are also called to live with great joy, and we will celebrate that in Kids Klub fashion!
it’s Friday night, it’s Kids Klub night!
- Waiting for You -
Thursday, September 20, 2018
- 7:00pm - St Mary of the Visitation Parish Centre
What are the seven virtues rooted in our faith? How can we take our life to new heights by focusing on the person were called to be, rather than who we don't want to be? Come unpack these topics through our presentation and small groups, but also get your team game on! As always, we share some good times, food, music, laughs, and strive to build one another up in faith. Thursday Night Means Da Crew!
Come Be A Part of Da Crew!
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!
Join us every Sunday following the 11:30 a.m. Mass for a Young Adults "Drop In" in the Lower Level of the Church (Parish Office area).
All Young Adults are welcome for light snacks and time together. The "Drop In" events will run weekly unless another activity is scheduled.
Sunday, September 30th after 9:30a.m. Mass, our young adults are invited to join us for brunch and an adventurous team challenge.
Pool possible from the Parish. Cost per person for the escape room is $25. Contact
Check out the Young Adults Facebook Page
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 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!
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 Chat is a wonderful opportunity for those who have experienced loss to come together to share, care, and begin to discover where God is leading you next. You are invited to join members of our Member Care Ministry for Grief Chat, held on the first Sunday of each month at 1:30pm in the Hearthroom.
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
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!
Our Next Gathering is on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at 7:30pm in our Parish Centre Hearthroom - join us!
- Sign up today !