St. Mary of the Visitation Parish

16 Cooper Street,
Cambridge (Hespeler), Ontario   N3C 2N2
Tel: 519.658.4443 Fax: 519.658.6783
 

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: Saturday 4:00-4:30pm



CATHOLIC CAFÉ

Catholic Cafe is an opportunity for socializing with coffee, juice and a few light snacks available for all parishioners following Our Lord’s Day Masses (Saturday/Sunday) in our Parish Centre. We also serve Pizza following our 5:00pm Mass on Saturday and 11:30am Mass on Sunday - stay with the whole family. It will not only help everyone "to get to know your name," but will also aid our various Mission and Outreach efforts.

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

At St Mary's we believe in being Hands Across the City

“The Visitation” – Charity towards your neighbour

Local Missions

Service Saturdays

At St Mary's we believe in being Hands Across the World

 We believe that healthy outreach is built on partnerships and relationships – a solid connection between people in our community with those outside our church. Our strategy is to pursue this vision through strategic partnerships. We’re not out to create new ministries but to partner with the works God is already blessing. We’re aiming to focus strategically on a few excellent partnerships,

     Jeremie, Haiti                             Kenya, Africa

Our International Missions Partners are: 410 Bridge CanadaChaliceOblates of Mary Immaculate, Daughters of Charity, Haiti Partners,  and the Diocese of Hamilton

Global Trips

Relationships are at the heart of our Missions work, and as with any relationship, face-to-face time is essential. Each year we travel to visit our global partners to strengthen our relationships, serve with them, and work together in life-changing work for their community.

 

Check out our Haiti Mission Video

Check Out our Haiti Mission Video

 

 

Some of our Projects 

Haiti

(Our current Mission Partner is Chalice

In 2010, St Mary of the Visitation Parish began partnering in Haiti. Our action was prompted by the devastation of the earthquake in that nation, but our continued involvement has been guided by the love we have for the Haitian people. Since that time we have donated toward restoration work at Hopital de La Paix (Hospital of Peace) in Port au Prince, which has included construction of a 3,500 square foot warehouse, renovations to fix earthquake related damage and provision of a potable water system well to service the hospital. We have also made and donated more than 2,348 Haiti Health Kits (made up of soap, wash cloths etc..) and over 100 Haiti Mats (made up of used Milk Bags) to help with immediate needs. Click here to see pictures of our early work in Haiti

During 2014 and 2015 we collaborated in the building of 10 new homes for families. We also commissioned four parishioners on a parish Mission Trip to Haiti in November 2015 and a young adult from the parish represented us during a 3 month exposure tour in Haiti from May - July, 2016. We will continue to respond to emergency needs in Haiti, seek to continue building homes as funds become available, and are in relationship with sponsoring a Haitian seminarian in his studies toward the priesthood and various child sponsorship opportunities. 

We are currently examining our involvement in Haiti and establishing relationship with a new Mission Partner to focus on new self development opportunities for Haiti. Our desire to help raise up indigenous leaders in impoverished, rural communities who can assess the needs of their community and develop a plan for improvement.

Watch for details soon on another international mission opportunity soon.

Kenya, Africa 

(Our Mission Partners are the Oblates of Mary Immaculate)

RED STOCKING CAMPAIGN

Each Advent, since 2006, our entire community - individuals, couples, entire families and even our parish schools - take a simple Red Stocking and fill it with School Supplies which are then shipped by Canadian Food for Children to Kenya, Africa and to a school assisted by Oblates of Mary Immaculate in Kionyo. Our parish was visited in 2015 by the Oblate Father from Kenya to express thanks for our work and to re connect in ways of collaborating. Each year in excess of 400 Red Stockings are collected and includes the participation of our three parish elementary schools and our parish secondary school.  Since the inception of the Red Stocking Campaign (2006) over 4,000 Red Stockings have been sent! 

We are currently examining our involvement in Kenya and establishing relationship with a new Mission Partner to focus on new self development opportunities for Kenya. Our desire to help raise up indigenous leaders in impoverished, rural communities who can assess the needs of their community and develop a plan for improvement.

Watch for details soon on another international mission opportunity soon.

 

Daughters of Charity Orphanage in Bethlehem

Since February 2009, following a Parish Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, our parish community has been helping to sponsor a Orphanage in Bethlehem operated by the Daughters of Charity. In partnership at Holy Family Creche in Bethlehem and Our Lady of Fatima School, Shepherds Field, we seek to help children in the midst of a great conflict in a Land which saw the birth of the Prince of Peace.  A yearly collection is taken on Good Friday to support the work of the Holy Land and we continue to explore ways to help. In 2016 we returned to Bethlehem to see first hand our efforts and their continued need.

 

 

OTHER GLOBAL OUTREACHES

SHARE LENT

During the Season of Lent we participate in the Canadian Bishop's National Appeal for developing nations. Our annual Share Lent collection (held near the end of the Season of Lent) is assisted by two projects by our youth ministry - ThinkFast by our High Schoolers and Bowl A Rama by our Kids Klub.




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