Catholic Cafe is an
opportunity for socializing with coffee, juice and a few light snacks
available for all parishioners following Our Lordís Day Masses
(Saturday/Sunday) in our Parish Centre. It will not only help everyone
"to get to know your name," but will also aid our various Mission
and Outreach efforts.
us for our Catholic Cafť located in our Parish Centre.
At St Mary's we believe in being
Hands Across the World
Our Missions Partners are: Chalice, Canadian
Food for Children,
of Mary Immaculate, Daughters of Charity and the Diocese of
Check out our Haiti Mission
Check Out our Haiti Mission Video
Some of our Projects
Hands for Haiti
Click here to see pictures of our work in Haiti
In 2010, St Mary of the
Visitation Parish began partnering in Haiti to make a difference. 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 over $30,000.00 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 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. These kits and mats have been
assembled by caring parishioners in our very own parish family.
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. During 2016
we will continue to respond to emergency needs in Haiti, seek to continue
building homes as funds become available and are sponsoring a Haitian
seminarian in his formation toward the priesthood.
In addition a young adult from the parish represented us during a 3 month
exposure tour in Haiti from May - July, 2016. Watch for
details soon on another international mission opportunity in Fall 2017.
St Maryís Parish Is Making "Milk
Bags for Haiti"
500 Milk Bags = 1 Sleeping Mat
Provides clean & comfortable sleeping mats for Haitians
Biting insects & poisonous spiders donít like the
plastic therefore donít hide in it
Hung to dry during the day & washed in the river to clean
Used endlessly by the Haitians
In 2012 we also undertook collecting "Milk Bags"
which we use to make "Mats" which we then forward to Haiti to aid.
Since the start we have now sent away over 100 Milk Bag mats to Haiti.
Donate your plastic bags (that hold your milk bags) to our parish so they can
transform milk bags into clean & comfortable sleeping mats for the Haitian
people. Spread the word to your friends & family. Look for the container
marked "Milk Bags for Haiti," in the Narthex and help be a blessing to
the people of Haiti.
Our Next Mat Making Sessions is
28th and November 18th
Join us for mat making from 10:00am-Noon in the
Parish Centre on
All are Welcome; there is a spot for you!
Mission Partners are the Oblates of Mary Immaculate)
RED STOCKING CAMPAIGN
Each Advent 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 a school assisted by Oblates of Mary
Immaculate. 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. This project was begun in 2006 by our Pastor, this is one of the most popular
outreach activities of our parish with each year in excess of 400 Red Stockings
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!
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
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.
KNITTING FOR THE MISSIONS
Vests and toques help to prevent pneumonia in Third World
babies and toddlers, and doctors treating children in poor or war-torn countries
ask for teddy bears because children who have teddies to cuddle get better
quicker than those who donít. Patterns for these knitted and crocheted items
are available in the lower level of the church. The patterns are simple, and
there is also an abundant supply of donated yarn and wool. Everything is stored
in the cupboards just down the stairs from the Chapel - and new volunteers are
always welcome! You can email Father
Freitas and the Parish Office