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.



Check out our Confirmation Video

Registration is now completed for the 2017-2018 school year. Please check back in Fall 2018 to sign up for our next class.

   Confirmation Registration Form 

Please include $20.00 registration fee with your Confirmation Registration Form. This will be applied for the expenses (Confirmation Workbook,  Gown and Digital Group Photo). A baptismal certificate is required if not baptized at St Mary of the Visitation Parish. Deadline is November 1, 2017. Forms are submit on the Lord's Day at Mass.

Please note you must be an active registered family in our parish for your child to receive a Sacrament at our parish. Registration with one of our parish schools does not mean that you are registered with the parish. If you are an active practicing member of another parish, a letter of permission will be required from your Pastor. 

A parish registration form can be submit on during any of our Lord's Day Masses at our Welcome Desk.

Confirmation Sponsor Form                                Rite of Enrollment Form

A Time to Away from Textbooks to Tools 

While the celebration of Confirmation is a ritual, living out Confirmation is a relationship. Young people will be assigned to a Small Group led by a parent and a high school aged teen. These small groups will engage in activities together to prepare for Confirmation.

2017-2018 PREPARATION OPPORTUNITIES

Deadline is November 1, 2017.

Please register for Small Groups here 

 

If you have questions please contact the parish office. 

Why do this ? Does it not all happen at School:

At St Mary’s Parish we are dedicated to having something for everyone. This includes ensuring something for our young people. Our Catholic Schools are special places too. The Sacraments, however, are about a faith relationship found within the community of the Church, not membership in a school. At some point in their life, students graduate from their school; they may visit, but their school will not be the place they go back to for healing in a moment of crisis, for sacramental care in a time of joy, or for direction on occasion when they are called to grow and mature in life. When they graduate school - they leave to return as a visitor. A Parish, a faith community, is a place you never graduate from, and Confirmation is a Sacrament that says "I want to be a member of a community of faith - for life - not to graduate from it - but to grow within it!"

We are doing this because we love your child, and we want to help you to let them see - they never graduate from Church, they never graduate from God - but rather they grow here and become who God wants them to be !

Links for Saints Project

During the year our Confirmation Candidates are invited to review the lives of the saints and to consider one saint who, because of their example of life, they would like to prayerfully invite, to be their patron for their celebration of Confirmation, and their role model in their life of Discipleship. 

 American Catholic                      Catholic Canada

Catholic Forum                                 Catholic.org

Sunday Readings

 

Sponsors for Confirmation

 

One of the most important decisions in choosing a sponsor for Confirmation. This question is often mixed with emotion, family pressures, the friendship factor and other considerations. We offer the following for your prayerful consideration.

 

The Church teaches that in order to qualify as a Confirmation Sponsor the following is required:

  • 16 years of age
  • A baptized Roman Catholic who has been confirmed and received Holy Communion
  • In good standing with the Catholic Church (for example, if married, was married before a priest or deacon, is not cohabiting outside of marriage).
  • Is not the biological father or mother of the child 
  • Is regularly participating in the life of the Roman Catholic Church thru attendance at Sunday Mass

Non-Catholic Christians may not be a Sponsor.

 

The Role of the Sponsor 

  • Pray for the individual they are sponsoring regularly
  • Set an example of Christian living  - be a good moral guide.
  • Help the individual they are sponsoring to grow in the Roman Catholic faith
  • Give every encouragement to follow Christ

How to Choose a Sponsor

  • Look for active, faith-filled Catholics
  • Admire their faith first over the value of their friendship
  • Keep your child's faith first and the feelings of others second
  • Be honest: half-hearted faith yields half-hearted godparents
  • Set the bar of expectations high for you child's sake
  • Don't rush it; pray and give it time