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.

Grieving may be the hardest work you have ever done. 

And hard work is less burdensome when others lend a hand.

The loss of a loved one can be quite traumatic. Healing takes time, yet with the proper support from others, it can be far less painful. We want to help you cope with the feelings you experience during a time of bereavement. If you have experienced a loss in your family, let us pray for you and help you through the process. Please let us know when you suffer loss, so that we can connect you to the support you need during this difficult time. If you or someone you know is currently bereaved, please contact Father Freitas or at 519 658-4443 information. We would like to help.

UPCOMING ACTIVITIES

Handling the Holidays

Facing the Christmas season can be very difficult and challenging for those who are grieving the death of someone they loved. You are invited to an informal gathering on Monday, December 11, 2017 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in St Mary's Parish Centre. Come in a spirit of prayer; join others as we discuss ways to help prepare for Christmas with hope.

 

Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted. Mt 5:4

This small group format is a compassionate, caring environment dedicated to help you thru the process of loss, grief and emptiness.  For more information, 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.

 

Bereavement Ministry.

Our parish community seeks to reach out to families in need

At the time of Loss 

Funeral Luncheons: The Ladies of our parish host and prepare a lunch for all families where a funeral Mass is celebrated at our parish church. This is done upon request of the family. Contact our parish office for details

Resurrection Choir: All celebrations of life in our parish church (Funeral Masses or Liturgies) have the presence of our Resurrection Choir which offers their musical talents. They are accompanied by an organist. Families are most welcome to help choose hymns.

Mass Cards: It remains the custom of Catholics, on the occasion of death, to request that a Mass be offered for the deceased. Although there is no cost for such a request, the usual offering made to the parish in Hamilton Diocese is $10.00. The presentation of a Mass card to the bereaved is one of the most beautiful expressions of sympathy we can offer to those who mourn. It is also a powerful expression of our faith in the Lordís promise of eternal life and a loving gift to the faithful departed. A Mass for the deceased may be requested at any time and is a fitting way to remember our brothers and sisters who have gone before us on the anniversary of their death and on other special occasions. To request a Mass you can contact our Parish Office .

Parish Centre "Living Tree": Did you know that it is still possible to obtain a leaf on the Parish Centre "Living Tree"! This is an opportunity for parishioners to make donations either in the name of deceased loved ones, themselves or others, with a decorative plaque to be placed in our Parish Centre to remember both the legacy of faith of the pioneers of our community, as well as our own current contribution to building our community. Please see the special forms at the Church Entrance and consider being a part of building a place for everyone. Contact our parish office for details

Following the Loss 

We keep in contact with each family. A card from our community, and a copy of the homily by our Pastor follow shortly, as does a call to see if there are needs. Families are encouraged to keep in contact with the parish and to seek assistance if required. Our parish Neighbourhood Ministry will also reach out to you. 

Annually, on the Feast of All Souls, we offer our parish Memorial Mass. The name of each parishioner whose funeral liturgy was celebrated in our parish during the past year is read and remembered. Families members receive a token of remembrance at the conclusion of our the Mass. Our Resurrection Choir and Ladies of the parish are once again present and host. Each family is given a gift at this time in order to help them remember their loved one.

You are also encouraged to offer Masses for the Deceased. From the very beginning, the Church has honoured the memory of the dead and offered prayers for them, above all, the Eucharistic sacrifice, so that, purified, they may have the beatific vision of God. (see Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 1032). Indeed, St. Ambrose (d.397) preached: "We have loved them during life; let us not abandon them in death, until we have conducted them by our prayers into the house of the Lord." To request a Mass you can contact our Parish Office 

We also encourage you to consider reaching out. In addition to our Grief Relief Small Group; there are some excellent resources; Hospice of Waterloo Region

Our parish family also has access to a professional counselor (Social Worker trained in care for those grieving); if interested in this contact please email our Pastor.

 A CATHOLIC FUNERAL

Catholic Cemeteries of Hamilton Diocese

Did you know that it is our tradition to celebrate the funeral liturgy for Catholics in the church? It is our custom to celebrate the Funeral Mass in the church with the body present. When it is not possible to have the body present, the cremated remains may be brought to the church.

Sometimes family members who are not Catholic or who have abandoned the practice of their faith feel uncomfortable celebrating a funeral Mass in the church on behalf of the deceased. In such circumstances it may be appropriate to celebrate a Liturgy of the Word (without Communion) in the church. A funeral liturgy for a member of our church at a local funeral home is strongly discouraged.

It is important that you (as a practicing Catholic) make this information, as well as your personal wishes, known to your family members and those who will be responsible for making your funeral arrangements. It is also recommended that you include these wishes in your will.

WHAT IS GRIEF?

A natural reaction to a significant loss

A sign - not of weakness, but of caring

The price we pay for loving

A uniquely personal experience

An unwelcome but unavoidable experience

A tribute to the person who died

An on-going experience