When Sadness Strikes or a new member arrives- a family is there - and that is
the goal of the Neighbourhood Ministry. We seek to be a network of names of
parishioners that would be willing to provide a kind card, a warm dish, a
helping handy hand, a friendly voice, a compassionate ear to welcome (or
comfort) a fellow member of our Family of Faith.
is not the magnitude of our actions but the amount of love that is put into them
that matters." Mother Teresa
Neighbourhood Ministry sponsors three outreach activities each year :
READY DAY ONE
St Mary of the
Visitation Parish partners yearly with our parish schools and Family and Children
Services to reach over 100 students in
Hespeler so they will be Ready
Day One. We collect "Back Packs" and fill them
with school supplies to ensure a fresh and fair start for all.
THE BLANKET BRIGADE
Each October our parish
lends a hand by hosting our annual Blanket Brigade where we collected new, or
gently used Blankets which are then donated to the Out of the Cold "Bridges
Shelter", Cambridge which
aids the homeless in our area. Since its inception in 2007, we have collected over
We also partnered with a local
distribution company to provide over 11,000
mitts and over 3000
toques to Out of the Cold "Bridges
Shepherd Centres, Hamilton and our own Neighbourhood Ministry use for local
families in need.
Counts - Toy Drive
St Mary of the
Visitation Parish partners annually with our parish schools and Family and Children
Services to reach over 160 young people and families in
Hespeler to ensure they have something "under the tree" at Christmas.
Generous donation of toys, games, puzzles and children items, in
addition to several donations made by several corporate donors who have given clothing, items for teens, sporting equipment
provide an emotionally impacting realization that they are loved and have not
Our Next Service Saturday
October 28, 2017
up Here to help with Service Saturday.
What do we do on Service
Twice each year, in the Fall and Spring, our parish
hosts a Service Saturday. Since we are a parish dedicated to Our Lady, we traditionally use the months of October (Fall) and May (Spring). This is a day when we as a parish (parishioners of all ages) go out
into the wider community and help those in need.
In the Fall we hold our Blanket Brigade in which we collect new, or
gently used, blankets which are then given to the Out of the Cold Program to be
used by the homeless during the winter months. We prepare and serve a meal
at the Bridges Shelter and aid the Carmelite Sisters with property needs and aid
with the outreaches of the Brothers of the Good Shepherd in Hamilton.
In the Spring, we once again prepare
and serve a meal at the Bridges Shelter, we also hold our Green Bag Saturday which
is a wonderful way to do some 'Spring Cleaning' and collect
items to give to our local St Vincent de Paul Store which in turn pass it
on to families in need. We lend a hand at Michael House, Guelph with repairs and clean -
up and we host a Mother's Day Baby Shower for them in which we collect items for
young mothers (and their babies) in need. We also return and aid with the
outreaches of the Brothers of the Good Shepherd in Hamilton.
Our Fall Service Saturday is the last
Saturday in October, our Spring Service Saturday is held near our
Parish Feast Day of May 31st - both are wonderful ways to give witness to what
we are about as a parish family.