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.

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

“The Visitation” – Charity towards your neighbour

Our Local Missions

HAITI & WORLD MISSIONS

Upcoming Outreach Activities and Events:

Our Next Service Saturday Events:

October 28, 2017

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THE BLANKET BRIGADE

(October 28/29, 2017)

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 800 blankets. 

We also partnered with a local distribution company to provide over 11,000 mitts and over 3000 toques to Out of the Cold "Bridges Shelter", Cambridge Good Shepherd Centres, Hamilton and our own Neighbourhood Ministry use for local families in need.

NEIGHBOURHOOD MINISTRY

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. 

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"It is not the magnitude of our actions but the amount of love that is put into them that matters."   Mother Teresa

 

Our 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 800 blankets. 

We also partnered with a local distribution company to provide over 11,000 mitts and over 3000 toques to Out of the Cold "Bridges Shelter", Cambridge Good Shepherd Centres, Hamilton and our own Neighbourhood Ministry use for local families in need.

 

Kindness 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 been forgotten. 

Our Next Service Saturday Events:

October 28, 2017

Sign up Here to help with Service Saturday.

What do we do on Service Saturday?

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.

 

LEND A HAND PROGRAM

Our Men's Ministry - the Wize Guys - sponsor a year-long activity of raising Canadian Tire Dollars. Since 2008, the Wize Guys have raised over $1,165.00, in Canadian Tire Dollars, which has been donated to help families through St Benedict's Secondary School and our parish. This easy year-round outreach is where you can bring those Canadian Tire Dollars each Sunday as we seek to help families in need by re-deeming them to purchase Christmas items for families in need. Drop off your CT Dollars in the box at the Main Entrance. Thank you for your support!

 

 

ST LUKE'S PLACE

We also lend a helping hand at St Luke's Place, our local residence for the elderly. Each Advent our parish hosts a Christmas Caroling evening. Led by our Kids Khior we sing along with the residents one evening in December and bring a little Christmas Cheer. We also host a monthly celebration of Mass at St Luke's Place for the Catholic residents, which become a wonderful social opportunity as well. In addition, our high schoolers put together a little Christmas Gift each year for all the residents of St. Luke's Place. For more information on see our Pastoral Care Information page.

 

ST VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY

The St. Vincent de Paul Society takes care of the needs of the poor in our community and endeavors to provide for those who need food and clothing. A monthly parish collection (on the last weekend of the month) is taken up after Masses to obtain the charitable assistance of parishioners necessary to provide for these needs.  There are also special Food Appeals at Thanksgiving at the parish, and at our parish schools. For information, leave your name and message by calling 519 658 6511.

Our store location is at 75 Dundas Street (Highland Plaza, Dundas & Main)

Open Monday to Saturday - 9am - 5pm . For pick up of materials to donate call 519-629-0103

Remember... Last weekend of the month is St. Vincent de Paul Sunday and every Sunday we accept canned goods.