May 19 & 20, 2018 Pentecost Sunday
Welcome Home to St Mary's Parish ...
We extend a warm welcome to St. Mary of the Visitation Parish and pray that you feel at home. Please introduce yourself and consider becoming a member of our Family of Faith. Parish Registration Form may be found on the table at the main entrance of the Church or see anyone at our Welcome Desk in the Parish Centre.
PARISH MASSES THIS WEEK
To request a Mass for a future date please contact our Parish Office .
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
7:00pm - Alma Mallaley - req. Marion North
- Guy Wakeford - req. Richard & Carol O’Brien
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
8:00 am - John Calnan - req. Mary Byrnes
Thursday, May 24, 2018
8:00am - Elizabeth Nicholson - req. Brian & Sharon Prior
Friday, May 25, 2018
8:00am - Intentions of Shawn White
Saturday, May 26, 2018
5:00pm - First Communion Mass
- Werner Jager - req. Parthe Family
Sunday, May 27, 2018
8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m**, 11:30 a.m.**
*Additional parking will be available at the WD Johnson Centre and seating in our Parish Centre at all Masses.
** Children’s Ministry for those Age 2 - Age 9.
Liturgical Ministries for Next Weekend:
May 26 & 27, 2018 - Team C
See Full Liturgical Schedule for a telephone contact list - please call the Parish Office
Those not currently using envelopes but who are interested in obtaining Sunday Offering Envelopes, are asked to use the sign-up sheet at our Welcome Desk. Our parish also offers Pre Authorized Debit for your Lord’s Day Offerings. If you are interested, sign up forms are available at the Welcome Desk in the Parish Centre Narthex. We also offer an On Line Giving Option and Debit machines are available at both our Welcome Desk and our Parish Office. Check out our recent Stewardship Message
What’s New ?........What’s Next ?
Did you get your "E-Newsletter"? It’s never too late to sign up - our list keeps growing!
Check out Twitter; "Padre’s Pause" and receive a daily message - Father on Twitter
Glance at our Parish Blog - - great ways to be connected.
Like our Parish Facebook page.
Share your Prayer Needs - these will be privately remembered by Father at daily Mass
Please notify the Parish Office of any address changes. If you are moving, please let us know so we can keep in touch.
Our Parish Book of Prayer is located in our Adoration Chapel in the lower level of the Church, you are welcome to write your intentions on its pages. These intentions are remembered at the parish Masses and by those who visit our Chapel. Share your Prayer Needs - these will be privately remembered by Father at daily Mass. To find out more about Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration - check out a video on our parish website featuring some parishioners and their witness to the power of prayer. Votive candles are also available for your needs. It truly is a place of prayer always open for you! Drop in for a visit. For details on our Chapel, contact the Parish Office- 519 658 4443.
Message from the Pastor
I am very pleased to welcome Christian Ferraro to our team as our Co Ordinator of Youth and Young Adult Ministry. After many months of searching, the Lord has lead us to offer this position to Christian who brings great enthusiasm, joy and zeal to this important area of parish life. I am excited for Christian to experience what the Lord is doing in our midst at St Mary of the Visitation and to be instrumental in helping to take us to the next level. Christian will be with us this weekend and I hope you will take a few minutes to make him feel welcome.
We continue to be blessed as a parish community in so many ways! An area of great blessing for our parish is our Children’s Ministry program. During this past year we have seen a great increase in the number of children involved. I wish to express my thanks to the outstanding team and all involved! If you would like to be involved as a Children’s Leader - let us know.
We are currently preparing our Summer Schedule for all Ministries. If you know of particular times you will be away in July and August, please email the Parish Office no later than June 15th.
As announced last week, our Mass Times will remain the same all year long - Saturday at 5:00pm and Sunday at 8:00am, 9:30am and 11:30am. We also are glad to say our full Children’s Ministry will be year round - at 9:30am and 11:30am.
Thank you to all involved in our outreach to Michael House and to the CWL for hosting "the Baby Shower" this past wee. Thank you also for your support of the Knights "Roses for Life" last weekend. Don’t forget to sign up for Service Saturday this weekend - see the display in our Parish Centre. Your hand helps and makes a difference!
Parish Office Closed Monday
Our Parish Office will be closed on Monday, May 21st to mark Victoria Day. It will re open on Tuesday at 8:30am.
Mark Your Calendars
Some wonderful events in the life of our parish:
Join us after Mass for our Catholic Café located in our Parish Centre.
Warm and Cold Drinks, a Fresh Bite with all proceeds going to our Mission/Outreach efforts.
We also serve Pizza following our 5:00pm Mass on Saturday and 11:30am Mass on Sunday - stay with the whole family.
The Month of Mary
The month of May has traditionally been devoted to Mary. This month highlights the special sharing of our Blessed Mother in the paschal mystery of Christ, her Son. We are called to imitate Mary in her openness to God's will, in her prayerfulness of spirit and in her quiet dedication to the purpose and mission of her Son's life. Let us pray to God through Mary that every person may model her discipleship and her devotion to Christ, her Son.
Did You Ride the Shuttle ?
Thank you to all of those who made room for others this week in our Parking Lots by riding our Sunday Shuttle
- let us know what you think of the idea and the experience?
We are truly blessed in our parish with an excellent Children’s Ministry at our Sunday at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30am Mass. It includes our Kids Zone (Ages 2 & 3), and our Children’s Liturgy (JK - Grade 1). Visitation Kids (for Grade 2), our IWANNAGO Program (for Grades 3 & 4).
Please use the registration forms here on line or pick one up at the doors of the Church, to sign up your child.
The goal of our
Children’s Ministry is simple: To make it the best hour of your child’s
VBS is HERE!!!!
All kids JK-Grade 4
(as of June 2018)
July 9-13, 2018
- St Mary of the Visitation Parish Centre
FAITH MUSIC FUN GAMES CRAFTS SNACKS & MORE!
This year we are taking kids on awesome adventures alongside some of their favorite Bible heroes and saints to discover the qualities that make us truly heroic in God. VBS Hero Central uses epic music, spectacular science, crafty crafts, heroic recreation, and fantastic Bible and saint stories to help kids (and leaders) discover their strength in God! See the Display in our Parish Centre or on check our website. Hope to see you in July!!
Hope to see you
Special Friends exists to help children and teens with special needs access our programs and ministries. The spirit of Special Friends is one of inclusion; we match children and teens, who have special needs with an adult or teenage buddy to help integrate the child/teen into current programs. Parents/Guardians are asked to enroll your child in Special Friends by visiting our on website.
Friends Calming Kits
For children and teens with autism, developmental delays, sensory
challenges, or other special needs, the crowds, sounds, smells, and lights
of Mass can at times be overwhelming and result in anxiety and upset. Five
“Calming Kits” are now available in our Vestry to be used during Masses
by our Special Friends who experience distress due to sensory overload. See
one of our Hospitality Ministers.
A unique opportunity for young children at our Parish to grow in their life of faith! The Atrium of the Visitation is a program for children 3-6 years old inspired by the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd which is rooted in the educational principles of Maria Montessori. To find out more drop into the Atrium on Wednesdays from 6:15pm - 7:15pm (use Chapel Entrance). If you have questions or would like more details, contact the Parish Office. Our program will resume in the Fall - watch for details.
Is for children/youth from Grades 2-8 seeking the Sacraments of Baptism, First Reconciliation, First Communion or Confirmation who fall under one or more of these circumstances: Attending public school, private school, or home schooled OR Not receiving/received religious education OR Are past the usual age to receive a given Sacrament OR Have never been baptized OR Are not Catholic but would like to become Catholic. It is offered on Sundays in between our 9:30am and 11:30am Mass (on a scheduled basis). Come join us - there is room for you. If you have questions or would like more details, contact the Parish Office. Our program will resume in the Fall - watch for details.
When Sadness Strikes or a new member arrives- a family is there - and that is the goal of the Neighbourhood Ministry.
"Grand Mothers" Needed
Our Kids Zone program requires a few "grand mothers" to provide additional help at registration and pick up time for our ever popular Sunday morning Kids Zone program. This will permit our leaders to focus on the children’s program. Commitment would be once per month. If this is something you think you might enjoy; contact the Parish Office for details.
Interested in Becoming Catholic?
Any adults who have not been baptized and are considering becoming Catholic, or any adults who have already been baptized in other Christian churches and wish to become full members of the Catholic Church, please speak to Father Freitas and arrangements will be made to complete your initiation into the Catholic Church. There is a place for you - welcome!
"Milk Bags for Haiti"
Thank you to all who are aiding in the collection of Milk Bags for Haiti. Remember, it’s always helpful to ensure they are clean, dry and even folded as you drop them off. You are welcome to join us for a "hands on" experience of transforming milk bags into comfortable sleeping mats for the Haitian people on Saturday, May 26, 2018 from 10:00a.m.-12:00p.m. in the Parish Centre.
Marriage Anniversary Mass
The Gift of Marriage is one to be cherished and celebrated. Join us on Sunday, May 27th at the 11:30a.m. Mass for the celebration of Marriage Jubilees in our parish for those celebrating their 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th ... anniversaries. If you would like to participate in this celebration, please call the parish office with your name, phone number and the number of years you are celebrating - Please call early.
We are hosting our annual parish-wide "Service Saturday" which will give us all the opportunity to reach out to the community by partnering with St Patrick Parish, Hamilton, Bridges Shelter and the Carmelite Sisters in St. Agatha. Various opportunities to help painting, serving a meal to the homeless, and helping shut-ins. All hands are needed ... Sign-ups are at the Welcome Desk in the Parish Centre - any of our Kiosks or on our website. Come be a part - Lend a hand!
We will also be hosting a "Green Bag Saturday" from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in our Parish Centre. Bag all the clothes, shoes, hats, belts, household items, etc., that you no longer want and bring them to the Parish Centre. These will be sorted by parish volunteers and distributed to the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store and Bridges Shelter.
Don’t forget as you travel that our weekly homilies are posted on our website in our ever expanding "Media Section" .
You can listen or even download them for later listening or sharing. Check it out today.
devotional "Sunday Matters"
Our parish E Newsletter - "Sursum Corda" reaches over 600 subscribers. If you did not receive your copy this past Friday, or wish to subscribe, sign up via our website.
"Starting Point": an experience to explore faith in a conversational setting with others.
This is for you if you are over eighteen years of age and just have questions.
Sign up today - new series beginning soon -its never too late to join us
This excellent video series will, in a fun loving way, help you answer questions and discover the blessing of our faith and Church
The Unconditional Love of God Sin, Guilt. Forgiveness
The Problem of Suffering Mortality, Grief and Eternal Life
Week 1 - Why God?
Week 2 - Why Christ?
Week 3 - Why the Church?
Week 4 - Q & A with our Parish Team
Are you longing for something new?
Our new Kiosks are a great way to connect to our parish life.
Check them out next to our Welcome Desk in our Parish Centre
Our Iron Men Group is about Catholic men inviting men to a comfortable environment where we grow in learning, living, strengthening and sharing our faith. This will in turn make us better men, leaders, husbands, fathers and followers of Jesus Christ.
Our time includes breakfast, which leads us to watch a video series, share faith and spend time with the guys.
Join us on Saturdays beginning at 7:00a.m. until 8:30a.m.
Set aside $5.00 and join us.
Just Drop in - you are welcome!
Take some much needed time for yourself and enjoy an evening spent with other moms of our parish as we learn, pray, share, and laugh together. Join us as we gather on Tuesday evenings, 7:30-9:00pm in St Mary's Parish Centre. All moms of any age are welcome! There is a place for you!
Volleyball. - Ready to set, volley and spike? Well join us on Fridays -7:00pm at St Elizabeth School Gym -drop in!! Our season will resume in the Fall - watch for details.
The Welcome Desk....Needs You!
Let the Church always be a place of mercy and hope, where
everyone is welcomed, loved, and forgiven." ~ Pope Francis
We desire to be an intentionally welcoming church… and we are in need of a few new people to be part of our Welcome Desk. This ministry is a "welcome" service to all our members and guests coming to Mass on the Lord’s Day. If you enjoy people and love to make people feel welcome, please consider this ministry. If you are interested, stop by the Welcome Desk or contact the Parish Office. Join our team!
Our parish has been blessed with many young people experiencing Camp Brebeuf as a summer place of fun and faith with special "St Mary’s Day Camp Weeks" which include bus transportation for our parishioners. Special registration forms and brochures are available at the Camp Brebeuf display in our Parish Centre and via our website. Spots are filling up - saves yours today.
Join us: Download Kids Klub Registration Form
Friday, May 25, 2018 - 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. -
Our Lady of Fatima School Gym
Basketball play-off, Dodge Ball rundown and, to top it off, PIZZA in the Snack Shack. Plus we will unveil our long-awaited Summer Schedule and a special guest - our new Youth Minister - Christian Ferraro. Get your Blue Jays forms in soon - Spaces are filling. Remember - if it’s Friday Night - it’s Kids Klub Night!
(reminder that Blue Jays Form must be given directly to Father on Sunday)
"LOVED BY GOD"
Thursday, May 24, 2018 -7:00pm - Parish Centre
Do you know that God loves for you - but He loves you exactly as you are. Join us for a special night compete in a series of games, have snacks, talk about Steubenville. Thursday means Da Crew!
Come Be A Part of Da Crew!
Steubenville Youth Conference,
July 13-15, 2018
Who: all youth from Grades 9-12 (in September 2018)
If you would like to sponsor a teen to attend the conference please speak with someone at the Welcome Desk
Our Youth Choir, Day One, is made up of high schoolers and Young Adults who would love to have you join them.
Bring your voice, an instrument if you have one, and a friend and come join us! For further details, Contact the parish office (519 658 4443).
Are you 18 - 29 Years of Age? - Join Crossroads!
Sunday, June 3, 2018
"Get to Know You"
After the 11:30am Mass
A special afternoon complete with games and snacks, as we get to know one another and our new youth minister with a special game of 20 questions.
Friendship and food as always. New Members welcome!
Check out the Young Adults Facebook Page
Growth? Encouragement? Connection?
You'll find all of these in a Small Group, and we have new groups starting soon.
Save A Seat in one of the groups from below, or use click the link to find a group that fits you best.
Our Heart to Home Small groups are now in full swing and welcome new members. Heart to Home is a unique reflection series written by Father Freitas as a continuation of weekly homilies. Each weekly guide is accompanied by the audio Podcast of the Sunday Message, and also a video small group podcast.
Come connect with other parishioners in an informal setting to share and grow in God’s Word. We have active groups that meet in the Parish Centre, contact the parish office . for details and come, be part of Heart to Home and continue to make Sunday Matter!
Is a gathering of couples....doesn't matter your age or how long you've been married
Is an exciting way to meet other couples...
Is potluck..... (so that always means good food)
Is fun and at someone else's house (so no dishes for you)
Our Couples Ministry is made up of small groups of four couples each who come together to share faith, food and lots of laughs. Each group is formed according to members stage of life and gathers in each others homes. New groups are being formed, and current groups are looking for members. For more information,SIGN UP
This small group format is a compassionate, caring environment dedicated to help you thru the process of loss, grief and emptiness. To register please 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.
Contact the parish office for meeting times.
Life change is never easy, but after a separation or divorce it’s particularly isolating. Come together with others to realize there is a “second act” and you are not alone. Join us for our small group gathering – you belong!
Year End Potluck
Thursday, May 31, 2018 - 7:00pm
St Mary of the Visitation Parish Centre
Bring a friend and some food to share... all are welcome.
- Sign up today !