March 17 & 18, 2018 Fifth Sunday of Lent
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
PARISH MASSES THIS WEEK
request a Mass for a future date please contact our Parish
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
1:30pm - Mass at St. Luke’s Place - Irene Geier- req. Catherine McKenna
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
8:00am - In Honour of St. Joseph - req. Maria Cabral
Thursday, March 22, 2018- Day of Mercy - 8:00am-8:00pm
(Eucharistic Adoration in Church 8:00am - 8:00pm)
8:00am - Intentions of Parishioners
Friday, March 23, 2018
8:00am - Mary & Stan Burns - req. Larry Burns
7:00pm - Stations of the Cross
Saturday, March 24, 2018
5:00pm - Robert Bowman - req. Doug Hilker Family
Ministries for Next Weekend:
March 24 & 25, 2018 - Special
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
Glance at our Parish Blog - -
great ways to be connected.
Like our Parish Facebook
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.
Your financial faithfulness toward each active family contributing to
Generations is essential as we seek to meet needs in our growing family.
you have not yet made your Generations contributions; please consider doing so.
On Line Giving Option.
Sunday Offering Envelopes for 2018
Current envelope users are reminded that Sunday Offering
Envelopes for 2018 are available in the Parish Centre. Those not currently using envelopes but who are
interested in obtaining Sunday Offering Envelopes, may use the sign-up sheet at
the Welcome Desk. All are invited to consider Pre Authorized Debit for your
Lord’s Day Offerings. as a method
to support our parish family. Forms available at Welcome Desk. Check
out our recent Stewardship Message
Message from the Pastor
"Are We There Yet?"
Than Survive” .
Glance at our Pastor's
Workshops and Events
Our Day of Mercy this coming week is a time of grace, blessing
and a pinnacle event in our Lenten journey - see the "purple" insert
to help you prepare for the day. I also encourage you to drop into the Church to
spend some time with the Blessed Sacrament on this day - our Lord waits for us -
Remember - the light is on for you!
Next weekend is Palm Sunday weekend; a weekend of great celebration as we
approach the holiest week of the year. It is also a weekend when our liturgies
are a little bit longer and welcome a few more people. Please remember to
consult our Holy Week Mass schedule found within the bulletin. If you are able;
especially on Sunday morning, consider parking at the Johnson Centre and walking
over. It would avail places for some of our visitors or those unable to do so.
As we continue to experience great growth and want to make room for visitors
- see our insert for exciting details about our Sunday Shuttle Service - for
Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday - an easy convenient way to make room for others
and avoid the fuss of parking! Jump on board!
Don’t forget an opportunity to remember our loved ones this Easter with a
Floral Tribute. Forms are found at the doors of the church and at our Welcome
Are you part of a small group
Don’t Get Lost in the Crowd .....
... Get Involved ...Get Connected!
This Lent we are inviting (and energetically encouraging) you and all our
members to consider joining a Lent Heart to Home Small Group. Quite
simply, these are opportunities to come together with 7 or 8 other members over
the season of Lent.
Each gathering will be an investment of an hour where you will read some
scripture passages, watch a special video and discuss daily life. It’s a great
way to grow in the ways of the Lord….strengthen existing friendships and
create some new ones. The hardest part of doing this is simply giving it a try.
Speak to someone at our Welcome Desk and connect today - just
in time for Lent
Give us a Hand
Our Welcome Desk and Usher Ministry are in need of a few
volunteers. Consider this gentle way of lending a hand. Training provided. Drop
by and leave your name.
Day of Mercy
- Thursday March
22, 2018 - 8:00am-8:00pm -
We host our Lenten "Day of Mercy" - 12 Hours - 12
Confessors. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is the most powerful encounter with
divine mercy. During this time the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed in the
Church for the day for Adoration. The Light is On For You!
Easter Floral Tributes
An opportunity to remember our loved ones this Easter with a Floral Tribute.
You are invited to return the Floral Tribute form, found at the doors of the
Church, in the envelope provided. All donations will be put toward our Easter
decorations. Thank you for choosing to remember your loved ones in this way, all
to whom a floral tribute is dedicated will be remembered at Mass during the
Children’s Ministry ... Lenten Coin Cans
Our Children’s Ministry’s Lenten project, Lenten Coins
for the Poor, involves them saving and collecting loose coins during Lent.
Special "Homes for Haiti" coin boxes have been prepared and we ask the
children to take one and return them March 24/25th weekend to give as an
offering toward our Haiti Mission. Thank you to all who are participating -
additional coin cans are available at the Children’s Ministry display and also
at our the Outreach Ministry display in the Parish Centre.
When Sadness Strikes or a new member arrives- a family is there - and that is
the goal of the Neighbourhood Ministry.
Parish Office to volunteer or if you are in need of assistance from our
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.
of the Visitation
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.
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.
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,
April 7 and May 26, 2018 from 10:00a.m.-12:00p.m. in the Parish
Don’t forget as you travel that our weekly homilies are posted on our
website in our ever expanding "Media
You can listen or even download them for later listening or
sharing. Check it out today.
out Editions of Heart to Home
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.
is More to Our Story
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.
up today - new series beginning soon
-its never too late to join
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?
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.
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!
- Ready to set, volley and spike? Well join us on Fridays
-7:00pm at St Elizabeth School Gym -drop in!! No registration required.
The Strike Squad is underway but there is room to join on Monday night -never
too late to join - call Parish office to sign
The Welcome Desk....Needs You!
Let the Church always be a place of mercy and hope, where
everyone is welcomed, loved, and forgiven." ~ Pope
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
contact the Parish Office. Join
Our Kids Khoir (for those in Grades 3-8) sings at the 9:30
a.m. Mass once per month. We're
looking forward to another great year of singing and fun. New members are always
welcome! Practices are held in the Church - Tuesdays from 5:45-6:30pm. Registration forms are at
the Church entrances
Weekly E Newsletter for Children, Youth and Young Adult Ministries
Join us: Download
Kids Klub Registration Form
Three Great Days
March 23, 2018--7:00 p.m.
Our Lady of Fatima Gym
Join us for a night looking at the upcoming "Great
Three days." Games and snack shack as usual but also some time
in reflecting and praying, looking back on how Lent and of course hearing
all about Bowl A Rama results! Remember: If it’s Friday night, then it’s
Kids Klub night!
Mercy - March 22 , 2018 --7:00 p.m. - St
Mary Parish Centre
Join us as we prepare for Easter. Join us as we learn about the
"Sacred Triduum". We play "The Captain's Call," have snacks
and spend time in prayer and even an opportunity for Reconciliation tonight. Thursday
means Da Crew! So join us!
Be A Part of Da Crew!
Hey Da Crew & Young Adults !
Good Friday Drama
Plans are underway for a Good Friday Passion Play. The first
rehearsal will be soon - and we need your help - technical skills, actors, music
- we need it all - there is a spot for YOU
- leave your name at the Welcome Desk or see Father
DAY ONE CHOIR
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!
Look at Scripture
March 25 2018
(Parish Centre) Following the 11:30AM Mass
Father Freitas, and some young adults, as we gather for a look at the Lenten
readings, but not before a few Lenten approved treats.
Join us following the 11:30am Mass! Bring a friend!
Check out the
Young Adults Facebook
are you looking for ...
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
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
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
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.
parish office for meeting times.
Act 2 - Group for Separated and Divorced
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!
Some great opportunities to connect are coming up
Thursday March 22, 2018 -
7:00pm – Discussion Night at St Mary Parish Centre
Thursday. April 26,2018 -
7:00pm – Board Games Night at St Mary Parish Centre
(bring a snack and beverage)
- Sign up today !
May 26, 2018