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.

September 16 & 17, 2017 Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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, September 19, 2017

1:30pm - Mass at St. Luke’s Place

- Souls in Purgatory - req. John Melo

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

8:00am - Joseph Pyke - req. Family

- Ints of Ronel Bangalan - req. John and Didi

Thursday, September 21, 2017

8:00 a.m. - Dorothy Stepien - req. Pat Coghlan

Friday, September 22, 2017

8:00am -Lloyd Schnarr - req. Lam Family

Saturday, September 23, 2017

5:00pm - Peter Fox - req. Kevin Roche

- Ints of Cleusa and Terry Harris

- Ints of Dave & Erin Henderson - 55th Anniversary

Liturgical Ministries for Next Weekend:

September 23 & 24, 2017 - Team D

 See Full Liturgical Schedule for a telephone contact list - please call the Parish Office

Sunday Offerings

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. 

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.

 

Adoration Chapel

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.

Neighbourhood Ministry  

When Sadness Strikes or a new member arrives- a family is there - and that is the goal of the Neighbourhood Ministry. 

Contact the Parish Office to volunteer or if you are in need of assistance from our Neighbourhood Ministry.

Generations

 Your financial faithfulness toward each active family contributing to Generations is essential as we seek to meet needs in our growing family. 

If you have not yet made your Generations contributions; please consider doing so.  We also have an On Line Giving Option.

 

Message from the Pastor

  "Are We There Yet?"         “More Than Survive” .

Glance at our  Parish Blog  for details of previous homilies.

Current Message Series

Last weekend was - well one word - amazing! So many spoke of the positive enthusiasm present, and visitors spoke of feeling "at home" in our midst and the sense of family among us - there is no doubt we are better together! Thank you to a dedicated team who stepped forward to make our Fall Kick -Off "under the tent" a reality and such a success. Over 30 parishioners signed up, first time, for ministries - tremendous!

A returning parishioner expressed amazement at the numbers at Church and young families with children in our midst. In fact, our opening weekend for Children’s Ministry saw us welcome 90 children to our programs. Blessing!

If you missed your copy of last week’s Fall Newsletter, please find additional copies at all of the doors of the Church and at our Welcome Desk. May Our Lady of the Visitation continue to be our help and guide as we find that We are Better Together!

Mass at St. Luke’s

Celebrations of Mass for the Catholic residents of St. Luke’s Place resume on September 19th at 1:30p.m. We are always in need of volunteers to help bring residents to the chapel - call the parish office to be part of this rewarding ministry.

CATHOLIC CAFÉ    

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.

 

Children’s Ministry 

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 week.   

Parent Meetings...Sacramental Preparation

Parents who have children preparing for First Holy Communion, First Reconciliation or Confirmation are reminded of the dates for our Parent Information Evenings:

Confirmation Parents’ Meeting: October 5, 2017

Holy Communion Parents’ Meeting: October 12, 2017

Both meetings begin promptly at 7:00 p.m. in our Parish Church. Please bring your child’s registration forms and Baptismal Certificates. This meeting is for parents only.

Special Friends Ministry

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.     

Special 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.

Atrium 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.  To find out more please attend the Parent Information Meeting: Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 6:15pm in the Atrium (use Chapel Entrance). Parents may attend with their child.

Plugged In

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.  To find out more please attend the Parent Information Meeting: Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 7:30pm - Parish Centre. Parents may attend with their child. Our Kick Off Sunday for Plugged In will be October 22nd in between the 9:30am and 11:30am in the Plugged In room.          

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! (The program begins again on September 27th)

Haiti Milk Bag Mats

Come find out how simple Milk Bags become sleeping mats for homeless individuals in Haiti. Join us on September 23rd at 10:00am in the Parish Center to be part of the process.

 

Homilies On Line

Current Message Series

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.

Check out Editions of Heart to Home 

 

There is More to Our Story

"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?

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Our new Kiosks are a great way to connect to our parish life. 

You can sign up for events, enroll for our e newsletter, donate to the parish and even register in the parish or set up a time to meet about a Sacrament. 

Check them out next to our Welcome Desk in our Parish Centre

Wize Guys Bar-B-Q

All men of the parish are invited to our Fall launch with our Opening Bar-B-Q on Monday, September 25th, beginning at 6:30pm in the Parish Centre. Come out for a casual supper and time with the fellas. New members welcome!

 

Join us

 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!

 

Adult Sports

Volleyball. - Ready to set, volley and spike? Well join us on Fridays -7:00pm at St Elizabeth School Gym -drop in!! No registration required. (Will resume October 13, 2017)

Bowling - The Strike Squad is underway but there is room to join on Monday night -never too late to join - call Parish office to sign up.  

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!

Kids Khoir...Ready to Begin Another Year

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

 

Our Weekly E Newsletter for Children, Youth and Young Adult Ministries

 

Join us: Download Kids Klub Registration Form

Road Map

September 22, 2017 - 7:00pm

St Mary of the Visitation Parish Centre

Life is a journey and scripture is our Road Map. Join us for games galore and meet your fellow small group members, start saving up Kids Klub bucks and "go wilde" at the snack shack Join us - bring a Friend! Remember if its Friday Night - its Kids Klub night!

 

Hey High Schoolers...Da Crew

Loud and Clear 

September 21, 2017 - 7:00pm 

St Mary of the Visitation Parish Centre

Some things in life are `loud and clear`and some not so much. Come play the game " mixtures." Then find out how to bring the right "mixtures" in our own lives and make Christ loud and clear. Food, fun and more. Bring a Friend!

Come Be A Part of Da Crew!

 

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!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

 - following the 11:30am Mass

Rock Climbing

We will be making our way to the Guelph Grotto to do some rock climbing! Bring along comfortable shoes and $15.00. Join us and other Young Adults of the parish for a great afternoon - by the way, this is the perfect event to bring a friend to join us.

Check out the Young Adults Facebook Page

 

 

What are you looking for ...

Friendship? 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.

 

Act 2 - Group for Separated and Divorced

Wine and Cheese Social

Life change is never easy, but at a later stage of life it’s particularly isolating. Come together with others to realize there is a "second act." This divorce and single again group gathers September 26th at 7:30pm for a Wine and Cheese Social in our Parish Centre Hearthroom - join us!

  Sign up today !

 

Heart to Home 

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 four 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!

 

Dinner for 8

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  • 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

 

Bereavement Ministry

Grief is never by choice and is often a painful, confusing and isolating time; without a doubt, one of life’s most difficult experiences. Where can we turn for answers to our questions, find support, and understanding? Join us on September 28, 2017 at 7:00pm to learn how "Grief Relief" can help.

 

Our Next Service Saturday

will be October 28 2017

- Watch for Details!

Sign up Here to help with Service Saturday.