January 13 & 14, 2018 Second Sunday in
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, January 16, 2018
7:00pm - Normand Bilodeau - req. Lam Family
- Jozef Magier Sr - req. Paul & Stella Logel
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
8:00am - David Watson - req. Dick, Hughina & Family
Thursday, January 18, 2018
8:00am - Ints. of Raymond Pyke - req. Family
Friday, January 19, 2018
8:00am - Hedi Lau - req. Eng Siew Tan
Saturday, January 20, 2018
5:00pm - Georgina Melo - req. Family
- Norberto Borges - req. Maria Borges
Ministries for Next Weekend:
January 20 & 21, 2018 - Team
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
Lordís 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
Whatís New ?........Whatís Next ?
Did you get your "E-Newsletter"? Itís never too late to sign up
- our list keeps growing!
Check out Twitter; "Padreís 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
Lordís Day Offerings. as a method
to support our parish family. Forms available at Welcome Desk. Check
out our recent Stewardship Message
Pastoral Reference Letters
Many young adults come looking for a Pastoral Reference Letter when they
apply for teaching positions with Catholic Boards. Father Freitas can only
provide letters to those who are active weekly in our parish life. Think ahead.
Get involved and consider volunteering with our parish programs.
Our Parish Life ... The
Please pray for Mary Hilker, Janina Deml, Esmenia Ballesteros
and Marie Kent of our parish, who recently died. May they live in the presence
of the Lord.
Message from the Pastor
"Are We There Yet?"
Than SurviveĒ .
Glance at our Pastor's
Workshops and Events
What a great response - over 250 families and individuals
picked up free copies of Matthew Kellyís Book Perfectly Yourself and
signed up to be part of our "Making Sunday Matter" - our weekly email
follow up to the Lordís Day Message. Itís not too late to be part of this
special part of our current message series -
Defining Moments - see the display in our Cafť
after Mass today and get your book today. Make sure to be part of this
"Defining Moment" in our parish life!
We will welcome many of our Candidates for the Sacrament of
Confirmation at our Lordís Day Masses this weekend. This is our opportunity to
remember these young people in our prayers as they enter their next phase of
preparing for this Sacrament celebrated in May.
The flu is relentless and continues to escalate into the new year. It is a
good reminder that we must be holy but in doing so, we must also be prudent in
practice at Mass so that we may all continue to be healthy. If you are not
feeling 100%, please remember that there are many wonderful and warm expressions
that can be used at the Sign of Peace - a gentle wave and smile, a few
thoughtful words, a gentle bow of the head. All these also express the peace we
want to share as a holy and healthy community of faith. Prayers for your health
Friday, February 2nd, the Feast of the Presentation of the
Lord (Candlemas Day) commemorates the presentation of Jesus in the temple forty
days after His birth. Candles have been blessed on this day since the 11th
century as a symbol of Christís light shining forth in the world. Candles
blessed on that day will be available at Mass.
The intercession of St Blaise, for the blessing of throats will be sought in
prayer. Any individuals who would like to have their throat blessed may receive
an individual blessing at the end of the weekend of February 3rd
& 4th .
married couples! St Mary of the Visitation Parish is hosting our annual Married
Couples Date Night on Friday, February 9 at 6pm. This is a special night for you
and your spouse that has become a must attend event in our Parish Centre. Join us for a beautiful
candlelight dinner, fellowship and most importantly the chance to spend quality
time with your spouse reflecting on your faith and growing in your marriage.
Register today as seats are limited. We canít wait to see you!. For those
arranging Child Care our event will conclude at 9:30pm
is $40.00 per couple)
can even reserve your spot by paying ONLINE
by using your Credit Card, please make note in the comment section that it
is for this event.
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
ďCalming KitsĒ 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, itís 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, February 3, 2018 from 10:00a.m.-12:00p.m. in the Parish Centre.
Confirmation Rite of Enrollment
We will welcome many of our Candidates for the Sacrament of
Confirmation on the weekends of January 13/14, 2018 and January 20/21,
2018 for their Rite of Enrollment. This is our opportunity to remember these
young people in prayer as they enter the next phase of preparing for this
Sacrament to be celebrated in May.
First Communion Parents & Child Gathering
Parents and children preparing for First Communion are reminded of our Parent
and Child Gathering on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 7:00p.m. in
the Church. It will be to share with parents details of their childís
First Reconciliation, and will provide activity stations which both children and
parents can participate in. Sign in will take place at the start.
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!
- 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
Wize Guys - Break the Ice Night
January 22, 2018 - 6:30 p.m. - Parish Centre
Winter blues setting in? Well...itís time to Break
the Ice with a nice meal, good company and an exciting list of fun
things to do for 2018. Join us! New members welcome! RSVP
to the Parish Office or Website. All men of the parish are welcome to
join this Wize Guys event - Bring a friend!
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 churchÖ 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 Lordís 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
January 19, 2018 - Basketball Free Throw
Our Lady of Fatima Gym - 7:00pm
Who will be the next free throw champion?? All Kids Klub
members are invited to this awesome Knights of Columbus competition!
Plus tonight we give details on our Guelph Storm Trip
and even have pizza in our snack shack!
Remember: If itís Friday night, then itís Kids
Thursday, January 18, 2018 -7:00pm-
(Lower Level of Church)
The Sacraments and Grace are game-changers! We
are infused and elevated to the Divine Ė we share in Godís awesome Life and
Come join us this evening for a good time with
friends, fun, snacks and discover how amazing the Sacraments and Grace really
are. Bring a friend!
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!
Board Games Cafe
- January 28 2018 (Parish
Centre) Following the 11:30AM Mass
January blahs with a Young Adults social! Time for some good old fashioned board
game fun! Enjoy some snacks following the 11:30am Mass then let the games begin!
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 Godís 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
- Sign up today !
and Cheese Social
7:00pm in the Parish Centre
change is never easy, but after a separation or divorce, itís particularly
isolating. Come together with others to realize there is a ďsecond actĒ and you are not alone.
us for our opening Wine and Cheese social Ė you belong!
May 26, 2018