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.

November 18 & 19, 2017 Thirty Third 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, November 21, 2017

7:00pm - Daniel Mendonca - req. Maria Mendonca

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

8:00am - Geraldine Millar - req. John & Sarah O’Hagan

10:00am - Bible Celebration - Our Lady of Fatima (at Church)

Thursday, November 23, 2017

8:00am - Joseph Pyke - req. Family

10:00am - Bible Celebration - St Gabriel School (at Church)

1:15pm - Bible Celebration - St Elizabeth School (at Church)

Friday, November 24, 2017

8:00am - Nelson Andrade - req. Robert Andrade

Saturday, November 25, 2017

5:00pm - Bob Glover - req. Jim & Carol Jackson

- Larry Eeles - req. Dave & Erin Henderson

Liturgical Ministries for Next Weekend:

November 25 & 26, 2017 - Team A

 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.

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.

Sunday Offering Envelopes for 2018

Current envelope users are reminded that Sunday Offering Envelopes for 2018 will be available in the Parish Centre on December 2nd & 3rd . 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 Giving as a method to support our parish family. Forms available at Welcome Desk

 

Message from the Pastor

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

Glance at our  Parish Blog  for details of previous homilies.

Current Message Series

Inserted in the bulletin this weekend is some information on our upcoming Parish Bake Sale - this annual event is just around the corner - you don’t want to miss it.

Our Parking Ministry is a wonderful way for us to show hospitality and welcome to new members. As our parish family continues to grow it is also a way to make sure we have a spot for everyone. If you can give one Sunday a month, at a Mass you are attending, then we’d like to chat with you!

We are preparing the Liturgical Ministries Schedule for the Christmas Season. If you will be away for the Christmas Season and are involved in a liturgical ministry, or have a special request for scheduling, please contact Father Freitas or the parish office before the end of November.

 

Sunday Missals for 2018

2018 Sunday Missals will be available beginning November 18/19 weekend at the Welcome Desk for $5.00 each. A limited number have been ordered.

 

Handling the Holidays

Facing the Christmas season can be very difficult and challenging for those who are grieving the death of someone they loved. You are invited to an informal gathering on Monday, December 11, 2017 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in St Mary's Parish Centre. Come in a spirit of prayer; join others as we discuss ways to help prepare for Christmas with hope.

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.

 

Book of Life

During the month of November, our parish "Book of Life" will be placed near the altar. You are invited to add the names of those you have known and loved in life and who are now with the Lord. They will be remembered in a special way in our parish Masses.

 

First Communion Gift Bearers

The families of each child preparing for First Holy Communion will be given an opportunity during this year to present the Offertory gifts at either the Saturday evening or one of the Sunday morning Masses. This act of participation is one of the highlights of their preparation. Families, you are reminded to come early on their scheduled day and to let the ushers know you are there for your child’s special day. Please note your child should not attend Visitation Kids that day in order to not be late for bringing up the gifts.

 

Annual Christmas Pageant

At the 5:00p.m. Mass on Christmas Eve, children of the parish (aged 4 to 12) will act out a simple narrative of the first Christmas. If your child is interested in taking part, please pick up a permission form at the Welcome Desk, complete and return it through the collection basket no later than December 8th. An early response is important to ensure your child’s participation. Rehearsals will be in the Church on Sunday, December 10th and 17th at 2:00p.m. Space is limited. Attendance at both rehearsals is required.

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.   

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.

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.  

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! 

R.C.I.A. Prayer Partners

Our parish is blessed with several individuals who are a part of our R.C.I.A.. We are in need of some parishioners to become prayer partners, promising to remember one member in their daily prayers and to rejoice with them at Easter time. No meetings; just prayer. Contact the Parish Office to help.

Men’s Chili Night

November 20, 2017 - 6:30 p.m. - Parish Centre

Get together with the Wize Guys for some award-winning chili, and the fraternity of the fellows. Admission is a pot of chili to share or a $5.00 donation. All men of the parish are welcome for this popular annual event -Bring a friend!

 

Act 2 - Group for Separated and Divorced

Tuesday, November 21 2017

Mass at 7:00pm and Gathering Begins at 7:30pm

Our evening will be about listening to a piece from "Salt & Light" radio where host interviews Lisa Duffy, author of 2 books written specifically for divorced/separated Catholics. Some social time and of course snacks. Hope you can make it!

 

Ladies Day with Dr Wendy Hofman

Saturday, November 25, 2017

9:30am- 2:00pm - Resurrection Centre, Waterloo

Come spend a day of refreshment, rest and rejuvenation with other ladies of the parish as we look at the unique spirituality of women. Registration is $20.00 (Snacks & Lunch Included) Car Pooling available. Register on our website or contact the parish office. No Tickets at the Door.

 

 

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?

Sign up today  

Our Parish Craft & Bake Sale

Saturday, December 2, 2017

9:00am - 3:00pm

St Mary of the Visitation Parish Centre

Join us right after the Hespeler Parade

- There is SOMETHING for EVERYONE

Donations to our  Craft and Bake Sale

We are looking forward to our annual Craft and Bake Sale Anyone wishing to donate crafts, or bazaar items, please bring them to the Parish Centre on the weekend of November 25/26th only. Baked Goods (labelled) may be brought on Friday December 1, 2017 to the Parish Centre from 6:00pm-9:00pm.

 

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

 

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. 

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...Underway!

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

I Wanna Be Like

November 24, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Calling all Superheroes! If you could choose, which hero do you wanna be like?? This night we’ll play a team-game called Hero Dash and then discover how God gives each of us the power of grace to live out some awesome vocation. Do you have the super-powers of Marriage? Religious Life? Priesthood? Come and join us; don’t forget snack shack! 

Remember: If it’s Friday Night - It’s Kids Klub Night!

 

Hey High Schoolers...Da Crew

November 23, 2017 - Light Up Your Life

- 7:00pm - Parish Centre 

When was the last time you lost something in the dark or just needed more light to do something, but it wasn’t there? How about those times when we wanted more light to guide us through some big decision? Or even, when reflecting on our purpose? We all need light! Jesus knows that and came to light up our lives. Find out how to let the Light of Christ transform our lives. Join us for snacks, friends, fun and Faith! 

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 November 19, 2017 (12:30-2:00PM)

Join us for our annual St Mary’s Brunch at Boston Pizza on Pinebush and Hespeler Road. Bring a friend!

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.

 

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 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

Grief Relief 

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.

 

Act 2 - Group for Separated and Divorced

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" and you are not alone. 

This divorce and single again group meets monthly on Tuesday evenings.

  - Sign up today !

 

Our Next Service Saturday

will be May 26, 2018

Sign up Here to help with Service Saturday.