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.

January 13 & 14, 2018 Second 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, 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

Liturgical Ministries for Next Weekend:

January 20 & 21, 2018 - Team C

 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 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 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 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 Faithful Departed

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?"         ďMore Than SurviveĒ .

Glance at our  Pastor's Blog       Diocesan Workshops and Events

Current Message Series

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 this week.

Upcoming Feasts

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 .

 

CATHOLIC CAF…    

Join us after Mass for our Catholic Cafť located in our Parish Centre. 

Warm and Cold Drinks, a Fresh Bite with all proceeds going to our Mission/Outreach efforts.

Calling all 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

SIGN UP  

(Cost is $40.00 per couple)

 You 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.

 

Childrenís Ministry 

We are truly blessed in our parish with an excellent Childrenís Ministry at our Sunday at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30am Mass. It includes our Kids Zone (Ages 2 & 3), and our Childrenís 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 Childrenís Ministry is simple: To make it the best hour of your childís 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 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.

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! 

"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.

 

Homilies On Line

Current Message Series

Donít 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 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.   

 

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 Francis

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 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

January 19, 2018 - Basketball Free Throw Contest

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 Klub night!

 

Hey High Schoolers...Da Crew

Infusion!

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 Love! 

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! 

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!

Board Games Cafe

- January 28 2018 (Parish Centre) Following the 11:30AM Mass

Beat the 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 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 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!

 

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

  - Sign up today !

Wine and Cheese Social

Thursday, January 25, 2018- 7:00pm in the Parish Centre

Life 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. 

Join us for our opening Wine and Cheese social Ė you belong!

 

Our Next Service Saturday

will be May 26, 2018

Sign up Here to help with Service Saturday.