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
PARISH MASSES THIS WEEK
request a Mass for a future date please contact our Parish
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
Ministries for Next Weekend:
September 23 & 24, 2017 - Team D
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.
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.
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
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.
Message from the Pastor
"Are We There Yet?"
Than Survive” .
Glance at our Parish Blog
for details of previous homilies.
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.
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.
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
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 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. 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.
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.
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.
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?
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
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. (Will
resume October 13, 2017)
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
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
Weekly E Newsletter for Children, Youth and Young Adult Ministries
Join us: Download
Kids Klub Registration Form
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!
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!
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
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
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.
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 !
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 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!
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
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.
will be October
- Watch for Details!
up Here to help with Service Saturday.