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.

March 17 & 18, 2018 Fifth Sunday of Lent

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.


To request a Mass for a future date please contact our Parish Office .

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

1:30pm - Mass at St. Luke’s Place - Irene Geier- req. Catherine McKenna

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

8:00am - In Honour of St. Joseph - req. Maria Cabral

Thursday, March 22, 2018- Day of Mercy - 8:00am-8:00pm

(Eucharistic Adoration in Church 8:00am - 8:00pm)

8:00am - Intentions of Parishioners

Friday, March 23, 2018

8:00am - Mary & Stan Burns - req. Larry Burns

7:00pm - Stations of the Cross

Saturday, March 24, 2018

5:00pm - Robert Bowman - req. Doug Hilker Family

Liturgical Ministries for Next Weekend:

March 24 & 25, 2018 - Special Schedule

 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.  Check out our recent Stewardship Message

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.


 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 Lord’s Day Offerings. as a method to support our parish family. Forms available at Welcome Desk.   Check out our recent Stewardship Message

Message from the Pastor

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

Glance at our  Pastor's Blog       Diocesan Workshops and Events

Current Message Series

Our Day of Mercy this coming week is a time of grace, blessing and a pinnacle event in our Lenten journey - see the "purple" insert to help you prepare for the day. I also encourage you to drop into the Church to spend some time with the Blessed Sacrament on this day - our Lord waits for us - Remember - the light is on for you!

Next weekend is Palm Sunday weekend; a weekend of great celebration as we approach the holiest week of the year. It is also a weekend when our liturgies are a little bit longer and welcome a few more people. Please remember to consult our Holy Week Mass schedule found within the bulletin. If you are able; especially on Sunday morning, consider parking at the Johnson Centre and walking over. It would avail places for some of our visitors or those unable to do so.

As we continue to experience great growth and want to make room for visitors - see our insert for exciting details about our Sunday Shuttle Service - for Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday - an easy convenient way to make room for others and avoid the fuss of parking! Jump on board!

Don’t forget an opportunity to remember our loved ones this Easter with a Floral Tribute. Forms are found at the doors of the church and at our Welcome Desk.

Are you part of a small group ?

Don’t Get Lost in the Crowd .....

... Get Involved ...Get Connected!

This Lent we are inviting (and energetically encouraging) you and all our members to consider joining a Lent Heart to Home Small Group. Quite simply, these are opportunities to come together with 7 or 8 other members over the season of Lent.

Each gathering will be an investment of an hour where you will read some scripture passages, watch a special video and discuss daily life. It’s a great way to grow in the ways of the Lord….strengthen existing friendships and create some new ones. The hardest part of doing this is simply giving it a try.

Speak to someone at our Welcome Desk and connect today - just in time for Lent


Give us a Hand

Our Welcome Desk and Usher Ministry are in need of a few volunteers. Consider this gentle way of lending a hand. Training provided. Drop by and leave your name.

Day of Mercy

- Thursday March 22, 2018 - 8:00am-8:00pm -

We host our Lenten "Day of Mercy" - 12 Hours - 12 Confessors. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is the most powerful encounter with divine mercy. During this time the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed in the Church for the day for Adoration. The Light is On For You!



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.

Easter Floral Tributes

An opportunity to remember our loved ones this Easter with a Floral Tribute. You are invited to return the Floral Tribute form, found at the doors of the Church, in the envelope provided. All donations will be put toward our Easter decorations. Thank you for choosing to remember your loved ones in this way, all to whom a floral tribute is dedicated will be remembered at Mass during the Easter Season.

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.   

Children’s Ministry ... Lenten Coin Cans

Our Children’s Ministry’s Lenten project, Lenten Coins for the Poor, involves them saving and collecting loose coins during Lent. Special "Homes for Haiti" coin boxes have been prepared and we ask the children to take one and return them March 24/25th weekend to give as an offering toward our Haiti Mission. Thank you to all who are participating - additional coin cans are available at the Children’s Ministry display and also at our the Outreach Ministry display in the Parish Centre.

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! 

"Milk Bags for Haiti"

Thank you to all who are aiding in the collection of Milk Bags for Haiti. Remember, it’s 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, April 7 and May 26, 2018 from 10:00a.m.-12:00p.m. in the Parish Centre.

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 

Our weekly devotional "Sunday Matters" continues. SIGN UP  

Our parish E Newsletter - "Sursum Corda"  reaches over 600 subscribers. If you did not receive your copy this past Friday, or wish to subscribe, sign up via our website.



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!


Embracing Motherhood

Take some much needed time for yourself and enjoy an evening spent with other moms of our parish as we learn, pray, share, and laugh together. Join us as we gather on Tuesday evenings, 7:30-9:00pm in St Mary's Parish Centre. All moms of any age are welcome! There is a place for you!


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

Three Great Days

March 23, 2018--7:00 p.m.

Our Lady of Fatima Gym

Join us for a night looking at the upcoming "Great Three days."  Games and snack shack as usual but also some time in reflecting and praying, looking back on how Lent and of course hearing all about Bowl A Rama results!    Remember: If it’s Friday night, then it’s Kids Klub night!


Hey High Schoolers...Da Crew

Mercy - March 22 , 2018 --7:00 p.m. - St Mary Parish Centre

Join us as we prepare for Easter. Join us as we learn about the "Sacred Triduum". We play "The Captain's Call," have snacks and spend time in prayer and even an opportunity for Reconciliation tonight. Thursday means Da Crew! So join us!

Come Be A Part of Da Crew!


Hey Da Crew & Young Adults !

Good Friday Drama

Plans are underway for a Good Friday Passion Play. The first rehearsal will be soon - and we need your help - technical skills, actors, music - we need it all - there is a spot for YOU 

- leave your name at the Welcome Desk or see Father





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!

Lenten Look at Scripture 

- March 25 2018 (Parish Centre) Following the 11:30AM Mass

Join Father Freitas, and some young adults, as we gather for a look at the Lenten readings, but not before a few Lenten approved treats. Join us following the 11:30am Mass! 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


  • 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 after a separation or divorce it’s particularly isolating. Come together with others to realize there is a “second act” and you are not alone. Join us for our small group gathering  – you belong!

Some great opportunities to connect are coming up

Thursday March 22, 2018 - 7:00pm – Discussion Night at St Mary Parish Centre

Thursday. April 26,2018 - 7:00pm – Board Games Night at St Mary Parish Centre  (bring a snack and beverage)

  - Sign up today !



Our Next Service Saturday

will be May 26, 2018

Sign up Here to help with Service Saturday.