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.

July 22 & 23, 2017 Sixteenth 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, July 25, 2017

8:00am - Nicholas Carlucci - req. Brian & Sharon Prior

- Joshua Matthew Dale - req. Brian & Sharon Prior

- Joe Stortz - req. Karl & Kathleen Fleck

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

8:00am- Tom & Anne O’Keefe-req. Richard & Carl O’Brien

Thursday, July 27, 2017

8:00am - Hrvoj Peric & Nada Juricic - req. Peric Family

Friday, July 28, 2017

8:00am - Intentions of our Youth Attending Stuebenville

- Bob Glover - req. Larry & Judy Finn

Saturday, July 29, 2017

5:00pm - Rosa, Ernesto & Antonio Gagliardi - req. Family

Liturgical Ministries for Next Weekend:

July 29 & 30, 2017 - Summer Schedule

 See Full Liturgical Schedule for a telephone contact list - please call the Parish Office

Summer Mass Schedule  - (July and August)

Saturday - 5:00 p.m.

Sunday - 9:00 a.m *. and 11:00 a.m.

*9:00am Mass (Children's Ministry for Age 2- Grade 4) All Summer Long!

Regular schedule will resume September 2 & 3, 2017

 

Parish Office ...... Summer Hours

During the months of July & August, the Parish Office will be closed Fridays. Regular hours resume in September.

 

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.

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.

 

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.

 

Parish Centre "Living Tree"

This is an opportunity for parishioners to make donations either in the name of deceased loved ones, themselves or others, with a decorative plaque to be placed in our Parish Centre to remember both the legacy of faith of the pioneers of our community, as well as our own current contribution to building our community. Please see the special forms at the Church Entrances to be a part of a place for everyone.

Parish Library 

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.

Sundae Sunday

August 26/27 - After All Masses

Join us after Mass for a cool treat in the Parish Centre. It is a time of fellowship, but also a time to enjoy a good olde- fashioned ice cream treat - A Sundae on a Sunday. 

Make sure to set some time aside and join us!

 

Children’s Ministry 

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.   

Come Lend a Hand

We depend a great deal on volunteers to assist in providing ministry to people within our parish and community. Ministry comes from our baptism, through which we are called to share Christ with one another. One of the signs of a vibrant, Christ-centred parish is the level of service provided by the members of that parish to one another. It is important that, if at all possible, we pitch in to make some form of ministry a part of our life choice. Some of the most urgent areas of need are below; please contact the parish office if you can help as a ...

  • Lector (a Reader at Mass).
  • Minister of Hospitality (an Usher).
  • Attendant as part of our Parking Lot Ministry
  • Children’s Ministry and Kids Zone Program Leader.
  • R.C.I.A. Sponsor and Prayer Partners.
  • Kids Klub Leaders (males especially needed)
  • Baptism Preparation Team
  • Searching in the Spirit (Confirmation) Preparation Team

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.     

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.  (The program begins again in September)

Plugged In

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.     (The program begins again in September)             

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 in September)

Homilies On Line

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 

Message from the Pastor

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

Glance at our  Parish Blog  for details of previous homilies.

We offer a warm welcome to any visitors and guests who are with us this Lord’s Day Weekend as we welcome the relics of St Anne to our parish. To Father Michael Isabelle, a familiar friend in our midst, we offer thanks for being the homilist at all of the Lord’s Day Masses and leading us in this devotion.

This week the new monitors which will be installed in the Church above the images of Our Lady and the Sacred Heart. This alteration addresses a long standing concern in our main church of the hampered view of many who sit in the side sections of the main body of the church. To address this, we will be installing two video screens in these areas to permit full view. These will mean a slight altering of the votive shrine areas. When all is done I am confident it will be a very life giving project to our parish family. Speaking of votive shrines, a small votive area has now been placed in our Adoration Chapel at the request of numerous parishioners. This permits people to light a votive candle in the chapel which is opened 24 hours - come visit and say a prayer.

Next weekend our parish group of 31 will be departing for the Steubenville Youth Conference. I believe God has assembled this special group with something unique He wishes to do in their lives. I ask you to keep us all in prayer. Check out our Facebook Page during next weekend for photos and updates

Thank you to all who made last weekend’s Sundae Sunday possible. Over 800 bowls of ice creme were served, including many to first time guests. We look forward to our next Sundae Sunday on August 26/27, 2017 - its never too early to begin looking in your neighbourhood for "newbies" and invite them

As you saw from the Summer Edition of our Parish Newsletter, (extra copies at the doors and the welcome desk) during the summer months things at St Mary of the Visitation Parish do not slow down - in fact they ramp up with VBS and Camp Brebeuf Adventure Day and Day Camp weeks , devotions, community outreach projects and also behind the scenes projects to get ready for the Fall. Thank you for your financial faithfulness in "making up your offering" if you are away during the summer. This helps keep us on track as we move forward,  On Line Giving Option.- is a great way to support the parish especially in the summer months.

The summer edition of the Word Among Us is available at our Welcome Desk at the cost of $3.00 each. A great way to make Sunday Matter all week long!

Our Parish Life... The Faithful Departed

Please pray for Walter Staubitz of our parish who recently died. May he live in the presence of the Lord.

 

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

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. (Will resume in the Fall)

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.  (Will resume in the Fall)

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!

An Invitation

Are you looking for a summer project? Vests and toques help to prevent pneumonia in Third World babies and toddlers, and doctors treating children in poor or war-torn countries ask for teddy bears because children who have teddies to cuddle get better quicker than those who don’t. Patterns for these knitted and crocheted items are available. The patterns are simple, and there is an abundant supply of donated yarn and wool. Everything is stored in the cupboards just down the stairs from the Chapel - and new volunteers are always welcome!

Join us: Download Kids Klub Registration Form

Watermelon and Whatever

Friday, August 18 - 6:30-8:00pm.

Join us at St Mary Parish Centre for some Watermelon and Whatever else we feel like doing. It is going to be a great summer time as we take over Forbes Park for lots of fun. Admission is "a toonie" and we get ready for our Street Hockey Jamboree. Join us !

SUMMER FUN REGISTRATION FORM 

Hey High Schoolers...Da Crew

Our Steubenville weekend is around the corner! There is no Da Crew this Thursday, but get ready on Friday to meet in our Parking Lot at 1:00pm for our departure - blessings are ahead!

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. We sing twice per month at our Saturday evening 5:00pm Mass, but most of all have a good time as we do. 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).

Camp Brebeuf Information

Our parish has been blessed with many young people experiencing Camp Brebeuf as a summer place of fun and faith with special "St Mary’s Days." Special registration forms and brochures are available at the Camp Brebeuf display in our Parish Centre and via our website. Our parish Day Camp Weeks in August are now sold out. Thank you to all who have signed up your children to be part of this great summer place of fun and faith.

Are you 18 - 29 Years of Age? - Join Crossroads!

Check out the Young Adults Facebook Page

 

Sunday, August 6th - After The 11:00am Mass

Everyone likes to eat…and even feast! But the big question is what do we "Feed" on in our life? We continue our summer series and take a look together at what feeds us and how to make sure it’s all healthy. We will start off with a fun "food" game, watch a video and spend some time in prayer. Join us and bring a Friend!  Let us know you are coming  

 

Act 2 - Group for Separated and Divorced

Join us for our small group gathering  – you belong!

  Sign up today !

 

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 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!

 

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

 

Our Next Service Saturday

will be October 28 2017

- Watch for Details!

Sign up Here to help with Service Saturday.