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
PARISH MASSES THIS WEEK
request a Mass for a future date please contact our Parish
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
Ministries for Next Weekend:
November 25 & 26, 2017 - Team A
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.
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.
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?"
Than Survive” .
Glance at our Parish Blog
for details of previous homilies.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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?
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
to our Craft and Bake
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
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.
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
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
I Wanna Be Like
November 24, 2017 - 7:00
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
Remember: If it’s Friday Night - It’s
Kids Klub Night!
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!
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
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.
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 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
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.
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 !
May 26, 2018