July 22 & 23, 2017 Sixteenth Sunday in
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, 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
Ministries for Next Weekend:
July 29 & 30, 2017 - Summer
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 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.
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)
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)
Message from the Pastor
"Are We There Yet?"
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
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.
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?
- 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)
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
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
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 !
FUN REGISTRATION FORM
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).
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
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
us for our small group gathering – you belong!
- 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
will be October
- Watch for Details!
up Here to help with Service Saturday.