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.

Our Pastor

Father Freitas (pronounced "freight-us") was raised in Kitchener-Waterloo, and following graduation from St. Jerome High School and the University of Waterloo, he attended St. Peter's Seminary in London and was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Hamilton in 1997. He has served as Associate Pastor in various parishes throughout our Diocese and was a Member and Secretary of the Diocesan Council of Priests from 1999-2012. He served as Diocesan delegate to the Eucharistic Congress of 2008. He is a columnist with The Catholic Register, and a frequent speaker to various conferences and groups. In 2013 he authored "Are We There Yet?".  He recently finished his second book "More than Survive" published in 2016. He also authors a weekly Bible Study called "Heart to Home" which is used by the Small Groups of our parish and publishes a weekly blog called "Padre's Posts".

A large part of Father Freitas' ministry has been dedicated to working with youth and young adults. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Catholic Youth Organization from 1999-2006 and was regular instructor with the Catholic School Board Teacher's Religious Education Course from 2002-2010 and since 2012 leads in-service sessions to new and current Catholic School Principals. From 2006 to 2010 he also served as Chaplain to the Kitchener-Waterloo Serra Club, an organization dedicated to the promotion of vocations to the priesthood and religious life and has also been active as a spiritual director for seminarians considering priesthood. From 2002-2017, he was Chaplain to Camp Brebeuf in Rockwood.  Father is an active member and Chaplain to the Knights of Columbus and was welcomed into the Order of the Holy Sepulchre  by Cardinal Thomas Collins in 2015.

In June 2006, Father Freitas was appointed Pastor of this growing and vibrant parish. His greatest joy is being with people at defining moments of their lives. Father Freitas has shepherded the parish during a time of great blessing and considerable growth. During this time our Family of Faith has experienced  renewal and undertaken several campus expansion projects and watched our membership multiply. Father Freitas has helped our community to focus on having something for everyone and becoming a Church to Call Home.

Contact Father Freitas or check out Father's blog. Check out our  "Media Section"   for Father's Homilies and Talks. Follow Father Freitas on Twitter

 

A little question and answer with our Pastor

What is your favourite part about being a priest?
Well there are so many, but celebrating the Sacraments would be tops. Being there for families as they bring their child for baptism, walking with a young couple as they get ready for marriage, being present to a family as they have lost a loved one, collaborating with our parish schools as we prepare young people for First Holy Communion or Confirmation, being present as people bring their worries to the Sacrament of Reconciliation, celebrating the Eucharist for my family (the parish) on Sunday and seeing so many (young and old) coming together each Sunday to worship our loving God who wants to be there for them. I would also say that working with our youth and being present to them, both in the parish, our schools, and in my work at Camp Brebeuf. These are the joys I find in being a priest.
What is your favourite part about being a pastor here at St Mary of the Visitation?
It is such an amazing experience to work with a team of people with a gigantic commitment to bring people closer to God. We are up to something big here!
What would you say someone who is unsure about living a life of faith, or even the need for faith?
The words of Saint John Paul II seem very appropriate: Be not afraid!  Do not give in to discouragement when youíre given a hard time because of your faith, or when you find it hard to believe, or even when churchgoers may at times fail to live up to Christian standards.  Trust in Godís love for you!  And do not be afraid to be part of the Church He established to continue His work. Catholics are not meant to be lone-rangers!  Thereís always a place for you when we gather to celebrate the Sacraments, reflect on the Word of God, grow in our relationship with God, and when we reach out to our neighbour in need.
Do you have a great hope?
My great hope is that my life can be leveraged by God in such a way that others will personally see Jesus in me, and that I can lead and inspire others to live out the fullness of their life in Christ and become who God is calling them to be - because that is my goal in this world too.
Who is your favourite author and why?
I guess I have a few, CS Lewis, JRR Tolkien, Archbishop Fulton Sheen, John Henry Cardinal Newman, Scott Hahn and Max Lucado. Their books are wonderfully inspirational. On a less spiritual side, John Grisham would be tops.
What is the best advice you have received?
Add value to people. People prefer to be appreciated, not impressed. 
What is your favourite restaurant?
That one is easy - I love a good olde fashion hamburger from Harvey's - really anywhere that serves food has my vote.
What is your favourite movie?
Now that is a little harder, there are a few, but I guess one would be Braveheart. The character William Wallace has this wonderful line "Every man dies, but not every man lives". It rings true.
What is your favourite style of music?
My musical tastes are extremely eclectic, I like jazz, classical, soft rock, contemporary Christian. I like Bob Dylan too.
What do you do for fun?
I like to read broadly, exercise sporadically while making you think I do it religiously, and watch or coach sports energetically. My favorite sports would be Baseball and Hockey and when not at those then I enjoy going to movies with a good friend or my nephew. When not doing that then I can be found at home watching reruns of Law and Order, Criminal Minds and the Simpsons.
Who is your favourite team?
Well in hockey it would be the Kitchener Rangers and the Boston Bruins. In baseball, my spring and summer joys rise and fall with the Blue Jays.
Most embarrassing moment?
I think that would be when I welcomed everyone, including the Bishop, to a Confirmation celebration and identified the wrong Church.