OUR LADY OF THE VISITATION

A Catholic Parish

Parish Ministries

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Music Ministries

 "He who sings, prays twice."

Our music ministry at Our Lady of Visitation Parish comprises members of all ages offering different styles of music, from solo to choral and contemporary or folk to more traditional. Their gift of song brightens our Eucharistic celebrations. New members and new musicians are always most welcome!  

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Children/Youth Choir

The Children/Youth Choir provides music at the 9 am Mass on Sunday and holds weekly practices (Sept - May) which are followed by snack time (everyone's favourite part!). Children of all ages are welcome to join this choir, with an emphasis on learning and sharing God's Word through song.  New members both singers and musicians are always most welcome throughout the year.

Adult Choirs

Adult choirs provide music at the 4:30 pm (Saturday) and 11:00 am (Sunday) weekend Masses.

In preparation for Christmas and Easter celebrations, a larger adult choir is comprised involving members from all choirs including other members who do not sing at the regular weekly Masses. This choir practices on a weeknight evening from mid-October to December to prepare for and sing at the Christmas Vigil and morning Masses and from Feb. to Mar./Apr. for the Easter Triduum services including the Easter Vigil.

We have fun as we work on learning new music and parts. If you have the gift of song or play a musical instrument, and feel you are being prompted, we would like you to consider joining us. Please contact the main office at 822-2197 for more information.


Hospitality Ministry

The Hospitality Ministry is comprised of individuals who provide the refreshments for the Social or Coffee-time on Sunday mornings after the Masses. Coffee-time is a way of gathering the community, helping us to get to know one another and strengthen the bonds of friendship.

New volunteers are most welcome. Please contact the main office at 822-2197 for more information.  Or click here to complete our online Volunteer form


Sacristans 

The Sacristan Ministry under the direction of the resident Priest is a behind-the-scenes position.  It is now considered a ‘team’ of volunteers.  Some prepare the sacred vessels prior to the Masses from lights on to candles extinguished.  Others are involved in decoration, changing the frontals, washing of linens, ordering supplies, coordinating between the various ministries to ensure a smooth running liturgy. We are respectful at all times while carrying out our duties and do not remain in the Sanctuary during the Mass. Training and guidelines are available to this voluntary position. 
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Eucharistic Ministers 

Extraordinary-Ministers of Holy Communion assist the priest at Mass by distributing Holy Communion to the congregation.  These ‘ministers” are commissioned to perform this exceptional duty.  Training and guidelines are provided and individuals are then placed on a schedule.
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Lectors & Commentators 

Lectors proclaim the Word of God in the first and second readings of the Mass. Commentators welcome the congregation and read the introductory announcements before the liturgy begins and offer the Prayers of the Faithful.

We are always looking for more readers/lectors. If you are confident with reading in public and feel called to proclaim the Word of God, please consider giving your time and gifts to this ministry. Training is provided. Schedules are arranged to fit desired Mass.  
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Bible Pronunciation Guide link:  http://www.netministries.org/resources/resource-pronunciation-guide


Liturgy Committee 

Liturgy means "service", in the sense of serving God with public and communal worship. Special Liturgical celebrations, especially during the seasons of Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter require the coordination of many parish ministries with pastor and deacon. These ministries include altar servers, lectors and commentators, eucharistic ministers, music, sacristans, décor, ushers and others who work together to plan details of the Mass. The work of planning for liturgies also includes planning the church environment for various seasons of the liturgical year.

Liturgical Colours of the Roman Catholic Church

According to tradition, the Church ordinarily permits the use of four (4) colours - in the Sacred Vestments and also in the Altar Linens. They are White, Red, Green and Purple or Violet. Gold may be used as a substitute for White.

  • White - Denotes purity, innocence or glory. Used on the Feast of our Lord and the Blessed Virgin, on the festivals of angels and of all saints who were not martyrs. White is the colour of the resurrection and so it is used in Masses for the dead.
  • Red - The colour of fire and of blood, it is used in Masses of the Holy Ghost, such as Pentecost, to remind us of the tongues of fire, and on the feasts of all saints who shed their blood for their faith. Red is also used on Good Friday and Palm Sunday.
  • Green - Used in Ordinary time, this colour denotes the growth and increase of our holy Church and is also symbolic of hope. It is used at various times of the year, on days that are not saints' days.
  • Purple or Violet - Expressive of penance. It is used during Lent and Advent (except on saints' days) and also on the sorrowful festival of the Holy Innocents.

Ushers & Greeters

Ushers and greeters provide a first welcome to parishioners and visitors to our church. They help people connect with the community and other individuals and families so that they feel they are part of our parish community. They assist people who have questions about the church, the liturgy, or practical matters (envelopes, parish registration form, etc.). They also direct movement; distribute bulletins and collect the financial offerings and assist with the presentation of the bread, wine and collection.

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Intercessors

The Intercessors are a group of parishioners who are consecrated to Jesus through Mary. They meet every second week (September to June) to intercede in support of the parish priest and parishioners using the Spirit led Rosary as a mean of intercessory prayer.

The members of the group are especially dedicated to a lifestyle of daily contemplative prayer and weekly prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. The group also serves to encourage the members to share their personal experiences of God in their daily life, to support and support each other in the spiritual journey.  

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