St. Mary's church during spring

6th Sunday of Easter

Posted : May-11-2023

Archbishop Francis LeoA Thank you from Archbishop Francis Leocoat of arms

“I write to you with immense gratitude for the outstanding welcoming and outpouring of goodness that was shown to me during the regional Mass at St. Mary’s.  I am very grateful for all the preparations behind the scenes, the long hours of work and dedication of staff and volunteers and the genuine spirit of the Gospel and Joy in the Spirit that permeated the entire encounter of grace.  May you and your ministry and flock be blessed and rewarded abundantly.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Sincerely † FL


Payers for the Sick and Faithful Departed

prayer requestsIf you or a family member is sick please let us know and we shall add their name to our prayer list which is posted in the gathering space of the church.

We remember in pray those who have died recently including: Father Christopher Bennett and Joe Donnelly.


Visiting the Hospital

hospitaIf you or a family member are admitted to RVH and would appreciate a visit from someone at St. Mary’s please call or email the parish office. 

Please note: the hospital no longer provides us with a list of Catholics who are hospitalized; therefore, you must notify the parish.



Share Life - Living the Gospel Logo

Share your love on Mother’s Day

On Mother’s Day, all moms deserve to be celebrated and supported. Did you know that our parish’s ShareLife campaign is helping young women with an unexpected pregnancy? One such mother is Nikki, who was able to continue her education and receive practice assistance through a ShareLife-funded agency called Rose of Sharon.

“If it wasn’t for you and for ShareLife, I don’t know where we would be today,” says Nikki. “We will always and forever be grateful for your support!”

To-date we have raised $22,804 toward our goal of $125,000.

Please give at the parish using a ShareLife envelope, online through our parish website, or at


On Mother’s DayMary the Mother of God

we pray for all mothers,

living and deceased, for those who have loved us with a mother’s love,

for grandmothers, grandaunts and for all care givers.


This Weekend...

coffee cupHospitality Sunday

A big thank you to The Good Shepherd School for hosting coffee and treats after the 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. Masses.  Our next hospitality Sunday is May 27/28th with St. Joseph’s High School Parent Council hosting after the 5:00 p.m. Mass.  If you would like to help on a Sunday please call the parish office.


diaper driveCatholic Women’s League Annual Diaper Drive  

The CWL are collecting diapers (sizes 5, 6, 7), pull-ups, Goodnights, baby wipes and skin care diaper cream after all Masses in support of The Women’s and Children’s Shelter of Barrie.  Donations of cash or cheques are welcomed –(cheques made payable to The Women and Children’s Shelter of Barrie). 



Pop-up Covid-19 Vaccine Clinic

syringe for a shotThe Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit will hold a Covid-19 Clinic in our parish hall on Monday, June 5th9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 

Appointments can be booked at https://covid-19, or by calling 1-833-943-3900.

Walk-ins accepted while supplies last. 


coat of armsOrdinations into the Priesthood of Jesus Christ in the Archdiocese of Toronto.

On Saturday, May 13, 2023 at St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica Most Reverend Francis Leo, Archbishop of Toronto ordained seven transitional deacons with the Sacrament of Holy Orders as they became priests to the Archdiocese of Toronto. 

Rev. Cole Powers

Rev. Carlos Marquez

Rev. Mirko Ljuba

Rev. Sean Jacob

Rev. Savio Bruto Da Costa


Please pray for them and for an increase in vocations.


Celebrating Confirmation

Cross and flameAt 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 23rd and Wednesday, May 25th we will celebrate Confirmation with our young people. Candidates and sponsors are reminded to arrive for 6:40 p.m.  All families have been sent the date for their Confirmation.

If you have any questions please contact Catherine Ecker at 705 728 2985 ext. 115 or Email  You are asked to pray for the young people, their sponsors and families.



Pentecost SundayThe Feast of Pentecost: May 27/28th, 2023 - Wear Red!

Pentecost Sunday marks the end of the Easter season.  We celebrate the descent of the Holy Spirit on the apostles and the beginning of the Church.  This day is often described as the ‘birthday of the Church’.  All parishioners are invited to add to our celebration of Pentecost by wearing red to church.  There are many different shades of red – the vibrant colour and the different shades will be a visual reminder to us of the diversity of our God given gifts and talent. 


Are you able to host a Ukrainian family?

flag of the UkraineThere is an immediate need for families to host a Ukrainian family for a period of 1-6 months for those who have arrived.

if you would like to learn more please visit and register for a virtual information session.



Tree representing Ministry with Maturing AdultsMinistry with Maturing Adults: For All Adults 55+

All are welcome to attend the various session offered for those in the second half of life. 

seniors exercisingVON SMART (Seniors Maintaining Active Roles Together) Exercise Program is held on Tuesday mornings. For details regarding registration please call: VON at 705 737 5044 ext. 221.

Christian MeditationChristian Meditation is an ancient form of contemplative prayer rooted in the Christian tradition. We will meet at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 16th on Zoom. If you are interested in learning more about this form of prayer please contact Catherine Ecker. ( or 705 728 2985 ext. 115)

playing cardsBid Euchre, Cards and Games!

All are welcome to join us in the parish hall on Thursday, May 18th from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Newcomers are welcome and simple refreshments will be provided.  

meetingNew Date!  Common Frauds and Scams: Wednesday, May 24th at 2:00 p.m.scam alerts   Join us for an important information session facilitated by Barrie Police Service on how to protect yourself and family!  The session will also include important information on preventing senior abuse.

All are welcome, no pre-registration required! We will gather for 2:00 p.m. and conclude at 3:30 p.m.

movieClassic Movies:  If you are looking for some wonderful entertainment join us at 2:00 p.m. in the parish hall for a Classic Movie on Thursday, May 25th

 All are welcome and simple refreshments will be provided.


Youth Ministry

Ages K to Grade 5 groupOn Friday, June 2nd beginning at 6:00 p.m. all young people from JK to Grade 8EDGE 2023 (M.E.R.C.Y. Ministry to Educate Roman Catholic Youth and EDGE) are invited to an “End of the Year Party” with games prizes and much more!

Come celebrate a fantastic year in youth ministry! We look forward to seeing you there!



LifeTeen 2023LIFETEEN – is for high school teens to explore their faith through talks, prayer and friendship.  Our next gathering is a Bonfire on Friday, May 26th beginning at 6:00 p.m. at another location.   


For information on our Youth Ministry please call Shannon Barks at 705-229-7426 or email