The Parish Community of St. Kevin

Served by the Holy Cross Fathers

303 Niagara Street
Welland, Ontario  L3C 1K5

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
November 12, 2017

From Father Vijai:

Marriage Anniversaries Thank You:

Last Saturday at our 5:00p.m. Mass, our Parish Community honoured 12 couples who celebrated significant wedding anniversaries of 50 years or more in 2017. It was a beautiful celebration and so lovely to have the couples honoured by their family, friends, and our Parish community, who were witnesses to their lasting commitment and their renewal of vows. We congratulate them and continue to pray for them.
I especially wish to thank Eva Toderick and Quentin Toderick who once again helped organize our celebration, as well as the delightful reception that followed in our Parish Hall. I also thank Joan Brown, Donna Gvozdanovic, Peter Gvozdanovic, Mary Jane Keenan, Len Keenan, and Brinell Power for all of their assistance. The team always does an incredible job of making it such a special memory for our couples.

Rohingya Refugee Crisis:

For the last couple of months we have been praying for the Rohingya refugees. The Canadian government has launched the Myanmar Crisis Relief Fund, in which they will match funds donated by November 28th. Development and Peace - Caritas Canada is taking up a relief effort and we have decided as a Parish to respond financially. We know that many of you may wish to make an individual donation to Development and Peace (that would be matched by the government until November 28, 2017) and this can be done through St. Kevin’s in the envelopes at the back of the Church. Donations submitted to St. Kevin’s must be done so no later than the weekend of November 25/26th. Cheques can be made payable to St. Kevin’s Church with the memo line reading ‘Rohingya Refugees.’ We realize that we have had a series of special collections recently and we are aware that it may be difficult for some to donate. Please know that any amount is helpful and also be assured that the Parish will be sending a generous financial contribution to the Myanmar Crisis Relief Fund from our existing Parish funds. As always, we are truly grateful for your support and continued prayers.

Holy Cross Congregation Meeting in Rome:

I will be leaving this weekend to attend a meeting in Rome that brings together the Superiors of the various Holy Cross Communities around the world. I will represent the Region of English Canada as we continue to make plans for the future of the Congregation as a whole. I ask that you keep the Holy Cross Fathers in your prayers at this time and I will see you all upon my return later in November.


Celebrating 50 years of Development and Peace

Father Jim’s Story
Part 1 of 3

On Monday evening, November 27 we will have a Mass of Thanksgiving to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace. In the following reflections I want to share why I believe that Development and Peace has been and continues to be a great grace for the Canadian Catholic Church.

Part One – “In the beginning ….”

I began my theology studies in Rome at the Gregorian University in September 1965, during the final session of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965). I was most fortunate to be in Rome for the end of the Council and the beginning of the post-Council years. My theology courses were very much shaped by the documents / teaching produced by the Second Vatican Council. Gaudium et Spes – the document on “The Church in the Modern World” was perhaps the most interesting Vatican II teaching for me. In March of 1967, I was in my second year of theology and it was in March that Pope Paul VI issued his encyclical, Populorim Progressio – “On the Development of Peoples”. The encyclical addressed the political and economic structures that maintained global inequality and the need for integral human development. Pope Paul declared that development is the new name for peace. Pope Paul VI’s “On the  Development of Peoples” was really a follow-through of the Vatican II document on The Church in the Modern World. It was later in the spring of 1967 that Barbara Ward, the British economist and former assistant editor of The Economist magazine lectured at the Gregorian University on Pope Paul’s “On the Development of Peoples”. It was a memorable lecture for me for two reasons: she championed so well Pope Paul’s encyclical; and it was the first lecture in English that I experienced at the university. (The courses were taught in Latin!). It was understood at the time that Barbara Ward was consulted by Pope Paul regarding the economics the Pope used in the encyclical. The Holy Father’s encyclical had an enormous impact on the church and even outside the church. Some newspapers and academics of a Capitalist orientation called the Pope a communist for what he was prescribing – a more equal distribution of the world’s wealth. Others hailed the Pope as a voice for the world’s poor. Happily as I learned on my return to Canada in 1969 to begin my teaching career at Notre Dame College School, the Canadian church, influenced by Cardinal Leger of Montreal and Archbishop Pocock of Toronto had responded to Pope Paul’s plea that “development is the new name for peace” by launching the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace.   


Parish Planning November 2017

  • Saturday, November 11th – Remembrance Day

  • Sunday, November 12th – 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

  • Thursday, November 16th – St. Vincent de Paul meets at 7:00p.m. in the Hospitality Room

  • Sunday, November 19th – 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

    • 1st World Day of the Poor as declared by Pope Francis
  • Tuesday, November 21st – Liturgy Committee Meeting at 9:30a.m. in the Rectory

    • Bridge Group plays at 1:00p.m. in the Hospitality Room
  • Sacrament of Confirmation:

    • Holy Name School – Tuesday, November 21st at 7:00p.m.
    • Alexander Kuska School – Thursday, November 23rd at 7:00p.m.
    • St. Kevin School – Friday, November 24th at 7:00p.m.
  • Sunday, November 26th – Feast of Christ the King

    • Youth & Family Mass at 5:00p.m. hosted by Holy Name School
  • Monday, November 27th

    • 6:30p.m. Mass celebrating 50 Years of Development & Peace
    • 7:30p.m. Distinguished Speaker evening
  • Tuesday, November 28th – St. Vincent de Paul Pasta Take-Out, 3p.m. – 6p.m.

    • Holy Name Society Meeting at 7:00p.m. in the Hospitality Room
    • Parent-Priest-Teacher Meeting #2 for First Communion at 6:30p.m.:
      • Tuesday, November 28th: Holy Name School
      • Wednesday, November 29th: Alexander Kuska & St. Kevin School


Food Bank

Needs of the Food Pantry:

    For the week of November 12th:

      1. mayo;
      2. canned vegetables;
      3. large cans of apple juice

      Thank you for your contributions. Our food bank relies on the generosity of our Parishioners!

Please remember the St. Vincent de Paul donation box in the foyer after each Mass.


Missals for 2017-2018 are available from the Parish Office for $5.00.

Catholic Women's League News:

  • A reminder that membership fees for 2018 are due now. Dues are $25.00 and please use the blue CWL envelope from your box of Parish envelopes.

  • Monday, December 4th – CWL Tri-Council Christmas Turkey Dinner at Casa Dante
    Lodge on Lincoln Street. Tickets are $25.00 and will be available at the next CWL meeting or you can call Ann at 905.735.5400. All ladies and friends are welcome! The deadline to purchase a ticket is November 24th. We hope to see you all there!


Soup's On!

Soup's On! 2018 Tickets for Soup's On! will be on sale in the foyer of the church starting the weekend of Nov. 18-19, and most weekends thereafter, before and after all Masses. They will also be sold from the Parish Office Monday through Friday during business hours beginning Monday, November 20th. Ticket price is still just $10! Soup’s On takes place on Friday, January 26, 2018 with sittings at 11:00am, 12:00 Noon, and 1:00pm. This is a fundraiser for St. Kevin’s Food Bank Social Justice Scholarship.


Diocesan Separated & Divorced Healing Ministry Support Group

The Diocesan Separated & Divorced Healing Ministry Support Group meets every second and fourth Monday of the month (except holidays) from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Mount Carmel Spiritual Centre, 7020 Stanley Avenue, Niagara Falls, Ontario. Our next session will take place on Monday, November 13th and the topic will be ‘Sadness & Depression.’ For information call 905-356-4113 or 905-684-0154, or email


Have a question or comment about our Bulletin?

We always welcome feedback and would be glad to answer your questions. Please email your thoughts to and we will address them.


St. Kevin’s Memorial Fund

You will notice in your box of envelopes, a yellow one for November, entitled Memorial Fund. The Memorial Fund is directed toward the purchase of sacred objects and furnishings to enhance our parish liturgical worship. You are asked to consider a donation to this fund in memory of a deceased family member or friend. Their name will be inscribed in the Memorial Book which is located in the book case in the foyer in the church.



Mass Schedule for the Week of November 13th – 18th, 2017
Memorial Mass: Sunday, November 12th at 10:00a.m. – Shirley Gottfried

Nov. 13

Nov. 14

Nov. 15

Nov. 16

Nov. 17

Nov. 18

8:00 am

Jean Frasier
Nicola & Carlo Nero
Paul Andrew Everest
The Vavra Family

8:00 am

John Carpenter

8:00 am


8:00 am

Dan D’Amico


8:00 am


10:00 am

5:00 pm

Francesca D’Agostino
Rosina & Giovanni Carino
Louise Sitar
Anthony Peron


Please remember the Poor Box as you leave the Church.

Q & A with the Parish Team

Q:          Can I drop in anytime to see a Priest?

A:           Although our Priests spend a considerable amount of time here in the office on weekdays doing a variety of administrative duties, quite often they are out and about performing various aspects of their ministry. They may be in the Church presiding for a funeral, visiting one of our schools, anointing a Parishioner at the Hospital, or at external meetings. What this means is that they may not always be here if you decide to drop by. We always welcome visits and have no problem with people dropping in, but if you do need something that is time sensitive or if you would like to ensure that you have ample time to meet with them, we do encourage that you call ahead to verify. Because we are a large Parish and are blessed with so many members, it is very helpful if you identify yourself when you call in, briefly indicate the nature of your request, and offer us a time that might work well for you to come by. We will never pry if it is a personal matter, but a brief explanation allows us to better accommodate you and schedule something that meets your needs. For example, if you are hoping to have a personal item blessed, such as a rosary, please explain that so that we know your appointment may only take a few moments and we can easily schedule that for you. In contrast, if you wish to have our Priests provide you with a Pastoral Reference or sign a Godparent Sponsor Form, please allow enough time prior to the due date of its submission and we will book enough time so they can ask you a few questions. So even though you are more than welcome to drop by, please don’t be disappointed if our Priests aren’t in at that precise moment. Just give us a quick call if you need us and we will be happy to arrange a meeting.



Sunday School classes of Catechism for children attending public schools:

Sunday School classes of Catechism for children attending public schools who would like to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation will begin on Saturday the 14th October.  Registration and classes will take place at St. Mary Parish Hall (basement) from 4:00 - 4:45 p.m.  For more info call Sisters of the Sacred Heart at 905-732-4542 or email



Worth repeating:

Creating Three New Areas for Persons with Disabilities.

Area #1 – The choir seats. Except for the 10:00 Sunday morning Mass, the choir seats go empty. So – for all Masses except for the Sunday 10:00 Mass there are several places available; choir seats have been arranged creating space to easily accommodate walkers. A bonus here is that outside of the Sanctuary, these seats are the most comfortable seats in the church.

Area #2 – The pew immediately in front of the baptismal font. There are places in this pew easily for three persons and perhaps four persons with walkers. The “disability” sign is attached to this pew. Adjacent to the font as well, there is space or two for two persons in wheelchairs.

Area #3 – The last pew on the side of the church opposite the confessional /reconciliation room. This pew has been altered to create more space for walkers. It can accommodate three walkers comfortably. There is a place adjacent also perfect for a wheel chair. The “disability” sign is attached to this pew.

Two further points!

  • At each Sunday Eucharist, a Minister of the Eucharist will bring Holy Communion to the handicapped areas.
  • All parishioners are asked to please respect these designated areas as places for persons with disabilities.

The Stewardship Committee’s decision is clear that we must respect safety and fire codes. The foyer chairs against the back wall unfortunately, violate the fire code. Our hope is that designating these three new areas for persons with disabilities will be satisfactory. Thanks very much for your cooperation.


Catholic Marriage Tribunal

If you are considering remarriage in the Catholic Church at some point, or hoping to enter a marriage with someone previously married, please speak to a priest, or contact the Diocesan Catholic Marriage Tribunal in St. Catharines at 905-687-8817. Information Pamphlets are available through the parish.



Due to the privacy laws, the hospital does not list our parishioners by address or parish unless you state your religion as ST. KEVIN PARISH when you are admitted. It would help the parish visiting team if when the hospital asks religion – you respond ST. KEVIN'S PARISH. If you or a family member enter a hospital for several days please be sure to call the parish office to let us know if you wish a visit. If you wish the Anointing of the Sick before an operation, either at home or while in the hospital, be sure to inform the parish office. A priest will come as soon as possible to administer the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. We also have a group of lay people from our parish who each week visit or bring communion to Catholic parishioners in the hospital. Please, we need to know that you are there!


An Introduction – What do we mean when we say Catholic Social Teaching?

“Action on behalf of justice and participation in the transformation of the world fully appear to us as a constitutive dimension of the preaching of the Gospel”

– Synod on Justice in the World – 1974 –

Expressions of Catholic Social Teaching

    • Right to life and defence of the human person
    • Economic and political decisions must be based on human dignity
    • The primacy of persons over things and of human labour over capital
    • Equality of man and woman
    • Preferential option for the poor
    • Constitutions must be based on the rights and responsibilities of each
      human person and nation
    • Promote the good of all because we are all responsible for all
    • Right of government to intervene for common and individual good
    • The market economy must be governed by justice and oriented to the common good
    • Common good is attained through cooperation and mutual assistance
    • Rich nations are called to sacrifice income and power for common good
    • Live simply so that others may simply live
    • Development must respect nature and the common good:
      human dominion over the Earth is not absolute
    • Everyone has a right to good water and food, the fruits of God’s creation
    • Riches and freedom create a special obligation
    • Aid less-developed countries without thought of domination
    • All nations have equal dignity and right to self-development
    • Every human person and nation is interdependent
    • All individuals and nations should share in development
    • Development is a means to peace
    • Right to work and the dignity of work
    • Right of workers to assemble, to unionize, and to a just wage
    • Workers are part owners of the enterprise in which they invest labour
    • Resources are not for arms but for the alleviation of human misery
    • Disarm, simplify lifestyles, and eliminate waste in rich nations
    • Christian duty calls for participation in public life
    • Infuse one’s culture with a Christian spirit
    • Accept responsibility for one’s share in injustice and for conversion
    • Sinful structures exist and must be overcome
    • Social justice is integral to our faith commitment
    • Challenging injustice is an essential part of evangelization



The Niagara Warehouse of Hope would love to have all your empty pop cans. All aluminum cans (no metal cans please) including beer cans are welcome. You can bring them to the ALUMINUM CAN bin on the south side of the parking lot. I would like to thank everyone who have been bringing cans for many years, keep up the good work. The money from the sale of the cans is being used to send goods to the poor countries. If you have any questions, call me, Ben Obdeyn at 905-892-4721.


Funerals and the place for a Eulogy

Many parishioners understand the policy of the parish when it comes to a eulogy and a funeral. We follow the instruction of the Canadian Conference of Bishops and more particularly we adhere to the following policy of the Diocese of St. Catharines established in 1999.


The Order of Christian Funerals (#27) states "A brief homily based on the readings is always given after the Gospel reading at the funeral liturgy and may also be given after the readings at the vigil service but there is never to be a eulogy."

The fact that a eulogy is not permitted does not mean that there is no reference to the deceased person during the homily. A eulogy is described as "a formal speech of high praise of a person." Those who preach are directed to dwell on God's compassionate love and the paschal mystery as proclaimed in the scripture readings. Reference to the person's life of faith and love is obviously appropriate. It is the "high praise" of a eulogy in the strict sense of the word, praise which has no reference to Christian life, that is out of place in an act of worship.

The diocesan policy suggests the following moments that are appropriate times for a eulogy:

  • at the Vigil Service
  • at the cemetery
  • at the reception which follows the Mass

A Review of Some Parish Policies

  1. Requests: We often receive requests for baptism or marriage, or Pastoral References for teachers, who are not members of St. Kevin's Parish. Examples would be: They might like our church and so want to get married here although they live elsewhere. Or: they were baptized here and so they would like their child to be baptized here although they live elsewhere. Or: I went to Notre Dame College School. The main point here is "they live elsewhere". Now – wherever elsewhere might be, there is a Catholic parish there. Our policy is to minister to the parishioners of St. Kevin's. We have more than 3400 families; there is a lot of ministry work for us to do here. Our focus and attention is first and foremost on our own parishioners.

  2. Parishioners should be registered: And here it is important to remember – that all of our parishioners should be registered in the parish, that is, on our books with names and phone numbers and addresses.

  3. Young Adults: There is a point when the young person must register in our Parish. It does not suffice to say my parents are members of St. Kevin's and I was confirmed at St. Kevin's when that person has been living on his or her own. The young adult should not depend on the faith and loyalty of parents or grandparents but must take ownership of his or her own faith. That means, as well, the young person should be engaged in the financial support of the Parish.

  4. Support of the Church: One of the precepts of the church – parishioners should be generous in supporting the material needs of the church. Today, we do this best by regularly using envelopes to help with the expenses of administering a very large parish such as St. Kevin's.

  5. Needing a Letter of Permission: Hospitality is a wonderful characteristic of St. Kevin's Parish. And we do want to be open and hospitable to folks who are not registered members in the parish. Yet – we must be careful to observe church laws and regulations. We will consider doing a marriage or a baptism of those folks from elsewhere. But – we must ask that the person or persons making this request of us have a "letter of permission" from elsewhere, that is, from the parish in which they are actually living - a letter from the Pastor of that parish giving us permission to do the baptism or marriage. Without such a letter of permission our policy must be to refuse to do such baptisms or marriages.

  6. Weddings: To be married in St. Kevin's, one should be registered in the parish. Please call at least six months in advance to make arrangements. If not a registered member of our parish, we must have a Letter of Permission from the Pastor in which the person(s) is registered. (See above.)

  7. Baptisms: To be baptized in St. Kevin's, one should be registered in the Parish. Please call as early as possible to arrange a baptism. If one is not registered, we must have a Letter of Permission from the Pastor in which the family is registered. (See above.)

  8. Pastoral References for Teachers: Pastoral references for teachers are given for those persons who are registered in St. Kevin's Parish. The Pastoral Reference for teachers testifies that the person practices his or her faith regularly. Sunday Eucharist is the great Christian norm for the practice of the faith. The Pastoral Reference for teachers inquires as to how active the person is in participating in different dimensions of parish or civic life.

  9. Godparents / Christian Witness for Baptism: At baptism, a Roman Catholic sponsor is called a Godparent. All Godparents for Baptism should be practicing Catholics. One of the sponsors at baptism must be a Roman Catholic, 16 years of age and already confirmed. A non-Catholic sponsor is called a "Christian Witness". (This presumes that the non- Catholic is indeed a practicing Christian and baptized in a Christian church). In choosing a Godparent for baptism, parents should keep in mind that a Godparent at baptism should also be the person's sponsor at Confirmation.

  10. Confirmation Sponsors: A Confirmation sponsor must be a practicing Roman Catholic, already confirmed and 16 years of age. We ask the sponsor at Confirmation to have a brief meeting with the Pastor of his/her Parish. Simply inform the Pastor of your desire to act as a Confirmation sponsor at St. Kevin's and kindly ask the Pastor to sign the Sponsor Form. The Sponsor Form itself presents in a clear way the expectations for a Confirmation Sponsor.

  11. Parish Pastoral Practice.
    •   If someone is seriously sick at home or in the hospital, please call the office. One of the priests will be happy to visit.
    •   If one is unable to come to Sunday Eucharist over a long period of time, please call the office and arrange for a communion visit on the part of our Eucharist Ministers.
    •   When spending time in the hospital, please indicate that you are Roman Catholic and a member of St. Kevin's.



Are You Registered in Our Parish?

Please do not take for granted that you are registered in the parish just because you attend Mass here. If we have no record of your parish membership, it could be quite embarrassing to us, or to you or your family, when someone wishes to make wedding plans, have a baby baptized, or if you have been asked to act as a sponsor for baptism or confirmation. Please fill out a registration form. This form is on the shelf in the book stand in the foyer of the church. When you have completed the form, place in the collection basket or return it to the Parish Office