The Parish Community of St. Kevin

Served by the Holy Cross Fathers

303 Niagara Street
Welland, Ontario  L3C 1K5

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
September 24, 2017

From Father Vijai:

Youth & Family Mass:

This Sunday we are pleased to resume our evening Eucharist at 5:00p.m. and we begin this season with our Youth & Family Mass. In March we designated the 5:00p.m. Mass on the last Sunday of each month (unless otherwise indicated) to be especially for our youth and their families. We welcome and encourage our families to join in worship at this time. Our Faith in Action Team (FIAT) members from our Parish schools will continue to take on the responsibility of animating the Masses. Each school will take a turn hosting and coordinating an activity for our youth and their families to follow each Youth Mass. We are pleased to have Notre Dame College School guiding us this Sunday. Please join us afterwards for a social gathering in the Parish Hall and once again I invite our young families to specifically attend this Mass time.

October - Month of the Rosary:

October is the month of the Rosary and we encourage our families to pray the Rosary together. In order to foster that prayer, we especially invite our Grade Three students from Holy Name, Alexander Kuska, and St. Kevin Catholic Schools to Mass next weekend to receive a Rosary.

    • Saturday, September 30th at 5:00 p.m. Mass – Holy Name School
    • Sunday, October 1st at 11:30 a.m. Mass – Alexander Kuska School & St. Kevin School

The Rosaries have been generously donated by the St. Francis of Assisi Council 2146 of the Knights of Columbus. It is important for us to remember that the Rosary is a central element in the way we pray as Roman Catholics. Through the Rosary, we revisit the gospel scenes in Jesus’ life and through Mary we go to our heavenly Father with our needs and the needs of the world. Let us pray for these children who we present the Rosary to that they may develop a very rich Catholic imagination. It is our hope that our families will pray the rosary together during this month.

Here at the Parish for the month of October we will resume our prayer of the Rosary at 7:15 a.m. before our 8:00 a.m. weekday Masses beginning Monday, October 2nd.

Confirmation Retreat Thank You:

We express our gratitude to Gary Bowron, as well as the teachers and volunteers who animated our Confirmation retreats last week in our parish hall. Our Confirmation candidates are grateful and have now completed the Rite of Enrollment in a beautiful liturgy led in prayer by Fr. Jim and in song by Stephanie Menicanin. We continue to pray for them on their journey to making the sacrament of Confirmation in November.


Youth & Family Ministry Annual Autumn Hike

On Sunday, October 1st our Youth & Family Ministry would like to invite everyone to our Annual Family Autumn Hike. We will hike or walk the trails, participate in a prayer service, and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies. This program is FREE, all we ask is that each family bring a dozen peanut free cookies for sharing and donations for St. Kevin's Food Bank are welcome. We will meet in the parking lot.

Date: Sunday, October 1st  (Rain Date: October 15th)  

Place: St. John's Conservation Area

Time: 3:00 pm. to 4:00pm. Prayer Service at 4:00 p.m.


Calling all Voices!

Our Adult Choir, which sings at our Sunday 10:00a.m. Masses, as well as our Special Celebrations throughout the year, will resume practice on Tuesday, September 12th at 7:30pm in the Church. Choir Mass will resume at 10:00a.m. on Sunday September 17th. We look forward to welcoming back our faithful members but new members are welcome to join – the only requirement needed is a love of song.


St. Kevin's Youth Choir

St. Kevin's Youth Choir is returning for its second year! Practices for October will be Tuesday, October 3rd and Tuesday, October 17th - both taking place at 6:30p.m. in the Church in preparation for singing at our Youth and Family Mass on October 22nd at 5:00p.m. Returning members and new voices are welcome! Parents and grandparents – please encourage your young singers! New members are asked to please fill out the Youth Choir Registration Form available on the Youth Section of our Parish Website ( and submit it to the Parish Office or bring it to the first practice. We look forward to seeing you!


Parish Planning for September & October:

  • Sunday, September 24th – Sunday evening 5:00 Mass resumes with our first Youth & Family Mass of the new school year,  hosted by Notre Dame College School

  • Saturday, September 30th / Sunday, October 1st – 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

    • Rosary Distribution for our Grade Three Students
      • Holy Name – Saturday at 5:00p.m. Mass;
      • Alexander Kuska & St. Kevin School Sunday at 11:30a.m. Mass
  • Tuesday, October 2nd - Wednesday, October 3rd - Thursday, October 4th

    • Thanksgiving School Masses:
      • Holy Name School – Tuesday at 9:30a.m.
      • Alexander Kuska School – Wednesday at 9:30a.m.
      • St. Kevin School – Thursday at 9:30a.m.
    • Parent-Priest-Teacher Meeting #1 for the Sacrament of First Communion:
      • Holy Name School – Tuesday at 6:30p.m.
      • Alexander Kuska School – Wednesday at 6:30p.m.
      • St. Kevin School – Thursday at 6:30p.m.
        • *If parents cannot attend the evening designated for their child’s school then they are welcome to attend one of the alternate evenings.
  • October 8th – 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Thanksgiving Weekend

  • Monday, October 9th – Thanksgiving Day. Morning Mass at 10:00a.m.

      • The Parish Office will be closed.


Food Bank

Needs of the Food Pantry:

    For the week of September 24th:

      1. Box of instant potatoes – mashed; au gratin; scalloped;
      2. desserts

      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.


Married Singles Lifestyle

The Married Singles Lifestyle describes couples that may have lost a sense of closeness they once had as marriage partners and are living more like roommates. Retrouvaille has helped thousands of couples experiencing difficulty at all levels.  For confidential information about, or to register for the program beginning with a weekend on November 3, 2017, at the Mount Carmel Spiritual Centre in Niagara Falls, please call 905-664-5212 or email:  or visit the web site at


Niagara Regional Life Chain

Are you the missing link? On Sunday, October 1st 2017 from 3:00p.m. – 4:00p.m., join with thousands internationally, rain or shine, standing in peaceful witness to the sanctity of all human life. Come with your family and friends to pray for an end to abortion along Lundy’s Lane, Niagara Falls. Welland and surrounding area residents are pleased asked to register at the Midas Muffler (Dorchester Avenue & Lundy’s Lane) by 2:45p.m. For more information please contact


Catholic Women's League News:

  • Thursday, October 5th Meeting will be held at Season’s First Avenue Retirement Community. The meeting and reciting of the Rosary will be at 11:00a.m. Lunch will be at Noon. If you are planning to attend please call Ann at 905.735.5400 to RSVP.

  • Ladies…don’t forget to send in your raffle ticket stubs by October 1st. 36 books have not been submitted!

  • Welland Region: Fall Reflection Evening – Tuesday, October 10th at St. Therese of Lisieux Church in Port Colborne beginning at 6:30p.m. The guest speaker will be Laura Stevenson and she will be speaking about Youth Ministry & Evangelization. Attendees are asked to please bring their Rosaries.


Holy Name Society

“Everyone without exception can invoke the Holy Name of Jesus hundreds of times a day, not only for his own intentions, but also to ask God to deliver the world from impending ruin.” (Tan Books, used with permission.)   We invite all men of the parish to join us as we resume our monthly meetings beginning, Tuesday, September 26th, 7:00 p.m. in the Hospitality Room. 


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. Next meeting is Monday, September 25th – Coping with Stresses. For information call 905-356-4113 or 905-684-0154, or email



BISHOP’S CHARITIES DINNER, Saturday, October 21, 2017, at Club Roma, 125 Vansickle Road, St. Catharines. Reception is at 6:00p.m. and dinner will be served at 7:00p.m. Proceeds go to the Diocesan Catholic Charities. Tickets $50 each payable to the Knights Bishop’s Charity Association. Door prize is a Smart TV. For information contact Bill Amodeo 289.456.7888; Albert Craig 905.988.1222; Chuck Johnston 905.646.5099; Christopher Turner 905.643.3375; and Martin Marko 905.401.5646.



Saturday September 30, 2017, St. Alfred, 272 Vine Street in St. Catharines. 8:30a.m. – Mass with Bishop Gerard Bergie; 9:15a.m. – 11:30a.m. – Reflections, Song, and Prayer. Parishioners, Diocesan Organizations, Catholic School Communities and all the faithful are from across the Diocese are invited to this event to pray for peace in the world during the 100th Anniversary of the Fatima Apparitions. Free admission, no registration. All are welcome.


Mass Schedule for the Week of September 25th – 30th, 2017
Memorial Mass: Sunday, September 24th at 10:00a.m.
– Troy Larouche & John Carpenter


Sept. 25


Sept. 26


Sept. 27


Sept. 28


Sept. 29


Sept. 30

8:00 am

Mary Pupo
Robert Hardy
Giuseppe & Luigina Guzzi
Rosina & Vincenzo Mazza

8:00 am

Dan D’Amico

8:00 am

Louis Fromberger

8:00 am

Letterina DiCarmine

8:00 am

Edith McFeeley

10:00 am

5:00 pm

Ginger Kerho
Mino D’Innocenzo
Linda Bosetti
Grant Dunkley



Please remember the Poor Box as you leave the Church.

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