The Parish Community of St. Kevin

Served by the Holy Cross Fathers

303 Niagara Street
Welland, Ontario  L3C 1K5

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

June 25, 2017


Parish News Notes :

From Father Vijai:         

St. Kevin’s and Famine Relief in South Sudan and Yemen and Somalia:

For the last several weeks we have been praying for those caught up in the awful famine – caused partly by nature but more so by civil war. We have prayed and will continue to pray. At this time we have decided to respond financially. Rather than have an additional collection, we have sent to Development and Peace a cheque in the amount of $10,000.00 from our existing parish funds. 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 June 30, 2017). Your tax receipt for this will be issued by Development and Peace and below is the information you need to make a donation:
Development and Peace – Caritas Canada has joined the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) in response to the Famine Crisis in Africa and Yemen. Please encourage your parishioners to give generously to Development and Peace for the Famine Relief Fund for Africa and Yemen before June 30, 2017, and their donation will be matched by the Government of Canada:

  • By phone: 1 888 664-3387
  • On the web: Click on  ‘Give Now’ and select “Famine Relief Fund”
  • Text to give: Using your cell phone, send a text message with the word PEACE to 45678 to donate $10 to Development and Peace.
  • By mail: 1425 René-Lévesque blvd. W, 3rd Floor, Montreal, QC, H3G 1T7 (mail post-marked by June 30, 2017 will be matched)

St. Kevin’s Parish Dinner: (click here for pictures)

As I am every year, I am so grateful for the wonderful feeling of community that was present last Sunday evening at our Annual Parish Dinner celebrating our patron, St. Kevin. Once again the evening was filled with excellent food, drink, prizes and solidarity. Of course, our wonderful evening was made possible by the hard work of our Parish St. Vincent de Paul volunteers, and especially our Pasta Take-Out team. We could not accomplish such a beautiful evening without their hard work! Additionally, we thank our young student volunteers who provided exceptional service, and the businesses, Parishioners, and anonymous donors who donated prizes. 

Vacation Bible School:

As we transition into the summer season here at St. Kevin’s, our Youth & Family Ministry is gearing up for our annual Vacation Bible School. Any children who will be in Grade 1 – Grade 7 in the upcoming school year are welcome to participate. This year’s theme is To Rome: Paul and the Underground Church and it will take place the week of August 14th – 18th at St. Kevin Catholic School. For further details please listen to the announcement from our Youth & Family Ministry at each of the Masses this weekend and refer to the last page of this bulletin. We are so fortunate to be able to offer this program and I strongly encourage our young Parishioners to partake.

Children’s Liturgy:

This Sunday is the last Sunday for our 10:00 a.m. Mass Children’s Liturgy program as we break for the summer. I sincerely thank Laura Cronshaw, Amanda Della Smirra, Lisa DiMartile and all members of their faithful team for their dedication to the program. Our Children’s Liturgy will resume in the Fall.


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Who can/cannot have a Funeral Mass?
A Funeral Mass ought to be celebrated for every deceased Catholic, and can be celebrated for catechumens, and for unbaptized infants if their parents intended baptism. It is possible to have a Funeral Mass for baptized members of other Christian churches, unless it is evidently contrary to their will, and provided their own minister is unavailable. In uncertain situations, the Chancery Office is to be consulted.
A Funeral Mass is not denied on the basis of a person’s marital status, Mass attendance record, manner of death, or any financial consideration.
Funeral rites may be denied for notorious apostates, heretics, schismatics, and other manifest sinners. The denial of funeral rites is a decision left to the prudent judgment of the Diocesan Bishop who is to be consulted in cases where scandal might arise from permitting a funeral to take place in the Church.

Is cremation permitted for Catholics?
The Church has allowed cremation since 1963.
What if a body or organs are donated?
“Donation of organs after death is a noble and meritorious act and is to be encouraged as a manifestation of generous solidarity” (CCC, #2296). Respect for the body is an important consideration. If the body is donated, there should be reasonable assurance that the remains will be disposed of in a dignified manner, upon completion of the research. When organs are donated, funeral rites may take place. In the absence of a body or remains, a Memorial Mass is celebrated.
Are eulogies allowed?
Eulogies, understood as speeches of high praise of the deceased with no reference to Christian life, are out of place in an act of worship, and so are not permitted at a Funeral Mass. This does not mean that the Mass is impersonal or that there is no reference to the deceased. During the funeral liturgy there are invitations to pray for the deceased as well as for the family and for all those who mourn. It is most appropriate for the homilist to express gratitude to God for the gift of the deceased, with references to their life of faith and love. If the homilist did not know the person, it is helpful for family and friends to share stories with him beforehand. Prayers of the Faithful can be written to reflect aspects of the deceased’s life. Family and friends might also participate in other ways – Catholics may serve as readers or in the offertory procession. Non-Catholics may be pallbearers.
Eulogies are permitted at the appropriate time, that is, after the Vigil prayers, at the reception following the Funeral Mass, or after the prayers of committal at the cemetery. It is recommended that there be only one eulogist; this person is to be of good reputation, and their written text should be approved beforehand by the presider.

Can a flag or other insignia replace the pall?
The white pall draped over the casket is a remembrance of the baptismal garment, and signifies the link between our Christian belief in baptism and resurrection of the body. It also reminds us of our equality before God, and its simplicity avoids any distinction between persons. With the funeral of a civil dignitary, if there is a tradition of draping the casket with a flag, the flag is to be replaced with the pall before the procession enters the church.

What is the proper terminology? 
Funeral Mass is the appropriate term. Mass of Christian Burial, Mass of Resurrection, and Mass for the Dead are no longer used in liturgical texts. “Celebration of Life” is a misleading euphemism since it suggests that the focus is on praise for the deceased person rather than on an act of worship, the Funeral Mass, through which the Church asks spiritual assis­tance for the departed, honours their bodies, and brings the solace of hope to the living.

When can a Funeral Mass take place?
Funeral Masses are not to take place on Sundays or other Holy Days of Obligation. Funeral Masses are not to take place during the Triduum, that is, from Holy Thursday through to Easter Sunday. In exceptional cases, with the consent of the Diocesan Bishop, a Funeral Mass may be permitted on the morning of Holy Thursday.
Arrangements and pre-arrangements for Funeral Masses are to be made with the parish priest.
Only one Funeral Mass is celebrated. There can be more than one Memorial Mass.

What is the cost for a Funeral Mass?
The Church does not charge a fee for funerals, including Funeral Masses. An offering is customary and may be given directly to the parish or made through the funeral home.
It is also commendable that gifts are offered to worthwhile charities in remembrance of the deceased, especially those that carry out the mission of the Church.

Why do we have Mass intentions for the dead?
Praying for the dead is one of the spiritual works of mercy. Prayers, especially the Mass, are offered for the dead to assure they obtain spiritual as­sis­tance, and at the same time bring the consolation of hope. Though separated from the living, the dead are still one with the community of believers on earth and benefit from their prayers and intercession.

Are there Catholic cemeteries in our Diocese?
There are eleven Catholic cemeteries in the Diocese of St. Catharines. For the complete list, go to Other cemeteries within the Diocese include sections that are consecrated and specifically designated for Catholic burials. The Diocesan Bishop celebrates a special Mass annually at one or more Catholic cemeteries, for the repose of the souls of members of our community who died in the past year.


Parish Planning for June & July:

    • Sunday, June 25th – 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time
      • Youth & Family Mass at 5:00p.m. hosted by Holy Name School
      • *Last Sunday 5:00p.m. Mass until the Fall
    • Tuesday, June 27th / Wednesday, June 28th / Thursday, June 29th –
      • Holy Cross Fathers Retreat at Mount Carmel.
      • *We will have Communion Service at 8:00a.m. on those three days.
    • Tuesday, June 27th – St. Vincent de Paul Pasta Take-Out from 3:00p.m. – 6:00p.m.

      • Holy Name Society will meet at 7:00p.m. in the Hospitality Room.
    • Saturday, July 1st – Canada Day – Happy 150th Canada!
    • Sunday, July 2nd – 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time
    • Monday, July 3rd –Mass at 10:00a.m. and the Parish Office will be closed.


Food Bank

Remember the needs of the Food Bank!

Week of June 25th:

  1. Box Quaker Instant Oatmeal Cereal;
  2. Canned Tomatoes;
  3. Ketchup

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.


Vacation Biblel School:

St. Kevin's Youth & Family Ministry invites our young people 

Our VBS this summer is called Rome: Paul and the Underground Church.  Our young people will step back in time to Rome, exploring the life of the apostle Paul and the underground church. They'll participate in a memorable Bible-times marketplace, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, dig in to Roman eats and visit Paul while he’s under house arrest. Each day concludes at Extollo — a time of upbeat music and an activity that gets everyone involved.

Date:  Monday, August 14th to Friday, August 18th 
Time:   9:00 a.m. to  Noon
Location (New!) : St. Kevin's Catholic Elementary School  
                               182 Aqueduct St, Welland
Open to:  Students currently in Senior Kindergarten to Gr. 6
Cost:  FREE *** with a donation to the St. Kevin's Food Bank

Registration Forms are available on line at: here



Holy Name Society:

 “The Name of Jesus is the shortest, the easiest and most powerful of prayers.  God cannot refuse to hear it.” (Tan Books , used with permission.)    We invite all men of the parish to join us at our monthly meeting, Tuesday, June 27th, 7:00 p.m. in the Hospitality Room.  We will break for the summer and resume our meetings in September.


Do you have an announcement you would like included in our Parish Bulletin?
Did you spot something you would like to know more about?
Is there a question you would like our Priests to respond to?

Please contact with your suggestions.

Mass Schedule for the Week of June 26 - July 1

Memorial Mass: Sunday, June 25th at 10:00a.m.
John Wellenreiter

June 26

June 27
June 28
June 29
June 30
July 1

8:00 am

James Sedlacek
Giulio Bellini
Shirley & Pat Tisi

8:00 am

Communion Service

8:00 am

Communion Service

8:00 am

Communion Service

8:00 am

Kathy Tassinari

10:00 am

5:00 pm

Lily Roik
France Schina Maruca
Concettina Nero
Adelina Mastroianni

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