The Parish Community of St. Kevin

Served by the Holy Cross Fathers

303 Niagara Street
Welland, Ontario  L3C 1K5

May 19 , 2024

Pentecost Sunday

As we commemorate Pentecost, we're reminded of the incredible moment when the Holy Spirit descended upon the apostles, birthing the Church and igniting a fire within their hearts.  Pentecost is not just a historical event but a living reality in our lives today. Wherever there are hearts open to receive, the Spirit of God is poured out, inspiring minds to undertake the mission as Christ’s representatives. On this Pentecost Sunday, let us open our hearts to the guidance of the Holy Spirit, who works in countless hidden ways to deepen our faith and fill us with strength and inspiration. Let us pray that the grace of Pentecost that each of us received sacramentally at our Confirmation might continue to strengthen us to be faithful and courageous witnesses to the truth and beauty of the Gospel.

“Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful,
and kindle in us the fire of your love.”

--   Fr. Jinto Mathew, CSC 


The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit

O Blessed Spirit of Wisdom, help me to seek God, make him the centre of my life and order my life to him so that love and harmony may reign in my soul.

O Blessed Spirit of Understanding, enlighten my mind, that I may know and love the truths of faith and make them my own.

O Blessed Spirit of Counsel, enlighten and guide me in all my ways, that I may always know and do your holy will. Make me prudent and courageous.

O Blessed Spirit of Fortitude, uphold my soul in every time of trouble and adversity. Make me loyal and confident.

O Blessed Spirit of Knowledge, help me to know good from evil. Teach me to do what is right in the sight of God. Give me clear vision and firmness in decision.

O Blessed Spirit of Reverence, possess my heart, incline it to a true faith in you, to a holy love of you, my God, that with my whole soul I may seek you, who are my Father, and find you, my best, my truest joy.

O Blessed Spirit of Wonder and Awe, penetrate my inmost heart that I may ever be mindful of your presence. Make me fly from sin and give me intense reverence for God and for other human beings, who are made in God’s image.


Encounter:Praise and Worship Evening with Guest Speaker

Wednesday, May 22nd
6:30pm – Praise & Worship with our Music Ministry
7:30pm – “Encounter” with Domenic Inneo:
A Conversation on "How to Dialogue with God"
8:30pm – Social & Light Refreshments

We are excited to host ENCOUNTER, an evening of praise and worship and dialogue!! If you are serious and desire to grow in your prayer life, please join us for this evening where you will benefit from Guest Speaker Domenic Inneo's critically acclaimed material, which is deeply rooted in our Catholic faith and tradition. Come learn how to dialogue with God with these steps:
1. Know exactly what dialogue with God can look, sound, and feel like
2. Recognize His voice and converse with Him
3. Grow in the knowledge of His plan/will for you and be guided by Him in executing it
4. Grow in knowledge and love of Him.
The evening will begin at 6:30pm with Praise and Worship led by our very own incredibly talented music ministry team followed by Domenic's presentation at 7:30pm. Please join us for a special night of spiritual growth that you will not want to miss!!

To view Domenic’s personal invite, please visit:



St. Alexander Parish (50 Pelham Town Square, Fonthill) would like to invite all to a special evening entitled “Lit Revival” on Sunday, May 26th at 7:00pm, featuring Andrew Laubacher (ALOB), Praise and Worship Leader for this year’s Eucharistic Congress in the U.S. Parishioners across the Diocese are invited to attend this evening at St. Alexander!
Food/Social from 5:00pm-7:00pm / Praise & Worship at 7:00pm. Tickets are $10/person or $30/family.
Contact St. Alexander Church for tickets at 905.892.3090

ALOB will be joining us here at St. Kevin’s on Monday, May 27th at 10:00am to speak to some of the high school students of NCDSB and at 12:00pm to speak to the Grade 7 & 8 students of two of our Catholic elementary schools. We look forward to having him!


Catholic Womens League News

It was another successful Fish Fry fundraiser, thank you to the parishioners who supported us. And of course, it could not be accomplished without the volunteer efforts of all those involved – Joan Brown, Phyllis Colton, Gemma Crescenzi, Andrea Fortier, Frank Fromberger, Mike MacKenzie, Stephanie Menicanin, Regi Smith, Marilyn and Dan Toneguzzi, Bonnie Vadacchino, and to Lucas and Leon Fortier as well.

Ladies of the CWL, thank you for your continued support all year and keep in mind the Diocesan
Meet and Greet in early September. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
May our holy Mother watch over you and pray for you and we will see you in September.


Safety Reminder

We wish to remind Parishioners to please lock car doors when attending Mass and please do not leave valuables in vehicles, in the parking lot or on the street. Thank you.



Please remember the Poor Box as you leave the Church.


Worth Repeating

The items below you may have seen before but remain here if seasonally important information


General information that people need to review from time to time.


The Vineyard, the Diocese of St. Catharines journal has gone digital.

It can be viewed at


Safety Reminder

We wish to remind Parishioners to please lock car doors when attending Mass and please do not leave valuables in vehicles, in the parking lot or on the street. Thank you.

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!


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