The Parish Community of St. Kevin

Served by the Holy Cross Fathers

303 Niagara Street
Welland, Ontario  L3C 1K5

August 2017

Parish Planning:

  • There will only be one bulletin for August.

  • During August the Parish Office will have adjusted hours:

    • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday:  9:00a.m. - 4:00p.m.
    • Friday: 9:00a.m. - 3:00p.m.
  • Sunday 5:00p.m. Mass and Children’s Liturgy at the 10:00a.m. Sunday Mass are both on hold for the summer.

    The Children’s Liturgy and Sunday 5:00p.m. Mass will resume in September.

  • Sunday, August 6th – Feast of the Transfiguration

  • Monday, August 7th – Civic Holiday. Parish Office is closed. Morning Mass is at 10:00.

  • Sunday, August 13th – Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

  • August 14th – 18th – Vacation Bible School – Rome: Paul and the Underground Church

  • Tuesday, August 15th – Feast of the Assumption – Mass at 8:00 a.m. Coffee to follow.

  • Thursday, August 17th – St. Vincent de Paul Meeting at 7:00 p.m. in the Hospitality Room.

  • Sunday, August 20th – Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

  • Tuesday, August 22nd – Pasta Take-Out – St. Vincent de Paul – 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

  • Sunday, August 27th – Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time



Parish News Notes :

From Father Vijai:

Summer Greetings!

I hope that all of our Parishioners are having a rejuvenating and blessed summer. I can say that so far my summer has been quite the whirlwind of Parish events, as well as many social and spiritual engagements. I am grateful for all of the opportunities and experiences I am afforded; they add so much meaning to my work and weave me even further into the lives of those who make up our Parish.
On August 14th I am heading back home to India to spend a few weeks with my family. It will be a significant and emotional visit as we mark the first anniversary of my brother’s passing on August 23rd. I ask that you please keep my family in your prayers and I will see you all in September. I hope you and your families continue to have a safe and happy time enjoying the warm weather.

Niagara Street Construction Update:

There has been a great deal of activity the last few weeks just outside the church and it seems that substantial progress has been made. New water hookups have been completed, new curbs and sidewalks have been poured, and it seems that quite soon we will have a freshly paved road. We are thankful to all of the workers who have been working so hard and who have been most accommodating to us. A special thanks to our Parishioners for adapting their routes to Church and their parking routines, and most of all for having such great patience.

Altar Server Day:

I extend a thank you to Agi & Nadia Mete for organizing a very fun and most energetic day for our altar servers! The dedicated servers spent the afternoon at Sky Zone Trampoline Park in St. Catharines and then gathered for a pizza supper. I was grateful to be a part of the day and yes, I enjoyed the trampolines just as much as our servers! I speak for the Parish Community in thanking our servers for their commitment throughout the year in serving us at Mass. I ask parents and grandparents to encourage their children to consider being part of our altar server ministry. It is a beautiful ministry for our young Parishioners to be involved in. Please get in touch with the Parish Office to do so.

Vacation Bible School: To Rome…

Later this month is our annual Vacation Bible School, which is put on by our Youth and Family Ministry. We pray that all of our children and our leaders will have a great week, filled with fun activities and spiritual lessons. I am most grateful for our Youth and Family Ministry Team, especially Dahlia Brannigan, who work so very hard each and every year to offer our young Parishioners an incredible summer faith program.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults:

RCIA is a program and a process that welcomes those who express interest in joining the Catholic Christian Community, especially through the reception of the Sacraments of Initiation. The next RCIA program at our Community of St. Kevin will commence in the fall. If you know of anyone who might be interested in the program, please invite them to contact our Parish Office, myself or Father Jim.


The Facts about Ontario’s Publicly Funded Catholic Schools

By Patrick J. Daly, President of the Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association

Last [month] there was significant media coverage on the issue of religious education exemptions in Ontario’s Catholic schools. Unfortunately much of the information shared was inaccurate and the citizens of Ontario deserve the facts on this issue. The people of our province expect a distinctly Catholic learning environment in Ontario’s publicly funded Catholic schools. Catholic school boards are entrusted to fulfill this important mandate.

Section 42(13) of Ontario’s Education Act sets out the relevant exemption for programs or courses of study in religious education. This section applies to students who attend Catholic schools but whose parents are public school supporters. The intent of Section 42(13) is to accommodate the students of non-Catholic families who choose Catholic high schools for their children’s education.

This exemption does not in any way change Catholic District School Boards’ rights to require Catholic students to take religious education courses in each of their 4 years of secondary school.

Ontario has developed one of the most successful publicly funded systems of education in the world. It has done so in large measure because of the choice provided through the distinct mission of each of its four school systems. Together these systems welcome and provide excellence in education to the 1.9 million students in Ontario. The four systems have helped shape the fabric of our society and made the quality of each better.

Catholic schools in Ontario have been constantly recognized for their academic and co-curricular excellence and commitment to service. The 1,300 Catholic Schools in Ontario share a 180+ year tradition of educating the whole child – Body – Mind and Spirit. They have done so through the integration of the intellectual and spiritual into all aspects of the Ministry of Education’s curriculum.

Working co-operatively with the other publicly funded school systems, Catholic Schools have formed an integral part of Ontario for well over a 180 years. The graduates have helped shape the wonderful province and country we live in today. The structure of publicly funded education in Ontario, and the Catholic schools that are such an important part of it are to be strengthened and celebrated.


Catholic Missions in Canada – Collection August 12/13

This month’s shared collection will benefit Catholic Missions In Canada and the Diocese of St. Catharine’s Canadian Mission partner, the Diocese of Churchill-Hudson Bay in Nunavut.
Catholic Missions In Canada provides over $3 Million in financial support to missionaries working in 24 Mission Dioceses in Canada: support of missionaries ($2 million); religious education ($1 million); repair & maintenance of churches ($550,000). On the weekend of August 12/13 we will take up a collection for Catholic Missions in Canada. Envelopes will be set out in the Church and we thank you for your generous contributions.


Parish Prayers…an Update:

For a long time, our parish community has been praying for 4 year old Jordan McInerney as she has battled Leukemia for most of her short life. Jordan has just returned from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia where she participated in a trial procedure called Car-T Cell. She received an infusion of her own T-cells which had been genetically modified and she has now returned home in total remission. This procedure has now been recommended to the FDA as a standard treatment protocol as it has demonstrated an 85% success over the 5 year trial.
The McInerney family is so grateful for your ongoing prayers and support for our granddaughter, Jordan. Thank you and thank God for His mercy.


St. Kevin's Youth & Family Ministry invites our young people 
Date:  Monday, August 14th to Friday, August 18th  Time:   9:00 a.m. to  Noon
Location (New!) : St. Kevin Catholic Elementary School  182 Aqueduct Street, 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 abailable on line at: here.


Senior Cards

Senior Cards resumes Thursday September 14th at 1:00 p.m. in the Hospitality Room. New Rummoli and Euchre players welcome! Please join us.


Food Bank

Remember the needs of the Food Bank!

Week of August 6th: children’s juice boxes; snacks & bars; 1L oil; Hamburger Helper
Week of August 13th: canned vegetables; mayo; canned pasta
Week of August 20th: instant potatoes (mashed, au gratin, scalloped); coffee; canned fruit
Week of August 27th: cereal; peanut butter – 500g & 1kg; large cans of soup

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.


Society of St. Vincent de Paul - Pasta Take-Out

Tuesday, August 22nd- 3:00p.m. - 6:00p.m.
Parish Hall - Northcote Entrance

Pasta, Meatballs, Salad, & Roll - $10.00
Dozen Meatballs - $10.00 Container of Sauce - $5.00

Tickets on sale in the foyer: August 13th and 20th
Email orders accepted August 14 - 19
Thank you for your support!


Catholic Women's League News:

  • CWL Members are asked to please pick up your envelopes in the foyer containing Fall information and raffle tickets. Please return money and stubs in the Sunday collection in the SAME ENVELOPE marked CWL. Thank you! Also, ticket sellers will be needed so please call Ann at 905-735-5400.

  • First meeting will be September 7th. Mass at 6:30p.m., 9 Pin presentations followed by wine and cheese social. Come out to meet new members and renew old friendships.

  • Have a nice summer ladies!


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 August 7th – 12th, 2017
Memorial Mass: Sunday, August 6th at 10:00a.m. –
Irene Pasquini, Dr. John Marotta & Daniel D’Amico


Aug. 7


Aug. 8


Aug. 9


Aug. 10


Aug. 11


Aug. 12

10:00 am

Craig Adam Noyes
Paul Andrew Everest

8:00 am

John Loughnane

8:00 am

Barbara Bain

8:00 am

Special Intention

8:00 am

Roch Letourneau

10:00 am

5:00 pm

Frank Notarianni
Domenic Manzo
Charles Culig
Rich Shore



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