The Parish Community of St. Kevin

Served by the Holy Cross Fathers

303 Niagara Street
Welland, Ontario  L3C 1K5
905-735-5885


June 19, 2022

Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ. The gathering every week for Mass or Eucharist, or what we often call “breaking of the bread,” began with the very first days of the church—even before St. Paul had set out on his mission or any of the gospels were written. Of course, those celebrations have spread far and wide and have come to include us, in the Parish Community of St. Kevin. Sunday Eucharist in essence helps to define who we are and what we do. Although the Eucharist is our most important gathering and gives us a purposed sense of routine, we must always be careful not to allow the Eucharist to become so routinized that its special beauty gets lost.

Celebrating the Body and Blood of Christ gives us an opportunity to fully appreciate just how wonderful it is to be called by the Lord to gather in His presence, to be His guests at His table, and to eat and drink from His wonderful bounty. First and foremost, in the Eucharistic banquet we become one with Christ; we are transformed into being the Body of Christ. Secondly, through the Eucharist, Christ’s Body and Blood flows throughout the life of the Christian community, well beyond our Sunday gathering. With the Eucharist we receive, we are given the strength to be His witnesses in the world and carry on our mission. And lastly, it is through the Eucharist that we inherit the life that never ends. So, on this Corpus Christi Sunday, let us pray, for our own Parish community and for the communities of believers around the world, that we may become what we eat—the Body and Blood of Christ — for ourselves, for our God, and for others.

 

 

Welcome Juliyas!

This week we had the pleasure of welcoming Seminarian Juliyas Prince Rozario, CSC, who will be staying with us here at St. Kevin’s for the next month. Juliyas is 28 years old and originally from Bangladesh. He entered the Holy Cross Seminary in 2009 and made his First Vows on July 28, 2017. He came to Canada on August 23, 2018 and has been residing in Montreal ever since. He is currently studying theology at Laval University and has been spending much time at Saint Joseph Oratory under the guidance of Fr. Frank, CSC. Juliyas recently made his Perpetual Vows on June 4, 2022 at Saint Joseph Oratory and his probable year of Priestly Ordination is late 2024 or early 2025. Some of you have already met him at morning Mass this week and more of you will have an opportunity to meet him next week and over the course of the following few weekends. He is hoping to learn some of the inner workings and day-to-day realities of Parish life, and we know that our Parishioners will provide him with the wonderful social and welcoming reality of a Parish community. While you won’t catch him this weekend, as he will be traveling in and around Toronto, we look forward to having many of you meet him during his stay and we are hopeful that he will have a pleasant and educational experience.

 

Share Lent Collection Summary

We began our Share Lent collection for Development and Peace on Palm Sunday and we have now closed the collection so we can submit all donations to the Diocese of St. Catharines. These will then be forwarded to Development and Peace. We are pleased to inform everyone that in total we have collected $27,615.05 for Share Lent. We are continually amazed by the generous response of our parishioners. We should remind everyone that this collection was on the heels of our financial contribution to the Ukraine Relief Efforts in March, where our parish collected a total of $20,349.15. So what that means is, in the span of 4 months we have collectively donated $47,964.20 for global needs. We thank each and every one of you for your contributions to these collections, and for your response to social justice and emergency efforts.

 

Pastoral Council Meeting

MEETING CANCELLED

Covid related problems

 

Thank you Choir!

Our choir, whose members sing so beautifully at our 10:00am Mass on Sundays and at special liturgies, will sing for the last Sunday this weekend and then they will have a chance to rest their voices until the fall. Thank you to Stephanie, Mario, and all of the cantors, musicians, and choir members for their faithful commitment to this ministry that adds so much to our weekly Eucharist and liturgies throughout the year. Having resumed in April after a two year gap, it was wonderful to have them pick up where they left off.

 

Sound System Upgrade Complete

Last year when we endeavored to have the live-stream system installed, it necessitated an upgrade of our parish sound system to a digital format. While that was put in last year, there were some additional tweaks and updates that had been ongoing. One of which was the decision to proceed with getting new speakers in the foyer and the quiet (aka crying) room to be compatible with the improved sound of the digital system. After months of waiting for the speakers to come in, we are pleased to announce that they were installed last week. We especially thank those young families who used our quiet room for their patience over the last while with it having sounded so terrible. Things are sounding clear and crisp now, and we are grateful to have completed this install!  

 

Happy Father’s Day!

We are incredibly thankful to fathers for all of their love, all of the ways they care for us every day, and their guidance and protection. We pray for all the fathers we know including those who've taken on that role, those hoping or will soon be, those grieving the loss of a child, and those fathers who have passed before us. 

God our Father, in your wisdom and love you made all things.
Bless these men, that they may be strengthened as Christian fathers.
Let the example of their faith and love shine forth.
Grant that we, their sons and daughters.
may honour them always with a spirit of profound respect.
Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen. 

 

 

Q & A with the Parish Team:

Back in 2018/2019 (seems like a lifetime ago!) we put out a little series in our Parish bulletin called: Q & A with the Parish Team. The intention was to answer some simple questions about the goings-on at the Parish, to clear up some potentially confusing housekeeping info, and also to make Parishioners a bit more aware of the ‘method to our madness’ as they say. We even invited Parishioners to submit questions that they want answered. Topics included things like how to book a Mass intention, how to arrange for the Sacrament of Anointing, what the requirements for Godparents are, how to begin planning for a wedding at St. Kevin’s, and when the church is open for personal prayer – to name a few.Now, in this reopening phase of our Parish life, we are going to revive the series! We may include some of the earlier submissions as a refresher, but lots of new ones will be addressed in the coming weeks. Eventually, we may get into more theological topics but for now we will keep it simple. So let’s get to it and be sure to submit any questions you may have to stkevinoffice@gmail.com !

Q:        How do Mass Intentions work at St. Kevin’s and how do I arrange one?

*Mass Intention / Mass Offering / Having a Mass ‘Said’ – these terms are often used interchangeably

 

A:         This is such a good topic to cover and there is so much to discuss! A Mass Intention here at St. Kevin’s is either for someone who has passed away or for a special intention. An intention for someone who has passed away means that the person’s name will be mentioned by the Priest during the Eucharistic Prayer. Mass intentions (for both deceased and special intentions) are said Monday-Friday at our 9:00am Masses and Saturday evenings at our 5:00pm Masses. We do not have Mass Intentions on Sundays.          

           
Having a Mass ‘said’ in memory of someone significant in your life is a wonderful way to honour their memory. We have a slightly different process for booking a Mass depending on how long a person has been deceased. If they have passed away within the last year then we can book one intention per day at any of our weekday Masses (9:00am Masses) and our Saturday evening 5:00pm Mass. We allow so many days for these intentions because, unfortunately, we have so many Parishioners pass away each year and so many loved ones wanting to have a Mass offered for them. If your loved one has been deceased for more than one year then we can either book up to three of these intentions on Monday morning at our 9:00 Mass or on Saturday evening at our 5:00 Mass. We tend to refer to those Masses as anniversaries. Often they are booked close to the person’s birthday, date of passing, or other important days in their lives. So – if your loved one has been deceased longer than a year then we restrict those Masses to either Monday at 9:00am or Saturday at 5:00pm.  As a Diocesan rule – we can only have collective (multiple) intentions on two days per week. The other days are singular.
                       
           


           

           

Special Intention Masses are offered for those who are still with us but whom we want to pray for. For example, these Masses may be offered for someone who is in the hospital, someone who may be going through a difficult family situation or even someone who is having a significant birthday/wedding anniversary. For a number of reasons, including privacy, we only publish/say ‘Special Intention.’ We do not mention the name or reason for the Mass.
           
            We encourage our Parishioners to visit our Parish Office, during office hours, to arrange for Mass Intentions. This way we can check if certain dates are available for you, we can officially book your requests, and we can provide a Mass Card (if you wish to notify a friend or family member of the upcoming Mass Intention). Although some churches publish who requested which Masses, we do not. Lastly, we ask for a donation of $10 for a Mass Intention and $1 for a Mass Card.

When it comes to booking anniversary Masses (or Masses for someone who has died many years ago) often our Parishioners unknowingly assume that the best time to come into the office to book Mass Intentions for a new year is to come in at the end of the previous year (ex. many came in late December of 2021 to book their Masses for 2022). Although well intentioned, late December is not a very good time! As you can imagine, we are extremely busy in the Parish Office in December with the Christmas season and with year-end administrative work. Given that we have our Mass book nearly a year prior, you can come well in advance! If you would like to book Masses for 2023 you can do so at any time but we encourage you to come by the office during our office hours over the next few months. By visiting us in the summer and fall, it will ensure that you book early and avoid the Christmas/New Year rush! Thank you!                      
           

Q:        My family and I just moved to the area two months ago. We want to be a part of St. Kevin’s, how do we go about it?

Q:        My wife and I attend Mass most weeks and we usually just place some cash in the collection basket when we are here. Will we receive an income tax receipt for that?

A:        Great question and we know that a lot of families have recently joined our Parish, so we hope this helps. First and foremost, welcome! You can certainly join us for any of our Masses, liturgies, and events. Just by being here you are already a part of our community and we are happy to have you with us. However, we strongly encourage you to become officially registered with us and the registration process consists of a very simple form that we ask you to complete so we have some basic contact information and details about you and your family. There are a few ways to register:

1. Stop by the Parish office and you can do so in person. It only takes a few moments. We can answer any additional questions you may have and get acquainted. We would be happy to show you around, get you familiar with our Mass times, and should you need to arrange anything (ex. a house blessing) or wish to become involved in Parish ministry in any way, we could assist you.

2. Email us and we can send you a form that you can complete and email back.

3. You can pick up a registration form in the foyer OR a box of envelopes* that contains a registration form – located on the top shelf of one of the bookcases located in the foyer. As you walk into the foyer from the church, you will see it on your right. You can bring the completed form to the office or even place it in the collection basket.

So what do we do with your information?

We input it all into our Parish database.
We will be sure that you are added to our mailing/email lists so that you receive all of the latest Parish updates. Down the line, if you request a Sacrament or a Pastoral Reference, for example, knowing that you are registered in the parish is a huge help and we can quickly look up your information. If your child makes a Sacrament with us (ex. First Communion), we enter all of that information into your family’s file too (as well as our registers). Additionally, should you wish to financially contribute to the Parish, we track all of your donations and issue an income tax receipt yearly. But the topic of donations leads us to another question…

A:        We always wish to credit everyone for the donations they make. In order for us to credit you for what you submit in the collection – we encourage you to use our Parish envelopes. Or we at least ask that you put your donation in a clearly labeled envelope with your name and address. Unfortunately, we cannot issue a receipt for loose cash (not labeled) that is placed in the basket.

*So, how do you obtain a box of envelopes?

1. You can visit us at the Parish Office and we can certainly give you a box.
2. You can find the unassigned boxes of envelopes for new parishioners also on the top shelf of the right bookcase in the foyer.

 

We ask that the first couple of times you use your envelopes, to please write your name and address so we can be sure that your information and your envelope number are linked. After you do so a few times, you need not fill out every envelope in full.

We appreciate every donation and take our fiscal responsibility as a Parish very seriously.

When it comes to making a financial contribution to the Parish, there is no one size fits all. This is one of the reasons why we do not automatically assign you a box of envelopes when you register with us. As much as weekly donations are great and our boxes of envelopes are designed that way, we know that some people choose to donate once a month, once a year, or sporadically. We also know that some people donate solely to a particular cause or ministry (ex. Share Lent or St. Vincent de Paul) and some prefer to donate anonymously.
Please be assured that any donation, no matter how big or small, all works together to help us continue to share in sacred worship, to support all of the various initiatives we do, to serve those in need in our community, and to maintain the overall infrastructure of our church. Each and every contribution is much appreciated.


 

A Note on Safety & Security Cameras

Over the last few months there have been some disconcerting encounters in our neighbourhood, as well as in and around our building. After a long time coming and considerable discernment, we have now installed security cameras around the building perimeter. As a general reminder to Parishioners, please practice sound safety habits, including locking vehicles and keeping belongings nearby. If you have any concerns or if you notice anything amiss, please inform our clergy or staff immediately.

 

 
 

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.

 

PLEASE READ THIS IMPORTANT NOTICE:

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.

     

REMINDER:

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