The Parish Community of St. Kevin

Served by the Holy Cross Fathers

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


Third Sunday of Easter

April 14, 2024

 

Third Sunday of Easter

In the Scripture Readings of today’s liturgy, the word “witnesses” is mentioned twice. The first time it is on the lips of Peter who, after the healing of the paralytic, exclaims: You “killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses” (Acts 3:15). The second time it is on the lips of the Risen Jesus. On the evening of Easter, he opens the minds of the disciples to the mystery of his death and Resurrection, saying to them: “You are witnesses to these things” (Lk 24:48). The Apostles, who saw the Risen Christ, could not keep silent about their extraordinary experience. He had shown himself to them so that the truth of his Resurrection would reach everyone by way of their witness. The Church has the duty to continue this mission over time. Every baptized person is called to bear witness, with their life and words, that Jesus is Risen, that Jesus is alive and present among us. We are all called to testify that Jesus is alive.

Pope Francis’ Homilies  https://www.vatican.va

 

Congratulations

We extend congratulations to twelve of our grade 2s and their siblings who were baptized last Sunday as part of our Rite of Christian Initiation of Children: Jacob, Isaballa, Sofia, Maverick, Emma, Tianna, Layla, Dalton, Jackson, Melody, Marvellous, and Michelle. We also welcomed one child who made a Profession of Faith to be received into the Catholic Church: Leonel. It was a beautiful ceremony and we are grateful to have welcomed them all into our parish community.

 

Social Media Presentation Thank You

“Do You Think Before You Click?”

We wish to extend a sincere thank you to our Pastoral Council, particularly Pauline Condon, for organizing a wonderful discussion evening. We also thank our presenter – Jennifer Pellegrini of the Niagara Catholic District School Board – who led the discussion. It was an insightful evening and many excellent points shared. Thank you to those in attendance for their perspectives.

 

Holy Cross Cemetery Clean Up

Holy Cross Cemetery’s Annual Spring Clean Up will begin on Monday, April 15th. All wreaths, tin cans, glass jars, flower pots, and similar articles are asked to be removed. If they are not removed, they will be disposed of on April 22nd. Holy Cross Cemetery thanks you for your help.

 

Catholic Womens League News

Mark the date – Fish Fry Fundraiser on Friday May 10, 2024.  Help us to continue to support
our local community. Tickets on sale next weekend.

 

A Sacramental Review

Baptism: Please be sure to contact the office to make arrangements for these Sacraments in advance. We typically have our Baptism ceremonies on designated Sundays at 1:00pm, where up to 4 children will be Baptized together. We ask that these be arranged a few weeks in advance to allow for enough time for families to meet with our Priests and to complete the necessary paperwork. For parents Baptizing their first child, we ask them to take a Baptism Preparation course offered at our parish.

Marriage: We ask that couples book their ceremony date with us at least six months in advance. By arranging well ahead of time, we allow ample time to complete the necessary paperwork, have our couples take the preparatory courses, and allow timefor an opportunity for the requesting couples to meet with our Priests.

First Communion: A reminder of the class celebrations for First Holy Communion:

St. Kevin School - Saturday, April 13 at 2:00pm
Alexander Kuska School - Saturday, April 20 at 2:00pm
Holy Name School - Saturday, April 27 at 2:00pm

As a general note, we typically begin First Communion registration and preparation in the fall and work over the course of the next few months to prepare for the class celebrations after Easter. We are grateful to the teachers of our Grade 2 students for all of their assistance.

Confirmation: We began preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation of our Grade 8 candidates in the fall. Next week, the candidates will be coming to the parish for their retreat and rehearsal. Additionally, on the weekend of April 20th/21st, they will join us at our Sunday Masses for their Rite of Commitment. The dates for the class celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation here at the parish with Bishop Bergie will be as follows:

St. Kevin School – Tuesday, April 30 at 7:00pm
Alexander Kuska School – Wednesday, May 1 at 7:00pm
Holy Name School – Tuesday, May 7 at 7:00pm

We ask you to keep our young parishioners in your prayers as they approach these Sacraments.

Reconciliation: Our Grade 3 students will make their formal First Reconciliation later in May. All Grade 3s will join us for the Sacrament on Tuesday, May 14th at 6:30pm. This year, we had our Grade 2s preparing for First Communion make their First Reconciliation last month in anticipation of receiving the Eucharist.  

A reminder that we have confessions for Parishioners every Saturday at 10:30am. We also have a Penitential Service each Lent and Advent.

 

Conference Opportunities

Steubenville Conferences 2024 “Catholic Conferences to transform your relationship with God”
Most people would say that their relationship with God is not where they would like it to be, but many also feel unsure of how to change it. The Steubenville Conferences offer both adult and youth conference experiences to help you escape the spiritual desert and empower you to live every day as joyful disciples of Jesus Christ.

For over 40 years, the Steubenville Conferences, an outreach of Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio, USA, have been helping people develop the relationship with God that they desire.  Consider attending or encouraging or supporting a youth to attend, and get ready to be transformed!

  • STAND IN VICTORY - Power & Purpose Adult Steubenville Conference

June 14-16th Speakers: Jackie Angel, Pete Burek, Fr. Dave Pivanka
St. Alexander Parish of Fonthill is organizing a group to carpool and attend together!
https://steubenvilleconferences.com/events/ppc/
If you are interested, please contact Laura Stevenson: laurastevenson5kids@gmail.com 

  • ILLUMINATE - Steubenville Youth Conference

Date: July 12-14th Cost $350.00 CAD  Deposit due $70.00 CAD. Full payment due in May.
Coach Bus transportation (Donation & Fundraising opportunities to help cover cost) 
https://steubenvilleconferences.com/events/mc3/
If you are interested, please contact Olivia Mete:  oliviamete5@gmail.com

 

Parish Calendar for April

SUNDAY 14

MONDAY 15

TUESDAY 16

WED. 17

THURSDAY 18

FRIDAY 19

SATURDAY 20

Third Sunday of Easter

Masses:
8:30am
10:00am*
*Children’s Liturgy
11:30am

Baptisms
1:00pm Church

 

9:00am Mass

Confirmation Retreat & Rehearsal (STK)
9:30am-1:30pm
Hall & Church

 

9:00am Mass

Confirmation Retreat & Rehearsal (AK)
9:30am-1:30pm
Hall & Church

Bridge
1:00pm Hospitality Rm.

Pastoral Council
6:30pm Hospitality Rm.

 

9:00am Mass

 

Confirmation Retreat & Rehearsal (HN)
9:30am-1:30pm
Hall & Church

 

Choir
7:00pm Church

 

9:00am Mass

 

(AK) First Communion Rehearsal
10:00am Church

Senior Cards
1:00pm Hall

 

 

9:00am Mass

 

 

9:00am
Adoration
10:00am Mass & Confessions

2:00pm – First Communion for
Alexander Kuska School

5:00pm Mass

Rite of Commitment for Confirmation

SUNDAY 21

MONDAY 22

TUESDAY 23

WED. 24

THURSDAY 25

FRIDAY 26

SATURDAY 27

Fourth Sunday of Easter
Masses:
8:30am
10:00am*
*Children’s Liturgy
11:30am
Baptisms
1:00pm Church

 

9:00am Mass

 

 

9:00am Mass

 

 

Holy Name Society
7:00pm Hospitality Rm.

 

9:00am Mass

 

 

 

Choir
7:00pm Church

 

9:00am Mass

(HN) First Communion Rehearsal
10:00am Church

Senior Cards
1:00pm Hall

 

 

9:00am Mass

 

 

9:00am
Adoration
10:00am Mass & Confessions

2:00pm – First Communion for
Holy Name School

5:00pm Mass

 

 

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

or

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 http://saintcd.com/diocesan-directory/the-vineyard

 

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