The Parish Community of St. Kevin

Served by the Holy Cross Fathers

303 Niagara Street
Welland, Ontario  L3C 1K5

December 4, 2022

Second Sunday of Advent

In today's Gospel John is compared to the voice crying out in the wilderness: "Repent for the kingdom of God is close at hand. Prepare a way for the Lord and make his paths straight."  John calls for everyone to change, from the Pharisees and Sadducees, leaders of religion to the common man in the street.  John calls for the whole of Israel to change. If the people do not change, John says a catastrophe will destroy Israel. To repent would imply a change of heart, a change of attitude, a change of the way we live. John's life itself was a witness to his message. The people heard him and were drawn to him and were influenced by him. The gospel tells us that the crowds came to him, confessed their sins and were baptized by him. John was not satisfied with mere ritual actions. He confronted his listeners: "If you are repentant, produce the appropriate fruit, show with your lives your true repentance...... Any tree that fails to produce fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire." He warns the Pharisees that it will avail them nothing to plead that Abraham is their father. To the Jew Abraham was unique. So unique was he in goodness and in his favour with God that his merits sufficed not only for himself but for all his descendants also. He had built a treasury of merit which not all the claims and needs of his descendants could exhaust. So the Jews believed that a Jew, simply because he was a Jew, and not for any merit of his own, was safe in the life to come. Similarly, we too sometimes tend to believe, that just because we were baptized Catholics we will be saved. Jesus challenges this belief. If we are followers of Jesus Christ our lives should bear evidence of this fact. Jesus also warns us of retribution to come which imposes on us a two-fold task: personal repentance, and preparation of the ways by which he who saves is to come.

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Housekeeping / Announcements

    • Missals for the new liturgical year 2022-2023 (Year A) and Religious Calendars for 2023 are available for purchase at the Parish Office. Missals are $5 and we ask for a small donation of $1 for the calendars.

    • We hope to have our 2023 donation envelopes delivered and processed sometime next week. Thank you for your patience. Just as many of you have experienced, we are at the mercy of delivery scheduling. Thank you for your understanding!


Share Advent Fund

We ask you to be as generous as you can be for our Share Advent collection that we will begin to take up this weekend. The collection goes towards helping and serving the poor in our own community of Welland: it will help provide nourishing meals to clients of our weekly Harvest Kitchen, and answer the calls for food and clothing fielded by our St. Vincent de Paul Society. We also give a portion to the Hope Centre. Your generosity is much appreciated by our ministries and those we serve. Share Advent envelopes are in the Parish box of envelopes and there are extra available at the back of the church. Please place in the regular collection. This collection remains open until after Christmas. For those wishing to make a donation in someone’s honour – this could be a lovely Christmas gift. Please visit us in the office to donate and receive a Share Advent Card that could be given in their name.


Advent Resources


Advent Guest Speaker

We will have Father Eugene O’Reilly, C.Ss.R – affectionately known as Fr. Red – joining us for a special Advent talk on Friday, December 9th at 7:00pm here in the church. He will be speaking to us about preparing for the celebration of Christmas; the coming of Jesus the prince of Peace, who is the light for the world; and how we, his followers today, can be peacemakers and be a light for our world, which is filled with so much darkness and violence. We hope that many of our parishioners will attend this special evening talk and we encourage them to invite their families and friends. Father Red will also be preaching at all four of our Masses next weekend.


Reconciliation Services

This Tuesday, December 6th at 7:00pm, we will have the Sacrament of Penance though our Parish Penitential Service. We will have a common examination of conscience and then there will be several Priests available to hear individual confessions. We gather as a community of persons seeking the peace and gentle healing that the sacrament brings. Please join us on Tuesday evening.

Throughout the week, we will be having several sessions of confessions with our grade school students.


Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults An Invitation to Parishioners

The topic this week - Wednesday, December 7th – is Communion of Saints. Sessions will begin at 7:00pm in the Hospitality Room here at St. Kevin’s Parish and parishioners are welcome to partake.


CWL  News

Strudel Fundraiser: The Catholic Women’s League will be selling freshly made Apple Strudel. Each strudel is 14 inches long and packed with apples for $15. Pick up will be at the Church on December 20 and 21. You can pre-order your strudel either at masses this weekend and next weekend or by contacting Lorrie at 905-734-4838 or email  or Marilyn at 905-735-1164.  Payment is by cash or e-transfer.  Start your Christmas baking by purchasing strudels for yourself or to give as a gift. What a yummy way to say Merry Christmas! Volunteers are also needed to help make the strudel on Monday December 19. Contact Lorrie at 905-734-4828 if you are able to help.



A Note on Harvest Kitchen

Harvest Kitchen resumed on November 2nd. Harvest Kitchen is a meal assistance program that serves a hot meal to those in need once a week. There are several organizations throughout the city that are part of the program but here at St. Kevin’s, we serve a take-out style meal each Wednesday from 4:00pm-5:00pm from November until March. Meals are distributed from our Northcote Foyer entrance. We know that some members of our own parish community may need help with food assistance and nutrition, so please - if you are in need - make sure to come by on Wednesday evenings to receive a hearty and delicious meal.



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.



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