The Parish Community of St. Kevin

Served by the Holy Cross Fathers

303 Niagara Street
Welland, Ontario  L3C 1K5

Fourth Sunday of Easter
April 22, 2018

From Father Vijai

First Communion Celebrations:

The last three Sunday afternoons we have been welcoming our grade two children from our three Catholic Elementary Schools —St. Kevin, Alexander Kuska, and Holy Name — for their class First Communion celebrations. It was a joy for us in the Parish to see most of these children receive their First Holy Communion with their parents and families on Easter Sunday, but it is an equal joy to welcome them once more to celebrate their Holy Communion with their classmates. First Communion is always a beautiful celebration, but one that takes a lot of preparation on the part of these children, their families, the schools and the Parish community. So I thank all of the parents and teachers of our grade two children for their hard work. I also thank our parish musicians and sacristans for their service. We congratulate our First Communion children and pray that they may continue to grow in the Easter faith.

From Father Jim

Niagara Catholic District School Board 2018 Award of Distinction:

I was privileged to witness the Niagara Catholic District School Board present one of its 2018 Distinguished Catholic Educator awards to a dear friend, colleague, and parishioner, the late Eileen McCarthy (+ December 2011). This award is based on several criteria – the impact of their leadership, their firm belief in the education system, how they inspired students, and how well they upheld Christian beliefs – all of which focus on their contribution to the Niagara Catholic education board. Eileen was profoundly dedicated to Catholic education. She ministered for 36 years as a teacher at Notre Dame College School. Eileen always encouraged her students to follow their calling and to become aware of God’s plan for them in their lives. Not only did she foster her students’ commitment to social justice, indeed she practiced what she preached serving on the Board for Hope Centre, advocating for refugees, and especially being involved with Development and Peace almost since its inception and serving for a term as the National President. One of her many contributions to the larger Catholic education system was her development of courses pertaining to Catholic education and social justice for the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association and its religious education program. Eileen lived a life so faithful to her Baptismal vocation. It is clear that her work and her impact will continue for many years to come, making her a very worthy recipient of this award.


The Parish Community of St. Kevin welcomes
the children of the Parish from Holy Name School
as they receive their First Holy Communion
Sunday, April 22, 2018.
Sierra Abed-El-Massih
Alyssa Bodner
Alexander Broda
Ella Burke
Aryana Cernusca
Marley Chevrier
Violet Creighton
Ansel Diermair
Mason Droese
Indira Eudovic
Basil Garofalo
Emilia Gotfryd
Ryker Goupil
Michaela Guglielmi
Macie Hancock
Morgan Haywood
Leila Hominuk
Wangui Itotia
Milana Iuliano
Sebish Julien
Liam Knezich-Sexton
Liana Knezich-Sexton
Joshua Labrie
Elijah Lachance
Jake Lamb
Vanessa Lamothe
Inessa Legros-Conte
Kamden Lemay
Lexie LePage
Fernando Levert
Tatum MacDonald
Faith Madden-Matte
Scott Messier
Anja Milenkoff
Alexander Mole
Anisa Morgan
Alijah Pedro
Steven Phan
Sam Raso
Ryan Rousseau
Matthew Sergas
Harlowe Sobieraj
Alice Sorella
Dolchey Stewart
Sofia Stock
Maxwell Van Dyke
Kara Venditti
William Watts
Francesca Wellman
April 2018

Food Bank

Needs of the Food Pantry:

    Week of April 15th:

      1. Mayo;
      2. canned vegetables;
      3. large cans of apple juice;
      4. plastic grocery bags

      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, April 24th – 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Parish Hall – Northcote Entrance.

Pasta, meatballs, salad and roll - $10.00

Dozen Meatballs - $10.00         Container of Sauce - $5.

Tickets are on sale in the foyer

Email: to reserve an order.
email orders accepted until Sunday, April 22 at 8:00 pm


Catholic Women’s League News:

  • Thursday, April 26th – Our Lady of Good Counsel. Please join us for 8:00a.m. Mass followed by coffee and pastries in the foyer.

  • Thursday, May 3rd - Mass at 5:30p.m. with Crowning; 6:00p.m. Guest Speaker – Randy Lallouet discussing the Rosary Apostolate. 6:15p.m. – Potluck supper and mystery auction! Please bring your own place setting and cutlery as well as your favourite dish to share. For the mystery auction please bring a wrapped gift (no names!) with a value of $5.00 and bid on other baffling items. All are welcome and we look forward to seeing you there.

  • Check our Bulletin Board for more information and contact Ann at 905.735.5400.


Holy Name Society:

“That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2: 10-11. We invite all men of the Parish to join us at our monthly meeting, Tuesday, April 24th, 7:00 p.m. in the Hospitality Room.


Catholic Book & Gift Store in Welland

Looking for religious articles and gifts? Please support local by shopping at Sunrise Marian Distribution located at 703 East Main Street in Welland. For more info and hours of operation, they can be reached at 1.800.884.1171.


WANTED! Young Adults, ages 18-35

WANTED! Young Adults, ages 18-35, to explore and share faith together. Come out to the Catholic Centre, 3400 Merrittville Highway, Thorold on either April 29/18 (4:30-6:30pm) or May 4/18 (5:30-7:30pm) for fellowship, a light supper and a brainstorming session focussed on growing this ministry in our Diocese. Contact Terri Pauco for more information and to register by email:; text: 905-351-9107 or phone: 905-684-0154 #209.


Mass Schedule for the Week of April 23rd – 28th, 2018
Memorial Mass: Sunday, April 22nd at 10:00a.m. – Darlene Briggs & Ethel Patterson

April 22

April 23

April 24

April 25

April 26

April 27

8:00 am

John DiFiore
Wally & Shirley Roberto

8:00 am

Veronica Scott

8:00 am

Rose Summers

8:00 am

Carla DeNardi

8:00 am

Mary Raso

10:00 am

5:00 pm

Robert Cyr
John Loughnane
Carmen Mastroianni


Please remember the Poor Box as you leave the Church.


Q & A with the Parish Team

Q:          Can I drop in anytime to see a Priest?

A:           Although our Priests spend a considerable amount of time here in the office on weekdays doing a variety of administrative duties, quite often they are out and about performing various aspects of their ministry. They may be in the Church presiding for a funeral, visiting one of our schools, anointing a Parishioner at the Hospital, or at external meetings. What this means is that they may not always be here if you decide to drop by. We always welcome visits and have no problem with people dropping in, but if you do need something that is time sensitive or if you would like to ensure that you have ample time to meet with them, we do encourage that you call ahead to verify. Because we are a large Parish and are blessed with so many members, it is very helpful if you identify yourself when you call in, briefly indicate the nature of your request, and offer us a time that might work well for you to come by. We will never pry if it is a personal matter, but a brief explanation allows us to better accommodate you and schedule something that meets your needs. For example, if you are hoping to have a personal item blessed, such as a rosary, please explain that so that we know your appointment may only take a few moments and we can easily schedule that for you. In contrast, if you wish to have our Priests provide you with a Pastoral Reference or sign a Godparent Sponsor Form, please allow enough time prior to the due date of its submission and we will book enough time so they can ask you a few questions. So even though you are more than welcome to drop by, please don’t be disappointed if our Priests aren’t in at that precise moment. Just give us a quick call if you need us and we will be happy to arrange a meeting.


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