The Parish Community of St. Kevin

Served by the Holy Cross Fathers

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


Fifith Sunday of Easter

May 15, 2022

Fifth Sunday of Easter:

The gospel for the Fifth Sunday of Easter is taken from John’s account of the last supper. It differs from the others because John leaves out any mention of the bread and wine and speaks rather of Jesus washing the feet of the disciples. Our text begins with Judas departing the scene and continues with Jesus’ words to his disciples. He is explaining to them that the events that are about to unfold, i.e. his passion and death, are not a disaster but rather the culmination of his life’s work. His faithfulness to his task of revealing God has brought him to this point and so God is glorified in all that will unfold. Even though it appears at first sight that evil triumphs, nothing could be further from the truth for on the cross Jesus will reveal the glory of God who has ‘loved us to the end’. That is why the commandment that Jesus now gives is so important. The disciples must love one another in the way that Jesus has loved them. This is what his life’s work has been: to draw the disciples into the relationship of love that Jesus shares with his Father. So, the invitation for us, the disciples of Jesus living in the twenty-first century, is to love one another as Jesus has loved us.

 

Sacrament of Confirmation:

We gladly welcome Bishop Gerard Bergie and our Grade 8 Candidates who will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation this week. We have 84 Candidates who will be Confirmed. We celebrate with Alexander Kuska School on Tuesday evening, St. Kevin School on Wednesday evening, and Holy Name School on Thursday evening. The respective celebrations are at 7:00pm. We ask the Parish to pray for our Confirmation Candidates as they receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit. 

 

Parish Photo Directory Signup Continues:

How many of you have heard about someone and couldn't quite put a face to the name? How many of us forget a name when we meet people for the first time? Can you imagine how much this photo album will help the parish community spirit? We need everyone to participate, young and old, singles, couples and families with kids and without. WE NEED YOU! Sign up today after Mass! Again, each household gets one free 8x10 and a free photo directory just for getting your portrait taken. Thank you for helping us make this photo directory a success and a useful tool to strengthen our community. All photography is taking place in our church in June: June 6th – 10th from 2:30pm – 8:30pm & June 11th from 9:30am  – 3:00pm. Sign-up today after Mass in the foyer (or at any of our weekend Masses in May) or you can sign up-online. Just visit the link: https://booknow.appointment-plus.com/d7nj76hg/ Please note that the online portal for booking appointments will be available from Sunday evening at 5:00pm through until Friday evening at 5:00pm. It is temporarily disabled on the weekends so as to not conflict with in-person sign-up.

 

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:        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.


 

Praying the Rosary:

May is a Marian month, where we are encouraged to pray the Rosary.
During the month of May we will resume the prayer of the Rosary every weekday morning before our 9:00 am Mass at 8:30a.m. Additionally, our Holy Name Society will lead the Rosary on Sunday mornings at 7:55 a.m. for the month of May. We invite Parishioners to join us in prayer.

 

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