The Parish Community of St. Kevin

Served by the Holy Cross Fathers

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


February 25, 2024

Second Sunday of Lent

Second Sunday of Lent

In today’s gospel we hear the Father speak of Jesus as God’s beloved son. “Listen to him,” declares the Father on the mount of the transfiguration. A part of Lent is the call to quiet and reflection; a call to soften our hearts and listen for the voice of God, calling us to return to Him.  “Listening to Jesus” might offer us a valuable practice as we enter into this second week of Lent this year. As we listen carefully to his voice, we will come to know a God who calls us to a deeper relationship with God’s self. May this Lent be a time for us to listen to His voice who gently guides us in our daily lives.

-- Fr. Jinto Mathew, CSC

 

Coming up during Lent at St Kevin

  • We had hoped to have one of our very own Holy Cross Fathers – Fr. John Vickers, CSC – preaching at all of our Masses this weekend but unfortunately he is not able to join us.

  • Mass each Friday at 7:00pm and Stations of the Cross at 7:30pm

  • Parish Penitential Service – Tuesday, March 12th at 7:00pm 

  • Taizé Prayer for Lent – Tuesday, March 19th at 7:00pm

  • Blooms of Love – Adoring the Altar for Easter with flowers in memory of a loved one. More details to come next week!

 

Financial Report

It is time for us to include a financial statement and update to the parish. This statement is a way of being accountable to you for your generous financial contributions to our parish. Our ministry would not be possible without your offerings and for your benevolence we are most grateful.

Earlier this month, our Stewardship Committee – which oversees and advises the pastoral team on matters of fiscal responsibility, infrastructure, and plant management – met to do a final evaluation of all of our 2023 revenues and expenses, and an assessment of our anticipated 2024 incomes and expenditures. We wish to thank the members of our Stewardship Committee: Tony Backler, Tim Clutterbuck, Peter Everest, and Gary Talosi for their ministry. We are especially grateful to John Bedard, our Parish Bookkeeper, for all of his hard work in his attentiveness to the financial and infrastructural matters of the Parish.

As an additional component of our meeting, we studied a five year revenues/expenditures comparison. It is this document that we now share with the Parish. Overall, we are pleased to report that we are in a healthy financial position thanks to our present and past parishioners, and that our parish revenues are showing a steady tend to recovery post-Covid. If anyone has any questions about this financial statement, please reach out to the Parish Office.

In closing, we once again thank every member of the Parish for your financial commitment and generosity.

                            --Fr. Jinto, CSC; Fr. Sunil, CSC and the St. Kevin Stewardship Committee

To View the Financial Report tap here

 

Development and Peace Share Lent Collection Financial Statement

Every year during Lent, we take up a collection called Share Lent for the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace beginning on Solidarity Sunday (the 5th Sunday of Lent). Our Parish raised $24,380.65 for Share Lent in 2023. The collection goes towards many areas of the developing world, and this year’s focus is on ‘Reaping our Rights.’ In the spirit of sharing a parish financial update, we would like to also include a link to D & P’s most recent Financial Statement. If you would like to see where your past Share Lent donations have been directed, please visit: https://devp.org/en/finances-and-reports/annual-report-2022-2023/

 

Catholic Womens League News

Please join us on Thursday, March 7th after the 9:00 mass for our General Meeting and Elections. Come out to see what we are about and what we do. If you would like your name to stand for one of the newly re-named positions (President, Treasurer, Faith, Service, or Social Justice) but can’t attend this meeting, please let Lorrie 905-734-4828 know. Hope to see you there!

 

 

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

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General information that people need to review from time to time.

 

Pope Francis Lenten Message

Pope Francis has centered his Lenten message for 2024 on the Book of Exodus, choosing “Through the Desert God Leads Us to Freedom” as its main theme. The Pope framed this reflection on the departure of the Israelites from Egypt, a story that not only represents the journey from bondage to emancipation but also of revelation and spiritual freedom. The Lenten season, according to the Pope, is a time that is characterized by personal struggle as we suffer from a myriad of temptations, but it is the recognition of this that calls us to “pause in prayer, in order to receive the word of God, to pause like the Samaritan in the presence of a wounded brother or sister.” Pope Francis concluded his Lenten message on a hopeful note: “To the extent that this Lent becomes a time of conversion, an anxious humanity will notice a burst of creativity, a flash of new hope.” His full message can be read on The Vatican website.

 

CCCB Video Series

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops is producing a Lenten video series entitled "Journey Through Lent 2024." The videos for Ash Wednesday and the First Sunday of Lent are now available to watch. The remaining videos will be posted as Lent continues. Visit cccb.ca to view them.

 

Bishop Bergie's Lenten Letter

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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