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The Parish Community of St. Kevin

Served by the Holy Cross Fathers

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

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July 17, 2021 , 2021

Office Hours - Septemer 13, 2021

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Updated: July 17, 2021

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Beginning Friday, June 11th, our weekday Masses will return to one Mass per day. Our plan going forward, until you hear otherwise, is to have morning Mass on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 9am, while on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8am. We know we've had several different schedules over the past year so it might take a bit of getting used to again. Pre-registration is no longer required for weekday Masses. We won't be sending out any links on Thursday. Morning Mass usually does not exceed 40 people, so we should be well within capacity restrictions.

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Posted September 1, 2021
 
End of Summer Parish Bulletin
 

Greetings Parishioners!


Now for all of you who immediately bristled upon reading 'end of summer' - just relax. We aren't trying to rush anything and we vow to soak up the next few weeks too! But as we approach Labour Day and anticipate the beginning of a new school year, we thought we would do a little end of summer holiday roundup.
 

  • As most of you know, and many more of us are just trying to recall, we have been holding steady in our restriction of allowing 33% attendance capacity. While there are no major changes on that front in terms of things opening up further for us (or at least as of the time of this message), it has been nice to see many familiar faces returning to Mass once again. We have also had the privilege of welcoming many new families to our parish. For those thinking of coming back to in-person attendance, just know that we have not exceeded our allowed capacity so there is still a little room at the inn.

 

  • One area that has kept us quite busy over the last couple of months especially, has been our baptism and funeral liturgies. In spite of everything, we have fortunately welcomed 31 children into the Catholic faith through baptism this year so far. It has been wonderful to be able to do so and we know their families were most grateful to be able to celebrate. We keep these little ones in our prayers, and we wish them a lifetime of faith. On a much more somber note, we have had to say farewell to 49 parishioners through funeral services this year. We pray at this time for their grieving friends and families.

   

  • To all of our young parishioners going back to school next week and our young adult parishioners venturing off to higher education, we wish you many blessings in your next grade/chapter! We hope that all of the students and staff at our affiliate schools will begin the year well and we look forward to seeing you soon.

 

  • It is with great joy that the fraternity of St. Mary of the Angels, which meets here at St. Kevin's, celebrated the profession of Bonnie Vadacchino on Wednesday, August 11th, 2021. That day being the Feast Day of our blessed St. Clare of Assisi made it especially significant. The Mass was celebrated by Fr. Peter Knaapen, OFM Conventual, with fraternity members, our Regional Minister Clelia Malerba, ofs, our St. Kevin clergy, family and friends present. Bonnie now includes the letters 'ofs' after her name, designating her as a Secular (formerly Third Order) Franciscan, a lay religious Order which is approved by the Catholic Church. We pray that the Holy Spirit will guide Bonnie on this journey with God's grace and peace! 

 

  • Today - September 1st - is the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. It is a day where we are reminded of the cry of the earth and our call to be responsible stewards of God's creation. More than ever, there is an urgent need to take care of our earth - our common home. Each day we see and live the effects of environmental destruction and climate change. Over the last few weeks, between the wildfires across Canada and beyond, the earthquake in Haiti, Hurricane Ida in Louisiana, and even our own exceptionally hot and humid weather, we witness and experience the devastating and erratic weather patterns exacerbated by our own doing. We pray that people and industry make choices that are selfless and sustainable, that promote the care and safeguarding of ecosystems, that guarantee access to all basic resources, that end the exponential exploitation of mother earth, and that encourage practices that respect the fundamental rights of the human person and of every creature. Ultimately, we have been entrusted with God's creation and we must respond to our calling and vocation to care for it and each other.

 

  •  So while it may not sound like all that much, the summer has certainly flown by so far. We hope that all of you are doing well and we will keep you posted on any changes and upcoming events.

 
Enjoy the beautiful summer days everyone...we still have quite a few!
-The Parish Team

Posted July 18, 2021
 

Stage 3 Update:

Now that we have entered into Phase 3 and in following both the provincial guidelines and the direction of our Diocese, we are able to increase our liturgy attendance capacity to approximately 33% (up from 25%). The reasoning behind this figure is to ensure that social distance be maintained. Masks are still required and we will continue to obtain contact tracing information. We appreciate your cooperation and are delighted to have even more of you attend in person.

With prayers,
The Parish Team

 

Posted June 28, 2021
 

A Parish Briefing


Greetings Parishioners,

Now we hope you read that carefully - we said briefing, not brief! We have had a few developments that we would like to share with you so we will get right to it.
 

  • We wish to congratulate our Grade 3 First Communion children who were finally able to receive their Sacrament across several celebrations over the last two weekends! These little ones have waited well over a year to make the Sacrament together with their classmates and we were most fortunate that restrictions were lifted ever so much that we could proceed with the sacrament before the end of the school year. The prayers of the parish are with you and congratulations once again!

 

  • The Sacrament of Confirmation for our current Grade 8 candidates and the First Communion celebrations for our current Grade 2 students have been rescheduled for September and October, respectively. We thank them for their patience and look forward to celebrating with them in the fall.

 

  • We congratulate all of the graduating students from Holy Name, Alexander Kuska, St. Kevin, and Notre Dame schools. We wish you many blessings in your next chapter! Even if you aren't necessarily part of a graduating class, we congratulate all of the students and staff at our affiliate schools for navigating another very unique and challenging year. You all did so well and we are very proud of you!

 

  • Beginning Wednesday, June 30th, our church attendance restrictions open up even further so that we are permitted 25% capacity. It will be wonderful to see even more of you at our Masses and liturgies.

 

  • Our Secular Franciscan chapter would like to invite you to participate in a virtual reflection series. An Hour with St. Francis: Reflections on Aspects of Franciscan Spirituality - a weekly virtual reflection on Tuesday evenings at 7pm in July and August. Reflections are on several aspects of Franciscan Spirituality using the booklet An Hour with St. Francis, published by Liguori Publications. If you, or someone you know is interested in Franciscan Spirituality, please pass on this information. You can contact Debbie at 905-734-3053 or deborahtessier57@gmail.com to sign up.

 

  • Now, on a much more serious note, we want to acknowledge the heartbreaking news of the discovery of even more unmarked graves in connection with the residential school system over the last week. We know that some Parishioners have expressed their concern and devastation as well. The treatment of Indigenous peoples in Canada by governments, churches and civil society has been - and in so many ways continues to be - deplorable, and the residential school system was an inherently devastating and traumatic structure. Much needs to be done to work towards healing and justice. We pray deeply for those who died or were abused at residential schools, for all Indigenous peoples and communities who have to endure the ongoing trauma and pain caused by this system, and that the church, in particular, will do everything possible to atone for these sins to support the healing and reconciliation process.

 
-The Parish Team

 
Posted: June 8, 2021
 
Church Re-opening Instructions for St. Kevin Parish
Effective June 11, 2021
+ A Special Announcement!
*Please read carefully*
 

Good afternoon Parishioners,

We have some good news to share! It has been a minute since we've sent a long-winded re-opening email, so you know the drill - grab a cup of coffee or maybe a refreshing lemonade and let's get you through this one.

With yesterday's announcement from the Provincial Government, we are permitted to increase our attendance allowance for any liturgy to 15% capacity in the church (which for us is approximately 50 people) beginning Friday, June 11. Even though many aspects of this re-opening will be familiar, we all could use a refresher so here is a brief summary that we ask you to please read carefully.

  • Beginning Friday, June 11th, our weekday Masses will return to one Mass per day. Our plan going forward, until you hear otherwise, is to have morning Mass on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 9am, while on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8am. We know we've had several different schedules over the past year so it might take a bit of getting used to again. Pre-registration is no longer required for weekday Masses. We won't be sending out any links on Thursday, but if you liked our booking process, feel free to leave us a review on Trip Advisor (kidding of course). Morning Mass usually does not exceed 40 people, so we should be well within capacity restrictions.

  • For those who registered for the Mass for this Friday, June 11th - we will not have two Masses. We will consolidate and have one Mass at 9am. So to those who registered for the 10am Mass this Friday, this is your wake up call to come an hour earlier. And of course, others can join in as well. Masses for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of this week stay as planned.

  • On Saturday mornings (beginning Saturday, June 12th) we will have Holy Hour from 9:00a.m.–10:00a.m. Mass will be at 10:00a.m followed by individual confessions. 

  • Our weekend Mass Times (beginning Saturday, June 12th & Sunday, June 13th) will return to our regular schedule of Saturday 5:00p.m. / Sunday 8:30a.m.; 10:00a.m.; 11:30am. There will be no Sunday 5:00p.m. Mass. We still ask for your cooperation in not lingering too long after Mass, so as to allow our cleaning to take place and to provide ample time for the next group of Mass attendees to enter. We feel that proceeding as is will be safe and that many may still be cautious about returning to church. We will be closely monitoring our numbers when people arrive and if there is an overwhelming turnout this weekend we will revise our strategy. We may need to add a Mass or employ something else, but we will start slowly with our usual Mass times and take it from there.

  • For all Masses and liturgies, we will still be obtaining information for contact tracing. No need to do anything in advance, just follow the instructions as you enter the foyer. 

  • We will also be resuming more formal office hours soon but stay tuned for an announcement of what those new hours will be.

  • We will be sending an update later this week to parents and guardians of the affected classes with regards to how we will handle the Sacraments (First Communion and Confirmation). 

  • Please help us once again to spread the word to those who do not have internet and would not receive this update. 

 

And now with an exciting announcement concerning one of our secret projects!

Some of you may have caught a sneak peek already on our YouTube channel, but we have recently had a live-streaming system installed! It took a while to get here but we are really excited to have done this and know that it will be extremely beneficial in the near future and for years to come. Keep in mind that this is a multi-phase project. So while we upgraded our internet in the church earlier this year and we have now had the camera and system installed, we do still have more work to do. We will be having an adjustment made to our sound system, which should greatly improve the sound quality of the live-stream (right now there is a pronounced buzzing), and we are still learning the ins and outs of broadcasting it. While we had a couple of semi-successful trial attempts last week, when we are ready to live-stream regularly we will make a formal announcement and give you all the details of how to access it. For the time being, we will continue to send out our weekend Mass recordings as we have been doing.

On a final note, we are most grateful to be able to allow so many more of you to return and to resume our Sunday Eucharist. Once again, we will do our very best to ensure everyone’s safety. Please be patient with us, and thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.

Looking forward to seeing you soon. You made it, cheers!
- The Parish Team

Office Hours

Mondays 9am-3pm
Tuesdays 10am-4pm
Wednesdays CLOSED
Thursdays 10am-4pm
Fridays 9am-3pm