The Parish Community of St. Kevin

Served by the Holy Cross Fathers

303 Niagara Street
Welland, Ontario  L3C 1K5
905-735-5885
Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
January 21, 2018

From the Pastoral Team:

Women at the Heart of Peace:

We thank you for listening to our education announcement last week and for reviewing the brochure attached to last weekend’s bulletin, entitled Women at the Heart of Peace. (In case you missed getting a copy last week, there are extras available in the foyer.) We ask that you join us in signing the action cards and we will be forwarding this to the Prime Minister’s Office. By signing a card you are asking the Canadian government to go beyond words to action by supporting women and women’s organizations who are working for peace, and by adopting a tangible strategy with a precise time frame for reaching the goal of dedicating 0.7% of the gross national income to development assistance. Let us join our voices and call on the Canadian government to give women the resources they need to be at the heart of peace. We thank you for your signatures and your support of women working for peace.

A few housekeeping reminders as we forge ahead in 2018:
We have compiled a list of some issues that we would love to improve upon this year and are asking for your help:

  • We work very hard to keep our Church looking especially clean and well organized. It is something we take a lot of pride in here at St. Kevin’s. We ask that you do your part to keep our Church looking beautiful and tidy. When you come to Mass, please return the Missals to their spot at the back of the Church, please put the hymn books and prayer cards back in their spot just as you found them, and please do not leave any bulletins in the pews – either take them home or return them to the pile in the foyer. Please also refrain from leaving tissues, gum wrappers and the like in the pews; use the garbage bin provided.

  • The same goes for the glassed in room that we have designated for young children and their families. We ask families to do their best in keeping the room clean and throwing away any garbage when they leave. Also, please return colouring books and toys to the shelves provided.

  • We ask that Parishioners be mindful of mistakenly sitting in the pews that are specifically designated: those that are for our Lectors and Ministers of Communion, those designated for our Ushers, and those for the physically challenged.

  • Before Mass, please respect those who are praying in the Church and use hushed tones when greeting one another and talking in the foyer.

  • Lastly, we do our very best to ensure that we keep the Parish in working order. But sometimes we may miss something in need of repair or improvement. If you notice something out of order please let the Parish Office know and we will act on it.

Thank you for respecting our Church as the beautiful worship space that it is meant to be.

 

Marriage Preparation Weekend

This weekend, Friday, January 19th – Saturday, January 20th, we held our Marriage Preparation Course. We gladly welcomed several couples to take this course with us here at St. Kevin’s and we pray for them as they journey towards their weddings later this year.

“The decision to marry is a decision to love. It’s not magic. It’s not a roulette game of chance. It’s not always easy. Some days the last thing in the world you will want or feel like doing is loving your partner. But those are the days that you say to yourself, ‘Today, I decide to love my partner.’ A decision to love demands maturity, selflessness, and a true sense of self-respect.”

A Decision to Love, Marriage Preparation Course Book

“Marriage preparation should shake you in your complacency and face you with the ‘work’ required of a life-giving marriage. We are not talking about the work of things like laundry or car maintenance, but rather about the work of a loving marriage: the challenges of being honest when it is easier to hold back, about trusting when it is easier not to, about sharing and feeling when it is easier to keep it all inside, about loving when it doesn’t feel quite right, and about having your partner as your first priority when it is easier to get swept away by all the other demands and enticements of life.”

– A Decision to Love, Marriage Preparation Course Book

“Love needs time and space; everything else is secondary. Time is needed to talk things over, to embrace leisurely, to share plans, to listen to one other and gaze in each other’s eyes, to appreciate one another and to build a stronger relationship. Sometimes the frenetic pace of our society and the pressures of the workplace create problems. At other times, the problem is the lack of quality time together, sharing the same room without one even noticing the other.” (224)

– Amoris Laetitia - An Exhortation on Love in the Family, Pope Francis

“Young married couples should be encouraged to develop a routine that gives a healthy sense of closeness and stability through shared daily rituals. These could include a morning kiss, an evening blessing, waiting at the door to welcome each other home, taking trips together and sharing household chores. Yet it also helps to break the routine with a party, and to enjoy family celebrations of anniversaries and special events. We need these moments of cherishing God’s gifts and renewing our zest for life. As long as we can celebrate, we are able to rekindle our love, to free it from monotony and to colour our daily routine with hope.” (226)

– Amoris Laetitia - An Exhortation on Love in the Family, Pope Francis

 

January & February 2018 – Parish Planning

  • January 18th – January 25th – Week of Christian Unity

  • Sunday, January 21st – Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

  • Tuesday, January 23rd – St. Vincent de Paul Pasta Take-Out – 3:00p.m. – 6:00p.m.

    • Holy Name Society Meeting at 7:00p.m. in the Hospitality Room
  • Friday, January 26th – Soup’s On! Fundraiser (Tickets required.)

  • Sunday, January 28th – Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    • CWL Penny & Bake Sale – Doors open at 12:30p.m.
    • Youth & Family Mass at 5:00p.m.– Hosted by Alexander Kuska School
  • 3rd Parents Meeting for First Communion – 6:30p.m. in the Church:

    • Tuesday, January 30th – Holy Name School
    • Wednesday, January 31st – Alexander Kuska School & St. Kevin School
      • *If parents cannot attend the evening for their child’s school, they can attend the alternate night.
  • Friday, February 2nd – Feast of the Presentation of the Lord/Candlemas Day – Please join us at 8:00 Morning Mass and join us after Mass for coffee, pastries and fellowship.

  • Saturday, February 3rd – St. Blaise – Blessing of Throats

  • Sunday, February 4th – Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

  • Tuesday, February 6th – Liturgy Committee Meeting at 9:30a.m. in the Rectory

    • Social Justice Committee Meeting at 7:00p.m. in the Rectory
  • Thursday, February 8th – 4:00p.m. – Altar Server Training Session at the Church

  • Sunday, February 11th – Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

  • Tuesday, February 13th – Mardi Gras/Shrove Tuesday

  • Wednesday, February 14th – Ash Wednesday – Mass Times: 8:00a.m. & 7:00p.m.

    • * RCIA resumes meetings at 7:00p.m. in the Hospitality Room on Mondays in January
    • * Bereavement Support Group meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month at 7:00p.m. in the        Hospitality Room
    • * Harvest Kitchen takes place each Wednesday evening in the Parish Hall
    • * Senior Cards play every Thursday at 1:00p.m. in the Hospitality Room

Food Bank

Needs of the Food Pantry:

    Week of January 21st:

      1. Canned vegetables;
      2. mayonnaise;
      3. canned pasta;
      4. tea

      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.

 

Catholic Women's League News:

  • Sunday, January 28th – Annual Penny and Bake Sale. Doors open at 12:30p.m. and draws start at 2:00p.m.

  • Bins are in the foyer labelled CWL. We are asking for 5 new or unused items from all of our ladies (ie. regifting, fruitcakes, non-perishable groceries, jewellery, scarves, purses, books and games, etc.). Please put CWL on your bag of items. We will also need baked goods for the bake table, as well as larger items for the main draw.

  • Next meeting will take place on February 1st at 9:00a.m. to discuss Budget.

  • Saturday, February 24th – Right to Life Annual Dinner at Holiday Inn St. Catharines – Guest Speaker: Josh Brahm.

  • Annual Retreat at Gethsemane Ministries in Wellanport- Saturday, March 17th OR Wednesday, March 21st. Theme: Come Rest in Christ. Registration is $35.00. Deadline February 21st.

  • League Development Workshop – Saturday, March 3rd at Star of the Sea Parish – 34 Elgin Street, St. Catharines. Workshop will run 10:00a.m. – 2:00p.m. Brown bag lunch.

  • 60th Anniversary of St. Catharines Diocesan Council – Saturday, April 21st. Mass at 4:30p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Catherine of Alexandria. Dinner will be served at 6:00p.m. at Club Roma in St. Catharines. Tickets are $35.00 and deadline is February 21st.

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

 

Soup's On!

Soup's On! 2018 tickets are on sale in the foyer of the church most weekends before and after all Masses and from the Parish Office

Monday through Friday from 9:00a.m. – 5:00p.m.
Ticket price is still just $10!

Soup’s On takes place on Friday, January 26, 2018
with sittings at 11:00am, Noon, and 1:00pm.

This is a fundraiser for St. Kevin’s Food Bank Social Justice Scholarship.

Some of the this year’s soups are: Roasted Tomato; Smokey Bacon, Maple & Butternut Squash;
Bean & Bacon; Leek & Potato; Turkey & Wild Rice; French Canadian Pea

 

Society of St. Vincent de Paul – Pasta Take-Out

Tuesday, January 23rd – 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 or from a member of St. Vincent de Paul

 

Holy Name Society

“Every Christian must turn to God and ask Him to have mercy on us.  The easiest of all prayers, as we have seen, is the Name of Jesus” (Tan Books , used with permission.)    We invite all men of the parish to join us at our monthly meeting, Tuesday, January 23rd, 7:00 p.m. in the Hospitality Room. 

 

Mass Schedule for the Week of January 22nd – 27th, 2018
Memorial Mass: Sunday, January 21st at 10:00a.m.
Anthony Bottacin & Dale Zinatelli


Monday
Jan. 22

Tuesday
Jan. 23

Wednesday
Jan. 24

Thursday
Jan. 25

Friday
Jan. 26

Saturday
Jan. 27

8:00 am

Winnie Chinniah
George Giovinazzo

8:00 am

John Zabranskey

8:00 am

Irene Turcotte

8:00 am

Norman Smith

8:00 am

Albert D’Amico

10:00 am

5:00 pm

Ankica Vrbanek
John Loughnane
Helen Tanko
Angela Ettore

 

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.

 

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!

 

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

     

POP CANS WANTED.

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.

DIRECTIVES FOR EULOGIES AT FUNERAL MASSES:

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.

     

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