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"Catechesis aims to bring about in the believer an ever more mature faith in Jesus Christ, a deeper knowledge and love of his person and message, and a firm commitment to follow him.  In many situations, however, catechesis must also be concerned with arousing initial faith and sustaining the gradual conversion to complete adherence to Jesus Christ for those who are on the threshold of faith.  With God's grace, catechesis develops initial faith, nourishes the Christian life, and continually unfolds the mystery of Christ until the believer willing becomes His disciple."
--National Directory for Catechesis, 19A
The Religious Education Program of St. Kevin Catholic Church is designed for children who attend public schools or non-Catholic private schools to receive formation in the Catholic faith.  The program runs with the school year, from September to May.

We have an annual enrollment of over 500 students that come to receive Religious Education in our Parish over three class days. Children, ranging from 1st grade all the way through high school, attend faith formation classes one day each week during the catechetical year.

In addition, our program assists children in the preparation for the celebration of the sacraments of initiation: Baptism (if unbaptized), Eucharist (First Communion), and Confirmation.
For the 2016-2017 Catechetical Year, we had close to 70 children celebrate Confirmation, and over 160 children celebrate First Communion.




The program is designed to provide continuing faith formation classes, with the curriculum for each grade-level year specifically focusing on a particular aspect of catechesis and our Catholic faith.  Each year builds upon the previous one.  For example. the fourth-grade year of continuing faith-formation class focuses study on the Ten Commandments, and the sixth-grade year focuses on the Bible (Scripture).  At the conclusion of their Confirmation year in our program, children are encouraged to join our "Youth Group" as a way to continue nurturing their faith and serving Christ through others.

We emphasize greatly and highly that the Religious Education Program is not simply here for the celebration of the sacraments.  The primary mission of the program is to provide continuing faith formation classes, with the sacraments as a part of the formation process.  Children are highly encouraged to attend continuous formation from first through eighth grade.  They are also given different opportunities to become involved in the life of the parish community by participating in one of our ministries, such as Altar Servers, Music Ministry, and Youth Group.

While children receiving faith formation in theprogram, we emphasize the fact that the PARENTS ARE THE FIRST CATECHISTS OF THEIR CHILDREN.  Our program is meant to aid in this task that the parents agreed to fulfill at the time of their child's Baptism: to bring up their child in the faith.  While the program and our catechists work to help our children learn more about their faith, it is ultimately the primary role of the parent, as the first catechist, to guide their children in coming to know their faith.  The program supplements this foundation in the faith and spirituality that the parent is called to provide.
 
While the Religious Education Program runs only until 8th grade, or until they receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, FAITH FORMATION IS A CONTINUOUS, LIFE-LONG PROCESS.  As we continue to grow and develop, our Catholic faith also continues to grow and develop.  Our faith is so rich that there is always something that we can come to know and learn.  Our Catholic faith is nurtured through our active participation in the ministerial and sacramental life of the Church. 

There are many ministries that serve the parishioners and community of St. Kevin, and we encourage you and your families to get involved by joining one of these ministries, whether it be Legion of Mary, Emmaus, or even serving as a catechist in our Religious Education Program  (see "Serve as a Catechist" tab at the top).  There are so many ways we can become involved in the life of the Church and, at the same time, continue to grow in our relationship with Christ and with our brothers and sisters in Christ's name.

We hope and pray that all of the children and families in our Religious Education Program will always be guided by our Lord Jesus Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary as we all walk on our JOURNEY OF FAITH.