posted Apr 17, 2014, 10:48 AM by St. Kevin Religious Education   [ updated Apr 17, 2014, 10:49 AM ]
For the past 40 days of the Lenten season, we have been preparing for the most important celebrations of our faith: the Easter Triduum, where we commemorate the passion, death, and resurrection of Christ, the events of our salvation.  Our Catechists have talked to you children about the importance of the Lenten season and how we need to be thankful to Christ for dying on the cross for our salvation and out of love for us. 

Also, in the past few months, we have been busily preparing those who have celebrated and will be celebrating sacraments by the end of this Catechetical Year.  On Saturday, March 8th, we had the Confirmation ceremony for our Religious Education Program, in which 78 students received the fullness of the Holy Spirit and were confirmed in our Catholic faith.  The celebrant was Monsignor Chanel Jeanty, who celebrated the ceremony in place of Bishop Fernando Isern who was unable to celebrate the Confirmation.  Nevertheless, it was a beautiful ceremony and certainly one that we hope will lead all of our Confirmandi and their families to continue to grow in their relationship with Christ on their journey of faith.

In addition, our First Communion classes have been going over the different parts of the Mass in preparation for their First Communion ceremonies in May.  In the coming weeks, they will be celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation and begin rehearsing for the First Communion ceremony.  However, as we have always emphasized, while it is great that they are learning all about the Mass in the classroom, the best way to learn about the Mass is by actually ATTENDING AND PARTICIPATING at Mass every Sunday.  We hope and pray that you help your child come to a better understanding of the Mass and come to know its significance and importance in our Catholic faith by attending Mass as a family every Sunday (or Saturday evening).  There are 168 hours in a week, and Christ is only asking for one hour a week at Mass! 

As we enter in to the Easter Triduum and Easter Season, may the Risen Lord Jesus Christ be with us, guide us, and give us the courage to make His message known to everyone we meet.  May we answer Christ's call to continue His redeeming work and make His presence known especially among those who are lonely, weak, and afflicted.  Let us shout the message and proclaim to others that "JESUS CHRIST IS RISEN!"

Happy Easter!