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General Sacrament Information

"The sacraments are efficacious signs of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which divine life is dispensed to us.  The visible rites by which the sacraments are celebrated signify and make present the graces proper to each sacrament.  They bear fruit in those who receive them with the required dispositions."
--Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1131
One of the functions of the Religious Education Program of St. Kevin Catholic Church is to prepare each child to celebrate the Sacraments of Initiation, if desired.  Faith formation is fostered as the child prepares, with the whole family, to take this next important step on their journey of faith.

However, we want to emphasize that the goal of the St. Kevin Religious Education Program is NOT simply to prepare children to celebrate a sacrament, but to offer continuous formation in the Catholic faith.  This formation is NOT completed with the celebration of any sacrament and needs the cooperation and support of the family and sponsors who should be examples of Christian living as part of our journey of faith.





FIRST RECONCILIATION 
and 
FIRST COMMUNION






Program Requirements
:
  • The child has to attend the program for at least two consecutive years.
  • The child must have good weekly attendance.  (see Attendance Policy in our "Religious Education Handbook.")
  • The child must be at least in third grade  (when s/he celebrates the sacrament).
  • Everyone will wear a white gown at the First Communion, and girls may NOT wear veils of any kind.
  • Parents must attend all mandatory preparatory meetings.  
  • Children must attend all mandatory rehearsals.
  • Additional information and requirements will be provided at the Parents’ Meeting for First Communion.



"The Eucharist is 'the source and summit of the Christian life.'  The other sacraments, and indeed all ecclesiastical ministries and works of the apostolate, are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented toward it. For in the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ himself, our Pasch."
--Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1324





CONFIRMATION







Program Requirements:

  • The child has to attend the program for at least two consecutive years.
  • The child must have good weekly attendance.  (see Attendance Policy in our "Religious Education Handbook.")
  • The child must be at least in eighth grade  (when s/he celebrates the sacrament).
  • Everyone will wear a gown during the Confirmation ceremony.
  • Candidates, parents, and sponsors must attend all mandatory preparatory meetings, retreats, activities, and rehearsals.
  • Candidates must complete 10 direct community service hours in their Confirmation year.
  • Candidates must complete two service hours at the Parish Festival.
  • Additional information will be provided at the Parent-Candidate Meeting for Confirmation.


"... [B]y the sacrament of Confirmation, [the baptized] are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed."
--Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1285