Confirmation Announcements

Any CONFIRMATION announcements or reminders in reference to important dates, events, days off, etc. will be posted on this page.  
The latest post will always appear at the top.

**For announcements and reminders pertaining to the Religious Education Classes in general, please go to the "General Class Info" tab above.

ASH WEDNESDAY - START OF LENT / NO CLASS: Tuesday and Wednesday (Feb. 16 & 17)

posted Feb 14, 2021, 6:09 PM by St. Kevin Religious Education

This Wednesday, we celebrate the Feast of Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of the Lenten Season.  Lent is a 40-day season in which we are given the opportunity to reflect and to prepare ourselves for our Lord’s Resurrection in Easter through prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.
 
Please watch this video on our website, as we prepare to enter into this holy season of Lent.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO ON OUR WEBSITE
 
Our schedule of Masses for Ash Wednesday can be found below and is also posted on our website.
 

We also invite you to browse through the “LENT” page here on our website, which contains more information on this season as well as additional resources for the Lenten season.
 
May our Lord Jesus Christ accompany us on our Lenten journey.
 



Please note that, as stated on our calendars, there will be NO CLASSES this week for the Tuesday and Wednesday groups for the celebration of Ash Wednesday.
  • Tuesday, February 16th,
  • Wednesday, February 17th
 
Classes will resume the following week:
  • Tuesday, February 23rd,
  • Wednesday, February 24th

SATURDAY STUDENTS WILL HAVE CLASS AS USUAL ON SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20th.
 

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ASH WEDNESDAY MASS SCHEDULE
https://www.facebook.com/stkevinmiami/live

St. Kevin Catholic Church
 
Wednesday, February 17th
7:30 am           English
12:00 pm         Spanish
6:00 pm           English       
(livestreamed)
7:30 pm           Spanish       (livestreamed)
 

- Limited capacity due to social distancing guidelines
- Livestreamed Masses can be found on Facebook:  www.facebook.com/stkevinmiami
- Ashes will be imposed on the forehead during each Mass.

PLEASE NOTE:
Ash Wednesday is NOT a Holy Day of Obligation.  It is also not an obligation to receive the ashes.

CONFIRMATION - THINGS TO KNOW

posted Jan 25, 2021, 8:52 PM by St. Kevin Religious Education   [ updated Jan 25, 2021, 8:52 PM ]

http://www.stkevinrep.org/sacraments/confirmation/docfiles/%40Confirmation%20-%20Things%20to%20Know%202020-2021.pdf?attredirects=0&d=1
At the beginning of the year, we emailed the packet with the “Things to Know” that your child needs to learn in preparation for their Confirmation.  We sent out and distributed this list of prayers and important concepts early in the year so that they may have ample time to learn them. 
 
Please make sure that your candidate is reviewing the prayers and learning the concepts in the packet.  At the beginning of March, we will be evaluating each candidate to ensure that they have learned all of these items in preparation for their Confirmation. 
 
As stated at the Confirmation Parent-Candidate Meeting, each candidate for Confirmation needs to have a basic foundation of knowledge of our Catholic faith.  As they are confirmed, they will be called to spread and defend the Catholic faith and continue the mission of Christ in building up the Kingdom of God. 
 
If your candidate needs another copy of the “Confirmation – Things to Know” packet, it is available on our website,
www.stkevinrep.org, in the “CONFIRMATION” tab page.
 
Please let us know if you have any questions.

Thank you, and God bless you.

CONFIRMATION BASIC PRAYERS - Evaluation Next Class

posted Jan 16, 2021, 11:57 AM by St. Kevin Religious Education   [ updated Jan 16, 2021, 11:58 AM ]

http://www.stkevinrep.org/sacraments/confirmation/docfiles/%40Confirmation%20-%20Things%20to%20Know%202020-2021.pdf?attredirects=0&d=1
As we informed our Confirmation classes this week, we will be evaluating the Confirmation candidates next class on their “Basic Prayers” as part of the preparation for Confirmation.  These prayers include the Sign of the Cross, the Our Father, the Hail Mary, the Glory Be, the Act of Contrition, and the Apostles’ Creed
  • (If you need a copy of the handout with the prayers, it is available in the "Things to Know" handout on the “Confirmation Page” of our website.)
 
We will be making sure that each candidate has learned their basic prayers.  Each student will be asked to recite these prayers individually with us during the class to ensure that they have learned them and so that they can continue using these prayers as they prepare for their Confirmation and beyond on their journey of faith.  Please ensure that your child's microphone and camera are working for the evaluation.
 
As previously stated, we are asking for your assistance in helping your candidate to learn these prayers by going over and praying them together.  The best way for them to learn these prayers is to pray them every day, and what could be better than to pray together as a family daily!
 
Thank you, and God bless you.

CONFIRMATION NAME FORM

posted Jan 9, 2021, 10:08 PM by St. Kevin Religious Education   [ updated Jan 9, 2021, 10:08 PM ]

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfyx5ScSRCjDfAwUmogCBFmnuOYdQvdsvVFz_bzxgz1V5wMuA/viewform
This past week, your child was provided the link to the form with information regarding choosing a Confirmation name for the Confirmation Mass.
 
Choosing a Confirmation name is a customary practice for the candidate preparing for Confirmation.  The candidate chooses a saint whose model, example, or way of life makes an impact on the candidate, and is one that he/she would like to emulate his/her life on.  In other words, the candidate chooses a patron saint for him/herself as he/she continues on their journey of faith.  Although the Confirmation name is stated by the bishop only during the actual Confirmation, the candidate is encouraged to continually pray to the saint they have chosen to guide them throughout their journey of faith.
 
Please remind your son/daughter to choose a saint whom they would like to adopt as their patron and guide. 
 
Once a saint is chosen, your candidate needs to complete the Confirmation Name form online via Google Forms. 
 
The Confirmation Name form must be completed by Saturday, January 30.  Each candidate is to complete and submit the form online via Google Forms.
 
Thank you, and God bless you.

ST. KEVIN YOUTH GROUP - Reminder of Required Participation

posted Jan 9, 2021, 10:05 PM by St. Kevin Religious Education   [ updated Jan 9, 2021, 10:06 PM ]

As we resume classes this week, we would like to remind you that each candidate for Confirmation is required to participate in the St. Kevin Youth Group as part of the preparation for Confirmation.  As mentioned previously, after much prayer, thought, and consideration, we have decided that in lieu of the direct community service hours, Confirmation students will need to attend and participate in the Youth Group.

Through their participation in the Youth Group, it is our hope that our candidates for Confirmation have the opportunity to build a sense of community as they come together to talk about their faith and how they are called to live it out as they prepare to become “adults” in the faith in following and living the example and teachings of Christ.


As a reminder, all Confirmation students this year need to attend a minimum of 10 Youth Group sessions prior to the end of February 2021.  Students need to login and be present for the entire session.

If your candidate has not yet been attending the Youth Group, please make sure that they begin doing so weekly.  Students who do not attend the required number of Youth Group sessions may be delayed in their celebration of Confirmation.

Youth group sessions will continue to take place virtually until further notice.
  • When:   Fridays
  • Time:    7:00 pm -- 8:00 pm

Please use the link sent via email for the candidate to join the Youth Group sessions virtually.
 
As part of the preparation for Confirmation, Candidates are also required to complete a service project under the direction and guidance of the Youth Group leaders.  Information on the service project has been sent to you via email directly by the Youth Group leaders.  Should you have any questions regarding the service project, please reach out to them directly at youthgroup@stkevinrep.org.
  • Proposals for the service project were due before the Christmas break.  If you child has not yet submitted his/her proposal, please do so as soon as possible by sending an email to the Youth Group leaders at youthgroup@stkevinrep.org.
   

For your reference, you may CLICK HERE to see how many hours your candidate has completed by participating in the Youth Group, based on our records (current as of January 4, 2021).  Click on your candidate's catechist on the bottom, and find their name on the corresponding sheet.


Thank you, and God bless you.

UPDATE ON RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CLASSES (January 2021)

posted Jan 4, 2021, 2:54 PM by St. Kevin Religious Education

As we begin this new year of 2021, we hope that you and your families are doing well and that this Christmas season has been a time of grace and blessing for all of you.

O
ver the last couple of weeks, we have been discerning how to proceed with regards to resuming our Religious Education classes after the Christmas break.  While we want our students to be able to attend classes here at the parish, we also have to consider that fact that the number of new daily coronavirus cases continues to remain significantly high.  The guidance from the Office of Catechesis of the Archdiocese of Miami has remain unchanged, which is to continue with the online learning plans already in place and implemented at the start of the catechetical year to promote the safety and well-being of our students and catechists.

Therefore, students in the Religious Education Program will continue to attend classes virtually (online) until further notice.
 

We will reevaluate the situation at a later time, under the guidance of the Office of Catechesis, with regards to the return of our students to the classroom with religious education classes being held at the parish.
 

Please remain safe, as we continue to take the necessary precautions while keeping our trust in the mercy and love of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Thank you, and God bless you.

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND BLESSED NEW YEAR!

posted Dec 22, 2020, 2:47 PM by St. Kevin Religious Education

This is a reminder that there will be NO CLASSES from December 20th until January 3rd, 2021.  We will be on Christmas Break for two weeks.
 
Classes will resume:
  • Tuesday,         January 5th   
  • Wednesday,   January 6th    
  • Saturday,        January 9th
 
*Our schedule of Masses for Christmas and New Year’s can be found below, as well as on our website, www.stkevinrep.org.*
 
As we continue to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, let us take some time to reflect on the real reason for Christmas.  It is a season to remember and celebrate the greatest gift that God has given to each and every one of us: JESUS, the Emmanuel.  May we welcome Christ into our hearts and allow Him to guide us as we continue on our journey of faith.
 
We share with you the video of our Christmas Presentation from this morning that was put together by some of our students.  They all did an amazing job in helping us to remember and to keep alive the reason and spirit of the season.
  • Watch on Facebook or YouTube    (The presentation starts at the 6:55 mark.)

Please also find below a special Christmas message from our pastor, Father Jesús Saldaña, to all of our families in the parish.

We wish you and your family a wonderful and holy Christmas.  May the season lead you and your families to be drawn closer to Jesus Christ, the Emmanuel, God-with-us.  May the New Year of 2021 be filled with blessings and graces from our Lord above.


JESUS IS THE REASON FOR ALL THE SEASONS!

 




CHRISTMAS MESSAGE FROM OUR PASTOR:

Dear brothers and sisters:
 
Peace and Goodness to all.
 
The Covid-19 pandemic has brought new challenges to our daily lives, including our social habits.  Some people have asked me what the new norms will be for this Christmas.  My answer is that Christmas must always be “new” on our part and should never be ”the same as last year” or simply following popular traditions.
 
The birth of Jesus of Nazareth occurred hundreds of years ago.  But at every Christmas, moved by our faith, we celebrate the presence of God the Father in the history of humankind and his presence among us through his Son, Jesus Christ, who dwells among us and fulfills the promise of the Father.  After his Resurrection, he left us the gift of the
Holy Spirit, which gives us the strength we need to remain and persevere in his ways, bringing his message of solidarity, peace, and communion of love with God and our neighbor in always searching for the good and noble that draws us closer to his mercy in fulfilling his will.
 
To meditate on the true meaning of Christmas, I leave you with this quote from the Gospel of Saint John, Chapter 3, verse 16:
For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him might not perish but might have eternal life.
 
Merry Christmas, and a blessed and healthy New Year!

 




CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR’S MASS SCHEDULE
St. Kevin Catholic Church
 
Thursday, December 24th  (Christmas Eve)
6:00 pm      English          (Christmas Vigil Mass)  
12:00 am:  Midnight  Mass  –  Bilingual        (livestreamed)

Friday, December 25th    (Christmas Day)
(HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION)
8:00 am      English
9:30 am      Spanish
11:15 am     English
1:00 pm      Spanish
7:00 pm      Spanish
Remember, NO confessions on Christmas Day.
 
Thursday, December 31st
7:30 pm      Spanish         Vigilia por Maria, Madre de Dios
 
Friday, January 1st, 2021  (Mary, Mother of God)    (HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION)
7:30 am      English
6:00 pm      English
7:30 pm      Spanish



*Livestreamed Masses can be found on Facebook: www.facebook.com/stkevinmiami

CHRISTMAS PRESENTATION - Saturday, December 19th

posted Dec 17, 2020, 10:14 PM by St. Kevin Religious Education

We are excited to announce that this Saturday, December 19th, we will be having our annual Christmas Presentation at our church.  The presentation is being put together by some of the students in our program.  A couple of members in our Music Ministry choir will also be singing Christmas songs during the presentation. 
 
Everyone is invited to watch the presentation, which will be livestreamed for all of our students and families.  The presentation will begin at 10:15 am.  The presentation will be livestreamed on the church's Facebook page:
  • https://www.facebook.com/stkevinmiami
  • It will go live about 5 minutes before the start of the Presentation.
  • You do not need a Facebook account to access the livestream.  Simply go to the link above, and scroll to the live video.
 

SATURDAY CLASSES:
  • Students in the Saturday classes will be watching the presentation via livestream, presented by their catechist, during their regular class. 
  • Please note that this Saturday, December 19th, we have our last Religious Education class before going on Christmas break.  Please make sure that your child logs in as usual for class this Saturday.


We look forward to everyone joining us for the livestream of our Presentation as we prepare to celebrate the reason for Christmas, the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ!

Thank you, and God bless you.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION MASS - Tuesday, December 8th

posted Dec 5, 2020, 1:21 PM by St. Kevin Religious Education

Please note that this coming Tuesday, we are having a special Mass for our Religious Education Program:
 
When:               Tuesday, December 8, 2020
Time:                 6:00 pm

 
We will be celebrating the Solemnity of the
Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the patroness of the United States.  It is a Holy Day of Obligation, in which we are called to attend Mass.  As we honor our Blessed Mother, let us come together as a community to pray and to celebrate as we ask for her intercession on us and our country.

Please join us for our Religious Education Mass via livestream on the Church's Facebook page: 
  • https://www.facebook.com/stkevinmiami
  • It will go live about 5 minutes before the start of the Mass.
  • You do not need a Facebook account to access the livestream.  Simply go to the link above, and scroll to the live video.

ALL STUDENTS IN THE TUESDAY CLASSES WILL BE ATTENDING THIS MASS VIRTUALLY AS THEIR REGULAR CLASS ON THIS DATE.
  • Complete information was sent to the parents of the Tuesday students with regards to how we will proceed with the class and the Mass.

We look forward to having you and your child(ren) join us, as we pray and celebrate during our upcoming Mass!

Thank you, and God bless you.

NO CLASSES ... HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

posted Nov 21, 2020, 1:26 PM by St. Kevin Religious Education

Please remember that there will be NO CLASSES next week for the Thanksgiving holiday:
  • Tuesday, November 24th,
  • Wednesday, November 25th, and
  • Saturday, November 28th.

Classes will resume the following week:
  • Tuesday, December 1st,
  • Wednesday, December 2nd, and
  • Saturday, December 5th.
 
A reminder that on Thanksgiving Day, November 26th, we will have our bilingual Religious Education Family Mass here at St. Kevin at 11:00 am.  A couple of our Music Ministry members will be leading us in singing and praising God at the Mass, and some of our students will be participating and making a special presentation during the Mass. 


We invite you and your families to join us for our celebration.  As capacity in the church remains limited for social distancing, the Mass will be livestreamed on the church's Facebook page so that everyone can participate virtually and join together in spirit. 

Please join us for our Religious Education Mass via livestream on the Church's Facebook page: 
  • https://www.facebook.com/stkevinmiami
  • It will go live about 5 minutes before the start of the Mass.
  • You do not need a Facebook account to access the livestream.  Simply go to the link above, and scroll to the live video.
 
Amidst these challenging times, it is important to remember that our Lord continues to watch over us and to show us his love and mercy.  As we celebrate Thanksgiving with our loved ones in a safe way, let us be thankful to God for all the graces he has bestowed on us and all the blessings he constantly provides for us.  Let us also continue to keep in our prayers all those who are in need, all those who are struggling as a result of this pandemic, and all who are helping in so many ways.
 

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