First Communion Announcements

Any FIRST COMMUNION 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 Items" tab above.

FIRST COMMUNION MEETING - PLEASE NOTE (Mandatory)

posted Feb 16, 2021, 10:02 PM by St. Kevin Religious Education   [ updated Feb 16, 2021, 10:03 PM ]

We are approaching the celebration of your child's First Holy Communion.

That is why we are letting you know that, as stated on the calendar we gave you at the beginning of the year, you and your child must attend the Parents’ Meeting for First Communion that will take place next week.

 DAY:

 TUESDAY CLASSES

 WEDNESDAY CLASSES

 SATURDAY CLASSES

 DATE:

 Tuesday, February 23, 2021

 Wednesday, February 24, 2021

  Saturday, February 27, 2021

 TIME:

  6:30 -- 7:45 pm

   6:30 -- 7:45 pm

  9:30 -- 10:45 am



*On this date, we will have the meeting for First Communion instead of regular class.  The meeting will take place virtually.  The link will be sent to you via email a few days prior to the meeting.  Please check your emails for the link to login to the online meeting.  On the day of the meeting, you and your child will need to login by 6:30 pm.  

  • Please login to the meeting on time, as attendance may not count if you are late.
  • Your child does NOT need to bring his/her books or supplies to the meeting.
  • The meeting will also count as a class day for your child in terms of attendance.
 
Attendance at this meeting is mandatory for both parent and student.
 


We look forward to seeing all of you and your children online at our meeting!


Thank you, and God bless you.

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.

THINGS TO LEARN, Part III - EVALUATIONS NEXT CLASS

posted Jan 30, 2021, 8:42 PM by St. Kevin Religious Education   [ updated Jan 30, 2021, 8:42 PM ]

http://www.stkevinrep.org/sacraments/first-communion/docfiles/First%20Communion%20-%20Things%20to%20Learn%2C%20Part%20III.pdf?attredirects=0&d=1
As we informed all our First Communion classes this week, we will be doing the evaluations next class for the material in the “Things to Learn – Part III” handout distributed and emailed to you at the beginning of January.  The handout contains the Rite of Reconciliation, which your child will be celebrating before receiving his/her First Communion, along with the Act of Contrition.  The material was also reviewed in class this week in preparation for next week's evaluation.
  • (If you need a copy of the handout, it is available on the “First Communion Page” of our website.)

We will be making sure that each student has learned the steps in going to Confession (Reconciliation). We will be asking them to go through the words and actions of the Rite of Reconciliation with us as if they were doing their First Reconciliation. The evaluation will basically be a practice of going to confession. This is to ensure that they will know steps of what to say and do when they celebrate their First Reconciliation with one of our parish priests.

  • Please remember that your child needs to be logged in to the class from a computer, laptop, or tablet and in front of the camera to complete the evaluation.
As previously stated, we ask for your help by going over the Rite together with your child.  Please practice the steps of Reconciliation together with your child at home.  This is the best way for them to learn the Rite of Reconciliation!
 
In addition, we will be doing a second evaluation on the “Act of Contrition.”  The Act of Contrition is prayed during Reconciliation and, therefore, each child must know this prayer.  Please make sure to review (and pray) the Act of Contrition with your child.
 
Thank you, and God bless you.

FIRST COMMUNION - Things to Learn, Part III

posted Jan 9, 2021, 10:10 PM by St. Kevin Religious Education   [ updated Jan 9, 2021, 10:11 PM ]

For the month of January, we are assigning the third set of concepts for your child to review and learn.  Your child will need to learn the steps in the Rite of Reconciliation, which is the sacrament that your child will begin learning about this week in class  Your child will be doing their First Confession (Reconciliation) before receiving their First Communion.  They will be expected to know what to say and do when they celebrate Reconciliation for the first time with one of our parish priests.  Therefore, it is of utmost importance that they know the steps in celebrating Reconciliation.  Your child also needs to review the Act of Contrition, as they will say this prayer during Reconciliation.
 
Please find below the link to the handout that contains the material that your child needs to review and learn. 

In a few weeks, we will be evaluating to ensure that each of our students has learned the Rite of Reconciliation and the Act of Contrition.  We ask for your assistance by going over the Rite and the prayer together with your child.  We also strongly recommend practicing the steps in celebrating Reconciliation with your child at home.

Also, as mentioned previously, we will also be doing a follow-up evaluation on the Basic Prayers (the Sign of the Cross, the Our Father, the Hail Mary, and the Glory Be) to ensure that they have learned them as part of the preparation for First Communion.  Please make sure that your child is continuing to say these prayers daily.

 

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.

THINGS TO LEARN, Part II EVALUATIONS -- NEXT CLASS

posted Nov 30, 2020, 2:21 PM by St. Kevin Religious Education   [ updated Nov 30, 2020, 2:22 PM ]

http://www.stkevinrep.org/sacraments/first-communion
As we informed our First Communion classes this past week, we will be doing the evaluations next class for the material in the “Things to Learn – Part II” handout given to your child and emailed to you back at the beginning of November.  The evaluations will take place on:
  • Tuesday, December 1st
  • Wednesday, December 2nd
  • Saturday, December 5th

The evaluation will be on the Seven Sacraments, the Ten Commandments, and the Act of Contrition.  The material can be found in the handout.
  • (If you need a copy of the handout, it is available on the “First Communion Page” of our website.)

The evaluation will take place during class time.  Students will need to list the Seven Sacraments and to fill in the Ten Commandments.  Afterwards, they will pray the Act of Contrition with their catechist, who will evaluate each student on their knowledge of the prayer.  This is to ensure that your child has learned these important prayers and concepts, as they will be needed later on when your child celebrates his/her First Reconciliation.
 
As previously stated, we ask for your assistance in helping your child learn these concepts and prayers by going over them together at home.  The best way for them to learn these prayers and concepts is to pray them together and to discuss them as a family!
 

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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