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.

THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE

posted Nov 9, 2019, 2:21 PM by St. Kevin Religious Education

This past week, we sent home the memo for our annual “Thanksgiving Food Drive.”  We have also posted the Thanksgiving Food Drive memo on our website.  It contains the items that we are asking each grade level to bring for the food drive.  On our website,
www.stkevinrep.org, go to the “GENERAL CLASS INFO” tab at the top, and click on the “Documents” page on the drop-down menu.  Or just click on the link below:
 
 
We are asking for donations to be brought this week when your child comes for Religious Education class.  We will have a cart at the gate where you or your child may leave the food donations. 
Please deposit the cash in the envelope we will have at the door.
 
As stated on the memo, if you are able to contribute more, we encourage you to do so.
 
Let us always remember to be thankful to God for all the blessings he gives us every day.  Let us keep in mind all the less fortunate in our community, and those we will be helping though this food drive.  Let us remember to pray for them, for God to watch over them and be with them always.
 
We thank you for your cooperation, and may God bless your generosity.

FIRST COMMUNION - THINGS TO LEARN, PART II

posted Nov 5, 2019, 8:52 PM by St. Kevin Religious Education   [ updated Nov 5, 2019, 8:53 PM ]

As part of your child’s preparation for First Communion, your child will need to learn several concepts and prayers throughout the year. 
 
For the month of November, we are assigning the second set of concepts and prayers that your child will need to learn.  They include the Seven Sacraments as well as the Act of Contrition and the Ten Commandments, as soon your child will be learning about the sacrament of Reconciliation and preparing for their first confession.  This week, we will be sending home a handout with your child containing these new items that they need to learn. 
Sometime in December, we will be evaluating to ensure that your child has learned these items.  We ask for your help by going over and praying the prayers together with your child, as well as reviewing the concepts with them.  The best way for them to learn these prayers and concepts is to pray them every day and to talk about them as a family!
 
In addition, please remember to continue reviewing and praying the Basic Prayers (from Part I) with your child at home.  There are a few students who are still working on learning the prayers.  Please encourage and help your child to learn these prayers entirely if they have not yet done so.  We will be following up on the Basic Prayers later on in the year.

Please let us know if you have any questions. 
 
Thank you, and God bless you.

PARISH FESTIVAL - Sunday, December 8th

posted Nov 2, 2019, 11:16 AM by St. Kevin Religious Education

www.stkevinrep.org/festival
A few things to note regarding our Parish Festival on Sunday, December 8th:
 
PARISH FESTIVAL PACKET
Before our Fall break, we sent home a copy of the Parish Festival Packet with each student containing all the information pertaining to our upcoming Parish Festival.  It includes a
flyer, cover letter, parent volunteer form, wristband order form, and sponsorship information.  The packet is also available for download on the “PARISH FESTIVAL” page of our website.
 
RAFFLE TICKETS
This week, we will be sending home the Raffle Tickets for our Parish Festival with your oldest child.  It is one book of 10 tickets per family (not per child).  Please remember to return the ticket stubs to us by Saturday, December 7th so that you can be entered to win some great prizes. 
**If the tuition has not been paid off, please remember to also include the $10 for the raffle tickets, and we remind you of your responsibility to pay the tuition.
 
UNLIMITED RIDE WRISTBAND
We are selling the “Unlimited Ride Wristband” for the Parish Festival.  The wristbands are now available for purchase.  You can take advantage of the early bird price of $20 per wristband, and you may purchase them from us when you bring your child for Religious Education class up until December 4th.  On the day of the Festival, they will be $30.  Please use the order form in the Festival Packet, or you can also download a Wristband Order Form from the “
PARISH FESTIVAL” page on our website.

PARENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR THE FESTIVAL
We are in need of parent volunteers to help us out at the Parish Festival.  We invite you and your families to participate by he
lping us out at the festival while also enjoying an atmosphere of fun and fellowship with the entire parish community.  Please fill out the “Parent Volunteer Form” in the Festival Packet and return it to us when you drop off your child for class.  If you need an additional form, you can find download it from the “PARISH FESTIVAL” page on our website.
 

Any additional information regarding the Festival will also be posted on the “
PARISH FESTIVAL” page of our website, www.stkevinrep.org  (tab at the top).
 
We look forward to your families joining us for a day of fun filled with delicious food, fun activities, and the spirit of our community of faith!

NO CLASSES THIS WEEK

posted Oct 27, 2019, 8:37 PM by St. Kevin Religious Education

We would like thank all those who joined us in our Religious Education Mass this past Sunday.  We are grateful for your presence as we celebrated as a community of faith.

As a reminder, there will be NO CLASSES this week for our Fall Break and the annual Archdiocesan Catechetical Conference:
  • Tuesday, October 29th,
  • Wednesday, October 30th ,and
  • Saturday, November 2nd.
 
Classes resume the following week:
  • Tuesday, November 5th,
  • Wednesday, November 6th ,and
  • Saturday, November 9th.


Also, please note that Friday, November 1st, the Solemnity of All Saints, is a Holy Day of Obligation.  Our Mass schedule is as follows:
     7:30 am        English
   12:00 pm        Spanish

     6:00 pm        English
     7:30 pm        Spanish



Thank you, and God bless you.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION MASS - Sunday, October 27

posted Oct 26, 2019, 1:19 PM by St. Kevin Religious Education

Please remember that our next Religious Education Mass is taking place this coming Sunday:
 
When:               Sunday, October 27, 2019
Time:                 11:15 am
Location:           Church
 
We are celebrating this Mass so that all the children, families, and catechists of the Religious Education Program can come together to pray and celebrate, united as one community in Christ.  Our Music Ministry choir will be singing and leading us in giving praise to God.  Students from our Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth grade faith formation classes will be participating in the various roles of the Mass. 

 
We look forward to seeing you and your families at our Mass this Sunday!

Thank you, and God bless you.

BASIC PRAYERS EVALUATION NEXT CLASS

posted Oct 19, 2019, 6:07 PM by St. Kevin Religious Education   [ updated Oct 19, 2019, 6:08 PM ]

As we informed all our First Communion classes this week, we will be evaluating the students on the four “Basic Prayers” as part of the preparation for First Communion.  These prayers include the Sign of the Cross, the Our Father, the Hail Mary, and the Glory Be.  We will be doing the evaluations next class.
  • (If you need a copy of the handout with the prayers, it is available on the “First Communion Page” of our website.)
We will be seeing whether each of them has learned their basic prayers.  We will be asking them to pray these prayers with us individually to ensure that they know them and so that they can continue using these prayers as they grow in their faith.
 
As previously stated, we are asking for your assistance in helping your child to learn these prayers by going over and praying them together at home.  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.

FIRST COMMUNION BASIC PRAYERS (Things to Learn, Part I)

posted Sep 28, 2019, 8:26 PM by St. Kevin Religious Education   [ updated Sep 28, 2019, 8:26 PM ]

Last year, your child was asked to learn and memorize the four “Basic Prayers” that every Catholic should know how to pray.  These prayers include the Sign of the Cross, the Our Father, the Hail Mary, and the Glory Be.  Your child should already be familiar with all of them.
 
During registration, we included a handout with the Basic Prayers in your Welcome Packet.  As your child is now in the second year of faith formation for First Communion, it is imperative that they know their Basic Prayers.  We informed you that we will be evaluating your child on their Basic Prayers sometime in October.  Therefore, please make sure that your child is reviewing their Basic Prayers at home that they must learn.  *You can download a copy of the handout by
clicking here, and it is also available on the “First Communion” page of our website.
 
We are asking for your assistance by going over and praying these prayers together with your child.  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.

IMPORTANT GUIDELINES AND REMINDERS

posted Sep 25, 2019, 8:51 AM by St. Kevin Religious Education

We had a successful first few weeks of classes, and we thank you for your support and cooperation as we continue on this Catechetical year.
 
We would just like to remind you of a few guidelines of utmost importance, as discussed at the Parent Orientation:
 
DRESS CODE
Students should come dressed comfortably, but appropriate for class and Church.  In other words, all students are expected to dress modestly. 
Students are NOT allowed to wear “short” shorts or “short” skirts (must be knee-length), tank tops, sleeveless attire, gym shorts, sweat pants, leggings, ripped jeans, flip-flops, crocs, or distracting hair pieces (large bows, animal ears, etc.).  Sports uniforms are also not permitted.  Any student who continuously comes to class improperly dressed may not be allowed into their class and may be asked to go home, which could potentially count as an absence.

ATTENDANCE
Please remember that if it is the first or second year of preparation for a sacrament, we allow up to five (5) absences for the year, regardless of the reason, in terms of counting the year towards sacramental preparationThere are no excused or unexcused absences.  A student with poor attendance and/or excessive tardiness may not have the current year count towards sacramental preparation.  If a student is absent, the office may send a courtesy email to the parents to inform them of the number of absences their child has up to that point.


DISMISSAL PROCEDURES
For students in grades 1-6, please remember that parents need to come to the center area in the parking lot to pick up their child when their class is announced.  Students will only be released in the center area and must identify the person picking them up to their catechist or one of the CLs. All students in these grades will be released ONLY to an appropriate adult and NOT to an older sibling.  Also, please remember that
no parents are allowed to stand, remain, or come up onto the patio area during dismissal.  Should you wish to speak with us at the end of class, please wait until dismissal is completed, and we will be more than happy to assist you afterwards.

BOOKS / SUPPLIES / BAGS
All students received their books in class from their catechist.  The book must be brought to class every week.  Students also need to bring a pencil or pen, along with any other supplies requested by their Catechist.  Only drawstring or canvas bags can be used to carry books and supplies.  Regular school book bags are NOT permitted.

FOOD, DRINKS, AND GUM
Please remember that students may NOT bring any food or drinks, as they are not allowed inside the classrooms.  In addition, gum chewing is not permitted.

CHANGES TO CLASS ASSIGNMENTS AND CLASS DAY
Once classes for the catechetical year begin in September, NO changes will be allowed to a child’s class day or class assignment.  There will be NO exceptions to this rule.  Students received their class assignment at the Welcome Orientation, which cannot be changed whatsoever

 
All of the above guidelines are taken from our “Religious Education Handbook,” which contains all the procedures that will be followed this year.  If you have not, please make sure to read the
Religious Education Handbook on our website at www.stkevinrep.org, under the “GENERAL CLASS INFO” tab. 
 
Please be sure to also check our website, www.stkevinrep.org, frequently for any announcements or new information regarding your child’s Religious Education classes, including class outlines.  The website will be our primary conduit of communicating information to you.  Also, please check your emails on a regular basis for any important information and reminders we may send throughout the year.  Remember that we will be sending the majority of our emails through MailChimp.

Thank you, and God bless you.

ST. KEVIN RELIGIOUS EDUCATION MUSIC MINISTRY

posted Sep 25, 2019, 8:18 AM by St. Kevin Religious Education

We are excited to share that we have a Music Ministry in our Religious Education Program.  The Music Ministry aims to teach, prepare, and form our children to participate in life-long praise of God through sacred song.  Students and children in second grade and up are given the opportunity to participate in the parish community by singing and playing at different Masses, events, and special occasions coordinated by the Religious Education Program.
 
The members of our Music Ministry choir led us in praising God at our first Religious Education Mass, and they all sounded spectacular!  We invite all of our students in second grade and up to join and participate in this wonderful ministry. 


At our rehearsals, we go over and practice the songs that we sing at our Masses and events.  Our next rehearsal is taking place on:
 
Saturday, September 28 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Church
 
It is not too late for your child to join, and there is no cost involved to participate!  Should your child be interested, please reply to this email with their name and class day to let us know.  Also, please have them come to our next rehearsal.  
Please bring them to the school by 11:00 am, and we will proceed to the Church for our rehearsal.  You may pick up your child outside the Chapel at the conclusion of our rehearsal. 
 
Thank you, and God bless you.

OPENING RELIGIOUS EDUCATION MASS - Sunday, September 15

posted Sep 11, 2019, 8:34 PM by St. Kevin Religious Education

Please remember that our opening Religious Education Mass of the year is taking place this coming Sunday:
 
When:               Sunday, September 15, 2019
Time:                 11:15 am
Location:           Church
 
As we kickoff this new catechetical year, we are celebrating this Mass so that all the children, families, and catechists of the Religious Education Program can come together to pray and celebrate, united as one community in Christ.  Our Music Ministry choir will be singing and leading us in giving praise to God.  Students from our Confirmation classes will be participating in the various roles of the Mass.  Our Catechists will also be commissioned in their important mission of passing on the faith to our children and families.

 
We look forward to seeing all of you and your families at our opening Mass this Sunday!

Thank you, and God bless you.

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