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.

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.
 

NO CLASSES THIS UPCOMING WEEK

posted Nov 5, 2020, 9:16 PM by St. Kevin Religious Education

Please remember that there will be NO CLASSES this week for our Fall Break:
  • Saturday, November 7th.
  • Tuesday, November 10th,  and
  • Wednesday, November 11th

Classes resume the following week:

  • Saturday, November 14th,
  • Tuesday, November 17th, and
  • Wednesday, November 18th.


Thank you, and God bless you.

FIRST COMMUNION - THINGS TO LEARN, Part II

posted Nov 3, 2020, 5:14 PM by St. Kevin Religious Education   [ updated Nov 3, 2020, 5:14 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, in class, we are sending the link 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 some students who still needed to work 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 for your support and assistance, and may God bless you.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION MASS - Sunday, November 1st

posted Oct 29, 2020, 12:59 PM by St. Kevin Religious Education

Please remember that our next Religious Education Mass is taking place this coming Sunday:
 
When:               Sunday, November 1, 2020
Time:                 11:15 am
 
This Sunday, we celebrate the Solemnity of All Saints.  On this day, the Church recalls the example, witness, and prayer of the holy women and men who have been identified by the Church as saints.  More than just role models, the saints are family members in the Communion of Saints.  On this special day, we come together and pray to all the Saints in heaven to continue to intercede for us so that we may be more like them in living our lives according to the example and teachings of Christ. 


We ask all of our students and families to come together to celebrate the Eucharist on this special day.  We also have some of our students participating in a special way by dressing up as saints for the Mass.  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.

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


Thank you, and God bless you.

FIRST COMMUNION BASIC PRAYERS (Follow-Up)

posted Oct 26, 2020, 10:33 PM by St. Kevin Religious Education   [ updated Oct 26, 2020, 10:34 PM ]

This past week, we evaluated our First Communion students on the four “
Basic Prayers” that they should already know: the Sign of the Cross, the Our Father, the Hail Mary, and the Glory Be.  Some of our students do know all of their prayers well.  However, many of them still need to work on learning parts of some or all of the prayers.
 
Please make sure that your child continues to pray these prayers every day.  The best way that our students can learn these prayers by heart is to say them on a daily basis.  And even if your child knows all of their prayers, they need to continue to pray them every day so that they do not forget them.  We strongly encourage you to pray these prayers together with your child daily!  As mentioned previously, they need to know these prayers by heart as they prepare for their First Reconciliation and First Communion, and they will also continue to use these prayers as they grow in their faith.  
 
We will be doing a follow-up evaluation on the Basic Prayers later on in the year to ensure that all of our students know them.

Thank you, and God bless you.

FIRST COMMUNION - PRAYER EVALUATIONS (Things to Learn, Part I)

posted Oct 17, 2020, 10:08 PM by St. Kevin Religious Education   [ updated Oct 17, 2020, 10:09 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.  Each student will be asked to recite these prayers individually with their catechist during the class to ensure that they know them and so that they can continue using these prayers as they grow in their faith.  Please make sure that your child's microphone and camera are working and that they know how to unmute themselves when it is time to say the prayers.
 
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

posted Oct 9, 2020, 6:09 PM by St. Kevin Religious Education

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.
 
As your child is now in the second year of faith formation for First Communion, it is imperative that they know their Basic Prayers. 
When you registered your child, we included a handout with the Basic Prayers in the Welcome Packet that you received via email.  Please make sure that your child is reviewing their Basic Prayers at home that they must learn.  
 
We informed you during the Welcome Orientation that we will be evaluating our First Communion students on their Basic Prayers sometime in October.  According to the class outline for First Communion, the evaluation is scheduled for the week of October 20th, 21st, and 24th.  The evaluation will take place during regular class online.  More details will be emailed to you next week.


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.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION PROGRAM UPDATE

posted Sep 24, 2020, 8:46 PM by St. Kevin Religious Education   [ updated Oct 19, 2020, 4:15 PM ]

As you may have heard, starting this week, Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Miami began to phase in those students who would like to return to the classrooms.  However, capacity in the classrooms remains limited, along with the need to adopt and implement many new protocols for cleaning, sanitizing, screening, face masks, social distancing, etc. 
 
The Religious Education Program follows the guidance of the Office of Catechesis of the Archdiocese of Miami, and not the Office of Catholic Schools.  The Office of Catechesis of the Archdiocese of Miami has stated that, to ensure the safety of all our students and catechists, Religious Education Programs should continue with the online learning plans already in place until we can fully use the classrooms of the school. 
 
Therefore, students in the Religious Education Program will continue with classes being held and taught 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.
 

Thank you, and God bless you.

OPENING RELIGIOUS EDUCATION MASS - Sunday, September 20

posted Sep 17, 2020, 10:21 PM by St. Kevin Religious Education   [ updated Sep 19, 2020, 8:44 PM ]

This Sunday, the Church in the United States celebrates Catechetical Sunday, the national day that celebrates the ministry of catechesis and religious education. 
As such, the 11:15 am Mass this Sunday, September 20th, will be
celebrated and dedicated especially for the students, families, and catechists of our Religious Education Program. 
 
As we kickoff this new catechetical year, we ask you to please join together with us in the celebration of the Eucharist.  As mentioned at the Welcome Orientation, while the situation continues to improve, we know that many of you, for one reason or another, are unable to come to the parish for the celebration of the Mass.  The capacity of the church also remains limited for social distancing.  That is why the Mass is being livestreamed on the church's Facebook page YouTube channel so that everyone can participate, even if from a distance, and join together in spirit.

Please join us for our Mass via livestream on the Church's Facebook page YouTube channel: 


Our Catechists will also be commissioned in their important mission of passing on the faith to our children and families.
 
We look forward to having you and your families join us, whether virtually or at the parish, as we pray and celebrate during our opening Mass this Sunday!

Thank you, and God bless you.

Welcome Orientation Follow-Up (First Communion)

posted Sep 12, 2020, 8:43 PM by St. Kevin Religious Education   [ updated Sep 12, 2020, 8:46 PM ]


We thank you all of our students and parents for their presence and participation in this week’s Welcome Orientation.  Although we are starting this catechetical year in an unconventional way, we are excited to begin our classes for this year, and we know that they will be wonderful and fruitful for all with the grace of our Lord and the support and cooperation of all of our families.
 
As mentioned in the meeting, we sent via email the link to the recording of the Welcome Orientation so that you can readily access and review the topics and information presented and discussed.


Your child’s catechist will be emailing you the information and the link to connect to their online class.  Please make sure to follow the instructions that they send in order to successfully join the class.  We strongly recommend that you check the device your child will be using by following the instructions and testing the link you receive prior to the class to ensure that they will be able to access and connect to the online platform.
 
Please be sure to read our
Religious Education Handbook on our website at www.stkevinrep.org, under the “GENERAL CLASS INFO” tab.  It contains all the policies that will be followed and implemented, including attendance policy, dress code, and the “ABC’s of Online Class Etiquette”.  Please remember that by signing the “Requirements and Commitment Statement” at the time of registration, you indicate that you have read, accept, and agree to abide by all the guidelines in the Religious Education Handbook.
 
Also posted on our website and available for you to download is the First Communion “Welcome Packet” that you received at registration.  You can find it on the “FIRST COMMUNION” page of our website.
 
In addition, on the “
FIRST COMMUNION” page, you can find the “First Communion Class Schedule / Outline” for each respective class day available for download.  You and your child will know exactly what will be covered during each class this year, as all of our catechists will be following the outline of lessons posted.  Also, in case your child is ever absent, you may go over the lesson with them at home.  Please keep in mind our attendance policy of no more than 5 absences.
 
We are still pending the First Communion Dates for this year.  We expect for the dates to be finalized by the end of September.  You will receive an email once they are confirmed.

 
Please remember to check our website,
www.stkevinrep.org, frequently for any announcements, documents, and new information regarding your child’s Religious Education class.  The website will be our primary method of communicating information to you, so please be sure to visit our website on a regular basis.  We will also be utilizing MailChimp to send periodic emails to all the families, so please be sure to check your emails on a regular basis as well.  Your email address is automatically imported into MailChimp so that you can receive our emails.
 
We have extended our registration for this year’s classes until Thursday, September 17.  If you have any friends and/or family who have not registered and want to start or continue their child’s religious education, please reach out to them and invite them to come in.  We have all the information on our website under the “
REGISTRATION” tab.
 
We and all of our catechists are blessed to be a part of this St. Kevin community and to be able to serve all of you.  Please feel free to communicate any concerns, issues, and good reports as well to either of us. 
 
Thank you, and please help us pray for a blessed and fruitful Catechetical Year!
 


God bless you.

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