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.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION MASS - Sunday, May 17

posted May 14, 2020, 8:35 PM by St. Kevin Religious Education   [ updated Jun 20, 2020, 10:08 PM ]

As you know, St. Kevin Catholic Church has been recording and posting the Sunday and Daily Masses on the parish's YouTube channel for all of our families to watch and participate in the celebration of the Eucharist from their homes.
  • St. Kevin's YouTube Channelwww.youtube.com/stkevin
  • We invite you to subscribe so that you are notified whenever a new Mass or liturgucal event is posted.
This Sunday, May 17th, would have been our closing Religious Education Mass for this catechetical year.  While we are not able to physically gather together at the church, we will be gathering in spirit.  This Sunday's Mass will be celebrated especially for the students, families, and catechists of our Religious Education Program. 

On Sunday morning (Sunday, May 17th), you will receive an email with the direct link to watch the Mass on the parish's YouTube channel.  We ask you to please join together with us and all the families of our Religious Education Program on this day as we give thanks to our Lord for a blessed and faith-filled 2019-2020 catechetical year as we pray for all of our students and families.  We will also be recognizing our catechists for their dedication and service to our program and parish. 

Let us all, children, families, and catechists, come together to pray, celebrate, and give thanks to God, united as one in Christ.  Our Music Ministry choir will also be singing (from a distance) and leading us in giving praise to God. 
 
We look forward to having all of you and your families join and participate virtually at our Religious Education Mass this Sunday!
 
Thank you, and God bless you.

First Communion Virtual Session

posted May 8, 2020, 10:22 PM by St. Kevin Religious Education   [ updated Jul 23, 2020, 9:58 AM ]

While the First Communion Masses of our students have been postponed, we would like to invite them to participate in a short prayer and gathering session, together with our catechists. 

We have set up an online meeting so that we can come together and meet up with all of our students “virtually,” whom we have not “seen” since our classes at the parish were suspended.
 
We look forward to seeing and joining together with our students and catechists!

Complete information on the online session was sent to the parents via email.
 
Please follow the steps you received via email to join the meeting.
 
We will open up the online meeting about 10 minutes before to give you time to login and to resolve any potential glitches.
 
We are excited to have this opportunity to gather with all of our students and catechists soon!

God bless you.

First Communion Masses POSTPONED

posted May 3, 2020, 4:22 PM by St. Kevin Religious Education   [ updated Jul 23, 2020, 9:58 AM ]

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING FIRST COMMUNION MASSES

Please note that all First Communion Masses on Saturday, May 9th and Saturday, May 16th have been officially POSTPONED

A new date will be determined in conjunction with the parish office and guidance from the Archdiocese of Miami when the situation has improved. 

We will send you the new dates and any new information as soon as they are confirmed.


Amidst what we continue to face, let us remember to continue to place our trust in the Lord, knowing that our children will celebrate their First Holy Communion in due time and in the Lord's time.  Let us remember that it is also an opportunity to continue to grow in our faith together as a family, as we pray and celebrate at home.


FIRST COMMUNION AT-HOME LESSON - Preparation for Reconciliation

posted Apr 23, 2020, 1:23 PM by St. Kevin Religious Education   [ updated Jul 23, 2020, 9:57 AM ]

This week, we emailed the next lesson for our First Communion students to complete at home, based on the First Communion outline.
 
We are skipping Lesson #10, since that would have been simply a review of the Mass and responses.  Your child should already know about the parts of the Mass, the responses, and what we do in each part.  If needed, they can review their Mass Book.
 


The next lesson your child needs to complete is Lesson #11: Preparation for Reconciliation
Your child will need their purple "Reconciliation Book" to complete the lesson.  As before, we have recorded a video of this lesson for your child to watch:
 

Lesson #11 (Preparation for Reconciliation)
Video link was sent via email.  Please email the Religious Education Office if you did not receive it.
 
Please have your child watch the video lesson as they review pages 7 to 11 in their Reconciliation Book.  

  • Please pay particular attention to pages 10 and 11, as these pages outline the steps your child will need to know in Celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
  • Pages 7 and 8 go through the process of the Examination of Conscience, which your child will need to do prior to doing their First Reconciliation.
There is no assessment for this lesson, as they have already been evaluated previously on the Rite of Reconciliation.  However, we would like each student to complete a short reflection as they prepare for the sacrament of Reconciliation.  They may use their Reconciliation books and the video lesson to complete their responses.
 
Reflection for Lesson #11:  Link was sent via email.  Please email the Religious Education Office if you did not receive it. 

**The above reflection needs to be completed by Monday, May 4th.**
 


This lesson would have taken place this week before your child’s celebration of Reconciliation.  However, the First Reconciliation of your child has been postponed, and we will let you know of the new date as soon as it is confirmed with the office.  So for now, your child needs to complete this lesson so that they are prepared and ready to celebrate Reconciliation when the time comes.

With regards to the First Communion Masses, a decision has not yet been made, as the parish office is taking it week by week and also awaiting any direction from the Archdiocese of Miami with regards to the celebration of the sacraments.  Once we receive any new information, we will immediately let you know via email.
 
The situation with the coronavirus has definitely affected us in many ways, and we sincerely appreciate your support and cooperation in assisting your child with their religious education and to foster some time together in prayer and reflection as a family.  We are confident that it has been a blessing to help your child with their religious education lessons and to share your faith with them as their primary catechist. 
  • We share with you a resource we received with ideas and ways you can continue to share your faith with your families and to foster the faith of your children.  Please email us if you did not receive it.
 
In the coming days, we will also be sending a separate email with the results of the assessments and evaluation, after all students have completed any pending assignments
.


We continue praying for the safety and well-being of all our families.

REMINDER, First Communion At-Home Assignments

posted Apr 17, 2020, 10:11 PM by St. Kevin Religious Education   [ updated Jul 23, 2020, 9:57 AM ]

Happy Easter! We hope that you and your families are doing well and are filled with the joy and grace of our risen Lord Jesus Christ.

We are emailing to follow-up on the First Communion assignments we sent out a couple of weeks ago.   Thank you to all our students who have completed the assignments of watching the lessons and completing the assessments and the evaluation.  However, there are some who are still pending the completion of some or all of these assignments.

Parents were emailed any assignments that are pending for their child.

Please make sure that your child completes any pending assignments indicated in the email by this Monday, April 20th.  Click the link next to each assignment for your child to complete online. The assignments need to be completed and submitted as part of the curriculum for this preparation year.

Should you need the original email with the links to the video lessons, please contact the Religious Education office.

Sometime next week, we will be sending the information on completing the next lesson, Lesson #11: Preparation for Reconciliation.

With regards to the First Communion Masses, a decision has not yet been made, as the parish office is taking it week by week and also awaiting any direction from the Archdiocese of Miami with regards to the celebration of the sacraments. Once we receive any new information, we will immediately let you know via email.

Once again, thank you for your support and cooperation, and may God bless you and your families.

HAPPY EASTER!

posted Apr 15, 2020, 10:15 PM by St. Kevin Religious Education   [ updated Apr 15, 2020, 10:16 PM ]

Dear Parents:
 

We would like to wish you and your families a Happy and Blessed Easter! 

Amidst these challenging times, let us remember the source of our hope and salvation: Jesus Christ, who is truly risen and present in our midst.  Let us not be fearful, but hopeful and rejoicing on this day as we proclaim to our families the Good News that Jesus Christ is risen .  May our risen Lord Jesus Christ be our strength, and may he continue to protect us with his love, mercy, and grace.

We invite you to go to our
YouTube channel to watch and participate in our Masses throughout the season of Easter and to make a spiritual communion as we celebrate new life in our Risen Lord Jesus Christ.  Click the link above, or scan the QR code to the right.

  • CLICK HERE for a resource on spiritual communion from the Archdiocese of Detroit
  • CLICK HERE for a resource on spiritual communion from Our Sunday Visitor.
  • Magnificat is offering free online access to their valuable resource containing the daily Mass readings, stories from the lives of the Saints, extra prayers, etc. For the digital version in English, visit www.magnificat.com/free. For the digital version in Spanish, visit www.magnificat.com/gratis. For complimentary access to MagnifiKid, visit www.magnifikid.com/free to view and download each weekly booklet of their colorful Sunday missalette for children.

Jesus Christ is risen.  He is risen indeed!


Daniel Mercado
Alidi Rivera
Catechetical Leaders

 



The following is this year's Easter message from our parish priests and deacons:

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Peace and goodness to all!

We have spent forty days growing spiritually and in solidarity with our Lord Jesus on the road to “His Hour” where the merciful Father would glorify him that we, too, might be glorified.  Now we continue to be glorified because His Passion, Death, and Resurrection are made real in every Eucharistic sacrifice.  Easter is a celebration of new life in Christ, and in the Easter Vigil, we are renewed with the water that recalls our Baptism and united with the new members of our family of faith.  This is the time of joy, the time of the fulfillment of the promise of the Holy Spirit, the time in which we walk with great hope as witnesses of the Risen One.

Jesus Christ is Risen!
Happy Easter!

The Priests and Deacons of St. Kevin

FIRST COMMUNION AT-HOME LESSONS AND ACTIVITIES

posted Mar 30, 2020, 10:22 PM by St. Kevin Religious Education   [ updated Mar 30, 2020, 10:28 PM ]


As classes have been suspended due to the evolving situation with the coronavirus, the Archdiocese Office of Catechesis has asked that we send via email the assignments and activities that your children are to complete at home.

An email was sent out to all parents in the Religious Education Program with information on the assignments and activities that students need to complete while classes at the parish are suspended.

Specifically, for the First Communion classes, there are two video lessons on the Mass that students need to watch, along with two assessments and an evaluation that students need to complete online.
 
If you did NOT receive an email from the program with your child's Religious Education at-home assignments, please email the Religious Education Office with your child's name, class day, and catechist to reled@stkevinrep.org.
 
We thank you for your support and cooperation during this time, and we continue praying for the safety and well-being of all our families.

ST. KEVIN MASSES ONLINE

posted Mar 23, 2020, 9:49 PM by St. Kevin Religious Education   [ updated Mar 23, 2020, 9:50 PM ]

Dear Parents:
 
We hope and pray that all of you are doing well, amidst the continuing situation with the coronavirus.
 
This past Wednesday, the Archdiocese of Miami issued a statement that all Masses and liturgical events have been suspended until further notice.  You can read the complete statement by
clicking here.
 
In light of this, St. Kevin will be recording Sunday Mass in English and Spanish for everyone in the parish to watch and participate.  The Masses will be uploaded online and available for viewing beginning at 6:00 pm every Saturday.  To the extent possible, we also plan to record the daily Mass in English and Spanish.
 
You can watch the Masses from the YouTube channel of St. Kevin Catholic Church by scanning the QR code above.


Or you can also click the link below:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTL1FinAJRr4xBiEw3HF6qQ/videos

All are encouraged to participate by watching the Mass at home and making a Spiritual Communion.
 
We hope that this will allow us to continue our worship to the Lord and our participation, though remotely, in the celebration of the Eucharist as we remain united in prayer.
 
In the near future, we will be sending out information with regards to continuing the religious education lessons and curriculum through online learning and at-home assignments for the coming weeks while we are unable to hold our classes here at the parish.
 
Thank you for your support, and may God bless you and your families.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CLASSES CANCELLED - Week of March 16

posted Mar 14, 2020, 10:23 AM by St. Kevin Religious Education   [ updated Mar 14, 2020, 10:25 AM ]

Under the direction of the Archdiocese of Miami, Religious Education Classes have been
CANCELLED the week of March 16, 2020.

There will also be NO CLASSES the week of March 23, 2020 for the previously scheduled Spring Break.

An email will be sent out as to when classes will resume.

Please also note that Archbishop Thomas Wenski has granted a dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass, as a result of the evolving situation with the coronavirus.

As taken from the press release from the Archdiocese of Miami:

 

We hold in prayer all those infected with the virus, their families and loved ones. We pray for the repose of the souls of those who have died. As a people of faith, we trust in the power of prayer and in the providence of our loving God; as a people of hope, we know that God will never abandon us in our need; and as a people of charity, we, despite our own fears and anxieties, stand in solidarity with all of our brothers and sisters infected or affected by this pandemic.

 

Let nothing disturb you,
let nothing frighten you,
he who has God
nothing lacks:
God alone suffices.

 

Nada te turbe,
nada te espante,
quien a Dios tiene
nada le falta:
Solo Dios basta.  
(St. Teresa of Avila)

RELIGIOUS ED. MASS - May 17 (First Communion Students Needed)

posted Mar 7, 2020, 7:59 PM by St. Kevin Religious Education   [ updated Mar 7, 2020, 7:59 PM ]

Our final Religious Education Mass of the year will be on Sunday, May 17th, 2020 at 11:15 am.  The Mass will be especially dedicated to our First Communion students.  We are looking forward to seeing all of them and their families at this special Mass as we come together as a community of faith to pray for them and to celebrate our Lord Jesus Christ present in the Eucharist (as well as their second Communion!). 

As mentioned at the Parents’ Meeting a couple of weeks ago, we need students from the First Communion classes to participate in the various roles of the Mass:
  • Lector   (MUST READ WELL – will be assigned a reading part during the Mass)
  • Offertory Bearer   (will bring up one of the gifts during the offertory)
  • Greeter   (will greet parishioners at the entrance doors before and after Mass)
We still need students for each of these roles!  Should your child want to participate, please complete the form you received in the parent packet, and return it to us as soon as possible, but no later than March 14th, 2020.  You can also download the form by clicking here.  As the available roles are limited, they will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  You may also scan the form and send it to us via email.
 
We thank you for your support, and we look forward to this special celebration!

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