Confirmation Announcements

Any CONFIRMATION announcements or reminders in reference to important dates, events, days off, etc. will be posted on this page.


Click on the title of each announcement to see the full text.


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.

RELIGIOUS ED. MASS - Wednesday, December 8th / IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR WEDNESDAY CLASSES (12-06-2021)

Please note that this coming Wednesday, we are having our next Religious Education Mass of the year:

When: Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Time: 6:00 pm

We will be celebrating the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is a Holy Day of Obligation, which means that we are called to attend Mass. The Mass is being prepared by students in our Wednesday classes, who are participating as lectors, together with our Music Ministry choir, who will be singing and leading us in giving praise to God.


As we honor our Blessed Mother, let us come together as a community to pray and to celebrate as we ask for her intercession.



ALL STUDENTS IN THE WEDNESDAY CLASSES WILL BE ATTENDING THIS MASS AS THEIR REGULAR CLASS ON THIS DATE.


An email has been sent to all of the Wednesday parents with complete information and details regarding the procedures we will be following for this day.



For all students and families in the other class days, as capacity in the church remains limited for social distancing, the Mass will be livestreamed on the church's YouTube channel so that everyone can participate, even if from a distance, and join together in spirit.


To join us via livestream on the church's YouTube channel:

  • https://www.youtube.com/stkevin

  • It will go live about 5 minutes before the start of the Mass. You will see the link on the channel home screen once it goes live.

  • You do not need a YouTube account to access the livestream. Simply go to the link above.


CLICK HERE to download the guide with the prayers, songs, readings, and Mass parts so that you and your child(ren) may follow during the Mass.



We look forward to having all of our families join us, whether virtually or at the parish, as we pray and celebrate during our Mass this Wednesday!

CHRISTMAS DRIVE - St. Kevin Religious Education (12-05-2021)

As we are in the midst of the Advent season in preparation for the celebration of Christmas, the Religious Education Program has been given the opportunity to participate in the Christmas Drive of the St. Mother Teresa Charity of the parish.

This year, the members of the ministry are collecting gift cards to be given to the needy families within our parish community so that they are able to purchase toys and gifts for their children this Christmas. We invite you and your families to participate in this year’s Christmas Drive so that we can help bring a smile to many children in our community.

Please bring any donations of gift cards this upcoming week (December 7, 8, and 11) when your child comes to class. As with the Thanksgiving drive, we will have an envelope at the entrance door where you or your child can place the donations. Remember to attach the gift card receipt so that the members of the St. Mother Teresa Charity are aware of the amount in the gift card.

We thank you in advance for your consideration, and may God bless you for your generosity as we continue in this season of Advent.

NO CLASSES ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4 (12-02-2021)

According to our calendar, please remember that there will be NO CLASS this coming Saturday, December 4th.


Preparations are taking place for our annual Parish Festival on this day. Therefore, there will be no class.

Classes will resume the following week, Saturday, December 11th.


Also, please remember that, as emailed previously, this class has been moved to the end of the year. Therefore, the last day of class for the Saturday groups will be Saturday, May 14th, 2022.


Should you need to refer to the calendar, it is available on our website, www.stkevinrep.org.


Thank you, and God bless you.

REMINDER: Current Guidelines and Updated Drop-Off and Dismissal Procedures (11-30-2021)

Last week, an email was sent with the updated drop-off and pick-up procedures, effective this week, as well as a few reminders of guidelines that remain in place in our Religious Education Program. They have been resent as we resume classes after the Thanksgiving break.

COVID-19 GUIDELINES

The Covid-19 guidelines and protocol sent to you at the beginning of the year remain in effect. Per the Director of Catechesis of the Archdiocese of Miami, NO changes are being made at this time by the Archdiocese for Religious Education classes at the parish. Of utmost importance, please remember:

  • Face masks are still required for ALL catechists and ALL students of any age, regardless of vaccination status. Students who come without a face mask will not be allowed into the school for class, which would potentially count as an absence.

  • Should your child be sick, please have them stay home and email the office.

  • Protocols remain in place for quarantine and isolation with regards to any exposures and positive diagnosis. This includes even if they are asymptomatic.

  • Anyone who travels outside of the United States must contact the Religious Education Office prior to returning to class to follow the necessary procedures. More information can be found in the Travel Form of the Archdiocese.

These and all current guidelines are taken from the Archdiocese of Miami (ADOM) Covid Policy as applicable to religious education programs, which are NOT being changed or amended at this time. All students, families, and catechists need to continue to abide by the current guidelines. Please remember that, in terms of the Covid guidelines for the program, we follow the Archdiocese of Miami and NOT Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Also, any changes or revisions to the guidelines are made separately from those for Archdiocesan Catholic schools. Should the Archdiocese make amendments to the policy for religious education classes in the future, they will be communicated via email to all parents in the program.


MODIFICATION OF POLICY ON BAGS

Starting this week, students are now permitted to use either a drawstring bag or a canvas tote to carry their book and supplies when they come to class. ANY OTHER FORMS OR TYPES OF BAGS, INCLUDING REGULAR SCHOOL BOOK BAGS, ARE NOT ALLOWED.


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REVISED DROP-OFF AND PICK-UP PROCEDURES

Due to numerous issues encountered over the last few weeks, the drop-off and pick-up procedures have been modified. The REVISED procedures have been emailed to the parents. These procedures are now in effect and replace those prior to the break.


If you did not receive the revised procedures, please email the Religious Education Office.

  • For security purposes, only students, catechists, and staff are allowed to enter and be inside the school.

  • The program is not responsible for students dropped off before the door opens 10 minutes prior to class.

  • Please exercise caution when coming in and out of the parish grounds.

  • Students also need to be picked up on time by a parent or designated adult. Any student not picked up within 15 minutes after class ends may be subject to a late pick-up fee, to be paid at the time of pick up.

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We thank you in advance for your support and cooperation.


PARISH FESTIVAL REMINDERS (11-29-2021)

We hope you and your families had a blessed and joyful Thanksgiving. We also hope that all of you have had a fruitful start to the Advent season.

This email is a reminder that we are still selling the “Unlimited Ride Wristband” for the Parish Festival, which is taking place this coming Sunday, December 5th. You can still take advantage of the pre-Festival price of $25 per wristband, and you may have your child submit the order to us when they come for Religious Education class. Wristbands are also available at the Parish Office. The last day to buy the wristband at the pre-festival price is this Wednesday, December 1st. On the day of the Festival, they will be $30 each.

More information, including order forms for the wristbands, can be found in the “PARISH FESTIVAL” page of our website.

Also, please remember to return your raffle tickets to us this week for a chance to win some great prizes in our festival raffle. The last day to turn in the raffle tickets is Wednesday, December 1st.


NO CLASSES -- HAPPY THANKSGIVING! (11-20-2021)

Please remember that there will be NO CLASSES next week for the Thanksgiving holiday:

  • Tuesday, November 23rd,

  • Wednesday, November 24th, and

  • Saturday, November 27th.


Classes will resume the following week:

  • Tuesday, November 30th,

  • Wednesday, December 1st, and

  • Saturday, December 11th (NO Class on Saturday, December 4th)

We thank all of you for your generous contributions to our Thanksgiving Drive. We collected over $2,000 in cash donations, which is the most that the Religious Education Program has ever collected for Thanksgiving! The money collected will be used by the St. Mother Teresa Charity ministry of the parish to provide gift cards for needy families in our parish community this Thanksgiving. All of the charitable work we are able to accomplish is only possible through your generosity.


We also remind you that on Thanksgiving Day, November 25th, we will have our bilingual Religious Education Family Mass here at St. Kevin at 11:00 am. A few members of our Music Ministry choir will be leading us in singing and praising God at the Mass, and some of our younger 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 we give thanks to God for all His graces. As capacity in the church remains limited for social distancing, the Mass will be livestreamed on the church's YouTube channel 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 YouTube channel:

  • https://www.youtube.com/stkevin

  • It will go live about 5 minutes before the start of the Mass.

  • You do not need a YouTube account to access the livestream. Simply go to the link above, and you will see the livestream once it goes live.


As we celebrate Thanksgiving with our loved ones in a safe way, let us be thankful to God for all of the graces he has bestowed on us and all the blessings he constantly provides for us, and ask him to continue to watch over us. Let us also keep in our prayers all who are in need.

We share with you these Thanksgiving Prayers and reflections from Sadlier to use with your families as you come together to celebrate. Click on the language to download.

We wish you and your family a blessed Thanksgiving! Please stay safe while enjoying the celebration.


WEDNESDAY CLASSES - Important Information re: Class on December 8th (11-19-2021)

On Wednesday, December 8th the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the patroness of the United States. It is a Holy Day of Obligation. As such, we will be having a special Religious Education Mass on:


When: Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Time: 6:00 pm


As indicated in the class outlines and on the calendars you received at registration, the class on Wednesday, December 8th is dedicated to attending the Mass.

ALL STUDENTS IN THE WEDNESDAY CLASSES WILL BE ATTENDING THE MASS AS THE REGULAR CLASS ON THIS DATE.

  • With the Mass being celebrated for the parish community, and since capacity remains limited in the church, students will be participating in the Mass virtually at the Parish Hall.

  • On Wednesday, December 8th, all students are required to be dropped off directly at the Parish Hall (NOT the school) by 5:45 pm. Please do not forget the face mask!

  • Students do NOT need to bring their books or any other materials for this day.

  • At the Parish Hall, each student will check in with their catechist for attendance. (Attendance at the Mass from the Parish Hall will count as a regular class day.)

  • Students will be seated with appropriate social distancing in the Parish Hall.

  • Mass will begin promptly at 6:00 pm. Any students who are not present once the Mass begins will be considered absent for this class.

  • Students will be dismissed from the Parish Hall once the Mass concludes, which we anticipate to be around 7:00 pm.


Prior to the day of the Mass, the drop-off and dismissal procedures we will be following only for this day will be emailed to the parents.

As we are aware that the Mass is taking place before the usual start time of class, we are informing the Wednesday classes well in advance so that you may have ample time to make arrangements for your child to be present for class and the Mass on this day.

As we honor our Blessed Mother, we will come together as a community to pray and to celebrate as we ask for her intercession. We look forward to sharing the Mass together with all our students in the Wednesday classes!


Thank you, and God bless you.


PARISH FESTIVAL REMINDERS (11-17-2021)

Just a few reminders regarding our Parish Festival on Sunday, December 5th:

RAFFLE TICKETS

Per the H.S.A. of the school, who is the lead of the parish festival, they have experienced a delay in the printing of the raffle tickets, which is why they are only being distributed this week. They will be sent home this week with your oldest child. Please remember to return the raffle ticket stubs to us by Wednesday, December 1st so that you can be entered to win some great prizes. You may also leave the ticket stubs in the Parish Office during the week. They are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 7:00 pm (closed 1-2 pm for lunch).

**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 remaining balance of the tuition.

UNLIMITED RIDE WRISTBANDS

A reminder that we have the “Unlimited Ride Wristband” for the Parish Festival available for purchase. Take advantage of the pre-Festival price of $25 per wristband. The last day to get the wristband at the pre-Festival price is Wednesday, December 1st. On the day of the Festival, they will be $30 each. Please have your child submit the order to us at the door when they come for Religious Education class. Wristband order forms can be downloaded from the “PARISH FESTIVAL” page on our website.

PARENT VOLUNTEERS

We are still in need of parent volunteers to help us out at the Parish Festival. Come and participate by volunteering at the Festival while also enjoying an atmosphere of fun and fellowship with the entire parish community. If you can volunteer some of your time that day, please fill out the “Parent Volunteer Form,” found in the Festival Packet, and have your child turn it in to us at the door when they come to class. The H.S.A. of the school will then be in contact with you to coordinate. The last day to submit the "Parent Volunteer Form" is this Saturday, November 20th.

STUDENT VOLUNTEERS

We are also giving the opportunity for students in grades 7 and up to serve our community of faith by volunteering at the Parish Festival. Service hours will be given for any volunteer work done at our Festival. Students in the 7th grade and up and Confirmation classes will have the chance to sign up this week in class if they are interested. We will contact them later on with additional details.

  • Confirmation Classes (2nd year): Remember that students in the Confirmation classes may complete two of their required Confirmation service hours at the Parish Festival. They may do more hours in the festival should they need it for their schools, and we can provide a service hour letter that they may use. However, please note that ONLY TWO (2) hours from the Parish Festival will count toward the required service hours for Confirmation. If they plan on volunteering at the Parish Festival, they must put their names and contact information on the sign-up sheet this week during class so that the details may be sent to them.


COVID-19 PROTOCOLS

We will be following the Covid-19 guidelines and protocols of the Archdiocese of Miami for our parish festival. Everyone attending the festival will be asked to abide by the guidelines that will be in place to promote as safe an environment as possible for all of our families. More information will be sent out as we approach the date of the festival.


More information on all of the above can be found on the “PARISH FESTIVAL” page on our website, www.stkevinrep.org.


Thank you for all of your support, and God bless you.


THANKSGIVING DRIVE, 2021 (11-08-2021)

This past week, we sent home the memo with information regarding our Thanksgiving Drive. We will be working in conjunction with the St. Mother Teresa Charity of the parish to provide assistance for as many families as possible.

This year, we will not be collecting any food items, as the members of the St. Mother Teresa Charity will not be preparing food baskets. Instead, they are collecting cash donations to provide gift cards for the needy families this Thanksgiving.

We are requesting that each student in the program brings a minimum of $5.00 in cash in order to assist with the purchasing of the gift cards to be distributed. Should you wish to donate more, you are more than welcome to do so.

WE ASK FOR THE DONATIONS TO BE BROUGHT IN NEXT CLASS (this week). Please have your child give the donations to us at the door when they come to class. We will have an envelope for them to place the cash donations.

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 collection. 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.


SYNOD CONSULTIVE SESSIONS (11-08-2021)

Recently, Pope Francis announced that there would be a worldwide synod exploring ways in which the universal church can improve its ability to listen to the faithful. The theme for the synod is, “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation and Mission.”

A synod is a gathering of bishops that fosters closer unity between the bishops and Pope, provides counsel to the Pope on matters of faith and morals, and discipline of the Church, and studies questions concerning the Church in the world (c.f. Code of Canon Law c. 342).


The Holy Spirit continues to guide the church as he has guided her in the upper room at Pentecost. Pope Francis reminds us that we must continue to reflect on our life and mission so to better impact the world and increase our ability to encounter Christ. The Holy Father has asked that all of the dioceses in the world engage in a period of listening, discernment and participation. We are “to listen to each other, to our faith tradition, and to the signs of the times in order to discern what God is saying to all of us.” (Synod of Bishops, Preparatory Document)


Your participation and input are a necessary and vital piece to this process. The parish invites you to join for one of the Synod Consultive Sessions taking place at the parish:


ENGLISH

Saturday, November 13th

3:00 pm -- Parish Hall


SPANISH

Saturday, November 20th

3:00 pm -- Parish Hall


To learn more about the Synod, visit

https://www.miamiarch.org/CatholicDiocese.php?op=XVI_Synod


The following questions will be discussed at the session, as provided by the Archdiocese:


Question 1

What fills you with joy about the Catholic Church?

What causes you concern about the Catholic Church?

Question 2

Are you encouraged to speak up courageously and responsibly about challenges and concerns?

Do you feel heard? Do you listen to the voices of others?

How can we create greater opportunities for people to be heard in Church and in the public square?

Question 3

What type of support do you need to grow in your personal relationship with Jesus and His Church? What type of support do you need to help others to enter into a personal relationship with Jesus and His Church? How can the Catholic Church accompany and support you with these?


God bless you.


NO CLASSES - Saturday Group (11/06) (11-04-2021)

As a reminder, please remember that there will be NO CLASSES on Saturday, November 6th due to the annual Archdiocesan Catechetical Conference.

Classes resume the following Saturday, November 13th.



Thank you, and God bless you.


CURRENT COVID-19 GUIDELINES REMAIN IN EFFECT (11-01-2021)

The Archdiocese of Miami has revised some of its Covid guidelines for the celebration of Masses in our Catholic Churches. Should you wish to read the letter from the Archbishop with the updated guidelines, CLICK HERE to download the file.


We emphasize that these changes only "appl[y] to the COVID regulations in church only" for the celebration of Mass.


Per the Archbishop's letter, "parish meetings and religious education classes should continue to use masks and social distance for the time being."


THE CURRENT GUIDELINES DISTRIBUTED BACK IN SEPTEMBER 2021 CONTINUE TO REMAIN IN EFFECT.

  • Face masks are still required for ALL catechists and ALL students of any age, regardless of vaccination status. Students who come without a face mask will not be allowed into the school for class, which would potentially count as an absence.

  • Appropriate social distancing needs to be practiced while on parish grounds.

  • Should your child be sick, please have them stay home and send an email to the Religious Education Office.

  • Protocols remain in place for quarantine and isolation with regards to any exposures and positive diagnosis. This includes even if a student is asymptomatic.

  • Anyone who travels outside of the United States must contact the Religious Education Office prior to returning to class to follow the necessary procedures.

These and all current guidelines are taken from the Archdiocese of Miami (ADOM) Covid Policy as applicable to religious education programs, which have NOT been changed or amended as of the date of this announcement. All students, families, and catechists need to continue to abide by the current guidelines to mitigate risk and promote the safety and well-being of all.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD a copy of the Covid-19 guidelines summary for Religious Education classes.


Our guidelines and procedures for drop-off and dismissal, supplies / bags, etc. will also continue and REMAIN UNCHANGED until further notice.


In the coming weeks, it is expected that the Archdiocese may amend its policies and guidelines for religious education classes. Any changes and revisions will be communicated via email to all parents in the program. Please note that these amendments will be made separately from those for Archdiocesan Catholic schools.


Until then, we thank all of you in advance for your continued support and cooperation in adhering to the guidelines currently in place.


God bless you.

MANDATORY CONFIRMATION SPONSORS' MEETING - Wednesday, November 3 (10-30-2021)

This is a reminder that our Sponsor Meeting will take place next week. As mentioned at the Confirmation Parent-Candidate meeting, this meeting is MANDATORY as part of the preparation for Confirmation. BOTH CANDIDATE AND SPONSOR MUST ATTEND.

When: Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Time: 6:30 pm

Location: Online


This meeting will take place instead of regular class on Wednesday evening. THE MEETING WILL BE HELD VIRTUALLY. An email has been sent with the instructions for the candidate and sponsor to join the meeting.

  • Confirmation students do not come to the parish for the meeting. They need to attend the meeting with their sponsor. The meeting will be held virtually.

  • ALL OTHER STUDENTS on Wednesday will have class and need to come to the parish as usual for their class. Please make arrangements.


As mentioned at the Parent-Candidate meeting, the sponsor must obtain a sponsor certificate/letter from his/her parish prior to the meeting. This certificate/letter states that he/she is a practicing Catholic in good standing who can be the sponsor for the candidate.

  • **The sponsor needs to obtain the sponsor's certificate from the parish where they are registered or belong to by their address.

  • **If the sponsor is registered at St. Kevin (receives the weekly offertory envelopes) or lives within the boundaries of St. Kevin, then he/she needs to contact the Parish Office (305-223-0633) to obtain the sponsor letter needed.


At the meeting, we will outline the process of how the sponsor certificate/letter will be submitted. We will also be virtually distributing the "Sponsor Requirements and Acknowledgment Form" that the sponsor will need to fill out, sign, and return to us. These documents are required in order to be a sponsor for the candidate of Confirmation.


PLEASE NOTE: It is only ONE SPONSOR per candidate.


**CANDIDATES AND SPONSORS FROM ALL CONFIRMATION CLASSES ON TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY AND SATURDAY MUST ATTEND THE MEETING.


**Tuesday Class: Remember that there is NO Class on Tuesday, November 2nd. (Mrs. Will's Confirmation Class ONLY). All other students on Tuesday have class as usual.

**Saturday Class: There will be NO Class on Saturday, November 6th, due to the Archdiocese Catechetical Conference.


We look forward to seeing all of our candidates and their sponsors at our meeting!



God bless you,

NO CLASSES - Tuesday and Wednesday (10/26 & 10/27) (10-24-2021)

Thank you to all those who joined us for our Religious Education Mass yesterday, both in-person and virtually. A special thank you to our Confirmation students who served as lectors in the Mass, as well as the students who participated in our Music Ministry choir. They all did an outstanding job!


Please remember that there will be NO CLASSES for our Fall Break on:

  • Tuesday, October 26th

  • Wednesday, October 27th


Classes resume the following week:

  • Tuesday, November 2nd

  • Wednesday, November 3rd


There will be CLASS AS USUAL for the Saturday groups on Saturday, October 30th.



Thank you, and God bless you.


RELIGIOUS EDUCATION MASS - Sunday, October 24 (Confirmation Classes) (10-21-2021)

Please remember that our next Religious Education Mass is taking place this coming Sunday:

When: Sunday, October 24, 2021

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. Some students from our Music Ministry choir will be singing and leading us in giving praise to God. Students from our Confirmation classes will be participating as lectors in the Mass.


This Mass will be especially dedicated to the Confirmation classes, and we look forward to seeing all our Confirmation students and their families at our Mass!

As capacity in the church remains limited for social distancing, the Mass will be livestreamed on the church's YouTube channel so that everyone can participate, even if from a distance, and join together in spirit.


To join us via livestream on the church's YouTube channel:

  • https://www.youtube.com/stkevin

  • It will go live about 5 minutes before the start of the Mass. You will see the link on the channel home screen once it goes live.

  • You do not need a YouTube account to access the livestream. Simply go to the link above.

CLICK HERE to download the guide with the prayers, songs, readings, and Mass parts so that you and your child(ren) may follow during the Mass.


We look forward to having all of our families join us as we pray and celebrate during our Mass this Sunday!



Thank you, and God bless you.


RELIGIOUS ED. MASS - October 24 (Confirmation Classes - Lectors Needed (10-08-2021)

Our next Religious Education Mass will be on Sunday, October 24th, 2021. A few students from our Music Ministry choir will be preparing the music for this Mass and lead us in giving praise to God.

We are excited that our students will now be able to participate as lectors during our upcoming Religious Education Masses. We hope that in the coming months, we will be able to give our students the opportunity to also participate as offertory bearers and greeters.

For our next Mass, we will be needing students from the Confirmation Classes to serve as lectors. As a lector, the student will be assigned to do one of the readings during the Mass. We will be following all of the Covid-19 guidelines currently in place for Masses, which include wearing the face mask at all times while inside the church and practicing appropriate social distancing.

If your child would like to participate, please send an email as soon as possible to let us know. In your reply, please include your child’s name and class day. As the available spots are limited, we will fill the spots on a first-come first-served basis. Please let us know no later than next Wednesday, October 13th. We are counting on your support and assistance to make this Religious Education Mass a success!

There will be a rehearsal prior to the Mass where your child will go over the readings and what they will be doing.

Once again, our goal for having these Religious Education Masses throughout the year is to bring together the children, families, and catechists of the Religious Education Program to pray and celebrate, united as one community in Christ.

Thank you, and God bless you.


MANDATORY CONFIRMATION PARENT-CANDIDATE MEETING - Wednesday, October 6 (9-30-2021)

This is a reminder that, as noted on our Confirmation calendar, you and your son/daughter MUST attend a mandatory “Parent-Candidate Meeting” as part of the preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation.


When: Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Time: 6:30 pm

Location: Online


This meeting will take place instead of regular class on Wednesday evening. THE MEETING WILL BE HELD VIRTUALLY. The steps to join the meeting online were emailed to the parents.

  • Confirmation students in Mr. Montejo's class do not come to the parish for the meeting. The meeting will be held virtually.

  • ALL OTHER STUDENTS on Wednesday will have class and need to come to the parish as usual for their class. Please make arrangements.


Please note that attendance at this meeting is MANDATORY for all students and parents as part of the preparation for Confirmation, and will count as a class day in terms of attendance.


**Tuesday Class: Remember that there is NO Class for Mrs. Will's students on Tuesday, October 6th. All other students on Tuesday have class as usual.

**Saturday Class: There will be CLASS AS USUAL on Saturday, October 3rd and Saturday, October 10th. Please come to the parish for regular class.


Information on how to join the Parent-Candidate meeting online has been sent to the parents via email.


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


CONFIRMATION - THINGS TO KNOW (09-27-2021)

This week in class, each student received a packet with the “Things to Know” in preparation for their Confirmation. They include the "Basic Prayers" that they were given to learn last year, along with some important concepts pertaining to our faith and the sacrament of Confirmation.


We are distributing these "Things to Know" early in the year so that the Confirmation students have ample time to learn them. We are requesting your assistance in making sure that your child reviews and studies the concepts in the packet. Prior to their Confirmation, we will be evaluating each candidate to determine whether they have learned all of these items in preparation for their Confirmation.

Each candidate for Confirmation should 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 to continue the mission of Christ in building up the Kingdom of God.

The “Confirmation – Things to Know” packet is available anytime on our website, www.stkevinrep.org, in the “CONFIRMATION” tab page.


For your convenience, you may download a copy of the packet by clicking here.


Thank you, and God bless you.


IMPORTANT REMINDERS (09-21-2021)

We had a successful first week of formal class, and we thank you for your support and cooperation as we continue on this Catechetical year. We also thank all those who joined us, both in-person and via livestream, for our beautiful opening Religious Education Mass yesterday. It was a great blessing to gather together as one Religious Education family to pray and to celebrate as we walk together on our journey of faith.

We would like to remind you of a few guidelines of utmost importance, as discussed at the Parent Orientation:

COVID-19 GUIDELINES

All students, parents, and catechists need to abide by the Covid-19 guidelines of the Archdiocese of Miami for Religious Education Programs, as discussed in the Welcome Orientation and emailed to you. Please remember these points of utmost importance:

  • Masks are required for ALL catechists and ALL students of any age, regardless of vaccination status. Face shields and neck gaiters are insufficient.

  • Appropriate social distancing needs to be practiced while on parish grounds.

  • Should your child be sick, please have them stay home and email the Religious Education Office.

  • Protocols are in place for quarantine and isolation with regards to any exposures and positive diagnosis.

  • Anyone who travels outside of the United States must contact the Religious Education Office prior to returning to class.


DROP-OFF AND DISMISSAL PROCEDURES

Please remember to follow the drop-off and dismissal procedures as explained during the Welcome Orientation and sent to you via email.

  • Students in the Confirmation classes will be dropped off and picked up in the front of the school (enter through SW 127 Avenue).

  • PLEASE REMEMBER THAT THE PICK-UP CARD NEEDS TO BE PRINTED AND PLACED ON THE FRONT RIGHT DASHBOARD OF YOUR VEHICLE. The link to download and print the pick-up card can be found in the email sent last week.


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 class and may be asked to go home, which could potentially count as an absence.


ATTENDANCE

Please remember that for those students in the first or second year of preparation for a sacrament, we allow up to five (5) absences for the year in terms of counting the year towards sacramental preparation. There 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 inform you of the number of absences your child has up to that point. (This guideline does not apply to students in first grade and to students in grades 4-6 who have already received First Communion.)


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. Please remember that this year, due to the pandemic, students are NOT permitted to bring any bags whatsoever, including regular book bags, drawstring bags, canvas totes, etc.


FOOD, DRINKS, AND GUM

Please keep in mind 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. Students received their class assignment last week, 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 class, including class outlines. The website will be our main method 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, and to add our email address to your contact list to ensure you receive our emails.

God bless you.


CONFIRMATION TEXTBOOK INFORMATION (09-21-2021)

Last year, your child received a textbook (the “Faith Fusion” book) along with a Bible that was used throughout their first year of faith formation for Confirmation.

As we informed you at the end of last year and at registration, your child will need both their “Faith Fusion” textbook and their Bible for part of the second year of faith formation for Confirmation. The “Faith Fusion” textbook and Bible will be required for the first few classes as well as at several points during the year. Later on, they will be receiving a second textbook with material for Confirmation preparation, which they will also need to bring to class every week.

All students in the Confirmation classes are expected to bring their Faith Fusion textbook and Bible to class beginning this week.

Thank you, and God bless you.


OPENING RELIGIOUS EDUCATION MASS - Sunday, September 19 (09-16-2021)

Please remember that our opening Religious Education Mass of the year is taking place this coming Sunday:

When: Sunday, September 19, 2021

Time: 11:15 am

Location: Church

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 will be celebrated and dedicated especially for the students, families, and catechists of our Religious Education Program. As we kickoff this new catechetical year, let us come together to pray for a successful year and to celebrate our unity as one community in Christ.


As capacity in the church remains limited for social distancing, the Mass will be livestreamed on the church's YouTube channel so that everyone can participate, even if from a distance, and join together in spirit.


To join us via livestream on the church's YouTube channel:

  • https://www.youtube.com/stkevin

  • It will go live about 5 minutes before the start of the Mass. You will see the link on the channel home screen once it goes live.

  • You do not need a YouTube account to access the livestream. Simply go to the link above. Or you may go directly to the video by clicking here.

CLICK HERE to download the guide with the prayers, songs, readings, and Mass parts so that you and your child(ren) may follow during the Mass.


Two members of our Music Ministry choir will be singing and leading us in giving praise to God. Our Catechists will also be commissioned in their important mission of sharing and 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 (09-13-2021)

We thank everyone for their presence and participation in this week’s Welcome Orientation. 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.


An email was sent to all attendees with follow-up information for this year, including information on:

  • Handbook

  • Welcome Packet

  • Confirmation Class Outlines

  • Textbooks

  • Confirmation Community Service

  • Emails and Website


A separate email was also sent with more detailed information on the Covid-19 guidelines as well as the process for drop-off and pick-up for this year, including the necessary pick-up card.


We look forward to the start of our formal classes this week. God bless you.


WELCOME ORIENTATION, 2021-2022 (09-04-2021)

We take this opportunity to welcome you to the beginning of the St. Kevin Religious Education Program for the 2021–2022 Catechetical Year!

The classes students begin this week. As mentioned at registration, for the first day of class, we will have our Welcome Orientation for this catechetical year.

  • The Welcome Orientation will be virtual. (Information has been sent to the parents via email.)

  • The Welcome Orientation will begin promptly at the regular start time of class.

  • At least one of the parents MUST be present with their child(ren) at the Welcome Orientation, where you will receive important information regarding the classes and the program for this year, including the important guidelines and procedures that we will be following during this time of Covid as well as what to expect as we begin classes for this year.

  • You and your child will also be meeting our catechists for this year.

  • Please remember that attendance at the Welcome Orientation is required for ALL students and parents, and your attendance at the orientation with your child will count as a class day in terms of your child’s attendance for this year.


PLEASE NOTE:

  • You must use the information sent by email to access the Welcome Orientation. The Orientation will NOT be available via any other means.

  • During the orientation, we will inform you how you will submit your attendance at the orientation.

We look forward to seeing all of our students and parents at our Welcome Orientation!


COVID-19 GUIDELINES

Religious Education classes will be taking place in-person here at the parish. We will be following the Covid-19 Guidelines of the Archdiocese of Miami. Please note the following points of utmost importance:

  • Masks are required for ALL catechists and ALL students of any age, regardless of vaccination status.

  • Appropriate social distancing needs to be practiced while on parish grounds.

  • Protocols will be in place for quarantine and isolation with regards to any exposures and positive diagnosis.

  • Anyone who travels outside of the United States must contact the Religious Education Office prior to returning to class.

More detailed information on the Covid-19 guidelines will be provided at the Welcome Orientation.


COVID-19 GUIDELINES (09-01-2021)

As mentioned at registration, our Religious Education classes will be taking place in-person at the parish for the 2021-2022 catechetical year

We will be following the Covid-19 Guidelines of the Archdiocese of Miami. Please note the following points of utmost importance:

  • Religious education classes may be held in person within the parish/school facilities. As such, there will be no virtual option offered.

  • Masks are required for ALL catechists and ALL students of any age, regardless of vaccination status.

  • Appropriate social distancing needs to be practiced while on parish grounds.

  • Protocols will be in place for quarantine and isolation with regards to any exposures and positive diagnosis.

  • Anyone who travels outside of the United States must contact the Religious Education Office prior to returning to class.

More detailed information on the Covid-19 guidelines will be provided at the Welcome Orientation taking place next week. Parents will receive an email sometime this weekend with the information to access the Welcome Orientation.

Thank you, and God bless you.