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.

CONFIRMATION PARENT-CANDIDATE MEETING - Wed., Oct. 5 (10-01-2022)

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 5, 2022

Time: 6:30 pm

Location: Parish Hall


This meeting will take place instead of regular class on Wednesday evening. Please go straight to the Parish Hall with your son/daughter for the meeting this coming Wednesday.

Please note that attendance at this meeting for both candidates and parents is REQUIRED for all students and parents as part of the preparation for Confirmation.



**Tuesday Class: Remember that there is NO Class on Tuesday, October 4th (for Mrs. Will's class only).

**Saturday Class: There will be CLASS AS USUAL on Saturday, October 1st and Saturday, October 8th.



CLASSES CANCELLED - Wednesday, September 28 (09-27-2022)

Per the direction of the Director of the Office of Catechesis, due to the approach of Hurricane Ian, the office is closed and Religious Education classes for tomorrow, Wednesday, September 28th, have been CANCELLED.


There will be NO Religious Education class tomorrow for the Wednesday students.


Classes will resume the following Wednesday, October 5th.


SATURDAY CLASSES ARE SCHEDULED TO BE HELD AS USUAL. Should anything change, an additional email will be sent out to all parents.



Let us please keep praying for our brothers and sisters in Cuba, the Keys and everyone who will be impacted by the hurricane. Let us also trust in the power of the Blessed Sacrament in every tabernacle to protect us!



Thank you, and God bless you.


NO CLASSES - Tuesday, September 27 (09-27-2022)

Per the direction of the Director of the Office of Catechesis, out of an abundance of caution, Religious Education classes for today, Tuesday, September 27th, have been CANCELLED.


There will be NO Religious Education class today for the Tuesday students.


Classes will resume the following Tuesday, October 4th.



WEDNESDAY AND SATURDAY CLASSES ARE SCHEDULED TO BE HELD AS USUAL. Should anything change, an additional email will be sent out to all parents.



Let us please pray for our brothers and sisters who have been affected by Hurricane Ian, for all who will be struck by the hurricane, and for its prompt dissipation.



Thank you, and God bless you.


CONFIRMATION SERVICE REQUIREMENTS (09-20-2022)

An email was sent with the information regarding the “10-2-10” plan for the service that each candidate for Confirmation is required to complete as part of the preparation for Confirmation. This information was shared with you at the time of registration.


“DIRECT” COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS (10)

Each candidate for Confirmation is required to complete 10 (ten) “direct” community service hours as they prepare to become “adults” in the faith in following and living the example and teachings of Christ.

The 10 community service hours must be completed and submitted by Wednesday, February 15th, 2023. The “Confirmation Community Service Information Packet,” including all the information regarding the hours and the Service Report Form, can be found on our website, www.stkevinrep.org, in the “Confirmation Community Service” page under the CONFIRMATION tab.

We strongly recommend that that candidates do not wait until the last minute to complete their service hours. Also, should candidates have any questions or doubts, they should contact the Religious Education Office prior to performing service at a particular organization to ensure that they meet the criteria of “direct” hours.



PARISH FESTIVAL HOURS (2)

Each candidate is required to complete two (2) service hours helping at the St. Kevin Parish Festival, which is taking place on Sunday, December 4th. More details will be given at the Parent-Candidate meeting in October.

YOUTH GROUP SESSIONS (10)

Each candidate is required to attend ten (10) Youth Group sessions. The Youth Group sessions afford an opportunity for our candidates to engage in faith formation activities with their peers that extend beyond their regular religious education classes. Candidates are encouraged to remain part of the Youth Group by attending after they celebrate their Confirmation and beyond as a way to continue their service and involvement in our Church and parish.

Youth Group takes place on Fridays from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at the Parish Hall. All Confirmation candidates need to have attended at least ten (10) Youth Group sessions by Wednesday, February 15th, 2023.


Candidates will be given a log to keep track of their attendance at Youth Group, which would need to be brought to each session and signed by the Youth Group leader. This log and the corresponding reflection question will need to be completed and submitted by Wednesday, February 15th.

As mentioned, all of the above needs to be completed by each candidate as part of the preparation for Confirmation. Failure to do so will lead to a delay in the candidate’s celebration of Confirmation.

All of this will be reviewed at the Confirmation Parent-Candidate Meeting on October 5th.

Thank you, and God bless you.


IMPORTANT REMINDERS (09-19-2022)

We have 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 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. We look forward to seeing everyone again for our next Religious Education Mass in October.

We would like to remind you of a few guidelines of utmost importance discussed at the Parent Orientation to keep in mind throughout the year:


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.

DRESS CODE

As our catechists often take their classes to the Chapel during class, 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, regardless of the reason, 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

Students received their books at the Welcome Orientation. 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 may 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 to class, including all types of water bottles, as they are not allowed inside the classrooms. In addition, gum chewing is not permitted.




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 updates and 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, and to add our email address to your contact list to ensure that our emails are not sent to your spam/junk folder. Remember that we will be sending the majority of our emails through MailChimp.

Thank you for your support and cooperation.



God bless you.


OPENING RELIGIOUS EDUCATION MASS - Sunday, Sept. 18 (09-15-2022)

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

When: Sunday, September 18, 2022

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. Hence, 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.


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 sharing and passing on the faith to your children and families.

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 you and your families join us as we pray and celebrate during our opening Mass this Sunday!


Thank you, and God bless you.




WELCOME ORIENTATION FOLLOW-UP (09-12-2022)

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 procedures for drop-off and pick-up for this year.

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


WELCOME ORIENTATION, 2022-2023 (09-03-2022)

We take this opportunity to welcome you to the beginning of the St. Kevin Religious Education Program for the 2022–2023 Catechetical Year!

The classes 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 take place in-person at the parish. (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.

  • 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 arrive on time, as attendance may not count should you arrive late.

  • Only parents and students who are already registered will be able to attend the Welcome Orientation.


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