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 NAME FORM - Due This Week (01-29-2023)

A couple of weeks ago, your child received a form with information regarding choosing a Confirmation name for the Confirmation Mass.

Choosing a Confirmation name is a customary practice for the candidate preparing for Confirmation. The candidate chooses a saint whose model, example, or way of life makes an impact on the candidate, and is one that he/she would like to emulate his/her life on. In other words, the candidate chooses a patron saint for him/herself as he/she continues on their journey of faith. Although the Confirmation name is stated by the bishop only during the actual Confirmation, the candidate is encouraged to continually pray to the saint they have chosen to guide them throughout their journey of faith.

Even if the candidate will be keeping his/her Baptismal name, he/she still needs to complete and submit the Confirmation Name Form as they reflect on why they would like to keep the saint they were named after as their Confirmation Name.

IF your child has not turned in the Confirmation Name form, it is due by next class:

  • Tuesday, January 31 (Tuesday class)

  • Wednesday, February 1 (Wednesday classes)

  • Saturday, February 4 (Saturday class)

*Please remember that Wikipedia is NOT an acceptable source of information to complete the Confirmation Name form.


Each candidate must submit the Confirmation Name Form to his/her Catechist directly in class. The form will not be accepted via email. If your candidate needs another copy of the form, it is available on our website, www.stkevinrep.org, in the “CONFIRMATION” tab page.


Thank you, and God bless you.


CONFIRMATION - YOUTH GROUP HOURS INFORMATION (01-24-2023)

We have received quite a few emails with regards to their child’s Youth Group participation. As mentioned throughout the year thus far, candidates for Confirmation are required to attend 10 Youth Group Sessions as part of the preparation for Confirmation. Some of our candidates will not have attended all 10 required sessions by the due date of February 15th, and the final session of Youth Group for the Confirmation preparation will take place on Friday, February 10th.

Please find below the information on how we will proceed for those students who will be missing Youth Group sessions by February 15th.

FOR THOSE WHO WILL NOT HAVE COMPLETED THE 10 YOUTH GROUP SESSIONS BY FEBRUARY 15th:

Confirmation candidates will be required to complete additional “direct” service hours in the amount of double the number of missing Youth Group sessions.

  • Example: 2 (two) missing youth group sessions ---> 4 (four) additional "direct" service hours to be completed

  • Example: 7 (seven) missing youth group sessions ---> 14 (fourteen) additional "direct" service hours to be completed


These additional “direct” service hours will be due on March 4thone week prior to the date of the Confirmation Retreat. Students who do not complete the additional hours may not be allowed to attend the Confirmation Retreat, which will lead to a delay in the candidate’s celebration of Confirmation.

Candidates need to follow the same procedures for submitting the additional “direct” service hours, which includes completing the “Service Report Form” and having it signed by the organization supervisor, along with attaching a signed letter from the organization on their official stationery.

Thank you, and God bless you.



CONFIRMATION THINGS TO KNOW (01-23-2023)

Back in September, at the beginning of the catechetical year, each candidate received a packet with the “Things to Know” in preparation for their Confirmation. We gave them this list of prayers and important concepts early in the year so that they may have ample time to learn them.

This past week, we gave each candidate an additional copy of the "Confirmation – Things to Know" packet. Please make sure that your candidate is reviewing the prayers and learning the concepts in the packet. Toward the end of February, we will be evaluating each candidate to ensure that they have learned all of these items in preparation for their Confirmation.

As stated at the Confirmation Parent-Candidate Meeting, each candidate for Confirmation needs to 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 continue the mission of Christ in building up the Kingdom of God.

If your candidate needs another copy of the “Confirmation – Things to Know” packet, it is available on our website, www.stkevinrep.org, in the “CONFIRMATION” page.


Thank you, and God bless you.


CONFIRMATION NAME FORM (01-16-2023)

This past week in class, candidates received a form with information regarding choosing a Confirmation name for the Confirmation Mass.

Choosing a Confirmation name is a customary practice for the candidate preparing for Confirmation. The candidate chooses a saint whose model, example, or way of life makes an impact on the candidate, and is one that he/she would like to emulate his/her life on. In other words, the candidate chooses a patron saint for him/herself as he/she continues on their journey of faith. Although the Confirmation name is stated by the bishop only during the actual Confirmation, the candidate is encouraged to continually pray to the saint they have chosen to guide them throughout their journey of faith.

Candidates are reminded to take some time to reflect and to choose a saint whom they would like to adopt as their patron and guide.

Once a saint is chosen, the candidate needs to complete the Confirmation Name Form given to them this past week. The form is also available on our website, www.stkevinrep.org, on the “CONFIRMATION” tab page.

The Confirmation Name form is due by Tuesday, January 31 (Tuesday class), Wednesday, February 1 (Wednesday classes), and Saturday, February 4 (Saturday class). Each candidate is to submit the form to his/her Catechist directly in class. The form may not be sent or submitted via email.

Thank you, and God bless you.


CONFIRMATION SERVICE HOURS REMINDER (01-10-2023)

As we resume classes this week, we would like to remind you that the service hours for your child’s Confirmation are due in a few weeks. Please find below the information on the service plan that each candidate needs to complete as part of the preparation for Confirmation.

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“DIRECT” COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS (10)

As mentioned at our Confirmation meetings earlier this year, 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.

All community service hours must be completed and submitted by Wednesday, February 15th. Each candidate must complete the “Service Report Form” found in the “Confirmation Community Service Information Packet” and have it signed by the organization in order to document their service hours. In addition, a signed letter from the organization on their official stationery must be attached with the report form. As stated in the community service packet, “ONLY ORIGINALS will be accepted. Reports sent by email or fax will NOT be accepted.”

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.

For your reference, you may CLICK HERE to see how many hours your candidate has completed based on our records (current as of January 9, 2023). Click on your candidate's catechist on the bottom, and find their name on the corresponding sheet.

  • PLEASE NOTE: The spreadsheet does NOT include the two hours completed at the Parish Festival. As we mentioned at registration and at the Parents' Meeting, the two hours completed at the Parish Festival are in addition to the 10 "direct" hours that each candidate is required to complete. The Parish Festival hours are NOT considered "direct" service and, therefore, are NOT included towards the 10 "direct" hours requirement.

  • Each candidate needs to have a total of 10direct” hours by Wednesday, February 15th.

  • Candidates who did NOT complete their two (2) hours at the Parish Festival were informed that they need to complete an additional four (4) direct service hours, for a total of 14 "direct" hours.

  • The Youth Group sessions will be updated in the coming days. To know the exact number of sessions your child has attended, please contact the Youth Group leaders at youthgroup@stkevinrep.org.

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YOUTH GROUP SESSIONS (10)

Each candidate is required to attend ten (10) Youth Group sessions, which take place on Fridays from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at the Parish Hall. Confirmation candidates need to have attended at least ten (10) Youth Group sessions by Wednesday, February 15th. Candidates should have already attended at least 5 sessions of Youth Group up to this point.

Candidates were provided with a log sheet to keep track of their attendance at Youth Group, which they should have been filling out at every session they attended. Upon attending their 10th session of Youth Group, candidates need to complete the reflection question at the bottom of the log sheet. The log and the corresponding reflection question on the sheet need to be completed by Wednesday, February 15th. The Youth Group leaders will submit all completed log sheets directly to us.

Should you need additional information on the Youth Group, please contact the Youth Group leaders directly at youthgroup@stkevinrep.org.


Thank you, and God bless you.


IMPORTANT REMINDERS - St. Kevin Religious Education (01-09-2023)

We hope you and your families had a wonderful Christmas and a blessed start to the new year.

As we begin the second half of our catechetical year, we would like to remind you of a few important things regarding the program:

ATTENDANCE

Please remember that if it is the first or second year of preparation for a sacrament, we allow a maximum of 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. 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.


DRESS CODE

All students are expected to dress modestly, in attire appropriate for class and church. Students may NOT 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 large/distracting hair pieces (large bows, animal ears, etc.).


BOOKS / SUPPLIES / BAGS

Every student needs to bring their book(s) to class every week, along with a pencil or pen, and any other supplies requested by their catechist. Also, only drawstring or canvas bags can be used to carry supplies. Any other forms or types of bags, including regular school book bags, are NOT allowed.



DROP-OFF AND DISMISSAL PROCEDURES

We remind you of the drop-off and dismissal procedures as explained during the Welcome Orientation and sent to you previously via email. Please refer to the email sent to all families with complete details and information.


IMPORTANT NOTE:

We would especially like to emphasize the importance of abiding by the dismissal procedures and understanding that they are in place for the safety and security of all of our students in the program. Sadly, there have already been a couple of incidents this year that have led to unfortunate consequences for those involved. We strive for the safety of all concerned, including our students, parents, catechists, and staff who are all part of our parish community, and it is expected that all essential guidelines and procedures be followed in furtherance of our efforts.



COVID-19 GUIDELINES

The Archdiocese of Miami (ADOM) Covid Policy remains in effect. All students, families, and catechists are to abide by these guidelines to mitigate risk and promote the safety and well-being of all.


Should your child be sick or display symptoms of illness (i.e. fever, runny nose, cough, congestion, excessive sneezing), they should not come to class and remain at home for the safety and well-being of everyone in the program. Please send an email to the Religious Education Office.


We thank you for your support and cooperation. We look forward to a great second half of this catechetical year!



MERRY CHRISTMAS AND BLESSED NEW YEAR! (12-22-2022)

This is a reminder that there will be NO CLASSES from December 22nd until January 8th, 2023. We will be on Christmas Break for two weeks.

Classes will resume:

  • Tuesday, January 10th

  • Wednesday, January 11th

  • Saturday, January 14th

*Our schedule of Masses for Christmas and New Year’s can be found below, as well as on our website, www.stkevinrep.org.*

Let us remember amidst all the excitement and preparation during these days that the real reason for Christmas is JESUS. It is a season to reflect, remember, and celebrate this greatest gift that God has given to each and every one of us. May we welcome Christ into our hearts and allow Him to guide us on our journey of faith.

We share with you the recording of our Christmas Presentation from this past Saturday that was put together by some of our students. They all did an amazing job in helping us to remember and to keep alive the reason and spirit of the season.

  • Watch on YouTube. (The presentation starts at the 1:52 mark.)


Please also find below a special Christmas message from our pastor, Father Jesús Saldaña, to all of our families in the parish.


We wish you and your family a wonderful and holy Christmas. May the season lead you and your families to be drawn closer to our Jesus Christ, the Emmanuel, God-with-us. May the New Year of 2023 be filled with abundant blessings and graces from our Lord above.


JESUS IS THE REASON FOR ALL THE SEASONS!


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CHRISTMAS MESSAGE FROM OUR PASTOR:


“Adeste fideles, laeti, triumphantes …”

Dear brothers and sisters:

This is how a traditional Christmas carol begins, which invites us to journey to Bethlehem to meet the Son of God, born of the Blessed Virgin Mary and guarded by St. Joseph.

Let us also go joyfully to live and to be part of that Communion of love with the one who has come to build his home within us, to teach us that He is the Way, the Truth and the Life, to not be afraid when we are with Him, and to trust in His mercy.

Christmas make us aware that our lives are a pilgrimage: to walk with Christ to meet the Father. We ask God to help us to discover the true spirit and reason of this Christmas season and to live in solidarity and charity with one another, giving an authentic testimony of faith. Together, united by hope, let us all together build a better future of Respect, Justice and Peace.

Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!



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CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR’S MASS SCHEDULE

St. Kevin Catholic Church

Saturday, December 24th (Christmas Eve)

6:00 pm English (Christmas Vigil Mass)

12:00 am: Midnight Mass – Bilingual


Sunday, December 25th (Christmas Day)

(HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION)

8:00 am English

9:30 am Spanish

11:15 am English

1:00 pm Spanish

7:00 pm Spanish

Remember, NO confessions on Christmas Day.

Saturday, December 31st

6:00 pm English Vigil for Mary, Mother of God

7:30 pm Spanish Vigilia por Maria, Madre de Dios

Sunday, January 1st, 2023 (Mary, Mother of God)

(HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION)

8:00 am English

9:30 am Spanish

11:15 am English

1:00 pm Spanish

7:00 pm Spanish



CHRISTMAS PRESENTATION - Saturday, December 17 (12-13-2022)

We are excited to announce that this Saturday, December 17th, we will be having our annual Christmas Presentation at the church. The presentation is being put together by some of the students in our Religious Education program. Our Music Ministry choir will also be leading us in singing Christmas songs during the presentation.


Everyone is invited to watch the presentation, which will be held at the church. The church doors by the gift shop (facing Bird Road) will open at 10:00 am. The front section of the church will be reserved for the students.

STUDENTS IN THE SATURDAY CLASSES WILL BE WATCHING THE PRESENTATION IN THE CHURCH AS PART OF THEIR REGULAR CLASS.


The procedures we will be following for the Saturday class December 17th have been emailed to the parents.


We look forward to you joining us as we prepare to celebrate the reason for Christmas, the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Thank you, and God bless you.


CHRISTMAS DRIVE (12-01-2022)

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 (WalMart, Target, Visa, MasterCard) to be given to 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.

We will be accepting donations of gift cards next week (December 6, 7, and 10). Please bring any donations 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.


PARISH FESTIVAL HOURS VOLUNTEERING INFORMATION (11-30-2022)

Dear Candidates:

As you know, our annual St. Kevin Parish Festival will be taking place this Sunday, December 4th. Remember that, as part of the requirements for this year, you must complete two (2) volunteer hours at the Parish Festival. You were informed at the Sponsor Meeting, as well as in class by your catechist, of your assigned two-hour shift for the festival.


At the Confirmation meeting in October, you completed the form to sign-up for the shift for the Parish Festival hours, which included writing an email to receive all pertinent information.


An email has been sent out to all candidates with complete details and information regarding the procedures for the Parish Festival Hours, including your assigned time shift.

As mentioned in the email, the hours will NOT be counted if you do not follow the outlined procedure.


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

Thank you, and God bless you.


PARISH FESTIVAL REMINDERS (Ride Wristbands & Raffle Tickets) (11-29-2022)

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 4th. You can still take advantage of the pre-Festival price of $20 per wristband, and they can be bought from us at the door when your child comes 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, November 30th. On the day of the Festival, they will be $30 each.

More information can be found in the “PARISH FESTIVAL” page of our website.

Also, if you have not yet done so, 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 this Saturday, December 3rd.

NO CLASSES -- HAPPY THANKSGIVING! (11-19-2022)

Please remember that there will be NO CLASSES this coming week for Thanksgiving break:

  • Tuesday, November 22nd,

  • Wednesday, November 23rd, and

  • Saturday, November 26th.


Classes will resume the following week:

  • Tuesday, November 29th,

  • Wednesday, November 30th, and

  • Saturday, December 3rd.

A reminder that on Thanksgiving Day, November 24th, we will have our bilingual Religious Education Family Mass here at St. Kevin at 11:00 am. 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 in giving thanks to God for all His graces.

We also thank all of you for your generous contributions to our Thanksgiving Drive. We collected just under $2,000 in cash donations! 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.


As we celebrate this occasion with our own families and loved ones, let us remember to 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 keep in our prayers all who are in need.


We wish you and your family a blessed Thanksgiving!

THANKSGIVING DRIVE (11-06-2022)

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 strongly encouraged and more than welcome to do so.

ALL DONATIONS NEED TO BE BROUGHT IN BY NEXT CLASS (this week). Please have your child give the donations to us at the front 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 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.

NO CLASS - Saturday, November 5 (11-03-2022)

As a reminder, please remember that there will be NO CLASSES on Saturday, November 5th.

Classes resume the following Saturday, November 12th.


Thank you, and God bless you.


RELIGIOUS EDUCATION MASS - Tuesday, November 1 (10-29-2022)

Please remember that we have a special Religious Education Mass taking place this coming week:

When: Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Time: 6:00 pm

Location: Church

This Tuesday, 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.


At our Mass, we will have some of the Saints among us represented by our third and fourth grade students, who will also be presenting their saint during the Mass. Our Music Ministry choir will be singing and leading us in giving praise to God. Students from our classes will also be participating as lectors.


We ask all of our students and families to come together to celebrate the Eucharist on this special day. We look forward to having you and your child(ren) join us, as we pray and celebrate during our Mass this Tuesday!


Thank you, and God bless you.


MANDATORY CONFIRMATION SPONSOR MEETING - Wed., Nov. 2 (10-27-2022)

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

When: Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Time: 6:30 pm

Location: Parish Hall


By 6:30 pm, all candidates need to be at the PARISH HALL accompanied by their sponsor for Confirmation.


At the meeting, the Sponsor will fill out and sign the “Sponsor Requirements and Consent Form.” In addition, the sponsor must obtain a sponsor certificate/letter from his/her parish and submit it on the day of 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.

These documents are required in order to be a sponsor for the candidate of Confirmation.


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

**Tuesday Class: Remember that all Tuesday students must attend the Religious Education Mass for All Saints Day on Tuesday, November 1st at 6:00 pm. Please refer to the email sent yesterday to all Tuesday families.

**Saturday Class: There will be CLASS AS USUAL on Saturday, October 29th.



Thank you, and God bless you.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR TUESDAY CLASSES (10-26-2022)

This coming Tuesday, November 1st, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of All Saints. It is a Holy Day of Obligation. As noted on the calendar, we will be having a special Religious Education Mass:

When: Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Time: 6:00 pm

Location: Church


ALL STUDENTS IN THE TUESDAY CLASSES WILL BE ATTENDING THE MASS AS THE REGULAR CLASS NEXT TUESDAY.



An email has been sent to all of the Tuesday parents with complete information.


We look forward to seeing everyone at our Mass!


ST. KEVIN PARISH FESTIVAL INFORMATION (10-25-2022)

We are excited to announce that our annual St. Kevin Parish Festival will be on Sunday, December 4, 2022, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm here on our Church and school grounds. This annual event is a cherished reminder of the fun and fellowship that our entire Church and school community can share. Please find below a few things to note regarding the festival.

RAFFLE TICKETS

Each family will be receiving a book of 10 raffle tickets. They will be sent home with your oldest child by the beginning of November. It is one book of 10 tickets per family (not per child). Please remember to return the ticket stubs to us by Wednesday, November 30th 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 remaining balance of the tuition.


UNLIMITED RIDE WRISTBAND

As we do every year, we will have new rides for our young ones of all ages. Ride wristbands will be available for purchase in November for unlimited access to rides at the Festival. You can take advantage of the early bird price of $20 per wristband up until November 30th, and they can be purchased from us at the time when you drop off your child for class, or at the office on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm (cash or check only). On the day of the Festival, they will be $30.

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 volunteering at the festival while also enjoying an atmosphere of fun and fellowship with the entire parish community. Should you be able to assist, please reply to this email with your contact information to let us know, and we will forward it to the festival committee who will be in touch with you.


Any additional information regarding the Festival will also be posted on the “PARISH FESTIVAL” page of our website, www.stkevinrep.org

We look forward to all of our families joining us for a day of fun filled with delicious food, fun activities, and the spirit of our community of faith!


NO CLASS ON TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY - Fall Break (10-24-2022)

Thank you to all those who joined us for our Religious Education Mass yesterday. We are grateful for your presence as we celebrated as a community of faith. A special thank you to our students who participated in the various roles of 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 this week for our Fall Break:

  • Tuesday, October 25th

  • Wednesday, October 26th


Classes resume the following week:

  • Tuesday, November 1st *

  • Wednesday, November 2nd


* TUESDAY CLASSES

As noted on the calendar, please remember that on Tuesday, November 1st, the Solemnity of All Saints, all students in the Tuesday classes will be attending Mass, as it is a Holy Day of Obligation. Students in the Tuesday classes need to arrive NO LATER than 5:45 pm and check-in with their catechist at the plaza outside the Chapel. The Mass will count as the class for this day in terms of attendance.


A separate email will be sent out to the Tuesday group with more information and details regarding the Mass on November 1st.




SATURDAY CLASSES

There will be CLASS AS USUAL on Saturday, October 29th.


RELIGIOUS EDUCATION MASS - Sunday, October 23 (10-20-2022)

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

When: Sunday, October 23, 2022

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 Seventh Grade and Up classes will be participating in the various roles of 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.


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!