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.

LAST CLASS AND END-OF-YEAR GATHERING - WEDNESDAY, MAY 18 (05-13-2022)

This is a reminder that next Wednesday, May 18th, will be our last class for this 2021-2022 Catechetical Year from 6:30 – 7:45 pm.

  • SATURDAY and TUESDAY Classes: there is NO CLASS on May 14th and May 17th respectively. Instead, please come on May 18th at 6:30 pm.

As we close out this Catechetical year, we will gather together with all of our Confirmation students, now Confirmandi and "adults in the faith," in celebration of this year. Please remember to bring your confirmand for this final day of class with all of our Confirmation students and their catechists. As mentioned many times throughout the year, the Confirmation certificates will be distributed at this last class.

In addition, we remind you that although their formation for Confirmation has ended, our formation in the faith is a continuous and never-ending process as we proceed on our journey of faith. Your Confirmand is invited to participate in the St. Kevin Youth Group to continue their service and involvement in our Church. The Youth Group is coordinated by two of our catechists, Michelle Leuchtenmueller and Jose Atay, and they gather on Fridays at 7:00 pm at the Parish Hall. All Confirmandi are more than welcome and strongly encouraged to participate and remain involved. Should you wish any additional information, you (or your confirmand) may contact them directly at youthgroup@stkevinrep.org. You may also find more information on the Youth Group page of our website, under the "MINISTRIES" tab.

We also have a tradition for our Confirmandi to return and to volunteer in our program as Catechist Aides so that they can help spread the message of Christ's Gospel to the children in our program (and also obtain service hours). Applications were distributed this past week to all those who were interested in volunteering in our program for the 2022-2023 year. If your Confirmand is interested, please have them fill out and bring in the application, signed by you, next Wednesday so that we can consider them as a Catechist Aide in our program for next year.

Thank you for all of your support and cooperation throughout this entire Catechetical Year. We look forward to continue seeing our Confirmandi in our program and parish community.

Many blessings for you and your families.


CONFIRMATION REHEARSAL - Thursday, April 21 (04-18-2022)

This is a reminder that next week, we have the rehearsal for the celebration of Confirmation.

Thursday, April 21st, 2022

  • We will have the rehearsal for the Confirmation Mass at 5:30 pm.

  • Both your child and their sponsor need to arrive no later than 5:15 pm so that the rehearsal may start promptly at 5:30 pm.

  • They need to come to the patio area outside the Chapel, where they will sign in prior to proceeding into the church.

  • Rehearsal will run until approximately 7:00 pm.

  • Please be here to pick up your child at 7:00 pm outside the Chapel.

  • Gowns will be distributed to the candidates at the end of the rehearsal.


**Please remind your child’s sponsor that he/she MUST attend the rehearsal with your child.**

ATTENDANCE AT THE REHEARSAL IS REQUIRED FOR BOTH CANDIDATE AND SPONSOR.

Please remember the dress code of the program:

NO crocs, flip flops, tank tops, sleeveless shirts/dresses, gym shorts, leggings, ripped jeans, or “short” shorts/skirts (must come down to the knee).

Please remember that we will be in the church, and all candidates are to dress modestly.


**TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY CLASSES: Please remember that there is no class on Tuesday, April 19th and Wednesday, April 20th. Instead, please come for the rehearsal on Thursday. (The rehearsal will count as a class day in terms of attendance.)


Thank you, and God bless you.



NO CLASS - SATURDAY GROUPS (Holy Saturday) (04-13-2022)

According to our calendar, please remember that there will be NO CLASSES on Saturday, April 16th. Next Saturday is Holy Saturday, as we celebrate the Paschal Triduum of the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ beginning on Thursday.

There will also be NO CLASS on Saturday, April 23rd, as our Religious Education students will be celebrating the sacrament of Confirmation on this day.


Classes will resume the following week, Saturday, April 30th.


Your child received a pamphlet with the schedule of the Holy Week Masses and Services here at St. Kevin. The schedule is also available on our website.

We invite and encourage you to join us in celebrating our faith at these important celebrations of the Easter Triduum.

Thank you, God bless you, and Happy Easter!



HOLY WEEK - Class as Usual on Tuesday and Wednesday (04-07-2022)

Please Note:

There will be CLASS AS USUAL on

Tuesday, April 12 and Wednesday, April 13.

Please remember to bring your child for class.


This Sunday, April 10th, the Catholic Church celebrates Palm Sunday and enters into the celebration Holy Week, as we remember the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ in the Triduum.


This week, your child received a pamphlet with the schedule of the Holy Week Masses and Services here at St. Kevin. The schedule can also be found on the "Holy Week Schedule" page of our website.

We invite and encourage you to join us in celebrating our faith at these important celebrations of the Easter Triduum.

Thank you, and God bless you.


GUIDELINES FOR CONFIRMATION MASS (04-01-2022)

We are excited that soon, our candidates will be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit as they are confirmed and become “adults” in the faith!


As we prepare for the celebration, we are informing you of the guidelines and procedures that will be in place for the Confirmation Mass. Please review them carefully. All of our families and sponsors are asked to follow and abide by these guidelines and procedures.


The guidelines have been sent via email to all parents in the program. Parents, please check your emails for the guidelines for the Confirmation Mass. (A PDF version can also be downloaded using the link provided in the email.)


If you did not receive the email with the guidelines and procedures, please notify the Religious Education Office.

MASS ATTENDANCE OBLIGATION RESUMES - April 10, 2022 (03-31-2022)

Please be aware that Archbishop Thomas Wenski is ending the pandemic dispensation of attending Mass on Sundays. Effective the weekend of Palm Sunday, April 10, 2022, everyone will once again be required to participate in the celebration of the Eucharist (Mass) in-person on Sundays and other Holy Days of Obligation.


Back in March 2020, the Archbishop dispensed the faithful of the obligation to participate in the Eucharist on Sundays and on Holy Days of Obligation. In other words, it was not required to attend Mass in-person due to the coronavirus pandemic.


We are blessed to have come a long way since then, and hence, Catholics in the Archdiocese of Miami will once again be obligated to attend Mass in-person. As noted in the letter from the Archbishop, "[u]nless excused for a serious reason (illness, care of infants or elderly, etc.) those who deliberately fail in this obligation commit a grave sin."


To read the Archbishop's letter:

As the dispensation has been lifted, the parish will no longer be livestreaming the Masses, effective Sunday, April 10th. Sunday, April 3rd will be the last livestream of Masses from the parish.


We look forward to seeing you at the parish for Mass, as we come together to celebrate the "source and summit" of our faith.


NO CLASSES - Spring Break / Reminder of ADOM Travel Policy (03-19-2022)

According to our calendar, please remember that there will be NO CLASSES this coming week:

  • Tuesday, March 22nd;

  • Wednesday, March 23rd; and

  • Saturday, March 26th

This is the week of Spring Break for Miami-Dade County Public Schools.


Classes will resume the following week:

  • Tuesday, March 29th;

  • Wednesday, March 30th; and

  • Saturday, April 2nd



We remind you of the Travel Policy and Quarantine Requirements of the Archdiocese of Miami, taken from the latest update of the Covid protocols for Religious Education Programs. They have been sent via email to all parents in the program, including the ADOM Travel Form. Please check the email sent on Saturday, March 19th for complete information on the policy and requirements.


We wish you and your families a wonderful and safe Spring Break.



Thank you, and God bless you


COVID-19 PROTOCOL UPDATE - March 15, 2022 (03-15-2022)

The Archdiocese of Miami has updated its Covid protocols for Religious Education Programs. The updates were sent to all parents via email, and are effective March 15, 2022.


Please note that these updates have been made in light of the significant reduction in number of COVID cases per 100,000 population in the local community. All revised guidelines are subject to revision and adjustment should it be deemed necessary by the Archdiocese based on the then-current situation in our community.

MASKS AND SOCIAL DISTANCING

  • Masks are now optional for all students, catechists, and staff, regardless of vaccination status.

  • Masks will be required in the following scenarios:

  • within the 10-day period following a close contact to someone with Covid

  • within the 10-day period following a positive COVID diagnosis.

  • Masks continue to be recommended, especially for those who prefer additional protection. or are immunocompromised.

  • Social distancing will continue to be encouraged and practiced to the extent possible in order to reduce the need for quarantine should an infection become present in the classroom.


QUARANTINE REQUIREMENTS

  • If a student is sick, displays symptoms of illness, exposed to someone with Covid, or awaiting test results, the parent needs to send an email to the office and follow the necessary protocols and procedures for quarantine and/or isolation that will be sent to you. This includes even if a student is asymptomatic.

  • Students who experience a close contact will need to follow the quarantine protocols of the Archdiocese of Miami.


ISOLATION REQUIREMENTS

  • A student who displays symptoms of illness must be tested immediately to rule out the possibility of Covid. The student needs to isolate until a negative test result is received.

  • If a positive diagnosis is received, the student must follow the ADOM's isolation procedures.

TRAVEL QUARANTINE REQUIREMENTS

  • If fully vaccinated, no quarantine is required on any travel. However, for international travel, PCR test is required on day 4 or 5 after return date.

  • If NOT fully vaccinated, quarantine is required upon return from international travel, and PCR test is required on day 4 or 5 after return date.

  • The ADOM travel form must be completed and submitted for all international travel.


More details on these revisions can be found in the summary update from the Archdiocese of Miami. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD.



Again, all of the above are subject to revision and modification by the Archdiocese if deemed necessary. As mentioned previously, should any of the policies be amended, they will be communicated directly via email to all parents in the program.



OTHER REMINDERS

We also reiterate the following guidelines and procedures, which have not changed:


DROP-OFF AND DISMISSAL

The current drop-off and dismissal procedures, last revised in December 2021, will remain in effect.


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, tank tops, sleeveless attire, gym shorts, sweat pants, leggings, ripped jeans, flip-flops, crocs, or large/distracting hair pieces (large bows, animal ears, etc.). Students who come inappropriately dressed may not be allowed into class, which would potentially count as an absence.



We thank you in advance for your continued support and cooperation. We pray for the continued well-being of all of our students and families.


RELIGIOUS EDUCATION MASS - Sunday, March 6 (03-03-2022)

This is a reminder that our next Religious Education Mass is taking place this coming Sunday:

When: Sunday, March 6, 2022

Time: 11:15 am

Location: Church

As we begin the season of Lent, let us remember that we are called to prepare ourselves for the celebration of the Paschal Mystery of Christ: his Passion, Death, and Resurrection. We are celebrating this Mass so that we can all come together as a Religious Education family to pray and celebrate during this solemn season. Some students from our Music Ministry choir will be singing and leading us in giving praise to God. We will also have students from the program participating as lectors in the Mass.

STUDENTS PARTICIPANTS FOR THE OFFERTORY

This weekend, the offertory procession will resume during the Mass. Therefore, we need several students for the offertory for this Sunday's Mass. For the offertory, students will bring up one of the gifts to the altar during the Mass. Should your child be interested and able to participate in the offertory for this Sunday's Mass, please reply to this email to let us know. In your reply, please include your child's name and grade level. Your child will need to be at the church no later than 10:45 am to quickly review what they will be doing in the Mass.



MASS LIVESTREAM

For those who are unable to come in person, the Mass will be livestreamed on the church's YouTube channel so that you are still able to participate 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.


MARCH 2022: CURRENT COVID GUIDELINES REMAIN IN EFFECT (03-03-2022)

A few days ago, the Archdiocese of Miami announced that it is revising some of its Covid guidelines for the celebration of Masses in our Catholic Churches. Should you wish to read the article with the updated guidelines, CLICK HERE to go to the Archdiocese of Miami website.


We are sending this email to emphasize that these changes ONLY apply in church for the celebration of Mass. Per communication received from the Archdiocese Chancellor's Office, these updated protocols do NOT apply for parish ministry meetings and religious education classes. It is expected that guidelines for ministries and religious education classes will be amended "at some point, but not now."



COVID-19 GUIDELINES

Therefore, all current Covid-19 guidelines and protocols will continue to remain in effect for Religious Education classes until further notice.

  • Face masks continue to be required for everyone, including 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.

  • If a student is sick or displays any symptoms of illness, the parent is asked to have them stay home and to inform the office via email.

  • If a student is exposed, awaiting test results, or receives a positive diagnosis, the parent needs to send an email to the office and follow the necessary protocols and procedures for quarantine and/or isolation that will be sent to you. This includes even if a student is asymptomatic.

Again, NO changes have been made by the Archdiocese with regards to its Covid Policy as applicable to religious education programs. Should the Archdiocese amend the policies for religious education classes in the future, they will be communicated via email to all parents in the program. Until then. all students, families, and catechists need to continue to adhere and abide by the guidelines currently in place.



OTHER REMINDERS


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, tank tops, sleeveless attire, gym shorts, sweat pants, leggings, ripped jeans, flip-flops, crocs, or large/distracting hair pieces (large bows, animal ears, etc.).



DROP-OFF AND DISMISSAL

The current drop-off and dismissal procedures, last revised in December 2021, will remain in effect.





We thank you in advance for your continued support and cooperation. Please continue to remain safe, and may God bless you and your families.


CONFIRMATION RETREAT - Saturday, March 12 (03-01-2022)

As stated on the list of important dates for Confirmation as well as the Confirmation calendar, your son/daughter MUST ATTEND the Confirmation Retreat taking place next week as part of the preparation for Confirmation.

When: Saturday, March 12th, 2022

Time: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm

Location: Parish Hall / Church


This past week, we sent home a letter with your Candidate containing the guidelines of utmost importance for the retreat. Complete guidelines were also sent via email to all parents.


Of utmost importance:


  • The Covid guidelines currently in place for Religious Education classes will be followed for the retreat.

    • All candidates must wear a face mask and keep it on over the nose and mouth during the retreat.

    • Social distancing will be practiced to the extent possible.

    • If a candidate has symptoms, is exposed, or tests positive, please email the office.

  • Candidates must arrive at the Parish Hall NO LATER than 8:45 am so that the retreat may begin on time as scheduled. If a candidate is late, their attendance at the retreat may not count.

  • Candidates need to come dressed comfortably, but appropriate for church as they will be attending Mass to conclude the retreat. We recommend that they wear a t-shirt (nothing offensive), jeans (with NO tears, holes, or rips), and sneakers to the retreat. And don’t forget the face mask! Candidates may NOT wear crocs, flip flops, tank tops, shorts, short skirts, leggings, or exercise attire. Any student who comes inappropriately dressed may not be allowed into the retreat.

  • Candidates must stay for the entire retreat, including the 6:00 pm Vigil Mass.

  • Candidates are NOT ALLOWED to bring or have cell phones or any other electronic devices at the retreat.

Candidates will have the opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation. They are strongly encouraged to use the “Reconciliation Book” they will receive in class to help prepare themselves for the sacrament.

We look forward to a very fruitful retreat for all of our candidates!


Thank you, and God bless you.


NO CLASSES NEXT TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY - START OF THE LENTEN SEASON (02-26-2022)

Please note that, as stated on our calendars, there will be NO CLASSES on Tuesday, March 1st and Wednesday, March 2nd for the celebration of Ash Wednesday and the start of the Lenten season.

Classes will resume the following week on:

  • Tuesday, March 8th

  • Wednesday, March 9th

Next Wednesday, we celebrate the Feast of Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of the Lenten Season. Lent is a 40-day season in which we are given the opportunity to reflect and to prepare ourselves for our Lord’s Resurrection in Easter through prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. This week, at the end of class, each student was given a Lenten Calendar to be shared with you and your families in our preparation during the season of Lent

Please watch this video on our website, as we prepare to enter into the season of Lent.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO ON OUR WEBSITE

Our schedule of Masses for Ash Wednesday can be found below and is also posted on our website.

We also invite you to browse through our “LENT” page on our website, which contains more information on this season as well as some resources you can use with your families in celebrating the “Great 40 Days” of the Lenten season.

May our Lord Jesus Christ accompany us on our Lenten journey.

God bless you



-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

ASH WEDNESDAY MASS SCHEDULE

St. Kevin Catholic Church

Wednesday, March 2nd

7:30 am English

12:00 pm Spanish

6:00 pm* English

7:30 pm* Spanish

* will be livestreamed on YouTube: www.youtube.com/stkevin


CONFIRMATION THINGS TO KNOW - Evaluations Next Class (02-21-2022)

This is to inform you that next class (February 22nd, 23rd & 26th), we will be doing the evaluations for the material in the "Confirmation – Things to Know" packet. We distributed this packet back in September and again in January for your child to review and learn some basic prayers and concepts in preparation for their Confirmation.

The evaluation will have a written portion and an oral portion. We will be asking them to complete and identify the concepts and items in the packet. They will also need to pray some of the prayers orally, and they will be expected to know them entirely.

Each candidate should have been learning the material over the past several months. Please make sure that your candidate reviews all of the prayers and concepts in the packet so that they are ready for the evaluation next class. Again, as they are confirmed, each candidate must have a basic foundation of knowledge of our Catholic faith so that they will be able to continue the mission of Christ as they spread their faith and build 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” tab page.

Thank you, and God bless you.


NO CLASSES - Saturday, February 19 (02-16-2022)

According to our calendar, please remember that there will be NO CLASS this coming Saturday, February 19th.


St. Kevin School is having their Confirmation ceremony on this day.

Classes will resume the following week, Saturday, February 26th.


Thank you, and God bless you.


CONFIRMATION SERVICE HOURS - Due February 16th (02-03-2022)

This is a reminder that your candidate’s Confirmation Service Hours are due in two (2) weeks. 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 to us by Wednesday, February 16th. Please remember that 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 included 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.”

  • For candidate who are participating in the Youth Group for their Confirmation service hours, the Service Report Form still needs to be completed and submitted by the due date to indicate the days that they attended the Youth Group and to reflect on what they gained from their participation in the Youth Group sessions. A letter is not necessary for Youth Group sessions only.

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 also remind you that, as stated in the guidelines, “failure to complete the required service hours and submit the corresponding documents by this date will lead to a delay in the candidate’s celebration of Confirmation.”

For your reference, you may CLICK HERE to see how many hours your candidate has completed based on our records (current as of February 2, 2022).

Thank you, and God bless you.


RELIGIOUS EDUCATION MASS - Sunday, February 6 (02-03-2022)

This is a reminder that our next Religious Education Mass is taking place this coming Sunday:

When: Sunday, February 6, 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. Some students from our Music Ministry choir will be singing and leading us in giving praise to God. Students from our 7th Grade and Up classes will be participating as lectors in the Mass.

Per the current guidelines of the Archdiocese, face masks are required at all times for all persons attending the Mass in the church, regardless of vaccination status.


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 Sunday!



Thank you, and God bless you.


CONFIRMATION NAME FORM - DUE NEXT CLASS (01-23-2022)

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

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 a candidate will be keeping his/her Baptismal name, he/she still needs to complete and submit the Confirmation Name Form and 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 25 (Tuesday class),

  • Wednesday, January 26 (Wednesday classes),

  • Saturday, January 29 (Saturday class).

*Please remember that Wikipedia is NOT an acceptable source of information to complete the Confirmation Name Form. Approved source websites can be found on the first page of the form.


Each candidate must submit the form to his/her Catechist directly in class. If your candidate needs another copy of the form, it is available on our website, www.stkevinrep.org, in the Documents section of the “CONFIRMATION” page.

Thank you, and God bless you.


CONFIRMATION THINGS TO KNOW (01-17-2022)

Back in September, at the start 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.

A couple of weeks ago, 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. This past week, we evaluated the candidates on the Basic Prayers, which they should all know by now. 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 (01-10-2022)

This past week, 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.

Please remind your son/daughter to choose a saint whom they would like to adopt as their patron and guide.

Once a saint is chosen, your 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, in the Documents section of the “CONFIRMATION” page.

The Confirmation Name form is due by Tuesday, January 25 (Tuesday class), Wednesday, January 26 (Wednesday classes), and Saturday, January 29 (Saturday class). Each candidate is to submit the form to his/her Catechist directly in class.

Thank you, and God bless you.


CONFIRMATION BASIC PRAYERS - Evaluations (01-10-2022)

As we informed our Confirmation classes, we will be evaluating the Confirmation candidates next class on their “Basic Prayers” as part of the preparation for Confirmation. These prayers include the Sign of the Cross, the Our Father, the Hail Mary, the Glory Be, the Act of Contrition, and the Apostles’ Creed.

  • (If you need a copy of the handout with the prayers, it is available in the "Things to Know" handout on the “Confirmation Page” of our website.)

We will be making sure that each candidate has learned their basic prayers. We will be asking them to pray these prayers with us individually to ensure that they have learned them. As part of their preparation for Confirmation, it is imperative that they know all of their basic prayers, which they will continue to use beyond their Confirmation as they continue on their journey of faith.

As previously stated, we are asking for your assistance in helping your candidate to learn these prayers by going over and praying them together. The best way for them to learn these prayers is to pray them every day, and what could be better than to pray together as a family daily!

Thank you, and God bless you.


CONFIRMATION SERVICE HOURS REMINDER (01-04-2022)

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. 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 16th. 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.”

  • Please remember that candidates for Confirmation may participate in the Youth Group to complete their Confirmation community service. Sessions take place on Fridays at 7:00 pm at the Parish Hall. For more information, please contact the Youth Group leaders at youthgroup@stkevinrep.org.

  • For any candidate who is participating in the Youth Group for their Confirmation service hours, the Service Report Form still needs to be completed and submitted by the candidate to indicate the days that they attended the Youth Group and to reflect on what they gained from their participation in the Youth Group sessions. A letter is not necessary for Youth Group sessions only.

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 access the spreadsheet and see how many hours your candidate has completed based on our records (current as of January 4, 2022). Click on your candidate's catechist on the bottom, and find their name on the corresponding sheet.

  • Please note that the spreadsheet does not yet contain the hours from the Youth Group. Those will be added shortly. To know specifically how many hours your child has from participating in the Youth Group, please contact the Youth Group leaders directly.


Please let us know if you have any questions.

Thank you, and God bless you.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS - January 2022 (01-03-2022)

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

As we resume classes this week and begin the second half of our catechetical year, we would like to remind everyone of a few important things regarding the program:

COVID-19 GUIDELINES

The Covid-19 guidelines and protocol since the beginning of the catechetical year remain in effect. Of utmost importance, please remember:

  • Face masks continue to be required for everyone, including 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.

  • If your child is sick or displays any symptoms of illness, please have them stay home and inform the office via email.

  • If a student is exposed, awaiting test results, or receives a positive diagnosis, the parent needs to send an email to the office and follow the necessary protocols and procedures for quarantine and/or isolation that will be sent to you. This includes even if a student is asymptomatic.

  • If you traveled out of the United States during the Christmas break, you must email the Religious Education Office prior to your child returning to class to follow the necessary procedures. More information can be found in the Travel Form of the Archdiocese.

NO changes have been made by the Archdiocese of Miami with regards to its Covid Policy as applicable to religious education programs. All students, families, and catechists need to continue to abide by the current guidelines. Should the Archdiocese amend the policies for religious education classes in the future, they will be communicated via email to all parents in the program. Please remember that we follow the Archdiocese of Miami and NOT Miami-Dade County Public Schools, and any changes or revisions to the guidelines are made separately from those for Archdiocesan Catholic schools.


OTHER REMINDERS


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, 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

The drop-off and dismissal procedures revised in December 2021 will remain in effect.

The link to download the PDF with the procedures, along with the dismissal card and important general points to remember, have been emailed to the parents.



We thank you in advance for your support and cooperation to promote the safety and well-being of all of our students, families, and catechists. Please continue to remain safe, and we look forward to a wonderful second half of our catechetical year.

NO CLASSES -- Merry Christmas and Blessed New Year (12-18-2021)

We are excited to announce that this Saturday, December 18thThis is a reminder that there will be NO CLASSES from December 19th until January 2nd, 2022. We will be on Christmas Break for two weeks.

Classes will resume:

  • Tuesday, January 4th

  • Wednesday, January 5th

  • Saturday, January 8th

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

As we continue to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, let us take some time to reflect on the real reason for Christmas. It is a season to remember and celebrate the greatest gift that God has given to each and every one of us: JESUS, the Emmanuel. May we welcome Christ into our hearts and allow Him to guide us as we continue on our journey of faith.

We share with you the video of our Christmas Presentation 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 2:20 mark.)


We wish you and your family a wonderful and holy Christmas. May the season lead you and your families to be drawn closer to Jesus Christ, the Emmanuel, God-with-us. May the New Year of 2022 be filled with blessings and graces from our Lord above.


JESUS IS THE REASON FOR ALL THE SEASONS! , we will be having our annual Christmas Presentation. The presentation is being put together by some of the students in our Religious Education Program. Members of our Music Ministry choir will also be leading us in singing Christmas songs during the presentation.

As our Saturday students will be watching the presentation in the church as part of regular class, and with capacity in the church still limited due to social distancing, only those families who have a student participating in the presentation will be allowed to attend in-person. The presentation will be livestreamed for the rest of our students and families to watch.


The presentation will begin at 10:15 am. Everyone is invited to watch the livestream on the church's YouTube channel:

  • https://www.youtube.com/stkevin

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

  • You do not need a YouTube account to access the livestream. You will see the link to the video on the channel home page once it goes live.

We look forward to everyone joining us virtually for our Presentation as we prepare to celebrate the reason for Christmas, the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ!


Thank you, and God bless you.

CHRISTMAS PRESENTATION - Saturday, December 18 (All are invited to watch online) (12-16-2021)

We are excited to announce that this Saturday, December 18th, we will be having our annual Christmas Presentation. The presentation is being put together by some of the students in our Religious Education Program. Members of our Music Ministry choir will also be leading us in singing Christmas songs during the presentation.

As our Saturday students will be watching the presentation in the church as part of regular class, and with capacity in the church still limited due to social distancing, only those families who have a student participating in the presentation will be allowed to attend in-person. The presentation will be livestreamed for the rest of our students and families to watch.


The presentation will begin at 10:15 am. Everyone is invited to watch the livestream on the church's YouTube channel:

  • https://www.youtube.com/stkevin

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

  • You do not need a YouTube account to access the livestream. You will see the link to the video on the channel home page once it goes live.

We look forward to everyone joining us virtually for our Presentation as we prepare to celebrate the reason for Christmas, the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ!


Thank you, and God bless you.

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.


- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -


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.

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -


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.