First Communion Announcements

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


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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.

FIRST COMMUNION BASIC PRAYERS - EVALUATIONS NEXT CLASS (10-16-2021)

As we informed all our First Communion classes this week, we will be evaluating the students on the four “Basic Prayers” as part of the preparation for First Communion. These prayers include the Sign of the Cross, the Our Father, the Hail Mary, and the Glory Be. We will be doing the evaluations next class.

  • (If you need a copy of the handout with the prayers, it is available on the “First Communion Page” of our website.)

We will be seeing whether each of them has learned their basic prayers. We will be asking them to pray these prayers with us individually to ensure that they know them and so that they can continue using these prayers as they grow in their faith.

As previously stated, we are asking for your assistance in helping your child to learn these prayers by going over and praying them together at home. 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.

FIRST COMMUNION BASIC PRAYERS (Things to Learn, Part I) (09-27-2021)

Last year, your child was asked to learn and memorize the four “Basic Prayers” that every Catholic should know how to pray. These prayers include the Sign of the Cross, the Our Father, the Hail Mary, and the Glory Be. Your child should already be familiar with all of them.

As your child is now in the second year of faith formation for First Communion, it is imperative that they know their Basic Prayers. During registration, we included a handout with the Basic Prayers in your Welcome Packet. We informed you that we will be evaluating your child on their Basic Prayers sometime in October. Therefore, please make sure that your child is reviewing and saying their Basic Prayers at home that they must learn.

  • *You can download a copy of the handout from the “First Communion” page of our website.

We are asking for your assistance by going over and praying these prayers together with your child. 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.

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.

  • As a reminder, students in the First Communion classes (2nd year) will be dropped off and picked up by the long green canopy (enter through Bird Road).

  • 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.

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

  • First Communion Class Outlines

  • First Communion Dates

  • 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 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.