First Communion Announcements

Any FIRST COMMUNION 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.

FIRST COMMUNION BASIC PRAYERS  (Things to Learn, Part I) (09-26-2022)

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 know.

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


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

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


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


Classes will resume the following Wednesday, October 5th.


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



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



Thank you, and God bless you.


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

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


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


Classes will resume the following Tuesday, October 4th.



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



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



Thank you, and God bless you.


IMPORTANT REMINDERS (09-19-2022)

We have had a successful first week of formal class, and we thank you for your support and cooperation as we continue on this Catechetical year. We also thank all those who joined us for our beautiful opening Religious Education Mass yesterday. It was a great blessing to gather together as one Religious Education family to pray and to celebrate. We look forward to seeing everyone again for our next Religious Education Mass in October.

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


DROP-OFF AND DISMISSAL PROCEDURES

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

  • For students in grades 1-5 and First Communion (2nd year), PLEASE REMEMBER THAT THE DISMISSAL CARD PROVIDED BY THE PROGRAM MUST BE PRESENTED WHEN PICKING UP STUDENTS IN THESE CLASSES.

DRESS CODE

As our catechists often take their classes to the Chapel during class, students should come dressed comfortably, but appropriate for class and Church. In other words, all students are expected to dress modestly. Students are NOT allowed to wear “short” shorts or “short” skirts (must be knee-length), tank tops, sleeveless attire, gym shorts, sweat pants, leggings, ripped jeans, flip-flops, crocs, or distracting hair pieces (large bows, animal ears, etc.). Sports uniforms are also not permitted. Any student who continuously comes to class improperly dressed may not be allowed into class and may be asked to go home, which could potentially count as an absence.


ATTENDANCE

Please remember that for those students in the first or second year of preparation for a sacrament, we allow up to five (5) absences for the year, regardless of the reason, in terms of counting the year towards sacramental preparation. There are no excused or unexcused absences. A student with poor attendance and/or excessive tardiness may not have the current year count towards sacramental preparation. If a student is absent, the office may send a courtesy email to inform you of the number of absences your child has up to that point. (This guideline does not apply to students in first grade and to students in grades 4-6 who have already received First Communion.)


BOOKS / SUPPLIES / BAGS

Students received their books at the Welcome Orientation. The book must be brought to class every week. Students also need to bring a pencil or pen, along with any other supplies requested by their catechist. Only drawstring or canvas bags may be used to carry books and supplies. Regular school book bags are NOT permitted.


FOOD, DRINKS, AND GUM

Please remember that students may not bring any food or drinks to class, including all types of water bottles, as they are not allowed inside the classrooms. In addition, gum chewing is not permitted.




All of the above guidelines are taken from our “Religious Education Handbook,” which contains all the procedures that will be followed this year. If you have not, please make sure to read the Religious Education Handbook on our website at www.stkevinrep.org, under the “GENERAL CLASS INFO” tab.

Please be sure to also check our website, www.stkevinrep.org, frequently for any updates and new information regarding your child’s Religious Education classes, including class outlines. The website will be our primary conduit of communicating information to you. Also, please check your emails on a regular basis for any important information and reminders we may send throughout the year, and to add our email address to your contact list to ensure that our emails are not sent to your spam/junk folder. Remember that we will be sending the majority of our emails through MailChimp.

Thank you for your support and cooperation.



God bless you.


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

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

When: Sunday, September 18, 2022

Time: 11:15 am

Location: Church

This Sunday, the Church in the United States celebrates Catechetical Sunday, the national day that celebrates the ministry of catechesis and religious education. Hence, the 11:15 am Mass this Sunday will be celebrated and dedicated especially for the students, families, and catechists of our Religious Education Program. As we kickoff this new catechetical year, let us come together to pray for a successful year and to celebrate our unity as one community in Christ.


Our Music Ministry choir will be singing and leading us in giving praise to God. Students from our Confirmation classes will be participating in the various roles of the Mass. Our Catechists will also be commissioned in their important mission of sharing and passing on the faith to your children and families.

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


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


Thank you, and God bless you.


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

We thank everyone for their presence and participation in this week’s Welcome Orientation. We are excited to begin our classes for this year, and we know that they will be wonderful and fruitful for all with the grace of our Lord and the support and cooperation of all of our families.

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

- Handbook

- Welcome Packet

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Welcome Orientation will take place in-person at the parish. (Information has been sent to the parents via email.)

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

  • At least one of the parents MUST be present with their child(ren) at the Welcome Orientation, where you will receive important information regarding the classes and the program for this year.

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

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

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

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


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