General Sacrament Information

One of the functions of the Religious Education Program of St. Kevin Catholic Church is to prepare each child to celebrate the Sacraments of Initiation, if desired.  Faith formation is fostered as the child prepares, with the whole family, to take this next important step on their journey of faith.

However, we want to emphasize that the goal of the St. Kevin Religious Education Program is NOT simply to prepare children to celebrate a sacrament, but to offer continuous formation in the Catholic faith.  This formation is NOT completed with the celebration of any sacrament and needs the cooperation and support of the family and sponsors who should be examples of Christian living as part of our journey of faith.

"The sacraments are efficacious signs of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which divine life is dispensed to us.  The visible rites by which the sacraments are celebrated signify and make present the graces proper to each sacrament.  They bear fruit in those who receive them with the required dispositions."

--Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1131


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Program Requirements:

"The Eucharist is 'the source and summit of the Christian life.'  The other sacraments, and indeed all ecclesiastical ministries and works of the apostolate, are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented toward it. For in the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ himself, our Pasch."

--Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1324


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Program Requirements:

"... [B]y the sacrament of Confirmation, [the baptized] are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed."

--Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1285

BAPTISM  (Catechumens)

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Any child who is enrolled in our Program without having celebrated the sacrament of Baptism is considered a Catechumen

The process of celebrating the sacraments will depend on the grade level of the child, based on the Archdiocese of Miami's "Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, Adapted for Children" (RCIC).




Prior to the child celebrating the sacrament of Baptism, the parents will need to attend a meeting with the catechetical leaders, where the paperwork and logistics pertinent to the sacrament will be explained.  All necessary paperwork must be brought into the office and placed on file, and the parents and godparent(s) must have attended and completed a Pre-Baptismal class.  The godparent(s) chosen for the child should provide an example of living our Christian values daily by following the teachings and example of Christ.

"Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua), and the door which gives access to the other sacraments.  Through Baptism we are freed from sin and are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: 'Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word.'"

--Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1213