Religious Education Grades 1—8
Ms. Christine Reilly
July 18—Registration for CCD is now open. We have gone paperless in order to streamline the registration process for our families
Per Diocesan regulations your family must be registered parishioners at St. Kevin or St. Benedict for your child to attend religious education classes at St. Kevin. If you are not registered at either church, download the St. Kevin Parish Registration form (pdf) and return to the parish office. All religious education online registration forms received will be checked with parish secretary to confirm that your family is registered with the parish. For information about registering with St. Benedict Parish, please call 737-9492 during office hours on Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
If your child is new to our program, it is a requirement of the Diocesan Office of Education and Compliance that we have a baptismal certificate on file before your child may attend classes. Your child’s Baptismal form can be uploaded directly onto the online registration form or faxed over to St. Kevin’s at 401-732-2832 to the attention of Christine Reilly.
There will be an additional $5 late fee assessed for any registration received after 10/9/18. If there is a financial hardship and payment assistance is needed please contact me at email@example.com. Any waived fees must be approved by either Fr. Marciano or Deacon Fulton. If fees are waived there will be a discount code that I will provide to you before you proceed with online registration. Paper copies for registration forms will be available in the parish office if needed.
When your child was baptized you promised to raise him or her as a Catholic. Perhaps some of you believe that bringing your child to religious education classes fulfills this obligation. In part, it does. The real center of our faith, however, is the Eucharist. Simply making sure that your child attends CCD each week does not fulfill the promise you made when he or she was baptized. Please understand that religious education is only the introduction to a relationship with God, and attending Mass on weekends and holy days is most important.
We all have our priorities. Children should be offered every opportunity to learn about our Catholic faith when they are growing up. The religious formation of children is the most valuable gift they can receive and that means celebrating the Eucharist together as a parish as well as ensuring their participation in religious education classes.
Connection to God through parish worship offers support and hope. It will make a difference in the kind of person a child becomes. Yes, we want our children to be successful. More than that, we want them to be happy, loving, and surrounded by good people who support them. We want them to rely on God when times get tough, as times do for all of us. In about 20 hours a year, religious education classes can not provide your children with a relationship with God. Only religious education and practice at home, family prayer and devotions, weekly attendance at Mass, and involvement in the life and ministries of the parish can truly help deepen that relationship.
The St. Kevin Religious Education program serves students in grades 1 through 8. Both First Reconciliation and First Communion are made in Grade 2. Children are required to attend Religious Education every year from grades 1 through 9, unless they are enrolled in a Catholic school. Students enrolled in Catholic schools ONLY attend religious education classes in grade 9 to prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation.
Director of Religious Education