Parish Religious Education Program (PREP)


Coleen D'Amato
Parish Catechetical Leader
(908) 735-0478


Eileen Gronwald
Assistant Director


Maryann Procopio
Administrative Assistant


Office Hours:

Monday 9:30 to 7:30 pm
Tuesday 9:30 to 5:30 pm

Wednesday & Thursday 9:30 to 4:00 pm

Closed Fridays

"Sing praise to the Lord, you his faithful ones, and give thanks to his holy name."  (Psalm 30: 11)

We need Catechists in all programs!  Please prayerfully consider this invitation to serve the children of our parish and grow in your own faith!


“Every baptized person, precisely by reason of being baptized, has the right to receive from the Church instruction and education enabling him or her to enter a truly Christian life.” (John Paul II Catechesis in Our Time)

PREP is an educational program for those students in grades 1-8 who attend public or non-religious private schools, and desire to receive a Catholic Education that is required to understand the Sacraments of Initiation of the Catholic Church. We offer a variety of programs allowing for some flexibility in how your child is educated, and together we find one of the programs that suit your needs. Registration begins in the winter months and is announced in the bulletin.  All families must be registered with the parish in order to participate.

Sacramental Preparation is done during the PREP programs offered. First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion is a two-year program of Religious Education where they receive these sacraments in the second grade year.  There are additional preparation meetings in second grade, including a mini-retreat. First Reconciliation traditionally is celebrated in January and First Holy Communion in May.

Confirmation preparation begins in the sixth grade. Students practice Christian life by fulfilling service hour requirements over 3 years, attending mini-retreats, and additional faith formation through the PREP programs.  Confirmation is celebrated in the spring of eighth grade as the Bishop's schedule permits.

Click HERE for Confirmation Service Form

Weekly PREP program

Our weekly program runs from mid-September through April.  There are three class-times to choose from:

Monday 4:15 to 5:30 pm
Monday evening 6:30 to 7:45 pm
Tuesday 4:15 to 5:30 pm.

In 2018, registration began in February and ends on March 20, 2018.  After June 1st, there will be a $75 late fee; no re-registrations will be accepted after September 1.

Monday Class Calendar

 Tuesday Class Calendar

Family PREP Program​

The Program meets on a monthly basis and offers instruction for students in grades 1 through 8 and adults. We believe that parents are the primary catechists of the family, therefore parents are required to attend Family PREP sessions along with their children. Regular Mass attendance and home study are the backbone of the Family PREP Program. There are nine monthly sessions held on Wednesday evenings, September to May, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Parents are required to volunteer in a variety of roles in this program.In 2018, registration began in February and ends on March 20, 2018.  After June 1st, there will be a $75 late fee; no re-registrations will be accepted after September 1.

Family PREP Yearly Calendar

Family PREP Grade 2 Calendar & Curriculum

 Family PREP Grade 8 & Curriculum

Summer PREP Program 

Our Summer Religious Education program is an intensive course of two-weeks of concentrated religious study during the summer. It is offered to students in grades 3 through 8. The students are taught the same information that they would receive in the School Year Program, but it meets for a longer period of time. Space is extremely limited and all applicants are determined via a lottery.  For the 2018-2019 school year, Summer PREP will be held June 25 - June 29 and July 2 - July 3, 2018 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm.  Students must attend for every day of the program for the full length of time in order to receive credit for this program.  Registration for the Summer Program for the 2018 - 2019 school year began in February and is now closed.  Lottery results will be announced to all applicants via email in the beginning of April.