Parish Religious Education Program (PREP)
Parish Catechetical Leader
Monday 9:30 to 8:00 pm
Tuesday 9:30 to 6:00 pm
Wednesday/Thursday 9:30 to 4:00 pm
"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!
PARISH RELIGIOUS EDUCATION PROGRAM (“PREP”)
“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 K-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 for new families begins each year in April and classes are filled on a first come first served basis. No registrations will be accepted after October 1st for the current year.
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
Click HERE for Spiritual Exercises Form
Click HERE for Month-to-Month 2017 Planning Guide for Confirmation.pdf
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.
Registration is in April for the following year, and new registrations will no longer be taken after October 1st.
Weekly PREP Registration Form
Monday Class Calendar
Tuesday Class Calendar
Family PREP program
The Program meets on a monthly basis and offers instruction for students in grades K 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.
Family PREP Registration Form
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 registration is done through a lottery announced at Mass.