PREP (Parish Religious Education Program)
See below for important registration information for the 2019/20 year!
Coordinator of Religious Education: Daniel Colon
717-838-3369 x 5
Walking hand-in-hand with parents and children on a spiritual journey.
The sacramental life of your child is very important to us as a Church community. We know that it is important to you too. There are certain requirements given to us by the Diocese through the education office. There are other expectations that the local parish may require for its community for the betterment of its candidates.
The parents are the first teachers of their children in the ways of our faith. They are also the best teachers in spiritual matters. It is vital that parents set an example of sincere Christian living by creating a religious atmosphere in the home, by family prayer, frequent reception of the Sacraments, and regular participation at Sunday Mass.
REGISTRATION: As in previous years, our registration process has been simplified. Instead of completing a new registration form for next year, we sent home an envelope with your oldest child with current information. We ask that you carefully review the information we currently have on file for your family and make any necessary changes. Fill in any blank spaces with red or blue ink so that we can update our files. Please provide an emergency contact for your child other than the parents and make sure we have a phone number for that contact person. Also, please complete a new Medical Information/Release form included in the envelope. If you have a child who was not registered in PREP this year but is attending next year, just add them to the form.
2019-20 FEES: We do not have an early bird or late registration fee schedule. All fees have been set to the lowest fee we charged last year. I will be available Sunday mornings during PREP classes to receive registration forms, payments, and answer questions. Forms may also be dropped off in the collection basket or at the office. There is NO SACRAMENTAL FEE for grades 2, 7, and 8.
One student – $50 Two students – $90 Three or more – $120
PREP MEETING TIMES: Classes begin September 8, 2019
CGS: Sundays 9:30 – 10:45am
Grades: 1st – 5th: Sundays 9:30 – 10:45am
Grade 6: Sundays 6:00-7:15pm
Grades 7 & 8: Alternating Sundays 6:00-7:30pm
2019/20 PREP CALENDAR
In the event of changes, please refer to the Sunday Bulletin and Parish Calendar for all current dates.
will meet in September on three Sundays:
1) September 15 at 4pm – Review session/confessions
2) September 22 at 4pm – Confirmation interviews
3) September 29 at 4pm – Confessions
2019-20 SACRAMENTAL DATES
Confirmation: Thursday, October 10, 2019, 7pm
First Reconciliation: Saturday, February 8, 10am
First Holy Communion Retreat: Friday, April 24, 4pm
First Holy Communion: Saturday, May 2, 10am
First Communion photos from last May may be picked up from the Parish Office during normal business hours.
INCLEMENT WEATHER – for PREP closing information:
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Holy Spirit Cancellation line 717-838-3369, x3
CONSIDER BECOMING A CATECHIST: Catechists have become increasingly important in the Catholic Church mainly due to the dramatic fall in the number of Priests and Religious. As such they are afforded a particular place of honor within the parish community where they volunteer. If you are interested (or even a little curious) God may be calling you. you’ll never know unless you contact our CRE or, better yet – ask a Catechist!
CATECHETICAL PREP PROGRAM: Last year, we launched a new catechetical program on Sundays for children ages 3 to Kindergarten, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS). Founded in the 1950s by two Italian lay women, one a scriptural scholar and one an expert in Montessori education, CGS is a simple, attractive method for sharing the richness of the Faith with young children, who are uniquely capable of accepting the beauty of God’s love. The program is presented in three levels and includes time in the “Atrium,” a quiet environment where children learn through tactile engagement. CGS emphasizes quiet contemplation and “the enjoyment of God.” The children hear Bible stories and watch them acted out with simple materials. They learn songs and prayers and are encouraged to work quietly with simple and meaningful objects.
Our new program has been a tremendous success. For more information, contact Daniel Colón at 717-838-3369, x5 or email PREP@holyspiritpalmyra.com. Learn more about this exciting program on our Diocesan website here.
CONGRATULATIONS to Dan Colón, our Director of Religious Education, on earning his BA summa cum laude from Catholic Distance University! Dan’s story is featured on their website, below.