PREP (Parish Religious Education Program)
Daniel Colon, Director of Religious Education (DRE)
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.
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 began 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.
6th Grade 2019-20
7th Grade 2019-20
8th Grade 2019-20
CONFIRMATION CANDIDATES (9th grade) will meet on the following dates:
September 15 at 4pm – Review session/confessions
September 22 at 4pm – Confirmation interviews
September 29 at 4pm – Confessions
October 6 at 12:30pm (Sunday after 11am Mass) – Confirmation rehearsal. Sponsors should be in attendance unless they are from out-of-town. If sponsor cannot make it, a parent can step in and then let the sponsor know what to do. At least one parent must attend. Rehearsal take about one hour.
Thursday, October 10, 2019, 7pm – Confirmation
ALL CANDIDATES MUST ATTEND ALL THREE SESSIONS AND REHEARSAL.
Bakers are needed for Confirmation Reception: Please leave donations in the Social Hall by the morning of October 10, marked “For Confirmation.” Thank you!
Servers are needed for Confirmation Reception: We need 4-5 volunteers to help serve refreshments during the Confirmation reception. Must arrive by 7pm on October 10. Thank you!
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
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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.