PREP (Parish Religious Education Program)
Coordinator of Religious Education
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.
All families must register for Prep. You can access the 2018-19 Registration Form here:
PREP 2018-19 Registration Form
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!
CHRISTMAS PROGRAM PERFORMERS NEEDED! (Yes, it’s that time already!) Rehearsal dates are: Nov. 4, 11, 18, 26 and Dec. 2 and 9 at 6pm. Sign ups will be in between and after Masses in the Social Hall Oct. 21 & 28. Performance is Monday, Dec. 10, at 7pm. Grades K-5 are invited to take part. Some roles require a little reading or memorizing; strong readers are needed as narrators. Adult volunteer signup will be on Nov. 4 in between and after Masses in the Social Hall.
NEW CATECHETICAL PREP PROGRAM: On October 14, we launched a new catechetical program on Sundays for children ages 3 to Kindergarten called 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.
CGS: Sundays 9:30 – 10:45am (Start date: October 14, 2018)
Grades: 1st – 5th: Sundays 9:30 – 10:45am
Grade 6: Sundays 6:00-7:15pm
Grades 7 & 8: Alternating Sundays 6:00-7:30pm
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Confirmation: Sunday, October 7, 2018
First Reconciliation: February 2, 2019
First Holy Communion Retreat: April 26, 2019
First Holy Communion: May 4, 2019
2018-19 PREP Calendar
In the event of changes, please refer to the Sunday Bulletin and Parish Calendar for all current dates.