PREP – Parish Religious Education Program

WHO TO CONTACT
PREP Secretary: Holly Serio, 717-838-3369, x 104 or outreach@hspalmyra.com

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) (kindergarten age): Brenda Poland, cgs@hspalmyra.com

Grades 1-6: Becky Messimer, prep@hspalmyra.com

Grades 7-8: Logan Zugay, confirmation@hspalmyra.com

2022-23 Family Handbook

2022-23 REGISTRATION and FEES
If your child is currently not registered in our program, please come by the parish office to complete a registration form or access it here: 2022-23 PREP REGISTRATION FORM.docx
It is very important that we have all registration in before PREP begins (Sept 11) to ensure we have enough classroom space, books, and supplies. Fees:
One child (in-person or online): $50; two children (in-person or online): $90; three or more children (in-person or online): $120.

2022/23 PREP CALENDARS
Class Time for CGS and Grades 1-6: 9:30 – 10:45am every Sunday
PREP Calendar_Gr1-6
PREP Calendar_Confirmation
In the event of changes, please refer to the Sunday Bulletin and Parish Calendar.

2022/23 SACRAMENTAL DATES
First Reconciliation: Saturday, February 4, 2023, 10am

First Communion: Saturday, May 6, 2023, 10am
Confirmation: Thursday, June 1, 2023, 7pm, St. Paul’s, Annville 

PARENTS OF 1st AND 7th GRADERS: Your child will need two years of PREP before receiving the sacraments of First Communion and Confirmation.

CHILDREN’S MASSES 2022-23
October 2, 2022 – Grade 3
November 6, 2022 – Grade 2
December 4, 2022 – Grade 4
January 15, 2023 – Grades 5th & CGS 
February 12, 2023 – Grades 1 & 6

INCLEMENT WEATHER – for PREP closing information:
Visit our website homepage or call 717-838-3369.
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facebook.com/holyspiritpalmyra

ABOUT OUR PREP PROGRAM
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.

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!

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE PREP PROGRAM: Important PREP Update