PREP (Parish Religious Education Program)
Attention PREP Families: We are accepting registrations for the 2020-21 PREP year.
Registration forms and information were sent home with the students back in early March. If your child is currently not registered in our program or if you don’t have the registration form, please download and print it from our link below. Completed forms can be dropped in the office (please check our website for modified office hours), or you can mail them to Holy Spirit Catholic Church c/o Religious Ed, 300 West Pine St., Palmyra PA, 17078.
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.
FORMS AND PAYMENT ARE DUE by July 31, 2020. It is very important that we have all registration in by the deadline as we need to make sure we have enough classroom space, books, and supplies for every student. As last year, we will no longer have an early bird and late registration fee schedule. All fees have been set to the lowest fee we charged last year. Second, there will be NO SACRAMENTAL FEE for grades 2, 7, and 8. 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.
2020-21 PREP Fees
One student – $50.00 Two students – $90.00 Three or more students – $120.00
PREP MEETING TIMES:
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
2020/2021 PREP CALENDAR – Coming soon
In the event of changes, please refer to the Sunday Bulletin and Parish Calendar for all current dates.
2020/21 SACRAMENTAL DATES – Coming soon
INCLEMENT WEATHER – for PREP closing information:
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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.