PREP – Parish Religious Education Program
Daniel Colón, Director of Religious Education (DRE)
717-838-3369, x 105
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 FOR THE 2022-23 PREP YEAR has begun. 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.
PREP SUNDAYS 2021/22
Age 3-Kindergarden – CGS 9:30 – 10:45am
Grades 1-6: 9:30-10:45am
Grades 7-8: remote learning with monthly in-person class
2021/22 SACRAMENTAL DATES
FIRST RECONCILIATION: Saturday, February 5, 2022, 10:00am
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION: Saturday, May 7, 2022, 10:00am
(Rehearsal Friday at 5:30pm – NOTE TIME CHANGE)
CONFIRMATION: Pentecost Sunday, June 5, 2022, 2:00pm
2022/23 SACRAMENTAL DATES and PREP CALENDAR: To be determined
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.
- One child (in-person or online): $50
- Two children (in-person or online): $90
- Three or more children (in-person or online): $120
PARENTS OF 1st AND 7th GRADERS: Did you know that your child needs two years of PREP before receiving the sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation? Registration forms are available on the parish website, Narthex, and office.
INCLEMENT WEATHER – for PREP closing information:
Visit our website homepage or call 717-838-3369.
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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!
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS): We offer a wonderful catechetical program on Sundays for Kindergarten age. 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.
This program has been a tremendous success. For more information, contact Daniel Colón at 717-838-3369, x105 or email PREP@hspalmyra.com. Learn more about this exciting program on our Diocesan website here.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE PREP PROGRAM: Important PREP Update