PREP (Parish Religious Education Program)
See below for important registration information for the 2019/20 year!
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.
Hello PREP Parents and Family!
It is hard to believe that we are closing in on the end of the current PREP year. With that in mind, It is time to enroll your child(ren) for PREP classes for the 2019-2020 school year.
As in previous years our registration process has been simplified. Instead of completing a new registration form for next year, we are sending home an envelope with your oldest child with current information. We ask that you carefully review the information we currently have on file for your family and make any necessary changes. Fill in any blank spaces with red or blue ink so that we can update our files. Please provide an emergency contact for your child other than the parents and make sure we have a phone number for that contact person. Also, please complete a new Medical Information/Release form included in the envelope. If you have a child who was not registered in PREP this year but is attending next year, just add them to the form.
Envelopes with information and instructions were sent home with your children on Sunday, March 3.
FORMS AND PAYMENT ARE DUE by July 31, 2019.
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.
Classes will begin on September 8, 2019.
PREP Fees for 2019-20
One student – $50.00
Two students – $90.00
Three or more students – $120.00
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.
EXCITING NEWS! Our 2019 Vacation Bible School will be held the week of June 17-21. Click here to visit our Vacation Bible School page.
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
INCLEMENT WEATHER – for PREP closing information:
Check our website homepage
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Holy Spirit Cancellation line 717-838-3369, x3
Confirmation: Sunday, October 7, 2018
First Reconciliation: Saturday, February 2, 2019
First Holy Communion Retreat: Friday, April 26, 2019
First Holy Communion: Saturday, 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.
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!
NEW CATECHETICAL PREP PROGRAM this year: 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.