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.
MEETING RESCHEDULED: The meeting for 7th and 8th grade parents and students and Confirmation mentors originally scheduled for September 19 has been changed to Sunday, October 3, at 6pm in the church. This is an important meeting. ALL students preparing for Confirmation and at least one parent or guardian MUST attend.
PREP opened September 12, 2021. Rosters with class assignments are posted on the bulletin boards between the Church and Social Hall. If your child’s name does not appear, they are not expected.
2021/22 CLASS MEETING TIMES:
CGS: Sundays 9:30 – 10:45am
Grades: 1st – 6th: Sundays 9:30 – 10:45am
Grades 7 & 8: In-Person: Sundays 6:00 – 7:30pm; Online Lessons
2021/22 SACRAMENTAL DATES
FIRST RECONCILIATION: Saturday, February 5, 2022, 10:00am
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION: Saturday, May 7, 2022, 10:00am
(Rehearsal Friday at 7pm)
CONFIRMATION: Pentecost Sunday, June 5, 2022, 2:00pm
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.
FIRST COMMUNION PHOTOS from last May are being held in the parish office for a limited time. Please come by during business hours.
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