St. Boniface and St. Lawrence Parishes

Religious Education - PREP

2018/2019 PREP Registration Form is now available to download and submit!  


Parish Religious Education Program

2018-2019 School Year  -  Kindergarten through Grade 8


It is our mission to provide an atmosphere of learning by fostering a spirit of peace, joy, love, unity, communication, cooperation and service. We will always do everything in our power to make the practice of our faith a joyful experience for our youth. Our mission under the Diocese of Scranton, in union with our Holy Father, the Pope, is to bring the Good News of the Gospel to all in the ever-changing needs of the people we serve, through prayer, by faithful catechesis, encouraging a life of faith, and developing leadership expressed in service to others.


PREP- Parish Religious Education Program is a joint ministry of both St. Boniface and St. Lawrence parishes.  The parishes provide a program for youth from Kindergarten through 8th grade. 

The PREP program also provides preparation for the sacraments of Reconciliation, and First Eucharist, which traditionally is celebrated while youth are in 2nd grade.  In ordinary circumstances, children enter a sacramental preparation for Reconciliation and First Holy Communion after a period of at least a year of catechetical preparation through the parish religious education program or Catholic School.   

The PREP program also provides preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation, which traditionally is received at the end of the 8th Grade.  In ordinary circumstances, youth are admitted to sacramental preparation for a period of two years (7th and 8th Grade) through the parish religious education program, or Catholic School.


Registration takes place in August and classes start in September and run through April.  Classes are 9:00 to 10:00 AM on Sunday mornings at the St. Lawrence Parish Center on Winthrop Street in South Williamsport, behind the St. Lawrence Church.  Family Registration Form, PREP Calendar, and PREP Family Handbook can be downloaded and printed for your use. Please make sure they are for the current year.  The family information including emergency contact information, phone numbers and E-mail addresses, need to be updated yearly before the starting of the PREP year.  


Catechist volunteers are always welcome! To volunteer, Virtus training as well as other clearances and requirements from the Diocese and state must be obtained. Any Catholic in good standing that has a desire to educate is welcome. Teachers can also co-teach and/or share their classroom with a second instructor if desired. Dedicated, faithful, and patient volunteers are always needed to assist with the PREP program.

CONFIRMATION DATE for those who just completed 8th grade, entering into 9th grade is Tuesday September 18, 2018 at 5pm at St. Boniface Church – Confirmation Candidates need to be at the church by 4:00pm. And the Confirmation REHEARSAL DATE – is Sunday, September 16th at 2pm in the St. Boniface Church with your sponsor.  This will be the only rehearsal – thank you for making every effort to be there.

Confirmation Sponsor - Those entering 8th grade 2018-2019 now is the time for each student to choose a sponsor. Your sponsor should be a practicing Catholic. Don’t forget to consider your baptismal godparents. When you have made your choice ask that person to be your Confirmation Sponsor, please complete this by September 2018 as the Sponsor will be invited to support you on your journey.

YOUR HELP is needed to take care of PREP Center – Creating a Volunteer Helper List – can you be part of this.  The PREP Building will need cleaned and set-up before the PREP Season starts again in 2018-2019, and after each Family Promise session.  Please call me if you can help clean windows, bathrooms, classrooms getting the building ready for use by our PREP program.  E-mail Karen Balestino, at

PREP QUESTIONS / CONCERNS – contact Karen Balestino, E-mail at