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Religious Education - PREP

2019/2020 PREP Registration Form is now available to download and submit!

Parish Religious Education Program

2019-2020 School Year - Kindergarten through Grade 8

PREP MISSION STATEMENT:

The St. Boniface/St. Lawrence Religious Education Program strives to provide children in Kindergarten through Grade 8 with the foundations of our Catholic faith as they begin their journey to “know, love and serve the Lord.”

We support parents in their task of raising children in the faith.  We encourage family participation in the life of our Church through Mass and prayer within the parish community and in the home.

We advocate service to those in need in our local community and throughout the world as we follow Jesus’s example to “Love one another as I have loved you.”

ABOUT THE PROGRAM: 

PREP- Parish Religious Education Program is a joint ministry of both St. Boniface and St. Lawrence Parishes for youth from Kindergarten through 8th grade. We stress family participation in faith formation, prayer and service as part of ongoing Catholic education.

We provide preparation for the Sacraments of Reconciliation, and First Holy Communion, which traditionally begins in first grade and is celebrated while children are in second grade. The PREP program also offers instruction for the Sacrament of Confirmation, beginning in seventh grade and received at the end of the eighth grade.  These sacramental programs include opportunities for parent involvement, retreats and group service projects prior to the reception of the sacraments.

For those students older than second grade who have not been baptized or have not received First Reconciliation, First Holy Communion or Confirmation at the regular time, we offer one-on-one instruction in faith formation.

REGISTRATION:

Registration is currently OPEN.  Last chance to register in person is August 17th and 18th, 2019 after all the Masses. NO REGISTRATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED ON THE FIRST DAY OF CLASSES. CHILDREN MUST BE PRE-REGISTERED TO ATTEND PREP CLASS.

We need to have your registration so that we can order your child’s book and supplies before PREP begins.

Locations: St. Lawrence Parish Hall and St. Boniface Narthex

Materials Fee:

  • 1 Child: $20
  • 2 Children: $30
  • 3 or more Children: $40

Additional Confirmation Fee for 8th Grade PREP and SJNRA students:  $35

Cash or Checks payable to St. Boniface or St. Lawrence Church

(Please contact the rectory requesting that the fee be waived if this presents a burden for your family.)                      
Remember***** Families need to be registered members of either St. Boniface or St. Lawrence prior to registering their children for PREP.
Other Registration Option:  A Family Registration Form and PREP calendar can be downloaded and printed for your use. Form and payment can be returned to the parish office Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30 PM.

VOLUNTEERING:

Catechist volunteers are always welcome! Any Catholic in good standing that has a desire to share their faith with children is welcome. Currently, we need classroom aides, substitute teachers, and parents to serve as building monitors. To volunteer, Virtus training as well as PA background clearances and requirements from the Diocese and State of Pennsylvania must be obtained. Contact the Director of Religious Education for more details.

CLASSES:

Classes start September 15, 2019 and run through May 17, 2020. 

Classes are 9:00 to 10:00 AM on Sunday mornings at the St. Lawrence Parish Center on 344 Winthrop Street in South Williamsport, behind St. Lawrence Church. 

For safety reasons, parents of students in Kindergarten through Second Grade are required to bring their children into the classroom and pick them up at the classroom door.  No child will be released to anyone other than a parent unless a Child Release Form has been filled out and signed by the parent.   (See form to download and print.)


UPCOMING PREP EVENTS:

8TH GRADE CONFIRMATION RETREAT

WHEN? - Sunday, October 20
WHERE? - Crystal Lake Camps

 

NO Regular PREP CLASS

When?  November 29, 2019

 

FAMILY DAY

WHEN? – November 24, 2019     9-10 AM
WHERE?--St. Lawrence Parish Center (PREP Building)

                  344 Winthrop St., South Williamsport

WHAT?—Advent Wreath making for the entire family (open to all parish families)

Children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult.

REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT IS REQUIRED AND DUE BY NOVEMBER 4.

Call the rectory at 570-326-1544 to register OR download the form and email to sbslprep@comcast.net.

 

THANKSGIVING BREAK—NO PREP CLASS

WHEN? December 1, 2019

 

CHRISTMAS BREAK—NO PREP CLASS

WHEN?  December 29, 2019

 

PREP QUESTIONS / CONCERNS – contact Karen Balestino, E-mail at sbslprep@comcast.net.

 

SIGN UP FOR REMIND:

Stay up-to-date with the latest PREP happenings.

To get notifications from the PREP Program

Text to 81010

Put @sbslprep in the message

****Grades 2, 7, and 8 also have additional Remind accounts to receive notices about the sacraments.

 

Contact

Karen Balestino
Director of Religious Education
St. Boniface / St. Lawrence Church
570-326-1544 office or 570-419-8679 cell
sbslprep@comcast.net

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