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St. Boniface and St. Lawrence Parishes

Religious Education - PREP

 

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.

2020-2021 PREP REGISTRATION  (Please read all information before registering)

Deadline: August 12     In an effort to update our Parish Religious Education Program, this year, we are offering registration for 2020-2021 PREP classes in an online format. Families that participated in the program last year were sent information last week. If you are new to the program, here are some things you should know:

PREP is open to children in Kindergarten through Grade 8.

This year’s cost for books and other materials is:

  • 1 Student $20
  • 2 Students $30
  • 3+ Students $40

If you are registering ONLINE— Please register with the church where you are a member. Registration payment can be made online using your bank account or credit card on the registration site. A very secure and easy way to pay. Please use the links on the right under FORMS; select the appropriate form for your parish.

If you are registering with a PAPER FORM

-- You can still complete a PREP registration with paper forms available at each church and the parish office. We are accepting cash or check payments for paper registrations only.

IMPORTANT PREP CLASS CHANGES • Classes begin Sunday, September 20th . •

NEW PREP VENUE: Classes will be conducted at the SJNRA Elementary Campus adjacent to St Boniface Church so that students will have more space for social distancing. All rooms will be disinfected prior to and following PREP class and we will adhere to the same safety protocols as the schools. •

NEW CLASS TIME: Classes will be held from 9:15 AM to 10:15 AM to allow travel time for those attending the 8:00 AM Mass at St Lawrence.

FLEXIBLE RELIGIOUS EDUCATION THIS YEAR While we encourage all families to register and participate in PREP classes, we understand that some families may have circumstances that would prevent them from sending their children to PREP during the COVID situation. On the registration form, you can indicate if your child(ren) cannot attend PREP class and will complete instruction at home with support from us.

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.

 

 


UPCOMING PREP EVENTS:

More hands-on faith activities can be found under the PREP NEWS and ACTIVITIES tab.

 

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.