CONGRATULATIONS to our PREP students & families for a hugely successful mission project, OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD!  We packed and shipped over 120 shoe boxes across continents to children in need.

Our students united to form an amazing team of Santa’s helpers. Each child worked along side their parents, classmates and teachers and gave their all to make this Christmas special for the children who will receive these gift shoe boxes. We are truly a blessed parish family!


No PREP classes on: Tues., Nov. 21st and Monday, Nov. 27th

ADVENT PARISH PENANCE SERVICE is Monday, Dec. 18, 2017                                    All PREP students are expected to attend in lieu of class sessions on the 18th & 19th.                    Students are to be seated in the main church, with their class and teacher by 6:15pm. Attendance will be taken.  Parents we ask that you do not drop off your child and leave. Students are permitted to leave following their penance. Parents as the primary teachers of your child’s faith formation, we invite you to attend Penance this evening as well. Remember…your children are watching you to set the example.

PREP PARENT CATECHESIS: Symbolon  series “The Faith Explained”  – next session Nov. 20th & 28th, “THE BIBLE.”

2017-2018 PREP    Grades 1st – 7th                                                     Class Session Choice: Monday or Tuesday 6:15pm – 7:30pm 



St. John the Baptist Parish Religious Education Program recognizes and embraces parents in their role as the primary catechists of their children. Canon Law, the law of the Church, states that “parents above others are obliged to form their children in the faith and practice of Christian life by word and example; godparents and those who take the place of parents are bound by an equivalent obligation” (Can. 774).                                                                                                                       Both the General Directory and the National Directory for Catechesis echo the same sentiment.  It is our mission to provide catechesis on the Catechism and teachings of the Catholic Church so that your child will be formed in the faith and heritage of authentic Catholicism.  Our program provides children an opportunity to live their faith through catechesis, service, worship, and fellowship, developing and deepening their personal relationship with Our Lord.

Our program embraces all of its children regardless of special need or disability. We will make every effort to accommodate these children and provide them with an inclusive environment in our program. However, in order to provide the best accommodations possible, it may be necessary for the participant to attend another parish program that is better equipped to meet the participant’s needs. If your child has a special need or disability you are encouraged to contact our Director of Religious Education, Donna Sciacca at 610-847-5521 or via email at prep@stjohnsottsville.org to discuss your concerns and enrollment options.

SACRAMENT REQUIREMENTS  Two years of preparation in a formal religious education program are required for the reception of the Sacraments of Initiation which are…. First Reconciliation; First Holy Communion and Confirmation.

The Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion received in 2nd grade. Guidelines put forth by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia concerning baptized children receiving sacraments for the first time specifies that the Sacrament of Reconciliation be received prior to First Eucharist.  At St. John the Baptist Parish the reception of the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Eucharist both occur in the second grade. Children preparing for these sacraments are expected to attend Mass each week

Sacrament of Confirmation received in 7th grade. The sacrament of Confirmation requires two years of preparation.  Our students begin their preparation in the 6th grade and will  be confirmed in the 7th grade. Candidates preparing for this Sacrament agree to the covenant as outlined in their “Red Confirmation Folder” received in 6th grade which includes attendance weekly at Mass.                                                                                                       Volunteer Service List

All Families are encouraged to join us for our PREP Mass, on the first Monday & Tuesday of each month. Please see PREP Calendar for exact dates.

For additional information, contact Donna Sciacca, DRE at 610-847-5521 or by email at prep@stjohnsottsville.org