2016-2017 PREP SCHOOL YEAR            Grades 1 – 7       6:15pm – 7:30pm

First Holy Communion Rehearsal – Thursday, April 27th at 6pm in the School/Church


Saturday, April 29, 2017  at 10am


May 1st & 2nd – Diocese FINAL ASSESSMENT EXAMS Grades 1 – 6

May 8th & 9th – MAY PROCESSION, Crowning of Mary & pray the Rosary

May 15th & 16th – LAST DAY OF PREP CLASSES

SUNDAY, MAY 21st PREP CLOSING MASS at 10:30 am followed by Award Ceremony.  Report Cards and Confirmation Certificates/photos will also be given out during this ceremony.

Final_2016-2017_PREP CALENDAR


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 Eucharist 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.  At St. John the Baptist Parish, candidates will begin their preparation in the 6th grade and will generally be confirmed in the winter- spring of 7th grade. Candidates preparing for this Sacrament agree to the covenant as outlined in the “Red Confirmation Folder” received in 6th grade. Attendance weekly at Mass as well as special Masses and parent/sponsor meetings are required.  Each candidate is expected to perform a minimum of 2 Service Projects in which their actions mimic the Corporal works of Mercy. Candidates are required to attend their Confirmation retreat and demonstrate their preparedness verbally during the Confirmation Interview.            

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