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2020-2021 PREP SCHOOL YEAR   ~  Grade Levels 1st – 7th 

Registration Forms are now PAST DUE

If you have a child entering the 1st Grade in September, please call our office to Register them in our Parish Religious Education Program. 

If you are a new family in our parish community and have children in 1st – 7th grade, please contact Donna Sciacca, DRE at the parish office to enroll in our parish religious education program.

We will be using a textbook driven Virtual Platform for all grade levels.  

Classes begin on October 5th

Student Books will available for pick-up at the parish office by early to mid September. Exact pick-up dates will be emailed to each registered family.

How will our Program Work?

Virtual Platform Details: Each grade level will be taught weekly, with the use of mixed media.

Some classes will implement the use of a half-hour “pre-recorded lesson” or the use of “Zoom or Google Classroom.” Highly recommended for our Sacrament Grades of 2nd & 7th.

Not all our Catechists have access to equipment to pre-record lessons, as such those Catechists will  teach your child(ren) through a weekly emailed lesson, and a scheduled monthly Zoom Review Session.

Both options will include supplemental activities to enhance comprehension of the chapter material.

For those families without access to a reliable internet connection, or lack of access to available computer time, it is recommended that you request “weekly emailed lessons only.” 

Weekly lessons will be sent each week on a Monday – 12 noon on Tuesday is the cut-off time for a Catechist to send your weekly lesson.

Your child will be responsible to complete the assigned chapter work prior to receipt of the following week’s lesson. All homework must be scanned and emailed back to the Catechist by 12 noon on Friday of the week in which it was received.

To register your child, print, complete and return the Registration Form along with your payment to the attention of Donna Sciacca, DRE at the Parish Office.

PREP Opening Mass – Catechetical Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020 at 10:30am Mass                          All PREP families are invited and encouraged to attend. 

Weather permitting, we will host after Mass a brief “MEET YOUR TEACHER” in the front of the church. Come and have your child meet the Catechist who will be their teacher throughout this coming year (Face coverings & social distancing protocols are required).

Class Day Option:   Monday or Tuesday Class Time:  6:15pm – 7:30pm 

2020-2021 PREP MATERIAL FEES FLYER

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2020-2021 New Student PREP Enrollment Form

2020-2021_Returning Student Registration Form                                                             

Newly revised Parent Handbook coming soon.

CATECHIST HANDBOOK

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2020 SACRAMENT of CONFIRMATION                Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020 at 3pm

Bishop Celebrant, The Most Reverend Edward M. Deliman, D.D.,V.G.

 

Rehearsal – Sat. Sept. 26 at 11am in the church.  For Sponsor & Candidate mandatory attendance required.

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Children’s Resources 

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time:  In today’s gospel, we hear about the miracle of five loaves and two fish. Jesus asked the disciples if they had any food to feed the many people that had been listening to Jesus. The disciples told Jesus that they only had five loaves and two fish, but then Jesus made a miracle; the five loaves of bread and the two fishes became enough to feed thousands of people.

BIBLE STORIES

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Formative Fiction by Jared Dees

“Beatitales: 80 Fables about the Beatitudes for Children” Purchase Kindle eBook | Purchase Paperback at Amazon.com

“Tales of the Ten Commandments: 50 Fables to Help Children Learn God’s Law” 

Purchase Kindle eBook | Purchase Paperback at Amazon

New collection of Bible stories for kids about hope. 

 

 

 

This week’s Psalm is a story of hope during a time when others begin to lose their faith in God.

In Psalm 11’s story, a duck shows his confidence in God. He will take refuge in the Lord and the lake that he gave to them even in the face of fear and doubt.

Read >> Psalm 11: The Dedicated Duck 

More Psalm Stories 

Here are some of the past Psalm stories in the series:

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  • Follow the Church’s liturgy with your children with Magnifikid:

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PREP CURRICULUM LINKS: Below is a list per grade level.

For Grade Levels 1 – 6:

“Faith & Life Series” Parish Edition

https://www.ignatius.com/promotions/faithandlife/downloads.htm#ParRes

Sacrament Supplemental Curriculum Grade Level 2:

“Blessed” First Eucharist, and First Holy Communion

https://dynamiccatholic.com/blessed/program-view

Scroll down to the bottom half of the page where you may click on the Session number your child is to read/watch. The text book is verbatim to the video. This is a program you too will enjoy as you help your child prepare for their Sacrament.

For Grade Level 7:

“Confirmed in the Spirit” Loyola Press

https://www.loyolapress.com/faith-formation/sacramental-preparation/confirmed-in-the-spirit/parents-and-students/resources/resources/resource-grade

Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2nd Ed.

http://ccc.usccb.org/flipbooks/catechism/index.html         


MISSION STATEMENT

“THEY WILL KNOW WE ARE CHRISTIANS BY OUR LOVE”

GOD IS LOVE! He created us from love, to love. We are all created in the image and likeness of God, believing this, the mission of St. John’s Parish Religious Education Program is to Teach, Proclaim, and Witness to the children, teens and adults of our parish on the new life of Salvation that Jesus won for us on the Cross.

We teach about the need to build a personal relationship with the True Person of Jesus Christ, and strive to instill within their hearts and minds a deep love for the Real Presence of Jesus in the Sacrament of the Eucharist and the healing power of forgiveness through the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

We Proclaim the Good News and nurture a deep seeded thirst for Truth known by the study of our Catholic Faith revealed through Scripture and Tradition.

We Witness to the power of prayer, the grace and inspiration of the Holy Spirit given freely to us through the Sacrament of Confirmation, and the joy in service to those in need.

Every Day, in Every Class, with Every Student, there is an Encounter with Christ.

Teaching and forming disciples!

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After School Care is here!

The Regina Academy  LITTLE LIGHTS after school program is OPEN to ALL PREP students in grades 1st – 7th.  Click below to download a Registration Form 

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SACRAMENT REQUIREMENTS:           Two years of preparation in a formal religious education program are required by our parish 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 Spring of  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. 

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.


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


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