January 24, 2021  The 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time                                        GOSPEL of Mark 1:14-20  “JESUS CALLS HIS FIRST DISCIPLES”


UPDATES for 2021 Sacraments:

Feb. 25: Parent Meeting for the Sacrament of 1st Reconciliation, 6:30pm Zoom Webinar – Parent Information packet emailed.                                                          Child’s Penance Aid: What to Say to the Priest inside the Confessional _First Penance (pdf) 

Understanding & Praying THE ACT OF CONTRITION – why we go to CONFESSION

March 10: Sacrament of First Reconciliation, 6pm in the main Church

March 18: Parent Meeting for the Sacrament of 1st Holy Communion, 6:30pm Zoom Webinar

All other Sacrament dates remain as noted on our PREP calendar.

For more information contact: Donna Sciacca, Dir. of Religious Education                                          Email: prep@stjohnsottsville.org  or ph. 610-847-5521  

PREP Class Session Info:

Our online instructional program this year employs the use of hybrid media over a period of alternating weeks.  Hybrid media consists of: Textbooks & Activity Pages, followed the next week by an online ZOOM class session.             

Email Lesson Week: Catechists will email your child’s lesson on or before Tuesdays at 12noon.              ZOOM Class Week: Catechists will email you the ZOOM class link by the end of the prior week.

ZOOM Class Session Start Times                                                                               1st grade: Tues. 6:15pm;  2nd grade: Mon. 6:30pm;  3rd grade: Mon. 6:30pm;            4th grade: Tues. 6:30pm;  5th grade: Tues. 6:30pm; 6th grade: Mon. 6:30pm;          7th grade: Tues. 6:30pm

Your child will be responsible to complete the assigned chapter work prior to receipt of the following week’s ZOOM class session.  Your child should have a separate composition book in which to keep their notes, questions, and affix assigned Activity Pages for review during the following week’s Zoom class.

Chapter Quiz or Unit Test: Upon completion, parents you are to return (scan and email) your child’s test back to their teacher by 12 noon on Friday of the week in which it was received.

Trimester Report Cards: Will be mailed home. 

It is essential that your child stay on task and not fall behind which is easy to do with distant learning. If this should occur, please contact me as soon as possible. I will work with you and your child to assure they are caught up and don’t fall too far behind. 


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 

Catholic Youth Bible NAB Rev.Ed. (St. Mary’s Press)



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 with children in 1st – 7th grade, please contact Donna Sciacca, DRE at the parish office to enroll in our parish religious education program.  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.

Scroll down to access downloads of our school year Calendar, Registration forms, Parent Handbook.

Revised 2021 PREP Calendar_2 Sides


PREP Credit Card Pymt Form

2020-2021 New Student PREP Enrollment Form

2020-2021_Returning Student Registration Form                                                            


Parental Consent Form_ZOOM virtual PREP Class




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.

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.


Children’s Resources 

Our Prayers

ACT OF CONTRITION (To be prayed by the Penitent (you), inside the Confessional, so you may receive Absolution (forgiveness) from Jesus (through the Priest) for your sins).

O’ my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended thee, and I detest all my sins because of Thy punishments, but most of all because they offend thee, my God, who are all-good and worthy of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of thy grace, to sin no more and to avoid the near occasions of sin.  Amen.






“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 collection of Bible stories explores the meaning of the Eucharist that we celebrate during the Catholic Mass. Children will explore Old and New Testament stories from the Garden of Eden to the Last Supper, the Resurrection, and the Book of Revelation. Along this journey they will gain a deeper understanding of the Eucharist and the Mass.


A fun way to  help your child follow along with the Mass each week is to give them a subscription to:  Magnifikid


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