MISSION STATEMENT: GOD IS 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

Go make disciples! 

2018-2019 PREP Sessions: Mon. & Tues., 6:15pm – 7:30pm; Grade Levels 1st – 7th

2018-2019 FINAL_PREP Calendar

2019 Confirmation Calendar_FINAL Aug’18


Thank You to all the parents who took home empty show boxes to fill & return from our packing nights this past week.

Drop off for “Packed Shoe Boxes” is next Mon & Tues, Nov. 12th & 13th during PREP session or earlier in the day at the parish office.

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD SHOE BOX 

Last minute Donations gladly accepted! For suggestions visit: www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/what-goes-in-my-shoebox-suggestions/


2019 SACRAMENT SCHEDULE

SACRAMENT OF FIRST HOLY COMMUNION   

Retreat: Saturday, May 4, 2019

Rehearsal: Wed., May 8, 2019

Sacrament Mass: Saturday, May 11, 2019

RITE OF CONFIRMATION within the MASS

Retreat: Saturday, Feb. 16th 12pm – 5pm at Pope John Paul II High School, Royersford, PA

Rehearsal: Saturday, March 30th, 10am meet in the school gym

Sacrament Mass: Sunday, March 31, 2019 – 10:30am Mass 

To request a copy of the Newly Revised Confirmation Questions, approved by Archbishop Chaput Sept.’18,  send your email to prep@stjohnsottsville.org 

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 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.                                                                                             


Download a copy of our PREP Parent Handbook (below)  for a more in depth understanding of our Parish Religious Education Program.

FAMILY HANDBOOK

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.

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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, DRE at 610-847-5521 or by email at prep@stjohnsottsville.org