SUNDAY,  OCTOBER 20, 2019 during the 10:30am Mass                                                            PRESENTATION OF OUR PARISH 2020 FIRST HOLY COMMUNION CLASS                              All  parish 2nd Graders (PREP and Regina Academy students who will be receiving their Sacraments of First Penance and First Holy Communion in our parish) are to attend. Parents please have your child arrive by 10:15AM latest. I will meet them in the Narthex where we will gather to line up for the Mass entrance Procession. Please be sure to show your child where you will be sitting prior to lining up so that following the procession they know exactly where to find you and your family.

Children should be dressed in neat, casual attire. No bluejeans, sweatpants, shorts, sports attire (football jerseys, sweatshirts, t-shirts) flip-flops, slippers. 


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!


                                              2019 – 2020  PREP School Year 

Mon. or Tues. class sessions.  6:15pm – 7:30pm  ~  Serving Grade Levels 1st – 7th

Available downloads:                                                                                      

2019-2020 FINAL_PREPCalendar   

PREP FAMILY HANDBOOK_Sept2019                            

2019-2020 PREP FLYER

PREP_New Student Enrollment Form

2019-2020_Returning Student Registration Form

PREP Volunteer Sign-Up Form

CATECHIST HANDBOOK

2020 Confirmation Calendar_Final

NEW THIS YEAR. The Regina Academy AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM LITTLE LIGHTS is NOW OPEN to ALL PREP students in grades 1st – 7th.  Click below to download the                      PDF registration form:  Little Lights_After School Program at the Regina Academy


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