We see this program as an extension of the parents’responsibility to proclaim the message of our salvation for they are the primary teachers of their children.
In accordance with archdiocesan policies and guidelines, our goals are:
--to offer to the children in our parish who attend public school or are home schooled
formal religious instruction in accordance with our Catholic tradition.
--to offer additional opportunities throughout the year to develop their faith and become involved in the Christian community.
First Holy Communion
Second or third grade is the usual time for a child in our program to receive First Eucharist. Diocesan policy requires that each child be in preparation for two years. Our teacher(s) will provide information to all candidates and their families for First Eucharist preparation.
First Holy Communion will be scheduled for this spring
The children will receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation (penance) for the first time in second or third grade, prior to receiving First Eucharist. Our teacher(s) will help prepare the children for this day of celebration.
Our next First Penance will take place in February of 2020.
All classes who have already received this sacrament will be given the opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation at or before the beginning of the Lenten Season, exact date to be determined.
Our 6th and 7th grade students will begin preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation in this first of a two year program.
The next Confirmation will take place in the spring of 2021.
Class and Mass Days (2-hours)
Attending Mass is a vital part of our identity as Catholics. It is our hope that as we make efforts to teach our faith to our parish children, that we have parent support in teaching these same values of Christ.
Therefore, we have scheduled two days this year in which the children will have a double class. The second part of class will be attending mass with their classmates and teacher as well as any family members able to attend. These classes appropriately tie in with our curriculum and will count as two PREP classes on each of those days.
Pick up time on these days will be approximately 10:30 am.
Class and Mass Days are scheduled for November 17, 2019 and February 16, 2020.
Safe Environment Lesson
In accordance with diocesan policy our students must participate in a program entitled “Keeping God’s Children Safe”. It is an age appropriate lesson about unsafe and inappropriate touching by strangers, as well as people we know. If you choose not to allow your child to participate in this class, you must sign and return the parental opt-out form prior to the scheduled class. This paper is an important part of your child’s records that will be on file within archdiocese. Parents are welcome to join us.
The Safe Environment class for the children is scheduled for Sunday, January 19, 2020.
Community Service Projects
Our Parish Religious Education Program will choose one to three service projects each year to benefit our community or charities. We will tentatively repeat our cookie tray donation project in December. We will help stock the shelves at The Lord’s Pantry in Ottsville with Souper Bowl fun. We may offer other projects as the year progresses. We encourage all families to participate.
Boys and girls in 4th grade and older are encouraged to become an Altar Server. Children may choose which masses they would like to do, as well as how often they would like to serve. Even one per month would be a big help as we are in need of servers. Please contact the Parish Office or let a teacher know about your interest.
Gift Offering During Mass
We would like to give the children the opportunity to participate in taking up the offerings at our Class and Mass sessions and will offer this to our students who have already received their First Holy Communion. We understand that many children would enjoy the opportunity to have this important “job” during this special part of mass. This is a great way for your child to be directly involved in the mass.
Christmas Eve Mass – Candlelight Procession at 4:00 PM Mass