Parish Religious Education Program: PREP

(Formerly called CCD)

PREP provides Ignatian-based religious formation to children from first grade through Confirmation (usually sixth grade) not attending a Catholic school.  We require two years of instruction before the reception of a sacrament.  The program has four components:

  •  Teaching children the tenets and practice of our faith
  • Guiding children to recognize God’s presence in their lives, to develop a personal relationship with God, and to learn to make moral choices based on that relationship
  • Preparing children for the sacraments of First Reconciliation, First Holy Communion, and Confirmation (those in Catholic school join PREP students in the celebration of the sacraments)
  • Fostering a sense of community for children and families in the parish

When and where:  First- through fifth-grade PREP classes meet at St. Mary’s Interparochial School at 5th and Locust Sts. (enter on Locust) on Mondays from 6:15 to 7:15 PM from September through May.  The children gather in and are dismissed from the multi-purpose room in the basement.
Sixth-graders have a six-week Confirmation preparation class at Old St. Joe’s on Thursdays from 4:15 to 5:15 PM prior to the Confirmation date.  The class meets in Barbelin Hall underneath the church.

Click here to download the PREP Registration Form. It is a fillable PDF form. You can type in the form and save it. Please return the form to the parish office or email the form to prep@oldstjoseph.org.

Click here to download the 2016/2017 Calendar.

For further information on PREP or to become a teacher, contact, the Coordinator of Religious Education, Christine Szczepanowski at 215-923-1733 ext. 123 or 267-250-3049 (cell) or prep@oldstjoseph.org

PREP 2016-17 Calendar

datetime of eventevent
Monday, September 12, 2016

6:15 – 7:15 pmPREP begins (grades 1-5) at St. Mary’s Interparochial School
(SE corner 5th and Locust Sts.—enter on Locust)
Thursdays, Sept. 15 – Oct. 20

4:15 - 5:15 pm Confirmation class meets in the parish hall
Saturday, September 24

3:30 - 5:15 pmHome-schoolers gathering
(for those unable to attend PREP)
Monday, October 3NO PREP—schools off for Rosh Hashanah
Saturday, October 22
10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Confirmation retreat (includes lunch)
parents join Confirmandi at 2:30 (includes rehearsal)
Monday, October 31NO PREP—Halloween
Sunday, November 6
11:30 MassConfirmation
Saturday, December 3

3:30 - 5:15 pmService project for the newly confirmed
Monday, December 26NO PREP—Christmas vacation
Monday, January 2NO PREP—Christmas vacation
Monday, January 9, 2017

6:15 – 7:15 pmPREP resumes (grades 1-5)
Monday, January 16NO PREP—Martin Luther King Day
Saturday, January 28

3:30 - 5:15 pmFamily activity day in the parish hall
(followed by optional 5:30 Mass)
Monday, February 20NO PREP—Presidents’ Day
Monday, April 3

6:15 - 7:15 pmFirst Reconciliation rehearsal (during PREP class--non-PREP kids are invited)
Tuesday, April 4

7:00 – 8:30 pmFirst Reconciliation penance service for First Communicants and their families
Monday, April 10NO PREP—Easter break
Monday, April 17NO PREP—Easter break
Saturday, April 29

3:30 – 7:00 pmFirst Communion retreat for First Communicants & families (includes rehearsal, Mass, supper, and banner-making)
Sunday, May 7

9:30 MassFirst Holy Communion
Saturday, May 20

3:30 - 5:15 pmHome-schoolers gathering
(for those unable to attend PREP)
Monday, May 22

6:15 - 7:15 pmFinal PREP class