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 6:00 to 7:00 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 4:30 to 5:30 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 PREP 2017/2018 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 2017-18 Calendar

DateTimeEvent
Monday, September 11, 20176:00 – 7:00 pmPREP begins (grades 1-5) at St. Mary’s Interparochial School (SE corner 5th and Locust Sts.—enter on Locust)
Thursdays, Sept. 21 – Oct. 264:30 - 5:30 pmConfirmation class meets in the parish hall
Saturday, September 233:30 - 5:15 pmHome-schoolers gathering (for those unable to attend PREP)
Monday, October 9NO PREP—Columbus Day
Wednesday, October 257:00-8:30 pmPastor’s talk for Confirmation parents in the parish hall
Monday, October 30NO PREP—St. Mary’s School closed
Saturday, November 410:00 am - 4:30 pmConfirmation retreat (includes lunch). Parents join Confirmandi at 2:30 (includes rehearsal)
Sunday, November 1911:30 MassConfirmation
Monday, November 27NO PREP—St. Mary’s School closed
Monday, December 25NO PREP—Christmas vacation
Monday, January 1NO PREP—Christmas vacation
Monday, January 8, 20186:00 – 7:00 pmPREP resumes (grades 1-5)
Monday, January 15NO PREP—Martin Luther King Day
Saturday, January 273:30 - 5:15 pmFamily activity day in the parish hall (followed by optional 5:30 Mass)
Monday, February 19NO PREP—Presidents’ Day
Wednesday, February 287:00-8:30 pmPastor’s talk for First Reconciliation parents in the parish hall
Saturday, March 10 3:30-5:15Home-schoolers gathering
(for those unable to attend PREP)
Tuesday, March 207:00-8:30 pmPastor’s talk for First Communion parents in the parish hall
Monday, March 26NO PREP—Easter break
Monday, April 2NO PREP—Easter break
Monday, April 96:00 - 7:00 pmFirst Reconciliation rehearsal (during PREP class--non-PREP kids are invited)
Wednesday, April 117:00 – 8:30 pmFirst Reconciliation penance service for First Communicants and their families
Saturday, April 283:30 – 7:00 pmFirst Communion retreat for First Communicants & families (includes rehearsal, Mass, supper, and banner-making)
Sunday, May 69:30 MassFirst Holy Communion
Monday, May 21Final PREP class