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

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 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