Parish Religious Education Program (PREP)
PREP Mission Statement
We, the St. John Fisher Parish Religious Education Program (PREP), are committed to the religious education of our children. Our program strives to foster faith formation through teaching the message of Jesus Christ, celebration of the Sacraments, family involvement and community service. We encourage our children to bring the love of Jesus into their daily lives and to become stewards of our Catholic faith.
The 2019-20 PREP Class year begins on September 3 & 4, 2018. Saint John Fisher offers afternoon and evening classes on Tuesday for Grades 1-5, and Wednesday evening classes for Grades 6 & 7..
Grade 6 & 7:
For a printable calendar of all PREP activities, days off, and special events for 2018-2019, please click the link below.
PREP Calendar for 2019-20 School Year - to be updated later in the summer
The schedules for mandatory attendance for events involving First Penance and First Eucharist will be posted at a later date.
2018-19 Registration: We encourage you to register your children for the upcoming PREP year in the late spring or early summer. Students new to the parish or the PREP program should contact the Director of Religious Education by calling 610-485-0441, ext. 5. Please click and print the links below for registration forms. Return the form to the PREP Office, located in the Rectory on the St. John Fisher Parish campus.
- 2019-20 Tuition & Class Schedule
- 2019-20 Parent Handbook - to be updated later in the summer
- Tuition Angel Program Financial Assistance Application
Tuition Angel Program (Financial Assistance Fund)
Financial Aid is available for registered parishioners attending Saint John Fisher PREP (Parish Religion Education Program) through our Tuition Angel Program. In order to be eligible for this program, families are expected to be active parishioners who attend Mass each Sunday and on Holy Days, contribute to the life of the parish, and live a sacramental life as per the Precepts of the Church. Please return to the Education menu to find more information about the Tuition Angel Program.
About Confirmation in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia conducted a study regarding the age or grade in which a child receives Confirmation. Overwhelmingly, bishops, pastors, principals, and directors of religious education noted there is a much better understanding of the Sacrament of Confirmation by upper grade school students. Based upon the results of this study, on January 18, 2018, the Archbishop determined that the new standard for the administration of Confirmation is in the 7th and/or 8th Grade. This decision applies to the entire Archdiocese. It is not a choice that can be made on the local level by individual parishes.
St. John Fisher Parish will celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation for both PREP and Catholic School students during the seventh year of catechetical formation. Confirmed at St. John Fisher Parish is not planned for 2019. The 2018/19 6th grade class will begin the preparation for the sacrament this year, and return to PREP or their Catholic school for a seventh year of catechesis before being Confirmed at the parish in the Spring of 2020. Fifth Grade students in 2018-19 will have two more years of catechesis before being confirmed in 2021. If you have any questions, please contact the PREP Office, 610-485-0441, ext. 5.