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.

FROM THE PASTOR FOR PREP 2020-2021

April 23, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

During these past few months, parents have been even more active in the learning and experiences of their children due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Thank you for working with your children’s catechists to help them learn and practice their faith. Our Parish Religious Education Program assists parents in their role as mentors for their children’s spiritual life.  We look forward to celebrating Mass together with all the new norms of social distancing. There is no social distancing with Jesus. He is present with us and hears all of our prayers. In the midst of sacrifices  you have made, we hope you have rediscovered family meals and the intimacy of family life and prayer.

The St. John Fisher Parish Religious Education Program is for children from First Grade through Seventh Grade. Weekly catechesis in the mysteries of the Faith is complimented with age-appropriate Sacramental Preparation for Reconciliation, First Holy Communion and Confirmation.  We are blessed with competent and creative leadership of our Director, Kathy Aaronson and our catechists and volunteers.  Together they set a Christian example and have years of experience to help both students and parents grow in our Catholic faith. Our catechists and volunteers receive training and support to assist their dedicated service to our young parishioners.

A safe and healthy environment is a constant priority for learning and growth. This commitment to administer a complete and well-rounded program for religious education is a parish priority.  There is NO tuition increase again for the 2020-21 year to assist young families with many responsibilities. Early registration for PREP offers a discount. Please know and appreciate your fellow parishioners, as they are supporting the mission of religious education and formation for your children.

May God continue to bless our parish families as we grow together in God’s Grace.  St. John Fisher, Pray for Us!  Father Robert McDermott

PREP Calendar
The 2020-21 PREP Calendar in development.  Please check back later in the summer. 

Saint John Fisher offers afternoon and evening classes on Tuesday for Grades 1-5, and Wednesday evening classes for Grades 6 & 7. 

Grades 1-5:

       Tuesdays 4:30-6:00

       Tuesdays 6:15-7:45

Grade 6 & 7:

       Wednesdays 6:15-7:30

For the schedules for mandatory attendance for events involving First Reconciliation and First Eucharist, please click the appropriate link below:

  •       First Reconciliation Schedule 2020-2021 - under development 
  •       First Eucharist Schedule 2020-20201 - under development

 2020-21 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 Handouts/Information 

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. The 6th grade class will begin the preparation for the sacrament and return to PREP or their Catholic school for a seventh year of catechesis before being Confirmed at the parish.  If you have any questions, please contact the PREP Office, 610-485-0441, ext. 5.