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 8, 2021
Dear Parents and Guardians,
The Covid pandemic has effected many areas of our lives, including church and faith formation. Catechists, parents and our young parishioners have made commendable sacrifices and adaptations to continue the good work of growing in faith and wisdom. Thank you for your cooperation with our efforts to assist in your child’s faith commitment and development. We acknowledge that new evolving practices and methods will remain as options as we go forward. In-person classroom based catechesis remains the foundation for PREP at St. John Fisher, and is what we are planning for Fall 2021. A family-based catechesis (home schooling) will allow for independent learning outside of the classroom, and remains an option for educating your child about our faith. The parish’s Zoom capability will be available to use only in case of inclement weather or if public health issues arise.
The importance of Sunday Mass cannot be emphasized enough. During the last year, many families have observed Sunday Mass via livestreaming on Facebook or TV. While there is no substitute for receiving the Eucharist, the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ in person, allowances for public health have been followed. Just as family life continues to expand with a return to shopping, sports, and dining out, attendance at Mass should be a priority for all Catholics.
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. We have also sought to establish a fair tuition rate for families. There will be a $25 increase in the tuition rate for 2021-2022. We have not had an increase for several years and remain below the tuition rate at neighboring parishes. Early registration for PREP continues to offer a discount. Be appreciative of your fellow parishioners as they are supporting the mission of religious education and formation for your children.
St. John Fisher, Pray for Us! --Fr. Robert McDermott, Pastor
The 2021-22 PREP Calendar -PREP Calendar 2021-22
Classes will begin on September 14 and 15, 2021 for the 2021-22 school year.
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 the schedules for mandatory attendance for events involving First Reconciliation and First Eucharist, please click the appropriate link below:
- First Reconciliation Schedule 2021-22 - coming soon
- First Eucharist Schedule 2021-22 - coming soon
2021-22 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.
- 2021-22 Arrival and Dismissal Procedures
- 2021-22 Parent Handbook - Please click the link and print your personal copy of the Handbook PREP Handbook 2021-22
- Tuition Angel Program Financial Assistance Application
- Parent Volunteer Form 2021-22
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.