Religious Education Program (PREP) 2018-2019

Academy At the  Father Walter J. Ciszek Education Center

 

REGISTRATION

Religious Education Program (PREP)  Late Registration   will take place every Thursday at Trinity Academy at the Father Walter J. Ciszek Educational Center  from 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM.  The registration fee is $40.00 for one child, and $75.00 for two or more children.  Families not participating in parish life will pay $50.00 a child.  Grade 8 – Confirmation Class will pay an additional fee of $ 15.00 for the Confirmation Robes and a registration fee of $ 15.00 for a total of $ 30.00.    A Baptismal Certificate is required at the time of registration for all new students.

INTRODUCTION

The Parish Religious Education Program (PREP)  helps the parish to understand and live the Gospel Message of Jesus Christ. Such endeavors demand our best efforts of time, talent, and treasure.  Divine Mercy Parish uses its resources in an effort to provide a quality religion education program for students Grades 1 – 8 who attend public school.

The specific objectives of the program are:

-to teach the Catholic faith in a loving atmosphere

-to develop a personal relationship with God, others, and oneself

-to help students worship God through prayer, sacraments, and sacred liturgy

-to help students to serve the needs of others

-to develop Christ-like attitudes in facing all aspects of life

Divine Mercy Religious Education  Program (PREP) is dedicated to assist parents in teaching

our youth to know, to love, and to serve God. The philosophy of this program is to motivate the student to live God’s plan by action and word as true Christians.

ADMISSION  POLICY

This program is open to all the children, Grades 1 to 8, of families who are members of the parish.

LATE REGISTRATION

Late  registration will take place  at Trinity Academy at the Father Walter J. Ciszek Educational Center from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM.     The registration fee is $40.00 for one child, and $75.00 for two or more children.  Families not participating in parish life will pay $50.00 a child.  Grade 8 – Confirmation Class will pay an additional fee of $ 15.00 for the Confirmation Robes and a registration fee of $ 15.00 for a total of $ 30.00.    A Baptismal Certificate is required at the time of registration for all new students.

CLASSES

Classes for grades 1 to 7 will be held on Thursday evenings from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM at Trinity Academy.  Confirmation  classes will meet on Sunday evenings from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM.

ATTENDANCE

Students are expected to attend ALL sessions.  Parents may call the Trinity Academy School office before 3:00 PM at 570-462-3927 or  Mrs. Peterine Wojcik at 570-622-9434 to notify us if a student will be absent.  Attendance will be taken at each class period.

SACRAMENTAL PROGRAM

Special preparation will be provided for students preparing to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation, and Holy Eucharist for the first time.  These students will be required to attend TWO full years of religion instructions. They will receive these sacraments during the second year of instruction.

The Sacrament of Confirmation is administered by the Bishop every year.  Along with the immediate preparation for Confirmation, candidates must have participated in all the previous religion education classes.  Grades missed must be made up.  The next Confirmation will be held on Wednesday,  October 11th at 4:30 PM at St. Teresa of Calcutta Church, Mahanoy City.

Parents are important to the spiritual formation of their children.  The PREP Program recognizes  and supports the efforts of parents.  Parents are expected to participate in the special programs (TWO FOR EACH SACRAMENT) which will be held for them.  

POLICY

Requirements for reception of the Sacraments in the parish are as follows:

FIRST PENANCE AND FIRST HOLY COMMUNION

  • A minimum of (2) consecutive years in a religion education program (Catholic School or PREP).- NO MORE THAN (4) excused absences per year.  More than (4) absences may require alternate  education program.
  • Candidates and their families must display the proper Christian attitude; this involves regular attendance at Mass, especially fulfilling their Sunday obligation  and  have Mass attendance sheet signed.
  • Final decision rests with the Pastors.

DATES FOR THE SACRAMENTAL PROGRAM FOR FIRST HOLY COMMUNION

Proposed Sacramental Dates for 2018-2019  – (May be changed)

Thursday, September 13th  – Parent Meeting   –  6:00 PM – Trinity Academy School Cafeteria

Thursday, September 20th – Confessions in Prayer Room 1st  – 6:00 PM

Sunday, September 23rd – Rite of Candidacy for Sacramental Candidates 10:00 AM St. Casimir Church
Rite of Candidacy for Sacramental Candidates Noon Divine Mercy Church

Saturday, November 17th – First Penance Service –  10:00 AM – Divine Mercy Church

Saturday, April 13th – Mandatory Family Retreat Day   –  9:30 AM to 1:00 PM – Divine Mercy Church

  • Welcome/Open Prayer (30 mins)
  • Parent’s Conference in church with guest speaker (45 mins. – 1 hour)
  • Children’s Conference in school
  • Family Activity in cafeteria (40-45 mins)
  • Time for confessions, adoration, personal prayer in church (1 hour)
  • Closing prayer (10 mins.)
  • Practices for First Holy Communion will be held Wednesday, May 8th from 3:00 PM to 4:3o PM at Divine Mercy Parish and Thursday, May 9th from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM at Divine Mercy Parish.

Saturday, May 11th – First Holy Communion  – 10:00 AM – Divine Mercy

More Information and PDF Documents-  (2018 & 2019)

Click here to download PREP Booklet ccd 2018-2019 revised

Click here to download Sponsor Confirmation Form ccd sponsor forms 2018-2019

Click here to download PREP Registration Form  ccd registration form 2018-2019