At St. Philip Neri PREP, we are committed to the religious education of our children as taught by Jesus Christ. Our goal is to assist you as your child’s first teacher, to nourish the faith already instilled through baptism, family life, and Mass attendance. We never expected to live this mission so fully as we did this past year with the pandemic and Stay-at-Home Orders. But we are moving in the right direction!
The good news is that many of the pandemic restrictions have been lifted. Masks will still need to be worn by those not vaccinated, but we are able to gather and life is returning to normal. Therefore, we are planning to reopen SPN PREP as normally as possible for in person classes in September. Please be assured that we will continue to consult guidance from the CDC, Montgomery County Department of Health, the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia as it is updated through the summer because we want to ensure the safety of all our students and staff at SPN PREP.
Parents will have two options this coming year: in-person classes or the traditional homeschool model. Students in grade/levels 1-6 may enroll in in-person classes on the day of their choice: Monday or Tuesday afternoons, 4:15-5:30 PM. Confirmation PREP will be held on scheduled Sundays, 11-12:30. In the traditional homeschooling model, parents teach the required curriculum to their own children. Parents will sign a homeschooling contract with the DRE, receive textbooks, and also be given guidance for "Family Catechesis" to make it easier for parents to work with varying ages at one time. Traditional Homeschooling is not available for Sacrament preparation; students in sacramental preparation must attend in-person sessions.
A registration form is attached. Please include a copy of your child’s baptismal certificate if your child is a new registration. If your child is entering St. Philip Neri PREP from another religious education program, please provide a copy of the permanent record card. Fees for PREP are $225 for one child and $300 for two or more children. Bussing from Ridge Park, Whitemarsh, and Colonial Elementary Schools is provided at $60/family. Forms and payment may be mailed to the address above or dropped at the Church Office. Checks should be payable to Saint Philip Neri Church.
Finally, in order to reopen, we also need to rebuild. Some of our volunteers do not plan to return. We are always in need of volunteers to teach and assist in other areas, but this year, the need is multiplied. We especially need catechists for all grades/levels. No experience is necessary; instruction and support will be provided. Parents or grandparents who volunteer in the classroom qualify to have PREP fees waived. Team teaching is very welcome and encouraged. If you would like to volunteer, or would like more information, please contact me as soon as possible so we can be ready in September.
I thank those who have given generously of their time, talent, and resources. Parents are their children’s first teachers and we are honored to assist you in raising your children in our Catholic faith.
Your friend in Christ, Sharon Otto Director of Religious Education
Please fill out the following forms to register for PREP in 2021-2022 or, learn more about the PREP Program at St. Philip Neri Church here:
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