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PREP Program

Annmarie Flanagan
Email: aflanagan@stignatius.church
Tel: 215-493-5204

St. Ignatius’ Parish Religious Education Program (PREP) helps parents of school students not attending Catholic Schools to educate the children in knowledge of their Faith and most importantly, to grow in a deep, lifelong relationship with the God who loves us beyond our imagination.

Our students from grades K — 8, as well as our “special needs” class, meet once a week, from September to May, for 75 minutes, during one of the following sessions: Sundays 10:45 a.m. to 12:00 noon, Mondays 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m., or Wednesdays 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.

Volunteer catechists and classroom aides teach our students with no more than 20 per class. Under the direction of our pastor, Fr. Brownholtz, PREP is guided by Annmarie Flanagan, Director of Religious Education.

Following the Guidelines of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, our spiral curriculum first introduces young children to a loving God who lives in a Trinitarian relationship and invites us to be a part of that community. As the children progress through the various levels, they continue to grow in their relationship with God and learn the doctrines of our Faith, the common prayers of Catholics, and an age-appropriate knowledge of the Scriptures. In addition, second grade students usually prepare for the reception of the Sacraments of First Penance and First Eucharist. Sixth grade students usually prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation.

We do make accommodations for students who want to receive the sacraments but are beyond the usual grade levels. Our junior high and high school level students probe more deeply into the Bible, revelation, the significance of Jesus’ mission on earth, the growth and purpose of the Church, teenage topics of morality, and vocations. Use the registration forms below:

Office for Catechetical Formation