- The family must be registered in St. Joseph Parish.
- Students must attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days. The basis of all religious instruction is the Liturgy of the Word and of the Eucharist. Attending religious instruction is always in addition to Mass attendance.
- A child in level 2 through 7 must have completed the previous year of religious education before moving on to the next year (e.g. level 1 must be completed before entering level 2; level 3 completed before entering level 4, etc.), regardless of the child’s grade in school.
- Religious Education Classes are not extracurricular activities, but weekly classes. Each class is the equivalent of one week of school. Regular, weekly attendance is necessary to progress to the next Level.
PREP registration is online ONLY, and takes place in the Spring and Summer of the previous year. If you are new to the Parish, please contact the PREP Office (610) 873-8798 or PREP@stjosephrc.org so that we may help you.
A copy of the baptismal record, for anyone NOT baptized at St. Joseph, is necessary for registration to be considered complete (may be sent later). Please keep in mind that classes do fill up, and when they do, we need to close that day or grade. We can NOT guarantee that you’ll receive your first choice for day or time. While PREP is offered at 4 different times for Levels 1 through 6, some grades levels may already be full in some sessions.
Sessions for Levels 1,2,3,4,5,6 are
MON 5:00-615, MON 6:45-8:00, TUE 5:00-6:15, TUE 6:45-8:00
Kindergarten classes are only offered on MON 5:00- 6:00 and TUE 5:00-6:00
When a grade Level fills up it will be closed in that session. If there is classroom availability, and volunteers step forward, we may be able to offer another class. Please contact the PREP Office with any concerns or questions.
The PREP program needs Catechists (teachers). Please consider volunteering. All of our catechists are volunteers.
Presently, grade level availability is as follows:
Kindergarten available MON 5:00-6:00, TUE 5:00-6:00
Level 1 limited availability – please contact us PREP@stjosephrc.org or 610-873-8798
Level 2 available MON 5:00-6:00, TUE 6:45-8:00
Level 3 available MON 6:45-8:00, TUE 5:00-6:15, TUE 6:45-8:00
Level 4 available TUE 5:00-6:15, TUE 6:45-8:00
Level 5 available MON 6:45-8:00, TUE 5:00-6:15, TUE 6:45-8:00
Level 6 available MON 5:00-6:15, TUE 5:00-6:15, TUE 6:45-8:00.
ONLY children of parents who volunteer are placed in the session of their preference.
We are grateful to the adults who are volunteering. Please prayerful consider sharing your time and talent with the young people of St. Joseph Parish. Being a teen aide is a great Graduation Project for High School teens. We welcome teens as classroom aides.
As of September 9, 2018, PREP still needs the following classroom help:
Teachers for Level 1 – one MON 5:00-6:15, two MON 6:45-8:00
Teen aide for Level 5 – one TUE 5:00-6:15
Childcare provider – TUE 5:00-6:15
2018-2019 PREP Registration Fees
Registration Fees for children in kindergarten through Level 6 are:
1 child /$185.00; 2 children/$325.00; 3 or more children/$470
Weekly volunteers: 1 child /$145.00; 2 children/$260.00; 3or more children/$375
Full payment is due at registration. If payment is a problem, please contact the Parish offices to discuss a payment plan [ Parish Business Manager (610) 269-8294]. Payment should be completed BEFORE September, 2018.
If you are volunteering please go to the PREP volunteer page.