Parish Religious Education Program

Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these. (Matthew 19:14)

Our Program

The focus and commitment of PREP is to impart, in collaboration with all our parents, the Catholic faith to our young people, from kindergarten through Confirmation.

Our program prepares children cognitively, spiritually and experientially throughout grade school and middle school, and includes sacramental preparation for Reconciliation, Eucharist, and Confirmation.

Our children, coming primarily from non-parochial schools, benefit from weekly catechesis. Our children live their faith meaningfully and joyfully by participating in social service and a communal life and ministries here at St. Ignatius!

A detailed PREP Information packet, calendar, and list of events is available by email or hard copy by contacting Chris McCullough.

Contact

For questions or volunteer opportunities, please contact Chris McCullough or phone the parish office at 410-727-3848.

Chris McCullough
Ministry Coordinator
chrismccullough@st-ignatius.net
410-727-3848

2021-2022 In-Person Learning

Thank you for continuing to see us through the 2021-2022 Year! We are learning in person, and children are thriving. We are witnesses to teachers and families committed to our children and our faith. Our parish is so vibrant and loving! We will get through this pandemic with continued prayers and responsible measures.

Church offices and PREP rooms underwent changes in 2021. Our church offices are currently in the Annex, next to the church.  Our program utilizes 6 classrooms in the Annex, with room assignments according to age served, or the number enrolled in each class.   Spacing guidelines are feasible when considering the number enrolled in each age group.

We took great joy in bringing back our very important Faith In Action service project for St.Valentine’s Day.  Women at The Helping Up Mission and My Sister’s Place were undoubtedly helped by the children’s valentine notes, socks, masks, chicken/tuna salad box, treats and toiletry items! 

Safety is a priority.  We love our children and our families.  With very small groups, between 4 and 10 in each class, we can feasibly manage our children, mask-wearing, spacing and cleaning routines.  When we hold an event that is not part of our weekly classes, we follow Archdiocesan guidelines, and have families complete a safety waiver and permission form.

Thank you for your continued presence and commitment to our program.

Registration for existing PREP families with no additional children entering PREP:

  • Do not complete the registration form online. Registration is through payment.
  • Make your $75.00 payment/child to PREP via FaithDirect or Venmo (*@Saint-IgnatiusBaltimore). Choose the “Contribute” button to proceed for payment.
  • Email chrismccullough@st-ignatius.net, with an image of your payment.
  • Your email should include your child’s name and grade change or school change if any.
  • Your email should include a scanned copy of your child’s baptismal certificate if your child was not baptized at St. Ignatius.
  • If you cannot pay online, send a check to our office, attn: Chris McCullough, written out to St. Ignatius. Keep a record.

Registration for New PREP families or siblings coming into PREP:

  • Complete the PREP registration form online to include all children that will be in PREP.
  • Make your $75.00 payment/child to PREP via FaithDirect or Venmo (*@SaintIgnatius-Baltimore). Choose the “Contribute” button to proceed for payment.
  • Email chrismccullough@st-ignatius.net, with and image of your payment.
  • Your email should include a scanned copy of your child’s baptismal certificate, if your child was not baptized at St. Ignatius.
  • If you cannot pay online, send a check to our office, attn: Chris McCullough, written out to St. Ignatius. Keep a record.

March and April Registration

Families helping families on behalf of our faith

Make a Faith Direct Payment

Register for PREP

PREP Staff & Curriculum

Catechesis is led by our gracious volunteer teachers, parents and parishioners from many walks of life. Teachers lead lessons based on the Gospel and Archdiocesan catechesis materials, and use their personal creativity and spirituality to enhance lessons! They are trained in child-safety, through the Archdiocese.

Pflaum Gospel Weeklies

These are used by most grades. Pamphlets are received in bundles covering a few months. I anticipate families needing to arrange the pick up these materials at 3 intervals. The editions begin Sunday, September 20th. PREP can also distribute at the October 24th Outdoor retreat. Parents are asked to visit the website weekly for the gospel and materials. Go to Parents, to Readings for Mass, then choose the Sunday that corresponds. There you will see a child’s version of the gospel.

Loyola Press, a Jesuit Ministry

Loyola Press workbooks are being sent home to all grade levels. Your teacher will guide you through the chosen lessons. There are wonderful online interactive activities. Go to loyolapress.com, to Faith Formation, to Family Resources. Select the appropriate grade level for the units, games and interactive reviews.

Growing with God

This year Growing with God replaced our former Benziger Family Life seriesThis is distributed for home instruction, and includes information on family relationships, communication, and safety, which is part of the Archdiocese Safe Environment and Child Abuse and Prevention Education.  Families are expected to implement this curriculum, unless they complete an ‘Opt Out’ form through the coordinator.

PREP Leaders

John Odean

Chris McCullough

Ministry Coordinator

K-1st Grade

Jessica Mirano
Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Monitoring Officer

2nd Grade

Dennis Bahr
Baltimore County Public Schools
(recently retired teacher)

3rd Grade

Kelly Powers
Howard County Public Schools, Grant Manager

4th-5th Grade

Liz Stephens-Kalmar
Washington Hospital Ctr., Certified Nurse Midwife

4th-5th Grade

John Springer
PNC Bank, Business Banker

6th-7th Grade

Ted Engelke
Diageo North America Regional Director

Katherine Engelke
Johns Hopkins Hospital, Physical Therapist

Confirmation

Amy Petkovsek
Child Advocacy Lawyer, Director of Advocacy

Child and Youth Protection Policy

All volunteers 14 and over having regular contact with children must complete online training to ensure the safety of our children. Teachers and volunteers, please go to www.archbalt.org and follow the links: About Us, Child and Youth Protection, then www.virtusonline.org. A copy of the training certificate must be given to the coordinator, Sherri Currie, before service begins in September. Thank you.