Parish Religious Education Program
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press on (Philippians 3:13-14)
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 Sherri Currie.
2021-2022 Plan – Put your hand to the plow!
Father Casciotti, PREP teachers, and the Coordinator of PREP collaborated. In addition, the Coordinator of Missionary Discipleship at the Archdiocese, along with 25 Directors of Religious Ed, shared ideas that were reviewed. We are all taking next steps to assure instruction, keeping a flexible mind-set.
We will begin classes September 20th remotely, with a hopeful and tentative schedule to meet for face-to-face classes in January, with approximately 50% of enrollment (25-30 children) rotating in church bi-weekly. Should we be able teach in person in January, we would utilize some larger and different spaces. A detailed PREP calendar is available by email or hard copy by contacting Sherri Currie. Calendars are being delivered to families in July.
PREP classes are generally on Sundays, preceding 10:30 Mass. With Mass currently at 9:00 am during COVId, this year’s class times will vary. They can follow Mass, and allow time for those attending Mass to return home. Teachers are encouraged to work with their own schedules and families to establish a virtual time for class, considering that families may have multiple children needing computer use.
We can only move forward with the commitment of families registering their children (see below). April registrations were extended. Please help us finalize classes by registering by the first week of August. The registration fee is $75.00 per child.
Payment for PREP should be made immediately upon registration, by using our online Faith Direct payment option, or Venmo. To make a FaithDirect payment simply click the link below. Please send an image of the payment to Sherri, via email. If you cannot make your payment online, please send a check made out to St. Ignatius Church, to 110 E. Madison St., Baltimore MD, attention: Sherri Currie. Note that it is for PREP.
PREP Staff & Curriculum
Catechesis is led by our gracious volunteer teachers, parents and parishioners. They come from many walks of life that show deep devotion to God’s children. 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
Benziger Family Life
Baltimore County Public Schools Teacher
Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Monitoring Officer
Diageo North America Regional Director
Johns Hopkins Hospital, Physical Therapist
Howard County Public Schools, Grant Manager
Washington Hospital Ctr., Certified Nurse Midwife
PNC Bank, Business Banker
Maryland Legal Aid, Director of Advocacy
Baltimore County Public Schools
(recently retired teacher)
Register for PREP
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.