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)

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 Sherri Currie.

Contact

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

Sherri Currie
PREP Coordinator
sherricurrie@st-ignatius.net
410-719-7559

2021-2022 Plan – Put your hand to the plow!

Thank you for continuing to see us through the 2020-2021 Year! We are witness to Father Casciotti, teachers and families committed to our children and our faith. Our parish is so vibrant and loving! We will get through this epidemic with continued prayers.

For 2021-2022, Father Casciotti, Sherri Currie, PREP teachers, and families will be collaborating to create a plan. In addition, the Coordinator of Missionary Discipleship at the Archdiocese, along with 25 Directors of Religious Ed, collaborated in 2020. We are maintaining a flexible mind-set.

To “Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy,” as well as maintain routines for families, PREP classes will continue on Sundays. Church offices and PREP rooms are undergoing changes. Offices are moving over to the annex, however we will continue to have the 2nd and 3rd floors available for PREP should we meet in person.

With Mass at 9:00 since the pandemic, PREP set a schedule for virtual classes following Mass. We staggered some classes since there are parents who have to assist more than one child or teach for PREP.

Grade Time
All 9:00-9:45 Mass
2nd Grade 10:00
3nd Grade 10:30
4th & 5th Grade 10:30
6th & 7th Grade 10:30
Kindergarten & 1st Grade 11:00
Confirmation Class 11:00

March Registration

Families helping families on behalf of our faith

Registration for existing PREP families with no additional children entering PREP: Open in March

  • Do not complete the registration form online, unless I contact you personally.
  • Registration is through payment. I already have your information.
  • Make your $75.00 payment/child to PREP via FaithDirect or Venmo (*@Saint-IgnatiusBaltimore).
    *Email sherricurrie@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 an image 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: Sherri Currie, written out to St. Ignatius. Keep a record.

Registration for New PREP families or siblings coming into PREP: Open in March and April

  • 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).
  • Email sherricurrie@st-ignatius.net, with and image of your payment.
  • Your email should include an image 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: Sherri Currie, written out to St. Ignatius. Keep a record.

Next Steps

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 740 N. Calvert Street, Baltimore MD, 21202. attention: Sherri Currie. Note that it is for PREP.

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.

Benziger Family Life

Benziger Family Life series is typically distributed for home instruction. This series includes information on family relationships, communication, and safety, which is part of the Archdiocese Safe Environment and Child Abuse Prevention Education. Because we are beginning the year remotely, and we are awaiting more registrations, new orders for this are on hold. It has been recorded which students received copies that we had on hand.

PREP Leaders

Sherri Currie Image

Sherri Currie, Coordinator

K-1st Grade

Jessica Mirano
Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Monitoring Officer

2nd Grade

Ted Engelke
Diageo North America Regional Director

2nd GRADE

Katherine Engelke
Johns Hopkins Hospital, Physical Therapist

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

Amy Petkovsek
Maryland Legal Aid, Director of Advocacy

Confirmation

Dennis Bahr
Baltimore County Public Schools
(recently retired teacher)

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.