Parish Religious Education Program

PREP Information

 

Welcome to the St. Ambrose Parish Religious Education Program (PREP)! 

DOWNLOAD THE PARISH APP and select "Parish Religious Education Program"
in the Message Settings to receive notifications:  

iPhone Users Text: ParishApp1 to 800-950-9952
Android Users Text ParishApp2 to 800-950-9952

PREP provides resources for families to grow in discipleship. Registration is open for families with children entering grades 1-8. 

FAMILY CATECHESIS

Families with children in Levels 1,2,4,5,6 participate in “A Family of Faith,” which provides parents/guardians with formation opportunities that build community while empowering them to explore faith lessons with their children in the home setting. Families gather monthly on Sunday evening from 6:00-7:20 pm. After prayer and discussion in the Parish Center, students move to classrooms where adult mentors affirm the lessons that have been explored in the home setting throughout the previous weeks. In addition, families gather for seasonal sessions including Fall, Advent and Lent.

2020-2021 UPDATE:  Families will gather monthly using Zoom.  While in-person sessions will resume at an appropriate time, the online option will remain throughout 2020-2021 for families who are not comfortable gathering in a face-to-face setting.

A Family of Faith Overview Letter for Parents/Guardians

Grace Person Template

Sophia Sketch Pad~Sacraments Videos

Family Sessions:  Sundays at 6 pm
September 20th--Recording
October 4th--Recording
November 1st
December 6th
January 17th
February 7th
March 7th
April 11th
May 2nd


FIRST RECONCILIATION & FIRST EUCHARIST

Children who have actively engaged in religious formation and whose readiness has been discerned, are welcome to receive the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist. Students meet with adult mentors every other Sunday for "immediate" preparation. In addition, parents work with students in the home setting to broaden and affirm the lessons. Families attend seasonal Family Gatherings during Fall, Advent, Lent and Year-End.

Adaptive Resources
Adaptive Resources are available for Sacramental Preparation by contacting the Director of Religious Education, Mary Ellen Johns at 570-385-1031 or [email protected]
http://www.loyolapress.com/faith-formation/special-needs/adaptive-finding-god

2020-2021 UPDATE:  Students will meet for two sessions per month using Zoom.  A parent/guardian is asked to be present while the child is online. While in-person sessions will resume at an appropriate time, the online option will remain throughout the 2020-2021 Session for families who are not comfortable gathering in a face-to-face setting.

Level 3 Sessions: Sundays 6:00-7:15 pm
Sept. 13, 27
Oct. 11, 25
Nov. 8, 22
Dec. 13
Jan. 10, 24
Feb. 14, 28
March 14, 28
April 18
May 2


CONFIRMATION

Families with children entering Level 7 will explore Theology of the Body for Teens in which middle school students discover God’s plan for love and life. Parents are intimately involved through parent-child discussion and projects.

Families with children who have completed Levels 1-7 are eligible to participate in Level 8 Confirmation preparation. Parents/Sponsors are intimately involved in the candidates' formation through discussion and affirmation of lessons.

Families attend seasonal Family Gatherings during Fall, Advent, Lent and Year-End.

2020-2021 UPDATE:  Students will meet for two sessions per month during the respective semester using Zoom.  Level 8 will meet throughout the Fall semester. Level 7 will meet throughout the Spring semester. While in-person sessions will resume at an appropriate time, the online option will remain throughout the 2020-2021 Session for families who are not comfortable gathering in a face-to-face setting.   

Level 8 Sessions:  Sundays  7:30-8:45 pm
Sept. 13, 27
Oct. 11, 25
Nov. 8, 22
Dec. 13

Level 7 Sessions:  Sundays  7:30-8:45 pm
Jan. 10, 24
Feb. 14, 28
March 14, 28
April 18
May 2


REGISTRATION

Registration is completed online. To Register Using a Computer:
(Please note that the software does not always play nice with smart devices.)

  • Visit https://allentown.parishsoftfamilysuite.com.
    • If you previously created a My Own Church account, then log in.
    • If you need to create a My Own Church account, then click on “New User” and submit your account information. You will then receive a temporary password in your email to complete your account setup.
  • Once you are logged in to My Own Church, open the “Religious Education PREP” tab.
  • Click on “Online Registration” and provide the requested information for each student. Please note that the system prompts you to enter a first, second and third choice. However, you only need to indicate your first choice.
  • Once your registration request is reviewed, you will receive an email confirmation.

Registration Fees:

  • Levels 1,2,4,5,6 A Family of Faith:  $45 per FAMILY (no matter how many children are registered per family)
  • Level 3 Reconciliation/Eucharist: $40 per STUDENT
  • Level 7 Theology of the Body:  $35 per STUDENT
  • Level 8 Confirmation: $35 per STUDENT

Options To Submit PREP Tuition:

  • After submitting the online registration, click on the "Pay Now" button at the bottom of the summary page.

  • If you previously set up your parish online giving:
    • Return to the My Own Church home page.
    • Open the “My Offering” tab.
    • Click on “Online Giving” and open the “Give Now” tab.
    • Select “PREP” from the Funds drop down menu.
       
  • To set up online giving:
    • Visit https://giving.parishsoft.com/app/giving/stambrose or search for “ConnectNow Giving” in your app store.
    • In the “Sign In” tab click on “Register for an Account” and submit the required information.
    • After your online giving is set up, follow the instructions above.

If you experience technical difficulty or have questions, please contact Mary Ellen Johns, Director of Religious Education at 570-385-1031 or [email protected]