St. Martha  Parish  PREP/CCD School 

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2018- 2019 Saint Martha CCD Program Schedule and News


Registration for the 2019-2020 school year will begin on April 14, 2019. Please register your child(ren) before the end of our current year (May 6, 2019).  


WE CONGRATULATE AND ARE SO VERY PROUD OF OUR CHILDREN WHO CELEBRATED THE SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION FOR THE FIRST TIME ON MARCH 30TH !!


CONFIRMATION INFORMATION

The Sacrament of Confirmation will be conferred on Sunday November 17, 2019 at the 12:00 Mass. By April 30th your child should have turned in the following:

1- Candidate Information Sheet (Yellow)

2- Sponsor Eligibility Form (Blue)

This form must have a parish seal and the signature of a priest/deacon.

3- Saint Project

4- Sponsor Interview Form

We will not chase you/your child for the forms. If we don't have them your child cannot be Confirmed. 

When you and your child are considering a sponsor, remember they must be of age (it's on the form), and must be a practicing Catholic (ie: Attends Mass and receives the Sacraments Regularly). 


REGISTER YOUR CHILD

 If you have a child of school age who does not attend Catholic school, they must come to PREP classes for their religious education. If you are a member of St. Martha and you send your child elsewhere for religious education, you should think about supporting your parish and send them here. They MUST receive their sacraments at St. Martha. They may NOT receive their sacraments from any other parish if you are a member of St. Martha. 


If you have a child starting Kindergarten in September why not register them for our PREP class? There is no cost for the class. 


Calendar is under 'prep/ccd schedule' tab


Parents/guardians: Please make sure I have your email address on file as that will be the primary way in which we will communicate. Thank you.


2019-2020

It's hard to believe that we're talking about the 2020 school year already, but here we are!

Our first day of class is September 8, 2019. Parents and children should arrive by 8:00 in the chapel. Parents will then go into the parish hall for a short meeting. You will also be given forms to sign at this meeting regarding attendance and the reception of Sacraments. Children will be sent to their rooms as we normally do. On regular PREP class days students should be brought to the chapel no later than 8:15. Too many children have been arriving late and this disrupts the class. Children arriving after 8:15 must be accompanied into the school by an adult. 


REGISTRATION

There will be NO registrations on the first day and NO child will be admitted to class without being registered. In other words, if you haven't registered your child by the first day of class AND paid the registration fee (or haven't made payment arrangements), your child will return home with you and will receive his/her first absence. 


Register your child in one of three ways:

1. Print out he registration form from the website, fill it out, and bring it to the rectory with your fee any time. 

2. By appointment .... call the rectory and I will return your call if I am not there. 

3. Take the time to fill out the registration form that will be sent home with your child. 


The PREP Program of Saint Martha Parish is designed to teach your child(ren) about the Catholic Faith and prepares them for the reception of their Sacraments: First Reconciliation, First Holy Communion, and Confirmation.  Our knowledgeable catechists volunteer their services so that your child may become more fully incorporated into the Catholic Church as an informed and practicing Catholic. 


On this website we go into some guidelines for you and your child.  You will read, for example, that we fully expect you to become involved in your child's experience here at St. Martha Parish.  Our catechists see your children only once a week.  You see them every day.  So we expect you to check their book bags for important communications from their teacher, for their homework assignments and for their study guidelines.  We expect you to make sure your child completes his/her assignments and comes to class fully prepared.  We expect that you will make sure they are ready to take the tests that will be given.  Most importantly, however, we expect that you will take an active role in teaching your child by your example.  Your child, in order to to receive the sacraments, must attend Mass. Let us say this again, your child MUST attend Mass in order to receive the Sacraments. So we assume that you will attend Mass every Sunday with your child. (The 10:00 Mass is recommended).  We also assume that you will come to Reconciliation with your child on a regular basis. Children who are not brought to Mass every Sunday may not be eligible to receive Sacraments. 

Also on this website, you'll see our attendance policies, our promotion policies, and our policies on holding back a child, or recommending further study before a Sacrament is administered.

So, you see, we here at St. Martha are not the only ones who teach and work with your children.  We do what we do in partnership with you.  Together, we can make a difference in your child's life.  We cannot do it without your help, your suggestions, and your prayerful support. 


If ever you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions please feel free to write me at [email protected] or call 215-632-3720 You can always catch me on any given Sunday to speak face to face. I always enjoy talking with the parents of our children.  I, and all of us associated with St. Martha PREP look forward to working with you in this up and coming year and for the years to come.

Art Calvo
Coordinator of Religious Education