St. Martha Parish Religious Education Progrm

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OPENING OF PREP WILL BE DELAYED UNTIL SUNDAY OCTOBER 4. THIS WILL GIVE EVERYONE MORE TIME TO REGISTER THEIR CHILDREN. 


PREP begins on Sunday October 4, 2020. Parents/Guardians must attend a meeting on Sunday September 27. The meeting will be held in the school gym after the 10:00 Mass. Details on the updated calendar. 


If you are the parent/guardian of a school age child who has not been Baptized or who has been Baptized but has not received any other Sacraments and who does not attend St. Martha School, please see Art Calvo or call him at the rectory (215.632.3720) so we can make arrangements for Baptism and/or Reconciliation/Holy Communion/Confirmation. 


2020- 2021 Saint Martha P.R.E.P. Schedule and News

Registration for the 2020-2021 school year will continue until Sunday September 13. Payment is due (or arrangements must be made with me) at the time of registration. No unregistered child will be admitted to class. 


The registration form can be found by placing your mouse over the 'Home' tab above and choosing the 'Registration Information' from the drop down box. On that page you can click on 'registration information' for pricing or on the 'registration form' for the registration form, itself.


CONFIRMATION INFORMATION 

Confirmation children must turn in the following BEFORE September 27, 2020:

1- Candidate Information Sheet (Yellow)

2- Sponsor Eligibility Form (Blue) This form must have a parish seal and the signature of a priest/deacon of the home parish of the sponsor. 

3- Saint Project (Not necessary this year)

4- Sponsor Interview Form (Not necessary this year)

We simply can't 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 without permission 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 Kindergarten. 


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.


2020 - 2021

It's hard to believe that we're talking about the 2021 school year already, but here we are!

There will be a meeting for parents on Sunday September 27, 2020 after the 10:00 Mass in the school gym. All parents must attend. You will be given forms to sign at this meeting regarding attendance and the reception of Sacraments. 

Our first day of class is October 4, 2020. Children must arrive via the gym doors. The lobby is not to be used. Children will go directly up to their classrooms. Younger children will be escorted by an aid. Dismissal will, likewise, take place in the gym. There will be no congregating outside of the chapel. Dismissal will be staggered by grade. Details will be given you at our meeting on September 27. 


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.   No one will be available to register children once PREP begins on October 4. Again, your child will not be admitted into class without being registered. 


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. 

2By appointment .... call the rectory and I will return your call if I am not there. Or you may call me on my cell at 215.290.2449 or you can email me at [email protected] and we can make arrangements to drop off your registration form. 

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