2020-2021 PREP Options

2020-2021 PREP Options - updated 5/19/20

St. Thomas the Apostle Religious Education Program

Options for Prep Program Grades 1 – 7


Traditional Program:

·       Weekly classes held during the week /afternoon & evening session

o   Tuesday Afternoon               4:30pm – 5:45pm

o   Tuesday Evening                  6:15pm -7:30pm

·       Grades 1 - 6 

·       One hour and a half

·       Taught by volunteer Catechist

Summer Program - CANCELLED for 2020

  • We hope to launch this program in June 2021!

Home- School / Family Catechesis:

·       Not offered for Sacramental Years ( Grade 2 & 7)

·       Meet Monthly with parent and child

·       One hour session

·       Parents work with DRE/Speaker on topics children will be learning for the upcoming month

·       Students go to room with Catechist to review previous month and complete first lesson for the month.

·       Meet one Sunday of the Month (dates and times TBA)

·       Must also attend Confession during Advent and Lent, Weekly Mass, Ash Wednesday, Stations of the Cross, May Procession etc.

Confirmation Preparation

Camp Caritas - CANCELLED for JUNE 2020


St. Thomas: 

Option 1:    Classes will be held the second Sunday of each month for two hours.  These classes will be held on Sunday Evening 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM in the Social  Hall.  The class will consist of fellowship, lesson, discussions, & Spirit & Corporal Mercy Actions. These lessons are fast paced and students are                    responsible to complete work at home before coming to class.

Option 2:    Classes will be held weekly on Tuesday evenings and run during our Traditional PREP time.  Lessons and activities from the monthly lessons will be presented but spread out, allowing a slower pace of learning  and will allow for less work to be completed at home.

Other Program Elements for ALL candidates:  The candidates will establish their discipleship identity and develop habits and skills for living and sharing their faith in their daily lives.  All Candidates will do the following whether they attend the Caritas Camp or the St. Thomas Program.

·       Attend Confession during Lent & Advent

·       Complete Saint Project, based on chosen Confirmation name, for the fall of 8th Grade & display your project after Mass in the Social Hall. 

·       Attend or be a part of an Advent Service

·       Attend or be a part of Stations of the Cross

·       Complete 8 separate Works of Mercy (at least 2 out of the 8 must be  from the Spiritual Works). Complete Works of Mercy Chart.     This can be accomplished on your own or with the PREP group.

·       Attend Bishop Shanahan’s Middle-School Retreat (4 dates offered over their formation prior to Confirmation) Select one and attend.

·       Write a letter to the Bishop:  Due June 2021 (More information and guidance will be given during the PREP year)