What is the St. Thomas Parish Religious Education Program?

The St. Thomas Parish Religious Education Program is a formal religious education program which provides faith formation and sacrament preparation to parish children who attend local public schools.

What Grade Levels are included in the Program?

The St. Thomas Religious Education Program provides instruction to students from Grade Level 1 through Grade Level 7.

When are classes scheduled to begin? to finish?

STA PREP classes begin in September and conclude in May or June.

What is the roster of class days and session times for 2022-23?

     Tuesday Afternoon (Levels 1, 2, 3, 6)                                                   4:30 pm - 5:45 pm
     Sunday Morning     (Levels 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)                                              
10:00 am - 11:15 am
     Tuesday Afternoon Confirmation Class (Level 7)                                 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm

     Summer PREP: (for Summer 2022) (Levels 4,5,6) - Monday June 20- Friday June 24, 2023 8:30 am-3:30 pm

     Tuesday Afternoon (Levels 1, 2, 3, 6)                                                       4:30 pm - 5:45 pm
     Sunday Morning     (Levels 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7)                                              
10:00 am - 11:15 am
     Summer PREP: (for Summer 2023) (Levels 4,5,6) - Monday June 19 - Friday June 23, 2023 8:30 am-3:30 pm

What is the phone number for the STA PREP office?

The phone number for the STTA PREP office is 610-459-3477.

What is the Director's name?

The Director of Religious Education is Colleen Nancarrow.

You can contact us by phone at 610-459-3477 or email
Call or email to schedule an in person appointment

   Director (Colleen Nancarrow)          

            Registration (Maryanne Chestnut)   

Office Manager (Carmen DiBona) 


How can a parishioner enroll a child in the STA PREP?

Registration of children in CCD/PREP is online and begins in the Spring.  Newly registered parishioners can enroll a child at any time following registering in the Parish.  Call the office to get started or fill out this FORM.

Families RETURNING to our program will receive an email early in the year inviting them to enroll for the following year. Registration and payment may be completed online or in the office.  

New families should contact our office to start the registration process.

What is the registration fee required?

For the 2023-24 year, the registration fee to register 1 child is $225.00, for 2 children it is $375.00 and for 3 children or more the fee is $475.00.  The registration fee is due at the time of registration in the Program.   There will be a $25.00 discount per family for all registrations before May 15, 2023 .  Registration closes on June 16, 2023.

The summer program (levels 4, 5 and 6) also requires a $100 camp fee to cover materials and professional catechists.  This amount is reflected in the price of the summer camp.

Is there any record required with CCD/PREP registration?

A copy of a child's Baptismal certificate is required for a child entering CCD/PREP for the first time.

The family must be registered with St. Thomas the Apostle parish.  Please contact the parish office at 610-459-2224 or refer to the parish website .

What is the attendance policy of CCD/PREP?

It is Archdiocesan policy and, therefore, the policy of CCD/PREP that 3 or more absences during the course of the PREP calendar year is considered excessive.

What is an excused absence?

Excused absences include: illness of the student, serious illness in the family, death in the family, quarantine, or other urgent reason.

When is an absence considered officially excused?

Absences are considered excused only after a note has been presented to the PREP office.  The absence note should be emailed directly to the DRE at staprep@staglenmills.org.   Parents are expected to teach the lesson their child missed.  Instructions will be provided by the office and posted on the PREP Google Calendar.  

Is there a procedure for early dismissal from a class?

While early dismissal is not encouraged, we realize that emergency circumstances arise from time to time which would make early dismissal necessary.  In the event that an early dismissal is necessary, the parent or guardian who will be escorting a child from the school building is to report to the PREP office. The Director or a Hall monitor will escort the child to the office for pickup.  A note must be provided before class time.  3 or more early dismissals during the course of the PREP calendar year is considered excessive and may result in extra work or repeating the level.

What is the PREP/CCD E-mail address?

The E-mail address for the St. Thomas the Apostle Parish Religious Education Program is: staprep@staglenmills.org

Is there a web page where PREP/CCD information can be viewed?

CCD/PREP announcements, calendar and FAQ information can be found at PREP.STAGlenMills.org

Who is my child's Catechist (religion teacher) (2022-23)?

Tuesday Afternoon Catechists:                                                        Sunday Morning Catechists:

Level 1A:  Mrs. Melissa Jones                                                       Level 1D:  Mrs. Stephanie Colliton

Level 1B:  Mrs. Marian Rothstein

Level 2A:  Mrs. Cindy Brown                                                        Level 2D:  Mrs. Megan Udovich

Level 2 B:  Mrs. Carmen DiBona                                                  Level 2E: Ms. Jessica Donahue

Level 2C:  Mrs. Lynn Savon                                                         

Level 3A:  Mr. Jim Cragg                                                              Level 3D:  Mrs. Mary Ellen McGinnity

Level 3B:  Mrs. Chris Leiser

                                                                                                          Level 4D:  Mrs. Aimee Leraris

                                                                                                          Level 5D:  Mr. Mark Sanders

Level 6A:  Mrs. Carol Szkudlapski

Level 7A: Mrs. Kristen Acosta (Confirmation)