Children’s Faith Formation/PREP

PREP (K-5th Grade)

Family Faith Formation for Everyone

 

For our returning PREP families this is a change but if you are new to our parish or program, then welcome!

Please read through this section to understand the “what” and the “why” of our Family Faith program.

  • All religious education for K-5th grade will now be the Family of Faith program.  Your family can now make faith formation a normal part of your schedule at a time that works best for you – maybe Sunday nights to end the weekend, maybe over Friday night dinner, or maybe you keep Wednesday as a tradition!
  • The “lessons” are structured as discussions that you have as a family and activities that you do together. You will not be expected to sit and lecture to your children. The program is truly meant to give you a space to explore and grow in your faith as a family.
  • The goals of this program are to encourage and equip you to live and teach your children the Catholic Faith at home. You do not need an extensive knowledge of Theology to participate. I promise.
  • There will be a monthly meeting (in the fall, this will take place on Zoom) for parents to provide you with all the info, support, and guidance you need to tackle the at-home lessons for that month. We also have monthly community meetings (also via zoom) to gather in our small groups with catechists and grow in friendship. Both of these meetings will take place on Wednesday evenings from 6:30PM-7:30PM. 
  • The workbooks are amazing. Each family will get both a Parent Guide and a Student Activity Book. The Parent Guide has EVERYTHING you will need to manage the two lessons for the month. The Student Activity Book is filled with activities! You get to choose, along with your catechist, which activities best work for your family considering age, maturity, and interest of your children.

 

So, why the switch?

  • Well, the current health crisis was certainly a factor at this time. Based on input from the Archdiocese and thinking through the logistics of a shared space with the school, we saw no option that would allow us to safely, responsibly and confidently continue with in-person classroom instruction this year.
  • Our small pilot program last year was a success. We saw families grow in faith together and grow as a community. We heard about kids wanting to come back to our Sunday morning meetings. We also had the chance to work out some of the kinks so this year can run even more smoothly.
  • The Main Reason: Research tells us this is a better model for growing in faith. Studies have shown that parental involvement in the faith-life of their child is BY FAR the most important element in ensuring that a child develops into a practicing Christian. Faith Formation cannot be confined to a classroom or the church building.

I’m sure you have questions or will have questions. Please reach out to us for help and support.

CONFIRMATION PREPERATION: 

For students who have completed 5 levels of PREP classes, we have a separate program focused on confirmation preparation. This is our IGNITE program and students are eligible to begin starting in 6th Grade. This is, at a minimum, a 2-stage confirmation preparation program. After completion of the first year, IGNITE Stage 1, students will have an interview with the DRE to discuss whether they desire to move on to IGNITE Stage 2. During Stage 2, IGNITE Students will dive more deeply into confirmation preparation in anticipation of Confirmation which they will receive the following year. As such, this is a 2 year program beginning in 6th grade. Upon successful completion of both years, students will be able to receive the sacrament of Confirmation beginning in 8th Grade. 

 

What do I do now?

Send questions to our DRE, Alexandra LaMastra at alamastra@mdpparish.com

Join our MDP Religious Education Facebook page here. We will try to post more information and answer questions from time to time on there as well.

Registration has now closed for the 2020-2021 School year. Please contact the DRE with questions. 

Currently Registered Families: Please see the below documents for additional information.

We look forward to another great year of Religious Ed!

Coping with Uncertainty and Anxiety

This is an optional activity for all families.  It is a lesson on helping to cope with uncertainty and anxiety.  We present it to you as an additional resource as you help your children navigate these difficult times.

Parent Guide

Click here for the video on YouTube.

 

Mass Reflection

Masses are now being held again at MDP! You can also watch Live Streamed Mass on Sundays at 10:30am and Monday-Saturday at 8:00am on Facebook Live. (You don't need a Facebook account to watch.)  Use this Mass Reflection Page to help your children follow along and reflect on the Mass.

Step 1:  Fill out this registration form.

Step 2:  Click here to make your tuition payment online through our Parish Giving platform.  

That's it!  Hope you find this helpful and easy-to-use.

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PREP Parent Handbook

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Catechist Guidebook

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PREP Schedule

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IGNITE Schedule