PREP (Parish Religious Education Program)
Classes in the OLPH PREP are held for students attending non-Catholic schools to strengthen, supplement, and reinforce the knowledge of the faith and of the love of God that is introduced in the home by the parents. Grades 1-6 meet on Mondays from 4:15-5:30 P.M. There are also PREP classes for High School students (grades 9-12); please contact the Director of Religious Education at 610-543-5448 for further information.
Please see the PREP CALENDAR for the current school year.
Registration for PREP 2019-2020
(New Summer Session registration OPEN - Current PREP Families Only)
We are already looking forward to and preparing for the Parish Religious Education Program (PREP) school year of 2019-2020. In Our Lady of Perpetual Help PREP the students learn about the Gospel of Jesus and experience our Catholic faith, guided by our dedicated catechists and aides. As the primary faith-teachers of your children, you walk this journey of faith each year with them.
In trying to be more flexible in our program we are offering 3 choices for our CURRENT Prep families. Please read the choices carefully before making a decision.
***Please note: Only students/families that have registered, attended and complete prep this year (2018) are eligible for registration in this program because of the limited number of seats and space. This Summer option is NOT available for Grades 7-8. **
Classes are scheduled for June 18 - 27. Please Note: Due to the short timeframe No Absences can be allowed!
- Grade 1, 2 & 3 - 8 am - 12pm ( this will be a 4 hour day) (Snack included)
- Grade 4, 5, & 6 - 4pm - 8 pm ( this will be a 4 hour day) ( Snack included)
We will continue using Our Sunday Visitor (OSV) for the course curriculum. There are 7 units in the books and 3 chapters in each unit and we plan to cover 1 unit per day.
On June 27 all students will attend a trip to St. John Neumann Shrine for the day with Confession, and Mass included. We will be leaving OLPH at 8:00 a.m. and returning at 2:30 p.m.
Also you will also be asked to sign a contract and complete 4 Spiritual programs at OLPH throughout the year, turning in a signed worksheet when each is completed.
Link to the Summer PREP Contract: https://docs.google.com/document/d/16YE2WQCbfldBgipMx8EinISZ_xQV5EpqLPt3v92MAWM/edit?usp=sharing
Summer PREP Fees
$210 for 1 child
$275 for 2 or more Children
***also important there is no discount offered for this program. If you have any questions please call the office.
Family Catechesis Option
Traditional Option at OLPH (Registration NOT OPEN yet)
For All grades. Runs September 2019 until May 2020.
Every Monday 4:15 PM - 5:30 PM at St Francis of Assisi in Springfield until our new school is open.
Fee Information Here: PREP Fees
For Grade 7 - Confirmation Class
Mondays from September 9 through October 14
Grade 7 Confirmation class - Monday evenings from 6:00 - 7:15 (OLPH rectory basement)
Total Fee: $60 (does not include robe fee)
Please realize that our PREP also depends upon your weekly contributions as generous parishioners of Our Lady of Perpetual Help so that we can have the best program possible for the formation of our children in the Catholic faith. In this regard, please note that you are encouraged to take full advantage of our Gift Card Program as an easy way to offset your yearly fees. This is a wonderful and helpful program that each family can support.
Mid-Year Assessment Study Guide
At the end of January the faculty administers the Archdiocesan Mid-Year Assessment. To help prepare students for this assessment, parents may download a study guide by clicking on the link below.
- Mid-year Assessment Study Guide Level 1
- Mid-year Assessment Study Guide Level 2
- Mid-year Assessment Study Guide Level 3
- Mid-year Assessment Study Guide Level 4
- Mid-year Assessment Study Guide Level 5
- Mid-year Assessment Study Guide Level 6
Final Assessment Study Guide
At the end of April the faculty administers the Archdiocesan Final Assessment. To help prepare students for this assessment, parents may download a study guide by clicking on the link below.
- Final Assessment Study Guide Level 1
- Final Assessment Study Guide Level 2
- Final Assessment Study Guide Level 3
- Final Assessment Study Guide Level 4
- Final Assessment Study Guide Level 5
- Final Assessment Study Guide Level 6
"Our Sunday Visitor" (OSV) Program Resources for Parents/Students
Our PREP uses the "Alive in Christ" religion series from Our Sunday Visitor. For more information about how this series correlates to the Archdiocesan curriculum guidelines for each grade level (1-6) click here: Alive in Christ Correlation - Archdiocese of Philadelphia .. This document includes page references to the Student books.
In addition, The Alive in Christ website (aliveinchrist.osv.com) includes extensive online resources for both parents and students as well as interactive connections between the Student Book and the website, music, assessments, social media interaction, customized lesson planning, program support materials, a multimedia glossary, question of the week, and many other features. Click on the image below to find out more: