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

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 2 choices for our Prep families. Please read the choices carefully before making a decision. 

Family Catechesis Option 

Sessions begin at 11: 00 am (Directly after 10:00 Mass); There will be 2 different Sunday tracks (Family Cat 1 and Family Cat 2). See schedules below.
Orientation for Both Sunday Options:  September 8, 2019 11:00 am
Family Cat 1: 
October: 6 , November 10, December 8, January 5, February 9, March 8, April 5
Family Cat 2:
September 22, November 24, December 8, January 26,February 23, March 22, April 19
Closing for both programs Sunday, April 26 11:00 AM
You will need to sign a Family Cat Contract and return it to the PREP Office in order to participate in this program.
Here is a link to the contract:
Fees are Same as Traditional PREP - PREP Fees
For More Information about this program: CLICK HERE

Traditional Option at OLPH 

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.

Attached for your convenience: PREP Gift Card Program informationParent/Student Handbook

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.

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.

"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 ( 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: