Dear Parents,

As we continue to enjoy these beautiful summer days, our thoughts begin to turn to the opening of school and all that involves as well as the start of St. Catharine’s PREP school year. Thank you for making the commitment to provide your child(ren) with a religious education. Please be assured that the staff at St. Catharine’s PREP, our pastor, priests and the catechists in our program are dedicated to helping your children grow in faith and be closer to God. Each year we are graced with cooperative, collaborative and participative parents such as you, who help make the PREP Program vibrant and dynamic. As parents, you are the primary educators of your children and are their best teachers. Your children learn the most from the example you set when you pray together and actively participate in Mass and the sacraments as a family. It is an awesome responsibility to bring your children to mass each week and I know you are up to the challenge.

Please find all letters and calendars below. If you have a child in our sacramental grades (2, 6, 7 and 8) important information regarding sacraments and special sacramental events will be found in these letters below.

We invite you to attend the 9:30 AM Mass on September 17 which is Catechetical Sunday. This is the opening mass of the school year and at this mass we will celebrate the catechists and families in our program.

The first day of class for those in grades 1-6 begins the week of September 17, 2017. The dates are as follows: Sunday, September 17, Monday, September 18 and Wednesday, September 20. Parents with children attending class grades 1-6 on those days will have the opportunity to meet the teacher and get firsthand information for each individual child. Children and parents should arrive on time. Children will be dismissed to their classrooms and after approximately 1/2 hour parents will be invited into each classroom for a brief presentation by the teacher. This presentation should last approximately 10 minutes. A bell will ring to signify the end of the first presentation. If a parent has only one child, he/she may go home. If a parent has a second child, take the first child with you to the second child’s class. The presentation will be repeated in each room a second time and a third time if necessary. If a parent cannot be present, please contact me. Your child(ren) must wait in the classroom until you come in to get them. No child will be dismissed without a parent present.

If you know someone who still has not registered it is still not too late. We have plenty of room especially in the first grade.

We pray for God's continuous blessing as we journey and work hand in hand in bringing about God's kingdom in our midst. It is the love and support from the St. Catharine’s staff, parishioners, and PREP parents that inspires us all to carry on. Yours in Christ, Mrs. Audrey Angelini, CRE

If you do still need to register, please go to the PREP Registration page of this Website. Payment may be made using PayPal, or we ask that you come into the PREP office within five days with a check (made payable to St. Catharine's PREP) to hold your spot. Please have a second choice of day as some classes are already full. Please note, you must be a registered member of our Parish to register your child/children in PREP. Please stop by the Rectory or the PREP Office to pick up the form to register with the Parish. Forms are also available on this website on the Home Page under Online Forms and Documents. If you have questions, please call the PREP Office at 359-4014.

PREP Classes are held on Sunday mornings from 10:30-11:45 AM; Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 4:45-6:00 PM for grades 1-6; Wednesday nights from 7-8:30 for 7th grade; and most Monday nights from 7-8:30 PM for 8th grade.

A note to Parents of First Grade students, in order to properly prepare for the Sacrament of Holy Communion, students must complete both First and Second Grades.

Prior to completing the form, please be sure to have the following information handy: Parish Registration Number (please call the Rectory at 845-359-0542 if you do not have this number. If you have Sunday envelopes, it will be on them), Pediatrician's information, two alternate emergency contacts, Student's date of birth, Student's Baptismal information (Date of Baptism, name and address of Church), and alternate choice of day (in the event that a class closes).

Payment may be made using credit card, debit card, or PayPal, or we ask that you come into the PREP Office with a check (made payable to St. Catharine's PREP) within five days to hold your spot.

We encourage all our families to attend the 9:30 AM Family Mass on Sunday mornings, and to have your children join their fellow students as they gather in the Church to celebrate the Liturgy of the Word in a way designed just for them.
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God's Little Giants
St. Catharine's Little Giants Program is a wonderful ministry that responds to the religious and spiritual needs of students grades 1-8 who have physical, mental, or emotional challenges which may impair their participation in a regular classroom, and necessitate their receiving instruction in a small group, or one-on-one setting, or mainstreamed into the regular class, with special assistance. Our program meets on Saturday mornings from 9:00-10:00 AM in the new wing of the school building. Instruction is provided in small groups and parents are encouraged to join our catechists at each meeting. Children have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities that include preparing for sacraments, participating in Mass, singing, reading, and sharing. Our primary goal is for children to know that God loves them. Please call the PREP office at 845-359-4014 for more information.

The word "catechesis" means "to echo." Literally, we are to echo the good news of Jesus Christ to the world. Would you share your faith with the wonderful children of our Parish? God gives us amazing grace when we answer His call to carry on the joyful mission to "teach as Jesus did." We thank our dedicated parents and catechists who teach Jesus' Gospel and help the children grow in their faith and love of God and His Church. Our volunteers are one of our greatest assets, and we are very grateful for the gift of themselves, their time, and their talent. They enrich the whole parish. Do you feel called to be a messenger for Christ? We would welcome more of our parents, guardians, and teens to be catechists or assistants in our PREP program. If you are interested, please call Mrs. Audrey Angelini, Coordinator of Religious Education at 359-4014.

Catechesis or Religious Education is the process of communicating the beliefs, values and practices which make people Catholic Christians. It is the work of handing on, from one generation to the next, the faith that has come down to us from Jesus and the Apostles and the way of life to which that faith calls us. PREP assumes the responsibility of carrying out this mission to the children attending Public School.

The Parish Religious Education Program (PREP) has as its goals:
- To assist parents in imparting the Catholic faith to their children as a living and life-giving faith.
- To teach students what a Catholic believes and how a Catholic lives in response to that message.
- To involve students and families in the life of the parish, i.e., in worship, community and service.
- To encourage parents to continue their own religious development.
- To build a community of faith where all feel loved and respected.

PREP Forms & Documents

PREP Letter to Parents - Summer 2017
PREP Calendar 2017-2018, page one
PREP Calendar 2017-2018, page two
God's Little Giants Calendar
PREP 2nd Grade Parent Letter
PREP 7th Grade Chosen Parent Letter
PREP 7th Grade Chosen Calendar 2017-2018
PREP 8th Grade Parent Letter
PREP 8th Grade Calendar 2017-2018
Community Out Reach Experience - Community Service form for 7th and 8th grade students.
Sponsor Form - Please use this form to register and become a sponsor for Confirmation.