PREP

Congratulations to all the children who participated in this years Christmas Pageant. You all did an amazing job! If you have borrowed a costume this year, please return to the PREP office by Wednesday, December 13, 2017. We will gladly accept additional costume donations. Thank you to Mrs. Tocco and the SOMS and TZ students who made up this year's band. What an excellent performance! We are so blessed to have you participate each year. A special thank you to Mary Anne Pagnani, Jan Schutz, Yaz Yabyabin, Peter O'Donnell, Scott Petry, the Children's Choir, TASC, Cheryl Iorio, and Jenny Sorondo for making this event extra special. To our wonderful setup and clean up crew in the cafeteria, Kristine Arvidson, Margaret Boyle, Daryl Cerbolles, Catherine Linehan, Jennifer McCormack, Margaret McMackin, Carmel Mulvihill, Shauna O'Flynn, Diane Smith. Thank you very much. If anyone took photos of the event would you kindly send copies via email to me. Thanks and may you have a Merry Christmas!

Many thanks for a year full of blessings. Your kindness, prayers and support throughout the year were very much appreciated. We feel blessed to be able to share our faith with your children here at the PREP. May the wonder of His love touch you this Christmas and bring you peace and happiness in the New Year. Mrs. Angelini, Mrs. Schutz, Mrs. McCloskey and the Staff of PREP.

Last Saturday morning's Breakfast with Santa was a huge success! We are so grateful to all the elves who came out to help make this a very special event. Thank you to Michelle Fitzpatrick and Lauren McKiernan for all their hard work co-chairing the event. There were plenty of fun things for the families to do which made the event even more special. Thank you to Jarrod and Sue Esposito, Parishioners and Owners of Global Equipment Network, Inc., for donating the photo booth. The kids had such a great time taking photos with their friends and family. A huge thanks goes to Sal Valenza and his cooking elves...the food was delicious and plentiful. Our Parish has been truly blessed to have you all working to make St. Catharine's a Parish that is vibrant and welcoming.

Celebrate the 150th Anniversary of our Parish with our beautiful, one-of-a-kind commemorative bronze ornament, for only $8.00. See below for the order form.

Our Mother and Son Super Hero Event was a success! The proceeds will go directly to the Sisters of St. Joseph who have a school in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The School is the Academia Maria Reina HS in San Juan. There are currently 600 young women, 80 faculty members and 5 Sisters of St. Joseph who reside in the nearby convent. The main goal of the Sisters thus far is to get much needed supplies to the over 200 families who live in parts of the island that were totally devastated. So far, we have collected $775.00 towards their fundraising efforts. We are currently collecting private donations that we will forward to the sister school in Southhampton, NY. I recently spoke to Sr. Kathryn Schlueter, CS and she has expressed her heartfelt thanks for all our help, and has assured me that the monies collected will go directly to the families who need help. Donations may be dropped off in the PREP office and may be made in cash or check. If you make a check please make it payable to: OLH - Puerto Rico Fund. May God bless you for your generosity.

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. 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.

Please find all letters and calendars for the 2017-2018 school year 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. 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.

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.

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

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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.

Catechists
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

Christmas Pageant 2017
Christmas Pageant Registration Form
150 Anniversary Christmas Ornament Order Form
Breakfast with Santa 2017
Mother and Son Superhero Run
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.