Contact: Cynthia Reyes 604-272-9198
PARISH RELIGIOUS EDUCATION PROGRAM
Elementary PREP assists parents in their role as the primary educators of The Faith. Guided by the parish pastor, it is organized by a PREP Coordinator and implemented by catechists in local parishes. Sacramental preparation for First Reconciliation, First Holy Communion and Confirmation are incorporated in the program. – Archdiocese of Vancouver website.
At Holy Name of Jesus, PREP classes are held every Thursday evening from 6:00 to 7:15. Classes run from September to May each year. The program is made available especially for children in grades 1 to 7 enrolled in non-Catholic schools and their parents.
Children enrolled in Catholic Schools who will be receiving the Sacraments at the parish are asked to register for PREP too. They are not required to attend weekly PREP classes but are to meet the parish program’s requirements for sacramental preparation. Children and their parents will have to attend a few classes and meetings in preparation for the sacraments.
The catechists who are all volunteers have committed to teaching the children every week for nine months. Parents are expected to show the same commitment in the religious formation of their children.
Registration forms are available from the parish office or from the website. Though run by parish volunteers, a nominal fee is charged to cover for the cost of books and other materials. Forms together with a copy of their child’s baptismal certificate can be submitted to the parish office.