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Shawn Lucas |

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“Let the children come to me” - Matthew 19:14 

2023/24 P.R.E.P. Registration is now open!  The PREP program is designed for children not attending a Catholic elementary school. Families are encouraged to register their children who will be entering Kindergarten through Eighth Grade in order to: 

  • grow in friendship with Jesus and in Christian moral values, 

  • learn about Mass, Church teachings and Catholic traditions, and 

  • prepare for sacraments of First Penance & Reconciliation (Confession), First Holy Communion (Eucharist) and Confirmation. 


True discipleship is a lifetime of studying and learning. Our Parish Religious Education Program (P.R.E.P.) is designed to supplement the learning that begins in the home after birth, and is continually enriched through regular attendance at Mass. 


It is the objective of our program to teach our youth how to more fully imitate and grow close to Jesus Christ in their daily lives and to bring them into a lifelong relationship with the Lord and the Church. We strive to bring them to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ by helping them become morally and intellectually mature, as well as biblically literate Catholics. 


To Register for P.R.E.P. 2023/24, please click here.  K-8 classes will begin on Catechetical Sunday, September 17, 2023.  All classes will take place at our West Campus and the St. Joan of Arc School, from 8:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. for each scheduled Sunday class.  We invite and encourage all P.R.E.P. families to attend the 10:15 a.m. Mass immediately following class each week. 


Please view and download the 2023/24 schedule here. 


Sacramental Preparation 

Children are required to receive two consecutive years of catechesis and sacrament preparation before receiving any sacraments. The normal course at St. John Henry Newman Parish is for children (who are baptized) to begin their preparation for First Penance and Reconciliation & First Holy Communion in the 1st grade and receive their sacraments in the 2nd grade.  The same format follows for the sacrament of Confirmation.  Preparation typically begins during the student’s 7th grade year through their 8th grade year while receiving the sacrament in the spring of the 2nd year. 

Please contact Shawn Lucas with any questions. 

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