The primary purpose of our PREP program is to assist parents in sharing the faith with their children. Parents whose children attend public or non-Catholic elementary schools are strongly encouraged to enroll their children in the PREP program. Children attending the PREP program will receive instruction necessary to receive the Sacraments of Penance, Holy Eucharist, and Confirmation.
Elementary Program (Grades 1-6)
PREP classes are held on Tuesdays in SCJN school from 4:15-5:30 PM.
NEW PREP REGISTRATION FOR 2018-2019
If you have a student who will be new to the PREP program in the 2018-2019 school year, please contact Mrs. Deborah Andes (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your name and address and she will forward you the information needed to register.
Greetings in the Lord!
In baptism, your child was claimed by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, became a child of God and a member of the Catholic Church. As he/she grew, she learned of the love of God in the “first school of faith, the family.” As the Catechism of the Catholic Church states: The Christian home is the place where children receive the first proclamation of the faith. For this reason the family home is rightly called ‘the domestic church,’ a community of grace and prayer, a school of human virtues and of Christian charity” (No. 1666).
When your child became of school age, however, the Church provided religious instruction through the parish religious education program or Catholic school. This formation in faith includes sacramental preparation for First Penance, First Holy Communion and Confirmation. The primary object of this catechesis is to put your child into an intimate communion with Jesus Christ by knowing, loving and serving Him in this world to be happy with Him for all eternity. This education in conjunction with the domestic church is more than simply learning about Jesus; it is a spiritual formation which challenges your child to become a model of the faith and a disciple of Christ for his/her lifetime. The Sacrament of Confirmation gives grace for the spiritual journey.
Over the past two years, the Archdiocese conducted a study regarding the grades for Confirmation. Overwhelmingly, bishops, pastors, principals and directors of religious education noted there is a much better understanding of the Sacrament of Confirmation by older grade school students.
On June 29, 2017, after a presentation of the results of this study, the Council of Priests voted almost unanimously for the standard grade for the Sacrament of Confirmation to be grades 7 and/or 8 in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Over the summer, a consultation with the priests of the Archdiocese was conducted. This consultation supported the June 29th decision and on September 21, 2017 the Council of Priests again voted in favor of this change from the practice of Confirmation in grades 4, 5 or 6. On January 18, 2018, the Archbishop determined with the Council of Priests, that the new grades for the Sacrament of Confirmation are 7th and/or 8th grade.
Therefore, the present 5th grade will receive Confirmation in the Spring of 7th grade 2019-2020. Thereafter, Confirmation in Saint John Neumann Parish will be conferred in the 7th grade.
It is our desire for your child to be spiritually equipped to face the challenges of this world and bear witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I am confident that this change, with your familial support, will allow for a deeper apprenticeship in the faith and stronger relationship with God for your child.
Sincerely in Christ, ,
Rev. Msgr. Michael J. Matz, Pastor
Mrs. Cathie Lamberto, Principal, SCJN
Mrs. Debbie Andes, PREP Coordinator
FIRST COMMUNION LETTER
In order to be more in keeping with the present sacramental curriculum for our students and also to be more consistent with the other parishes in our diocese, we are moving the reception of First Communion from grade 3 to grade 2 beginning with the 2018-19 school year.
Therefore, on May 11, 2019, St. John Neumann Parish will celebrate two First Communion Liturgies. Our second grade students will receive First Communion at a 10:00AM Liturgy, and our third grade students will receive First Communion at a 1:00PM Liturgy. If there are any siblings or relatives in both grades, those families may choose which Mass they will attend that day.
Beginning in the year 2020 and going forward, students in second grade will receive First Communion.
Rev. Msgr. Michael J. Matz, Pastor
Mrs. Cathie Lamberto, Principal, SCJN School