PREP Information

Welcome to Church of the Incarnation PREP

Incarnation's Parish Religious Education Program (PREP) is a continuing journey of faith for school age children. In this program, young parishioners experience the rich traditions of our Catholic faith. One of our main objectives is to teach the students the basic principles of the Catholic faith. We strive to pass on doctrine and Catholic traditions, build community, and prepare the students for the lives and ministry that their baptism declares. We hope to motivate all students and their families to a life of faithfulness and action.  Supported by faith-filled parents, dedicated volunteer catechists, as well as our religious sisters, priests, and deacons, our children enjoy learning and growing to appreciate the gifts of their Catholic faith.

During our regular academic year, PREP classes have 2 components: 1) Face-to-face classroom sessions meeting every other week and 2) Online assignments. The face-to-face classes are held either on Tuesdays or Wednesdays. Parents can select from 2 different class times on either day: 4:15-5:30 PM or 5:45-7:00 PM. The online assignments are designed to supplement in-class work providing another unique layer of catechesis to help your child grow in the Faith. The PREP academic year usually begins in mid-September and ends in mid-May, including a break during Christmas. Additional activities are held for those students making their First Reconciliation, First Communion (Grade 2), and Confirmation (Grade 8).

We also offer a week-long intensive Summer program for grades 1-8. Normally, grades 1, 3, 4, 5, and 6 meet from 8 AM - 11:30 AM Monday - Friday. Grades 2, 7, and 8 meet from 8 AM - 2 PM Monday - Friday. There are three summer sessions; 2 sessions are held in mid and late July; and a 3rd session held in mid-August. Specific dates vary each year. Summer classes also have online assignments students complete during and after their summer session. Summer 2021 PREP was held via Zoom due to covid restrictions. Summer classes may also require students to participate in "Summer Enrichment" activities throughout the academic year as stated by the Camden Diocese, including attending Mass, Youth Ministry events, family adoration, youth choir, Incarnation Sports Club, and other events. Currently the "Summer Enrichment" program is suspended until further notice.

   

 

 

 

All Fall/Spring '21/'22 PREP classes will be held in-person in the Kernan Center every other week on Tuesdays and Wednesdays along with the My Catholic Faith Delivered online work. Classes begin September 21 and 22. PREP Registration is now closed.

Please review the PREP calendar HERE for specific class dates.

Questions? You can contact the PREP office.

If you are experiencing financial difficulty, let us know. Please do not let this stop you from registering your child for PREP classes. Call or email the PREP office. We're all here to help.

Parents are entitled to know what their PREP Tuition Fees include.  Your fees include expenses for the following services:  Salary for the Director of Faith Formation, salary for the full-time secretary, office supplies, copiers, phones, mailings and communication materials, catechist workshops, pro-rated heating and utility bills, food and refreshments for student sacramental and retreat programs, student textbooks and classroom supplies, teacher supplies, etc.

If your child is above grade 2 and has not yet received First Reconciliation or Eucharist, please notify the office so that the necessary steps can take place to make sure that your child is a part of this preparation.

Catholic School Students
If your children are in Catholic School and you'd like them to receive their sacraments at Church of the Incarnation, please contact the PREP office. A $35 fee is required for off-campus students in grades 2 and 8. This fee includes retreats and materials required for sacrament preparation. To pay this fee online, click here.

To learn more about what's currently available for Catholic School students, click here.

RCIT/RCIC

If your child needs to receive the sacraments, but missed the opportunity to attend PREP, we offer an RCIT/RCIC program. You can learn more about it HERE.

Children with Disabilities Program

Any child who is unable to be mainstreamed into a regular education setting is most welcome.  All of our children are important to us and we do not want to see anyone left out. Classes for children with disabilites begin this Fall 2021. For more information, click here.

Volunteers

Volunteers are always needed as catechists, substitutes, hall monitors, office assistants and classroom aides. Background checks, finger printing, and Virtus training required.  If you can volunteer on any day during the Fall, Spring, or Summer, please contact the PREP office.

Your child's safety is our top priority.

Our first priority is the safety of your child. All our staff, catechists, and volunteers must have a complete background check, be fingerprinted, and complete Virtus training before working with any of our students. You can read more about child safety HERE.

PREP Information flyer download HERE.

   

Thank you for selecting Church of the Incarnation PREP.

 

 

Weekend Masses

Saturday 5 pm
Sunday 7:30 am, 9:30 am, 11:30 am, and 5 pm
 

Daily Masses

Mon thru Fri 7:00 am and 8:30 am
Sat 8:30 am

Holy Days

Vigil Mass 5 pm (day prior)
7 am, 8:30 am, 7pm 
**Confirm times with Bulletin
 

Miraculous Medal Novena

Every Wednesday following the 8:30 am Mass

Rosary

Daily prior to the 8:30 am Mass - Monday thru Saturday

Eucharistic Adoration

Every Wednesday from 9:00 am to 8:30 pm in the St. Joseph's room.

Church Hours

Our church is open every day from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm for prayer.

Reconciliation

Confessions are heard on Saturdays from 10:30 am to 11:30 am in the church or by appointment. 

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