Welcome to the St. Ignatius Parish Religious Education Program, PREP, link! We are pleased you are considering our program for your child!
The focus and commitment of PREP is to impart, in collaboration with all our parents, the Catholic faith to our young people, from kindergarten through Confirmation. Our program aims to prepare our children cognitively, spiritually and experientially throughout grade school and middle school, and to celebrate the sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation. Our children are primarily from non-parochial schools, and therefore benefit tremendously through our weekly catechesis and weekly Mass attendance. Our children live their faith meaningfully and joyfully as they grow, by participating in social service and our communal life and ministries here at St. Ignatius!
We are grateful to our trained catechists, our parents and other parishioners, who volunteer their time on Sundays to carry out this mission. PREP is coordinated by Sherri Currie, a part-time staff member at St. Ignatius, and parent and full-time teacher. PREP structures instruction around a catechetical syllabus and materials from Loyola Press-Finding God, Pflaum Gospel Weeklies, and Benziger Family Life, as well as the Holy Bible. Our confirmation group uses ancillary materials as well. Our goal of discipleship includes connecting with others in and beyond our church, as well as incorporating Ignatian spirituality in daily life.
PREP classes are on Sundays from 9:30 – 10:20 AM, in accordance with an established annual calendar, running from mid-September until mid-May. Our opening day Fall 2018 is September 16. Children and parents are asked to attend the 9:00 or 10:30 Mass together as a family. *The 10:30 Mass additionally offers our Children’s Liturgy that is geared towards our youngest parishioners, ages 4-8. Some of our young PREP children attend this in addition to PREP, however there is no registration required for this informal presentation of the Gospel. Let the little children come to me! – Matthew 19:14.
PREP registration and payment for returning children is held in the spring, during the 2 weeks preceding Easter, with the $50.00 fee due upon registration. New families may apply for the program through the website.
Payment for PREP should be made immediately upon registration, by using our online Faith Direct payment option. Go to our home page, go to Spirituality, then Faith Direct, then One-time donations, click here, then choose PREP Yearly Fee ($50.00). Please print the receipt of payment for Sherri Currie, or send it via email. If you cannot make your payment online, please send a check made out to St. Ignatius Church at 110 E. Madison St., Baltimore MD, attention Sherri Currie. Thank you.
Please consider volunteering for us!
Child and Youth Protection Policy:
All volunteers 14 and over having regular contact with children must complete online training to ensure the safety of our children. Teachers and volunteers, please go to www.archbalt.org and follow the links: About Us, Child and Youth Protection, then www.virtusonline.org. A copy of the training certificate must be given to the coordinator, Sherri Currie, before service begins in September. Thank you.
For questions or volunteer opportunities, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone the parish office at 410-727-3848 or Sherri Currie at 410-719-7559.