OLC PREP (Parish Religious Education Program)

As the DRE (Director of Religious Education) for Our Lady of Charity, I am proud of our PREP (Parish Religious Education Program) initiatives. My background has been in education and I have served as Teacher, Principal, and Head of a Learning Support Team. I have certification in Education, Principal K-12, and Gifted. However, this ministry of service is one of awe and wonder as I, prayerfully, consider all that is involved in sharing Catholic doctrine and living our Catholic faith. These are lifelong responsibilities for every Catholic. In addition, I am moved by the Spirit that surrounds me in the people I meet at OLC.  I am amazed by the children and their insights. It is no wonder that Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me.”  I never tire of working with the young ones to ensure the growth of our future church.  As a resource and a guide, I assist in the work of catechesis in every way possible. Moreover, the most important aspect to the work of PREP is to assist our parents who are the first teachers of the faith. We provide several options: Summer PREP, the regular year of PREP (October-May), and home schooling.

Mrs. Jeanne Marie Turn, DRE

PREP General Information (Formerly known as CCD)

Boys and Girls in grades 1-7 who attend public school or private non-Catholic schools are called to receive religious instruction through our Parish PREP programs. Classes are in the former school building and meet weekly on Tuesday evenings, September through May, from 6:30 to 7:45 PM. We provide a faculty and staff that are assets to the program and our OLC children learn while having fun. We are prepared to serve the child who has special needs and will follow suggestions that will help all of our children meet with success. Children are required to be prepared for classes and interact with the catechists and the other children with kindness and respect at all times. While learning the doctrines of our faith, the formation of faith is equally important. Opportunities for receiving the sacraments, attending special services, such as 40 Hours, and Stations of the Cross are equally important to our children. The more they know, the more they want to know so that keeps our children engaged! We have the pastor’s blessings as we continue to forge ahead with some additional, exciting programs.

Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist are received in grade/level 2 and Confirmation is in grade/level 7. All members of the parish must receive their sacraments in the church where they are registered. No fees are charged for the sacraments.

Please place your weekly envelopes in the offertory collection. This is the first time in 3 years that tuition was increased. We are good stewards and plan to maintain an exceptional program for years to come. We thank you, in advance, for your prayers and support.

Tuition for 2017-2018

Tuition for PREP is kept minimal because of the generosity of the Parishioners who contribute weekly to the Parish. Unfortunately, it is not possible for the parish to subsidize this program without some fees.  We strive to keep the fees affordable and similar to those in other parishes within the Delaware County.  Anyone needing special consideration, should contact the Pastor. We are one of the few parishes who request no additional Sacramental fees. The Registration forms are posted on the website under PREP.  Anyone new to the program for this year, should call either Jeanne or Joan (Rectory Secretary) 610-872-6192 for more information.

One Child:  $175.00

Two Children:  $300.00

Three or More:  $375.00

Faculty of Our PREP Program

Our faculty are very dedicated parishioners who donate their time and service to sharing the Catholic faith with our youngest parishioners.  All have the proper Safe Environment Certifications and meet all regulations of the Archdiocese in this area.

If anyone wishes to assist in our PREP Program, kindly contact our DRE for more information.  Anyone new to the program, over 18 years of age, will also need to complete the following before you begin your ministry of service:

Archdiocesan Child Safety Regulations 

  1. Pennsylvania State Police Background Check – To complete epatch.state.pa.us
  2. Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance – To complete (PDF) (If you’ve lived in Pennsylvania under two years, you’ll need to complete the Federal Child Abuse History Clearance)
  3. Attendance at a Safe Environment Session (2.5 hours); to Register virtusonline.org
  4. For More information, please go to: childyouthprotection.org
  5. Mandated Reporter on-line training (1 hour)

All Clearances must be collected and kept on file in the Rectory Office.  These files are kept secured in the Office.  An audit is completed each year by the Office for Children and Youth Protection of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.  We are in complete compliance with all clearances.