Resurrection Parish Religious Education Program PREP

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The Role of the Parent or Guardian:

The parent or guardian has the primary and sacred responsibility to educate their child in the Catholic faith. Resurrection’s Parish Religious Education Program (PREP) is established to assist parents and families in fulfilling this responsibility.

Living the faith at home is essential to a child’s growth and development.  Studies show that the values of parents/guardians become the values of their children.  Resurrection Church assists in this responsibility through the Parish Religious Education Program (PREP) and the celebration of Eucharist liturgy each Sunday.  Children mature spiritually and morally when they attend the weekly Sunday or Saturday evening Mass with their parent/s.

The Director should be informed by the custodial parent of the rights of the non-custodial parent as these pertain to the child’s participation in the program, as well as release from the program.


The Role of the Student:

The student is invited to grow in his/her faith by regular attendance at Sunday Mass and Holy Days of Obligation (there are six in the Archdiocese of New York), participation in the Rite of Reconciliation, and living a moral life that reflects the values and teachings of Jesus Christ. The student is asked to do the following with their parents’ assistance:

Lead a sacramental life, frequently receiving the Eucharist and following the laws, norms and guidelines that tell Catholics how to love God and neighbor (i.e. The Ten Commandments, Corporal Works of Mercy, The Beatitudes, Spiritual Works of Mercy and the Laws of the Church.);

  • Attend weekly religious education classes

  • Prepare for class instruction

  • Complete homework and special assignments given by PREP and Catechist

  • Bring textbook, pencil or notebook to class each week

  • Participate in class discussions and activities

  • Complete special assignments/tests to the best of their ability

  • Respect the catechist, fellow students and the Resurrection facility

  • Learn the Prayers at each grade level

  • Do the very best work possible!


The Role of the Director of Religious Education:

The DRE of Resurrection Parish is designated by the Pastor to administer the Parish Religious Education Program for parents and their children in grades 1-8, and is responsible for the development, implementation and administration of the catechetical program in accordance with the Guidelines of the Archdiocese of New York and implementation of the Archdiocesan safe environment guidelines.


The Role of the Catechist:

The catechetical ministry is sustained by catechists - men and women of Resurrection Parish who volunteer to communicate God’s love to those entrusted to their care by proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ.  The primary mission of catechists is to communicate God’s love to those entrusted to their care by proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ. The Catechist prepares for each session using the curriculum and resources provided relating the text based on their own faith experience.