Parish Religious Education Program (PREP)

The mission of the Parish Religious Education Program (PREP) at the Cathedral Church of St. Catharine of Siena is to assist parents in teaching our youth to know, to love and to serve God. To ensure that faith is being fostered in the lives of our parish youth, all children attending non-parochial elementary schools should be registered in our Parish Religious Education Program (PREP).

According to Diocesan regulations, all students participating in our Parish CYO program must be enrolled in either our Parish Religious Education Program (PREP) or in a Catholic School.

The Diocese of Allentown also requires each child to have two consecutive years of formal religious education prior to the reception of a Sacrament.

Any child beginning 1st Grade at a non-parochial school should be enrolled in PREP

Formal preparation for reception of the Sacraments of First Penance and First Holy Communion begins at the 2nd Level of formal Religious Education. Reception of the Sacrament of First Penance takes place during late Fall of the 3rd Level, and the Sacrament of First Holy Communion is celebrated in the late Spring of the 3rd Level.

A child who enters PREP at the age of 7–10 years old, without any previous formal religious education will be placed in our 1st level Religious Education class.

The Sacrament of Confirmation is received during the 8th Level provided the student has received continuous formal religious education prior.

Any child between the ages of 11–17 who has either not been Baptized, and/or is Baptized but has not yet received their Sacraments of First Penance, First Holy Communion, and/or Confirmation, may be eligible to enroll in our Youth-Teen RCIA program. Contact our Director of Religious Education to schedule an appointment.

Registration for the 2022–2023 Year OPENS ON APRIL 24, 2022!

Families who are returning to our religious education program may pick-up a RE-REGISTRATION form from the Religious Education Office located in the middle school, in the vestibule of the Church or here online. Please complete one form per child and include full payment with registration.

If your family is experiencing financial hardship, contact Donna Sciacca, DRE to schedule an appointment to discuss alternative payment plans.

Registration forms may be dropped off or mailed to:

Cathedral Church of St. Catharine of Siena
Donna Sciacca, DRE
Center of Religious Education
1825 W. Turner Street
Allentown, PA 18104

New students registering for the first time in our Parish Religious Education Program should call for an appointment to register in person and meet with our Director of Religious Education.

Contact Name Title Phone E-Mail
Donna Sciacca Director of Religious Education 610-432-7655

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