PREP Information -- 2020-2021
The Parish of Saint Michael the Archangel 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 religious sisters, priests, and deacons. our children enjoy learning and growing to appreciate the gifts of their Catholic faith.
*** PREP Registration for the 2020-2021 Academic Year ***
Please call the Parish Office at 856-881-9155 if you have questions about the process or e-mail the Coordinator of Religious Education at email@example.com.
This year, because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent CDC guidelines for social-distancing, face masks, and disinfection of meeting spaces, we are implementing a home-schooling program for all students where you can work at your own pace. We supply the class materials, a website link to access the materials online, and due date(s) for completion of the unit work. You find the time to teach your child and complete the program at home to get credit for the year. There will also be life-long learning projects throughout the year for the entire family to do together. Virtual learning opportunities will be scheduled where students may ask a Catechist or a Priest about their Catholic Faith. Students preparing for Sacraments (First Penance, First Eucharist, or Confirmation) will also need to attend in-person Formation Sessions held in church and will be under the guidelines recommended for safely meeting.
2020 - 2021 PREP Information
The basic tuition fees for 2019-2020 are as follows:
One (1) Child: $125; Two (2) Children: $175; Three (3)+ Children: $215
** Please note: a $25 late fee will be added to all basic fees for registrations received from July 1st to July 31st. **
*** A $50 late fee will be added to all basic fees for registrations received from August 1st to August 31st. ***
**** A $75 late fee will be added to all basic fees for registrations received after August 31st ****
(Late Fees do not apply if you are newly registered in the Parish of Saint Michael the Archangel or newly registered in the PREP Program.)
Parents are entitled to know what their PREP tuition fees include. Your fees include, but are not restricted to, expenses for the following services: salary for the Coordinator of Religious Education, salary for the Assistant Coordinator of Religious Education (currently we do not have one), office supplies, copies, phones, mailings and communication materials, continuing education for CRE and catechists, food and refreshment for student sacramental and retreat programs, student textbooks, costs incurred due to shipment of materials, shared expense of WebEx (the virtual meeting application) and Wix.com (the website host), etc. Additional Sacramental fees cover the cost of gowns, retreat moderators, and any additional materials and supplies related to the ultimate reception of the Sacrament(s).
If you are experiencing financial difficulty, please contact the Coordinator for Religious Education at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not let this stop you from registering your child(ren) for classes.
If your child is above Level 2 and has not yet received First Reconciliation or First Eucharist, please notify the CRE and / or the Parish Office so that the necessary steps can take place to make sure that your child is a part of this preparation.
The Calendar for the 2020-2021 Academic Year is being formulated and will be posted as soon as possible.
Forms Needed to Register for the 2020-2021 Academic Year:
Please click on the Registration Form and, if necessary, the appropriate Sacramental Preparation Form, fill them all out and place in an envelope clearly marked "PREP" or "Religious Education" and drop it in the Sunday collection basket, drop them off at the Parish Office during normal operating hours, or mail them to the Saint Michael the Archangel Parish Office -- 49 West North Street, Clayton, New Jersey 08312.
Sacramental Registration Form for Individuals preparing for First Penance & First Eucharist. There is an additional Sacramental fee of $45 for children preparing for these Sacraments along with the Registration fee.
Sacramental Registration Form for Individuals preparing for Confirmation. There is an additional Sacramental fee of $75 for students preparing for Confirmation along with the Registration fee.
Catholic School Students
If your child attends Catholic School and is preparing for a Sacrament (First Reconciliation, First Eucharist, or Confirmation) you must still register your child for the Sacramental Program.
Special Needs 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! We will attempt to work out a program that best fits your child.
For more information on registrations, Catholic School Sacrament Registrations, Special Needs Program, or information about being a catechist or an assistant, please contact our Coordinator of Religious Education at or PSMA.Rectory@gmail.com.