Our Parish Religious Education Program (aka PREP) welcomes 240 parish children from levels 1 to 6 each week on Sunday mornings and Monday evenings, plus monthly visits from our 7th and 8th graders who participate in Youth In Action (YIA). In order to keep the program of 24 separate classes and YIA running smoothly, our Director of Religious Education, Joyce Boag-Leyrer, depends on her administrative assistant, Nora McDonough, as well as 25 catechists and 19 additional volunteers who help out as classroom aides, hall monitors, etc.
Each year, catechists from all over the Archdiocese are invited to attend a Mass at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul to recognize the contribution they make to the mission of the Church. At this liturgy, those individuals who are celebrating special anniversaries of service are particularly honored.
At the Mass with Archbishop Chaput on January 17, 2016, the following volunteers from our parish will receive awards:
St. John Neumann Award for 5 years of catechetical service: Mrs. Joy Casey (Catechist), Mrs. Donna Diamond (Catechist), Mrs. Diane Peters (Catechist), Mrs. Jennifer Marchesano (Catechist), Mrs. JoEllen Esworthy (Aide), and Mrs. Dolores White (Aide).
St. Pius X Award for 10 years of catechetical service: Ms. Sharon Koob (Catechist) and Mrs. Marybeth Scalzo (Office helper).
Our Lady of Guadalupe Award for 15 years of catechetical service: Mrs. Elaine Flood (Catechist) and Mrs. Sharon Taylor (Catechist).
Finally, for THIRTY years of catechetical service, the St. John Paul II Award will be given to: Mrs. Lucy Leszczynski (Catechist).
We congratulate and thank these award winners and ALL of our volunteers who give so generously of their time and talent, sharing their faith with our parish children. We are still in need of volunteers to help in classrooms on Monday evenings, so maybe the time is right for YOU. Parent volunteers are eligible for reduced tuition, but high school students and senior citizens are also welcome. Please note, clearances and training are required for all volunteers—please call the Religious Education Office at 215-357-3445 for more information.