PREP stands for Parish Religious Education Program. This is an Archdiocesan program of religious instruction for children in Grades 1-7 who attend the public or independent schools. Preparation for the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Communion and Confirmation is included in the program. For school age children who have not been baptized or who have had no religious education, more individualized arrangements may be necessary.
PREP classes are held on Tuesday evenings at our Parish. If Tuesday does not suit a family’s schedule, PREP classes can be taken at other parishes in the Archdiocese of Vancouver. Contact our PREP Coordinator for information.
Find out more in this PREP Video.
Where are PREP classes held?
Classes are held at OLPH Parish.
When does PREP take place?
PREP is held from September to June each year. There are three terms Sept- Dec. / Jan – March/ April – June. Classes are on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-7:30 pm. The first class and registration is usually on the third Tuesday of September.
What are the fees?
It is $150 for one child in grades 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6 in the Fall and $100 in the Winter and Spring terms. If there is a third child there is no charge.
The Grade 2 and Grade 7 fee is $200. In the Winter and Spring terms this would be $150. If there is a third child in one of these grades there is no charge.
This fee partially covers the costs of textbooks, workbooks and classroom materials. Regular fees are due on the first day of classes in September. After October 31, a late fee will be levied. If you have trouble paying the full fee, please contact the pastor.
Students in Catholic schools who wish to prepare for the sacraments at OLPH Parish pay a flat fee of $100.
What is required?
For those registered at another parish, that Pastor’s permission is needed to attend PREP at OLPH Parish.
Parents must be registered in a parish in order for their child to receive the sacraments.
A copy of the child’s Baptismal Certificate for PREP 2 and PREP 7.
Grade 2 and Grade 7 children must attend a half-day or full-day retreat with OLPH students in the fall and in the spring. PREP 6 and 7 students must complete the required service component.