PREP Parent Page

Welcome to St. Thomas PREP!

Information for Levels 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7

Scroll down for Level 2 Information

Our program is Home Study this year. Below you will find information on how to access the parent guides, assignments and reviews which will coincide with your Finding God book.

All Parent Guides, Session Homework, Unit Reviews & Unit Assignments can be HERE (Saintthomasob.com > select Religious Education > select Curriculum). On the Curriculum page select your child’s PREP Level on the tabs at the top of the page. Each Session has Homework and each Unit has Assessments.

Printout the assignments and complete them as you go through the session or after you complete the session. If you do not have the capability of printing out the assessments and assignments for your child, please call our office.

You are required to know the prayers for your Level. They can be found at the top of each Level’s page. Please note the Act of Contrition we teach and use at St. Thomas is different than what is in the Finding God book.

Submit all Unit work (Session Homework & Unit Assessment) by the Unit due date. All assignments should be dropped off in the Parish Office in the box labeled ‘PREP’. Please make sure your child’s name is on the paper. The Parish Office hours are:

  • Monday to Friday from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Saturday & Sunday from 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM

During the second half of our PREP year, we will be handing out the Family Life program to be completed at home. We will notify you of the date for pick-up by email.

Also during the week of January 4, 2021 we will email a Prayer Assessment for each child. The Prayer Assessment is to be returned to the PREP Office or the Pastoral Center when returning UNIT 4 work by Sunday, February 21, 2021.

Don't Worry

The PREP staff will be available to help you with any questions that you or your child may have while working at home. Please call 732-251-1660 during PREP hours. We also have catechists who are willing to help and answer questions if needed. We will be in touch with our PREP families throughout the year through email. Know that we will miss seeing you each week, but our hope is we may be able to safely gather together in the near future.

Optional Multimedia Content in Finding God® Loyola Press uses multimedia content in their Finding God books as part of your instructional plan to provide an opportunity to motivate, engage, inspire, pique interest, and connect the children more deeply to Scripture and the teachings of the Catholic Church. It is easy to access these resources: You will need a smartphone or tablet device; internet access (preferably Wi-Fi); and a QR (Quick Response) code reader application. If you need help accessing or deciphering this, please call us. With the code reader open, hold the device over the QR code. The media associated with that page will appear.

Information for Level 2

Welcome to St. Thomas PREP Level 2! This year we will be working with the series “Blessed” by Dynamic Catholic for First Reconciliation and First Communion.

As you look through the book please do not become overwhelmed by its size! There are six sessions in the First Reconciliation book which we have broken down into weekly lessons. Each session contains seven short videos for you to watch with your child which coincide with the assigned pages to read in the book. To access the videos and other helpful information go to dynamiccatholic.com/blessed/program-view/ & scroll down to BLESSED FIRST RECONCILIATION. Select the session you are working on. Scroll down the page and you will find the Video Episodes as well as additional useful information.

Before the “Closing Prayer” of each session is a section called “Show What You Know”. This is a series of questions for you to do with your child. To check your child’s progress, you will be required to complete and hand this assignment in to PREP. We have included with the book the six session assignments for you to hand in by the assigned dates. All assignments should be dropped off in the Parish Office in the box labeled ‘PREP’. Please make sure your child’s name is on the paper. The Parish Office hours are:

  • Monday to Friday from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Saturday & Sunday from 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM

PLEASE DO NOT WORRY!!! If at any point you have questions, need help, more time or something else to discuss please, please, please call the PREP Office or email us. We will be here for you! Our Office hours are:

  • Monday & Wednesday from 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM
    Tuesday & Thursday from 9:30 – 5:00 PM

Below is the Act of Contrition we teach our students. We ask you to practice this prayer, along with Sign of the Cross, Our Father, Hail Mary & Glory Be. These can all be found on the website for Level 2.

Act of Contrition
O my God,
I am sorry for my sins
in choosing to sin and failing to do good,
I have sinned against you and your Church.
I firmly intend with the help of your Son
to make up for my sins and to love as I should.
Amen.