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PREP – Parish Religious Education Program

PREP 2019-2020

PREP Registration Grades K-8 is NOW OPEN.

All registration is online. Click here for registration instructions.

If you already have a My Own Church account and know your password, click here.

PREP calendar coming soon. Classes start Aug. 27-28.

Many of us who attended public schools grew up attending catechism classes that we called Confraternity of Christian Doctrine otherwise known as CCD. You may wonder where CCD went since we now call our faith formation classes PREP.

Well, here is the scoop:

The concept of CCD began in Italy in the 16th Century in the aftermath of the Council of Trent, and was strongly promoted by Pope Pius X in the early twentieth century. It only gained official recognition in the United States in 1934, when the National Catholic Rural Life Conference featured a 'Confraternity Day' as part of its annual meeting. This was in recognition of the need for religious education in rural America and the existence of diocesan and parish units already addressing this need in 19 parishes. Later that same year, the Bishops' Annual Meeting established an Episcopal committee with a national center as a bureau under the Executive Department. The center became operational in 1935, transferred to the Education Department in 1969 and DISSOLVED IN 1974. From 1967, a new organization, the National Conference of Diocesan directors (NCDD) was operated as a part of the NCWC/USCC until 1982 when it became an independent entity. It is currently known as the National Conference of Catechetical Leadership (NCCL).

So, you understand that CCD has been dissolved since 1974. We now refer to what was CCD as Faith Formation.

Here at Holy Family we refer to our formation classes as Parish Religious Education Program, PREP.


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