In our Elementary PREP – we are engaging our children by helping them find God & Jesus in the world around them. Sometimes this involves games, crafts or other tactical learning. Other times it involves reading, discussing, and dissecting Scripture, the Catechism, or the world around them. In all ways, the children are learning, developing and engaging in what it means to be a Catholic Child of God.
In our Empower Youth PREP – we strive to use meaningful ways to empower young people to live as disciples of Jesus in today's culture. We delve into how, as Catholic’s, we view, integrate and live in the world today. We explore our Catholic Faith and how to make it relevant in THEIR lives. We foster THEIR personal and spiritual growth and give them tools to help build THEIR relationships with others, Jesus Christ and his Church.
In Confirmation PREP – an authentic experience of faith and a conversion of the heart are major goals. Youth are accepted where ever they are on their spiritual journey and are invited to explore, challenge, question and grow in their faith. The culmination of Confirmation prep is the celebration of receiving the "Holy Spirit that roots us more deeply in the divine family. " (CCC1316)
St Leo’s PREP…. Parish Religious Education Programs
At St Leo’s it is our challenge to provide positive, safe and educational programs for our parishioners. The bonus is that we also attempt to make it fun, lively and worthwhile. We’ve had many compliments over the years that kids, youth and even adults enjoy the programs we have, asking for more! One of the best compliments we’ve received (several times, every year) is “We only had to MAKE our child go to _____(fill in the blank – RE Class, Empower Youth, confirmation)______ one time, after that they WANT to go / never question about going / get sad when it’s a week off / can’t wait to go … etc. “ We’ve heard several variations. ☺☺☺
We know the love of God is burning heavily in their hearts, even hough they may not know it we know it, but we also know they are wanting to participate because of the experiences and the relationships they are building by attending these programs. Sometimes it is the information, i.e. the education, that draws them; but 90% of the time it is the relationship connection that is huge draw. And that’s ok, because
“Wherever two or more are gathered in my name, I am there in the midst….” Matthew 18:20
We are not only building relationships with each other by attending these RE Programs, but we are developing, deepening our relationship with the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit! We are PREPping ourselves to become, to continue to live our lives as disciples participating in the life, mission and work of the Catholic faith community. We are PREParing for growth in our spiritual and personal lives.
St Leo’s PREP is about education, formation, YOU and our Catholic Faith. It is about building our future, continuing on our Traditions and living as disciples of God. Thank you for joining us in the wonderful faith journey, we are going to have a blast!! And if you are new to St Leo’s --- WELCOME! We are so glad you’re here!!
In our Adult PREP – we’re working on programs that help us continue on this journey of faith, as well as ones that help develop knowledge of our Catholic Faith, our Catholic Catechism and how to live in today’s world. In our Adult PREP we try to gear toward what our parish is seeking, what’s happening in our society and what’s needed in our parish community. In doing so, we always seek to find ways to develop our community and our personal, as well as, spiritual relationships.