Religious Education of Children (R.E.C.)

Religious Education Office: 215-362-2292

Mission Statement

Corpus Christi Religious Education for Children (REC) is committed to the spiritual and moral development of children in grades one through eight.  Recognizing the role of parents as primary teachers of the faith, REC supports this faith formation by providing opportunities to study the Catholic beliefs and traditions in a classroom setting as well as to expose the children to communal and individual prayer experiences.  Together, REC and the home foster within the child a personal recognition of God’s love for them while they embrace the Gospel values of Jesus Christ.

Religious Education for Children (REC) at Corpus Christi Parish (also referred to as CCD or PREP in some parishes) is offered on Mondays beginning in September and ending with the first week of May each school year.

REC Class Sessions

Two class session options are offered on Mondays:
4:30-5:45 p.m.  or  6:45-8:00 p.m.

In the Philadelphia Archdiocese, religious instruction begins in the first grade. It is also required that children have two years of religious instruction prior to receiving a sacrament. At Corpus Christi, children receive First Penance and First Holy Communion in second grade, and Confirmation in seventh grade.

Requirements

Sacraments may be received only when the following criteria is met:

  • The student has had two (2) years of religious instruction prior to receiving the sacrament
  • The family is registered in the parish.
  • The family participates at Sunday Mass
  • The parent(s) and candidate MUST participate in the required Sacramental Preparation Activities (All meetings, retreats and practices).

Parent Participation

Corpus Christi parish community affirms the teaching of the Church which states that parents are the first and foremost educators of their children.  Our catechists supplement, in a more formal way, the education in faith that occurs in the home.  With your help in the following areas, together we can make your child’s REC experience positive and productive:

  • Attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days
  • Teach your child to pray in their own words as well as to learn and review the prayers required at their level.
  • Review the study guide and pacing charts weekly
  • Make sure your child completes assignments and study homework.
  • Join your child in participating in age appropriate parish activities.
  • In the event that a teacher/aide needs to miss a class, be willing to substitute in an aide capacity for that session.

Homework

All children in grades 1 through 6 will have study homework each week.  Our REC students as well as our parish catholic school children have religion homework on a regular basis to help reinforce their classroom experiences.  Faith cannot be taught in one hour a week.  It must be practiced and lived out in everyday life.  Homework may include faith knowledge or faith actions.

Corpus Christi REC Emergency Closings

In the event of inclement weather or other unforeseen events, REC classes may be cancelled. If cancelled, an email will be sent out. Please make sure the REC office has your most up to date contact information so you won’t miss this important alert.

Also, please note that REC classes are always cancelled if the North Penn School District is closed for the day.