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

Religious Education Office: 215-362-2292

Mission Statement

Corpus Christi Religious Education for Children (REC) is dedicated to the spiritual and moral development of children in grades one through eighth.  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 last week of April 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.

Families are asked to indicate their session preference at the time of registration and we will do our very best to accommodate everyone.

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 sixth grade.


Each year registration begins on March 1st and runs through March 31st. Please contact the REC Office if you have not recieved a registration packet. If you would like more information or have any questions please contact the REC Office at 215-362-2292.


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 masters 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.


All children in grades 1 through 6 will have written and 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.  Study Guides and Pacing Charts are distributed at each grade level.

Corpus Christi REC Emergency Closings

In the event of inclement weather or other unforeseen events, REC classes may be canceled. Cancellations will be announced in the following manner:

  • Register for a phone or text alert
    Sign up at and click on the School Closings link on the KYW homepage. When you sign up, make sure you select Corpus Christi REC, not Corpus Christi School.
  • Radio Announcements
    KYW 1060 AM or WNPV 1440 AM
    School closing # 1113
    Corpus Christi REC
    Please be aware that KYW does not accept afternoon and evening closings before 11 AM. 
  • TV
    Channels CBS3 or CW57
    Corpus Christi REC will be scrolled across the bottom of the screen
  • Website
    Click on School Closings button on home page
  • Call
    KYW Newsradio
    Enter School closing # 1113

Please Note: REC classes are always cancelled if the North Penn School District is closed for the day. When REC classes are cancelled, students are expected to complete all written and study assignments for that week as indicated on the pacing chart.