Holy Family’s Parish Religious Education Program (aka PREP) replaces what many referred to as CCD (to see the history behind this change, see below). This program provides religious education for non-Holy Family School students in grades K through Grade 8.

Sessions are available for:

  • Grade Pre-K on Sundays at 8:45 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Masses as part of Pre-K Sunday School (click here to learn more about Pre-K Sunday School).
  • Grades K-5 on Tuesday 4:30-5:45 p.m. and Wednesday 4:30-5:45 pm.
  • Grades 1-5 on Wednesday 6:30-7:45 p.m.
  • Grades 6-8 on Tuesdays 7-8:30 p.m.
  • Grades 9-12 in Credo on Wednesdays 6:30-8 p.m. (click here for more about Credo; note that Credo is NOT the normal Confirmation preparation, though some Confirmation prep students may be asked to do Credo to catch up on missed years).

Those who need sacramental preparation may take classes within these sessions, plus take part in additional parent and student meetings in preparation for the sacraments.

First Communion preparation is typically a two-year process comprising Grades 1-2, though other grades may also prepare this sacrament. For more information, click here.

Confirmation preparation is typically a two-plus-year process comprising Grades 7-8 and part of Grade 9. This process includes an overnight retreat and other parent meetings. For more information, click here.

For more information on PREP, please call 407-876-6331 or email PREP@HolyFamilyOrlando.com. When registration is active, you will be able to click here to register.

History of Religious Education in the United States

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 20th 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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