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 407-876-2211 or email PREP@HolyFamilyOrlando.com. When registration is active, you will be able to click here to register.

If you are not a registered member of the parish, please, in order to expedite your PREP registration process, please submit the Parish Registration form found here.

Parish Religious Education Program (PREP) Registration Now Open

First Time Users

Step 1: Register to the Parish

You must be a registered member of Holy Family in order to register for PREP.

  • Go to https://orlando.parishsoftfamilysuite.com
  • Click New User and input the required information for an adult member of the family
  • After review, you will be notified when your user account has been accepted. The time required for approval is 1-3 days.

Step 2: Online PREP Registration

  • Log in to My Own Church account and click on My Own Church
  • Click the Family Education tab
  • Click on Online Registration in the light blue banner as shown
  • Confirm all information is correct and input all students
  • Click Submit Registration

Step 3: Forms

  • Email a copy of your child’s baptismal certificate if not already provided to prep@holyfamilyorlando.com
  • Complete diocesan required Photography Waiver (form will be attached to your invoice.)
  • If your child has allergies, submit the medical allergy form (submit ONLY if your child has allergies) (form will be attached to your invoice.)

Returning Users

  • Log into your My Own Church account
  • Follow instructions from Steps 2 and 3 above
  • Verify information and make corrections if necessary

Upon receipt of the payment and completed forms, the registration will be processed. Registration deadline for on-time start is August 15.

Tentative start date: September 14/15

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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