Catechesis

Children attending Catholic Schools are offered religious education through the school curriculum.

Children attending non Catholic schools are offered religious instruction (Catechesis) through Parish Religious Education Program (PREP).

PREP (Parish Religious Education Program)

Is a family focused, parish based, catechist supported program that seeks to offer the highest quality religious education for your child/children.

Our Parish follows the program “The Truth Will Set You Free”. Classes are offered every Wednesday afternoon, during school terms, between 4pm-5pm at St Simon Peter Catholic Church Parish Centre, 20 Prendiville Avenue, Ocean Reef.

Children are welcome to enrol from Year 1 (Age 6). Any child receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Eucharist (Communion) and Confirmation is required to attend a minimum of two years of our program.

Ideal Sacramental years are:

  • Reconciliation – Year 3
  • Eucharist (Communion) – Year 4
  • Pre-Confirmation – Year 5/6
  • Confrimation - Year 6/7

How to enrol

If you wish your child to attend our classes, an enrolment form needs to be filled out. A copy of your child’s baptism certificate is required together with the enrolment form. Once the form has been filled in, you can either drop it off at the Parish Office (during opening times) together with payment, or bring it in with you on the day of commencement.

Fees

The fee to enrol for 2018 per child is $40-00 for the year.

Duty of Care

The parish of St Simon Peter has a duty of care to all children attending the PREP program. Your child’s safety and well being are most important, and we seek the parents support and cooperation.

  • All children are to be dropped off and picked up at the Parish Centre.
  • If children arrive earlier than the Catechist, it is the responsibility of the parent to stay with their child.
  • It is the parent’s responsibility that children attend classes. If a child is unable to attend class please contact the Coordinator or the Parish Centre.
  • If your child has medical or educational problems, it is your responsibility to advise of this on the enrolment form.
  • All Catechists are dedicated volunteers and are required to have a police clearance for working with children.

Role & Expectation of the Parent

As primary educators of their children parents are required to:

  • Nurture the gift of the Catholic faith.
  • Take an active part in the child’s spiritual formation.
  • Provide the help and example of their child/children’s need to live a Christian life.
  • Pray with their children and see that they attend Mass each Sunday.
  • Attend commitment Masses, Sacrament information sessions and workshops.
  • Present their child for the reception of the Sacraments.
  • Take interest in your child’s activities. Encourage them to discuss what they have learnt.

St Simon Peter Parish Prayer

St Simon Peter Parish Prayer

Heavenly Father,
you have chosen our parish as the place by which you encounter us in our daily lives.
Here your Word is proclaimed,the Eucharist is celebrated,
and your people are united in a family of believers.
We pray for our parish named in honour of St Simon Peter and placed under his patronage.
Through his intercession may every blessing be poured out on all members of our parish.
We pray for our schools, their staff and students, and all their families.
May our parish be filled with holiness and prayer, with faith and love;
May it be a place where worthy and reverent worship is offered to God,
and where we receive grace and power for our mission.
May all who come here find a welcoming home,
comfort in their needs and strength for their journey of faith.
We make this prayer through Christ, Our Lord.
Amen