Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church Germantown, TN Altar Servers

Parish Religious Education

Director: Craig DeMille
Secretary: Michal Farrar

PRE office hours:
Tuesday – Friday 9:00am – 3:00pm
Phone: 901-754-1204 ext. 316

At the baptism of our children we promise to educate them in the tenets of our faith.
Children not attending Catholic school are expected to be enrolled in a regular faith formation program in their parish. Following the directive of the Catechetical Directory, our parish program includes Prayer, Instruction, Service, Community, and Morality.

Diocesan Guidelines mandate that Sacramental Preparation is a 2-year process. One must be enrolled in Catholic School or a PRE program for one year prior to the year they are to receive First Reconciliation, First Eucharist or Confirmation.

Children ages 4 year & 5-year-olds

Use an instructional program that will focus on the lectionary.

Children in First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth & Sixth Grade

Use an innovative and complete religious education program that empowers students and their families to answer the call to discipleship.

Youth in Seventh & Eighth Grades

Confirmation preparation is a 2-year process that begins in the 7th grade and continues through the 8th grade. The sacrament of confirmation is generally administered during the 2nd semester of 8th grade.

Grade 7

The first-semester curriculum reviews Jesus’ ministry in the New Testament. The second semester introduces a curriculum consisting in part, of video and discussion that engages young Catholics in a meaningful conversation about Catholicism

Grade 8

The Confirmation preparation program used in 8th grade is designed to provide the essential intellectual and spiritual catechesis that is so vital to sacramental preparation. During the course of the year, the candidates for confirmation will be invited first to hear, then to respond with faith to the voice of God who has called us to become his sons and daughters – simply because “he first loved us.” (1 John 4:19) Young people are also encouraged to begin a full involvement in the Senior High Youth Group in 9th Grade which facilitates the same guidelines of faith formation directed by the Bishops. Sacramental Preparation is a 2 year process. One must be enrolled in Catholic School or a PRE program for one year prior to the year they are to receive Confirmation.

Fee Schedule

$70 per child with a maximum of $200 per family.
Non-Parishioner Charge – $100 per family
$30 per child for Little Church.
The above fees include the textbook fee.

Class Times

Children ages 4 years – 8th Grade – meet Sunday Mornings.

2020-2021  PRE School Year

Classes begin Sunday, August 23rd. Please Call the PRE office for details about the current modified class scheduling due to COVID19 restrictions. Please register as soon as possible and email the registration form to pre@olphgermantown.org or bring to the church office.

PRE Downloadable Forms

Thoughts for Parents as we begin a new year.

Each year we all hope to make the faith formation experience meaningful and lasting. As teachers, we will only be with your child 90 minutes a week! It is very important that the family reflect and enhance the weekly topics.

Below are some ways to work with your child at home.

  1. Be an interested parent. Review the materials with your child each week. We ask that each child read a chapter at home for each class.
    A schedule will be sent to you for your child’s class. Our lives are so busy with many exciting commitments both to family and community; make room for 20 minutes a week to spend with your child and their religion textbook
  2. Pray together as a family. Use anytime the family is gathered together as an opportunity for prayer. Today’s world sends mixed messages to our children, let the faith of your family be seen consistently in a variety of ways in the family.
  3. Respect the importance of each class – please observe the guidelines for the beginning and end of classes. Being prompt and not leaving early will make the class time for all the students more effective. Give the instruction in the faith the same importance that you give to other learning environments.
  4. Give church activities priority for your family. There are so many excellent opportunities to be a part of the parish community, please share these times with your children.

Mass Attendance

A reminder to families with children in 2nd grade and above, it is considered an integral part of your child’s faith formation that he/she also attend Mass on Sunday.

Teaching a child religion who does not attend Mass weekly is like teaching swimming on the side of the pool.

If you have scheduled your child for a PRE class that does not allow for this, please call now and request a different time.

PRE Teaching Opportunities

Interested in teaching PRE?

No prior teaching experience is necessary. All resources and support materials are provided by the parish as well as the diocese. In the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 19, verse 14, Jesus says “Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these”. Our children need you. You can make a difference in the lives of our children by sharing our Catholic Faith and leading them to Jesus. I invite you to prayerfully consider participation in this essential and worthwhile ministry.

Please call the PRE office for more information: (901) 754-1204 ext. 316