Parish Religious Education Program (PREP)

The mission of the Parish Religious Education Program (P.R.E.P.) at the Cathedral of St. Catharine of Siena is to assist parents in teaching our youth to know, to love and to serve God. In order to ensure that faith is being fostered in the lives of our parish youth, all children attending Non-Parochial elementary schools should be registered with Cathedral P.R.E.P. According to Diocesan Regulations all students participating in the CYO program must be enrolled and participating in either the Catholic School or the Parish Religious Education Program (PREP).

The Diocese of Allentown also requires each child to have two years of religious education prior to the reception of a sacrament. Therefore, any child beginning 1st Grade at a non-parochial should be enrolled in PREP in order to receive his or her sacraments of First Penance and First Holy Communion in 2nd Grade. A child who enters PREP at the 2nd Grade age without any previous religious education will be placed in 1st Grade and will need to complete the requisite two year preparation before the reception of the sacraments of First Penance and First Holy Communion.

Registration is Open For the 2015-2016 Year! Register TODAY!

Tuition for the 2015-2016 P.R.E.P. Year is: $70 for one child, $95 for two children and $120 for three children.

  • Families who are registering for the first time are asked to make an appointment with Miss Shankweiler by calling 610-432-7655 or emailing her at
  • Families who are returning to P.R.E.P. may find registration forms in the vestibule of the Church or here online. Please complete one form per child and include payment with registration
  • Registration forms can be: dropped off at the Center for Religious Education or mailed to Miss Shankweiler’s attention at 210 N. 18th Street, Allentown, PA 18104 -OR- dropped in the collection basket in a sealed envelope clearly marked “PREP Registration"
  • 2015-2016 PREP Registration Form (PDF)

Name Title Phone E-Mail / Link
Miss Jennifer Shankweiler Director of Religious Education 610-432-7655
  • Summer Hours beginning Monday, May 11th: Monday-Friday 9:00AM-4:30PM
Connie Trach Religious Ed Secretary

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