Family Home Study Announcements

The St. Paul Parish Office of Religious Education is concerned with the current public health issues that affect all of us. As a result, we have decided to modify the current classroom-based Parish Religious Education Program to a home study model in the coming weeks.

We will suspend Sunday PREP beginning March 15, and Tuesday PREP beginning March 17, and we hope to resume Sunday PREP April 19 and Tuesday PREP April 21 after careful re-evaluation of health and safety conditions at that time. In this model, our children will miss three sessions of classroom instruction that will be replaced with home-based lessons.

Please follow the following instructions carefully:

  1. Make sure you have your child's religious education workbook. (John McGuire will be available in the school cafeteria during the scheduled PREP sessions Sunday, March 15, and Tuesday, March 17 if you need to pick-up forgotten materials.)
  2. The curriculum is available below please follow the lessons your child will be missing at home (excluding the family life lesson for this week).
  3. Please have your child complete any chapter, session, or unit reviews in their workbooks. Catechists will be asked to review these lessons our first week back.
  4. Please watch your email for videos and resources aimed to help make your experience more complete.

Religious Education staff is available to help and support you during these weeks. If you have any questions, contact John McGuire at (609)524-0509 or jmcguire@stpaulsofprinceton.org or Maureen Sano at (609)524-0510 or msano@stpaulsofprinceton.org. We will be continuing office hours Monday-Friday 9:30 AM- 4:30 PM until further notice.

Sacramental Preparation for First Eucharist

Currently, we are planning to proceed with rehearsals and celebrations of First Eucharist as scheduled. However, the First Eucharist Retreat scheduled for Saturday, March 21 is canceled. Banner kits and children's packets will be available for review at home.

Materials will be available for pick-up on Sunday, March 15: 8:40- 9:45 AM and Tuesday, March 17: 4:30-5:45 PM in Saint Paul School Cafeteria. If you are unable to pick up these materials at that time, you can contact us to schedule a time for pick-up during office hours.

Confirmation Formation

The Confirmation Formation Program will also be affected by these closures. Please keep watch for an update from our Confirmation Coordinator, Kait Mayer.

Families who participate in Family Home Study and Summer Academy please mark your calendar. On Sunday, March 1st we will gather for 11:30 am Mass, then gather at St. Paul School to review the Family Life Program.

Diocesan policy requires that all families participating in Religious Education programs must complete this program. If you will not be in attendance, an Opt-Out form will be required. If you have any questions, please contact jmcguire@stpaulsofprinceton.org.

Join us on Tuesday, Dec. 24 for our annual Christmas Eve Family Mass. At 3:30 pm our Parish Children's Choir will present a musical prelude followed by a Nativity play by our parish children. All children are welcome to participate. Children in Grade 2 and younger are welcome to come dressed as angels and shepherds, Grade 3 and up are welcomed as narrators and others roles. Our children in middle school will take preference for more specific roles. We are also looking for a baby to play Jesus! Rehearsal for children who are not angels or shepherds will be on Thursday, Dec. 19 at 5:30 pm in Church.

For more information, please contact us by email at: jmcguire@stpaulsofprinceton.org.

The next meeting of Family Catechesis for Home Study and Summer Academy, will be Sunday, December 8th. We will begin our day at the 11:30 am Sunday Mass and then gather in Saint Paul School. Families are invited to bring their favorite Christmas cookies to share. Please clearly label them to avoid issues with allergies. We will have a lesson on Advent and Christmas, and the opportunity to sing along with our favorite carols of the season. This will be an excellent opportunity for our Summer Academy and Home Study families to learn, pray, and come together as a community!

Saturday 10/12/2019 from 9:30 am– 11:30 am. Parents and children will pray together in Church. Children will be brought to their assigned classroom, and parents will begin their session in the St. Paul School Cafeteria. Topics will include the examination of conscience, instruction for going to confession, the act of contrition, the meaning of absolution, and the Confessionals will be open for inspection.

Church and Spiritual Center

Students registered for Sunday PREP and Stuart Country Day School, as well as some Family Home Study Families will celebrate First Eucharist at 9:30 am. Children in Hispanic PREP will celebrate at 11:30 am. You should arrive in the Spiritual Center no later than 15 minutes early to line up for your celebration!

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Where: Spiritual Center and Church

Children preparing for the sacrament at St. Paul School will celebrate at 9:30 am. Children preparing in Sunday PREP, Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart, and some Family Home Study students will celebrate at 11:30 am. Please arrive at the Spiritual Center at least 15 minutes early to line up.

Save the date. St. Paul Parish will host our annual VBC from Monday, July 8th-Friday, July 12th from 9:00 am until 12:00 noon. All children from 3 1/2-8 years old are welcome to participate as campers, and teens are welcome as volunteers. This year's theme will be Birthday Blast: A Celebration of Life. This year registration will be $55 per child, each family will be provided with the Bible Camp Audio CD on the last day. If you would like more information please contact jmcguire@stpaulsofprinceton.org.

The First Reconciliation Retreat is this Saturday, October 13 from 9:30 am until 11:30 am. Children preparing for Reconciliation are expected to attend with one parent/guardian. We will begin the day in prayer as we gather in the Church, and then children and parents will break into their own sessions. The purpose of the day is to provide children an opportunity to become more comfortable with the sacrament of reconciliation. Parents will have their own opportunity for reflection and conversation on preparing their children for this sacrament.

A Session will be held Saturday, October 6th from 10:00 am-12:30 pm in St. Paul School Library

Safe Environments Training for Catechists, Volunteers, and Concerned Parents. Learn to identify risk, and properly respond when there is an appearance of child abuse. Room is limited, and these sessions tend to fill up quickly. To register please visit virtusonline.org. If this is your first time registering, select First Time Registrant > Begin the Registration Process> Please select your Archdiocese/Diocese/Religious Organization from the list below: Trenton, NJ (Diocese)>Create your username and password, and make sure that you indicate that you are associated with St. Paul, Princeton.




There will be a meeting for parents of all children preparing to celebrate the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist at St. Paul Parish during the 2018-2019 school year on Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 7:30 pm in the school gym. It is important that one parent from each family attend this meeting as we prepare for this exciting time in the life of your child and family. For more information, please contact the Religious Education Office.