Religious Education Announcements

This is a reminder that there will be no Sunday PREP on Mothers' Day, May 12, 2019. Have a wonderful weekend with your family, and we will see you back on May 19th for our final session.

Tuesday Parish Religious Education Program will still meet on May 14th.

The Office of Religious Education would like to wish a very Happy Mothers' Day to all of the Mothers of our parish!
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.

As part of our efforts to provide safe environments for children, and young people, and in conformity with diocesan policy all adults whose employment, volunteering or ministry involves regular contact with minors must submit to a criminal background check through fingerprint analysis as determined by the Diocese of Trenton and a VIRTUS Awareness Training Program. These sessions cover the scope and nature of child sexual abuse in addition to giving participants the five steps that caring adults can follow to protect children. Next session is Thursday, March 28th at 6:00 pm in St. Timothy Room. Please register soon, sessions fill quickly. This is a re-certification session, and is only open to those who have already attended Protecting God's Children.

Please use your username and password to register at www.virtusonline.org

As part of our efforts to provide safe environments for children, and young people, and in conformity with diocesan policy all adults whose employment, volunteering or ministry involves regular contact with minors must submit to a criminal background check through fingerprint analysis as determined by the Diocese of Trenton and a VIRTUS Awareness Training Program. These sessions cover the scope and nature of child sexual abuse in addition to giving participants the five steps that caring adults can follow to protect children. Next session is Monday, February 11th from 6:00 pm-8:30 pm in St. Timothy Room. Please click here to register. For more information on our Safe Environment Ministry, click here.

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.


Summer Academy begins on Monday, July 23 at 9:00 am.

On the first day, Monday, July 23, parents are asked to bring their child(ren) to the School Gym. We will begin our day with prayer and a brief orientation. Children will meet and be dismissed from the gym with their catechist to their meeting place. Parents/Guardians are asked to remain in the gym until 9:30 am for orientation.

For the remaining days of Summer Academy, children in Grades 1, 3 and 4 are to be dropped off at the parish school. Children in Grades 5, 6, 7 and 8 grades are to be dropped off at the Spiritual Center. Students will be picked up from the building that they have classes. However, on Wednesdays and Fridays, we ask that all children be picked up at the school, due to the 12:10 pm Mass.

Please be attentive and courteous while operating your vehicle in the parish parking lot as you drop-off and pick-up your child(ren).

Children will be given a daily snack break. We ask that you pack them something for each day. Please avoid sticky drinks, and plan on sending water.

Because this is an intensive program there is an expectation that the children will be in attendance every day and on time. If there is an emergency please contact the Office of Religious Education to make arrangements.

During the two-week program, all of our children will be participating in singing lessons with the director of our children's choir. Families are invited to join us on Friday, August 3, as we conclude Summer Academy at 12:10 pm Mass. Children will be dismissed from the church at approximately 1:00 pm. The children will be participating in this liturgy and singing the songs that they have learned.

The Parish Children's Choir is welcoming new members for the 2018-2019 year. The choir consists of 50-60 boys and girls in grades 3 through 8 and meets in our church choir loft to rehearse every Monday night from 5:45 to 7:00 pm. The choir sings monthly for the 10:00 am Masses and also serves the parish by singing for other Masses and events as called upon. If you can't make it to every single rehearsal and every single Mass, that's ok. We understand homework, various obligations that arise, and visits to Grandma's! To read about the choir, to view the calendar....and to sign up, click here. For further information contact Children's Choir Directors: Carole Moore at: cmoore@musictogether.com or Lauren Allen at lkallen818@gmail.com