Summer Academy Announcements

The Office of Religious Education has determined that we will begin our year remotely. This decision will also apply to sacramental formation. The best guidance available to us from the Diocesan and Civil authorities, suggests that this is the best course of action at this time.

During our Summer Academy program in July we provided support to parents as they reviewed lessons with their children utilizing online resources such as videos, digital text, and family lesson plans. Families were also accompanied by a volunteer that I call a catechetical concierge. As parents discussed lessons with their children these volunteers assigned activities, reviewed assessments, and even offered video calls for the parents and children to connect.

Whether you are registered for Family Home Study, Sunday PREP, or Tuesday PREP you will be provided with these materials to begin the year. If circumstances change and we are able to offer in-person classes later this year, families enrolled in the Sunday or Tuesday sessions will be given the option to return or to remain remote. All those that wish to remain remote for the entire year are encouraged to register for Family Home Study.

Summer Academy begins on Monday, July 20. At 10:00 AM we will have a parent meeting, where we will discuss the resources we will be using, and expectations for the 2-week program. If you had registered before July 17th, you should have already received an email with your children's catechist, digital book links and pass codes, and a Flipgrid identifier. This information will be required to participate in Summer Academy.

We will also post Flipgrid class links on the Summer Academy Page. You will need your child's personalized identifier to access these. Daily lessons will be posted as "topics". For instance Day 1- Chapter 1, and Day 1-Chapter 2. With each chapter there is a prompt to make a video, you can choose to participate in one daily. These are moderated by the catechists, and inappropriate posts will not be shared with the community. If you are uncomfortable making these, contact your catechist, and you can submit a written response.

Catechists may also post daily activities. We request that you submit any assigned work by 3pm on the day it is assigned. This will allow your catechists to review the work to mark your attendance for the day. You may also complete work ahead of time, but please check back to determine if any new activities have been posted.

If you have not received your personalized family email with this information, we may have an old email address, or have sent it to your spouse. If this is the case, please contact the Office of Religious Education immediately, and we will do our best to make sure that you have the information by Monday morning. Email jmcguire@stpaulsofprinceton.org.

We look forward to "seeing" you at the meeting on Monday.

Summer Academy begins on Monday, July 20 and will run Monday-Friday until July 31. Children will either live stream or watch a recording of the daily 8:15 AM Mass. They will also complete two chapters and an activity assigned by their catechist for the 10 days. They complete their chapters,activities, and reviews by 3 PM to be checked by their catechist.

All families that are enrolled for Summer Academy by July 15 should receive an important email with important links and information for the program. If you do not receive this information by 5:00 PM Friday, July 17 , please contact the Office of Religious Education so that we can help you get set. For more general information please check our parish website https://tinyurl.com/StPaulPREPSA.

The schools of the Diocese of Trenton will be closed through Friday, May 8, 2020. Until that time we will continue with remote learning. Grade level schedules, in home learning guides, additional resources, and further updates will be available through our Religious Education Website linked below. Parish Staff is monitoring the situation as it develops, and we will provide further information as it becomes available.

If you are in need of assistance in regard to the program materials, or faith formation in general, please know that you can contact us through email jmcguire@stpaulsofprinceton.org or by phone: 609-759-0678.

Information for Remote Learning:

  1. The curriculum is available below please follow the lessons your child will be missing at home (excluding the family life lesson for this week).
  2. 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.
  3. Please watch your email for videos and resources aimed to help make your experience more complete.
Stay safe and healthy.

Registration for the Parish Religious Education Program (Sunday/Tuesday PREP, Home Study, and Summer Academy) will begin Friday, March 6th 2020. If you were registered during the 2019-2020 program you will receive an email indicating that you can log in to register for this year.

Families who register for the Sacramental Preparation years of Second Grade and 8th grade, will pay their sacramental preparation fees while registering on Parish Giving. Please note well, that you should not complete the Sacramental Registration Form, this will cause you to be double charged.

If you are new to the parish program, you will need to complete a new family registration form on the PREP Registration Tab of the Faith Formation web page. Upon review of your form you will be granted credentials to register for this year.

For More Information please visit the PREP Registration Tab.

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!

Summer Academy will begin on Monday, July 22nd at 9:00 am. Parents are asked to join their children for an orientation at St. Paul School Gym. At that time we will open the program in prayer, introduce the Catechists, and discuss program expectations and requirements.

Each child will be given the opportunity to have a daily snack. We ask that you pack these keeping in mind that allergies may be an issue. Please avoid common allergens such as nuts. When packing a drink, please avoid sticky sugary drinks, that when spilled cause greater messes!

After the First Day, Drop off will occur at the building your child will be meeting in. 1st, 3rd, and 5th grade will meet in Saint Paul School. 4th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade will be in the Spiritual Center. Pick-up will occur at those buildings. However, Spiritual Center dismissal will occur at the School on Wednesday and Friday Afternoon (to avoid the Mass crowd).

Please also plan on attending the 12:10 pm Mass on August 2nd where we will conclude the program.


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.

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.




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.

Summer Academy will take place from July 23 through August 3. Classes meet Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. This program is available for all grades except Kindergarten and 2nd grade. This intensive program covers a year's worth of religious education formation material in a two week period. It also provides special experiences of prayer, and participation in parish life. In accordance with diocesan policy, all children enrolled in Grade 1 through 7 attending Summer Academy will be expected to attend 3 Family Catechesis Sessions during the school year. These sessions will take place on 12/2/2018, 3/3/2019, and 5/5/2019 and will begin with the 11:30 am Mass before moving to the St. Paul School Gym for family catechesis. Children in Grade 8 are excused from these family sessions because they will participate in One8 Confirmation sessions.