1479 Locust Lake RD Amelia, OH • Phone: (513) 753-5566 • Fax: (513) 753-7664 • sguthrie@stbameliaparish.org

Parish Religion Program for Children (PRP/PEP)


As the new Director of Faith Formation, I would like to welcome you and your family to PRP for the 2016-2017 school year. We will begin PRP with a special kick-off gathering on Sunday, September 18, 2016 in Ventura Hall for all parents and children.

The task of teaching a child about the faith is an awesome responsibility and takes many people working together. As parents, you are the first catechists/teachers of your child and the most important ones. What does it mean to be the primary catechist? Saint John Paul II referred to the family as the “domestic church”. Every moment in your home (the domestic church) can be a teaching moment. In other words, your home is the heartbeat of faith where God’s love is lived out daily. 

At an early age, your child learned intuitively about God, by watching you pray and go to mass. Your children have learned about charity and forgiveness by experiencing it from you. These early encounters of faith in the home and family provided the context for them to learn about God’s love and mercy. So, being the best teachers for your child’s faith development means that you practice your faith: you pray at home, go to Mass every Sunday and make your home a place where love and forgiveness abounds.

Along with our PRP Catechists, I am looking forward to the opportunity to join with you in teaching and sharing our Catholic faith with your children. Our program is available for grades K through 8th, and is held on Sunday mornings from 9:15 am to 10:45 am in the St. Bernadette School building. Families are encouraged to attend the 11:00 am Mass together after the program. 

To learn more about our curriculum and discover how as a parent you can support the program at home, please click the link below for handbook. Or to register your child(ren) for this coming PRP year 2016-2017, please click the link for registration forms.

The fee per student is $75 for the year. There is an additional $25 fee for a Sacramental year (First Reconciliation and First Communion for 2nd grade). The Sacrament of Confirmation will be celebrated next year, spring 2018. Please mail registration to St. Bernadette Church, 1479 Locust Lake Road, Amelia, Ohio 45102, or drop the registration off in the Parish Office. Financial assistance is available, please contact me.

Every year we experience a need for catechists and assistants to serve our growing parish. I would like to ask you to prayerfully consider if God may be knocking on the door of your heart and asking you to help bring the children to him. It is not necessary to be a certified catechist/teacher in order to work in our program. I welcome all who want to share their gift of faith with others as a catechist or assistant. All Catechists and assistants must be VIRTUS trained.

With the PRP Catechists, I look forward to assisting you in the faith formation of your children. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions, concerns or home school options. You can count on my prayers for you and your family every day.

PRP Handbook 2016-2017.pdf

PRP Registration Form 2016-2017.pdf

Contact: Amy Zurlinden, Director of Faith Formation  513-753-5566, ext. 5 or azurlinden@stbameliaparish.org


Registration being accepted for the Pre-School Education Program (PEP) which will run from September through May during the 11:00 am Mass. Registration will be accepted for pre-school children 3 and 4 years old. Children must be 3 years old by September 1, 2016 and toilet trained. Space is limited and enrollments will be accepted on a first come-first-serve basis.  We are still in need of volunteers to work in the classroom either on a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly basis. All adults volunteering MUST be VIRTUS trained. If you are not VIRTUS trained, go to www.VIRTUS.org for a list of upcoming classes. The PEP program runs on a 5:1 Student/Adult ratio. Thus, the more volunteers we have, the more children in the Parish we can serve. We welcome student volunteers, 5th grade and up. Parents with children who are close but not quite qualified in age or toilet training can volunteer weekly so their child is able to participate in the program. Please contact the PEP Program Coordinator, Jennifer Harris at Jennifer.harris411@yahoo.com or 604-6851 for additional information.

PEP 2016-2017 Registration Form.pdf

Contact: Amy Zurlinden, Director of Faith Formation  513-753-5566, ext. 5 or azurlinden@stbameliaparish.org


Parish    Current Events    School
Website Design by LetItShine.biz      Privacy Statement    Terms Of Use    Copyright (c) 2017 St. Bernadette Amelia        Login