Preparation for First Holy Communion


Lord's Supper

"Take this and eat it: it is my body."



Sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit

The PREP program provides catechesis for children who attend public or non-Catholic independent schools in Grades Kindergarten to 7. The Catholic Church recognizes parents as the primary educators of their children. The PREP program exists to help parents with this key responsibility; to support and nurture your child’s journey to know, love and serve God.


Welcome to Our Lady of Sorrows’ PREP! We look forward to working with our families to be active participants in their child’s faith journey.

Our classes are taught by volunteer catechists and aides under the direction of the Coordinator, Sister Beata Kaytes, and in keeping with the mandate and learning outcomes of the Office of Catechetics (Archdiocese of Vancouver). Our catechists are encouraged to continue their own faith journey through prayers and attendance at various workshops and retreats throughout the year.


Our classes are offered for children in Kindergarten to Grade 7.
PREP Catechism Classes for the 2018-2019 year will begin Monday, September 10, 2018.

All children and parents should gather in the parish Gym at 6:30pm. Please be on time.

Those who are not yet registered can do so from 6:00 to 6:30pm in the parish hall.


Mondays at 6:30pm to 7:45pm


Our Lady of Sorrows
555 Slocan Vancouver BC

Drop off: Gym
Pick up: School


PREP is a comprehensive program of faith formation. Each PREP year builds on the previous year. Each and every grade is important. Students who miss a year of PREP will be evaluated and may need to repeat the missed year. Students who enroll in the program are expected to fully participate at all grade levels.

It is also important to your child’s faith formation to:

  • Faithfully attend ALL PREP classes
  • Faithfully attend Sunday mass
  • Faithfully continue their learning of the catechism and prayers in their home where your child’s relationship with Christ can grow and flourish


First Holy Communion and Confirmation are two very important milestones in your child’s faith formation. Preparation is a two (2) year process of PREP instruction. If your child is entering grades 1 or 6 this year please make sure they register in the Parish Religious Education Program (PREP) to avoid any delays in receiving their sacraments.


Please return your PREP Registration Form ,
fees and baptismal certificate (new students), as soon as possible to the PREP Coordinator or parish office. Registrations are considered complete once the above are submitted. Please spread the word to your Catholic friends who may have children entering Grade 1 this year, or who have recently moved into the parish, not to delay in attending to their child’s religious education.


Registration fees are as follows:

Early Registration
(Before May 14th, 2018)
 Registered Parishioners
 1 Child  $90.00
 2 Children  $110.00
  Non-Registered Parishioners
 1 Child  $110.00
 2+ Children  $130.00
Regular Fees
(After May 14th, 2018)
Registered Parishioners
1 Child $100.00
2 Children $120.00
Non-Registered Parishioners
1 Child $120.00
 2+ Children  $140.00
For Students going into Gr 2, Gr 7, Sacramental 2, and Teens receiving Confirmation
Collected at a later date.
January  2019
  • PREP Class#14 Catechism
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: January 7, 2019 - 7:45 pm
  • PREP Class#15 Catechism
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: January 14, 2019 - 7:45 pm
    Description: The Mass explained Gr 4, 5 & 6
  • PREP Class#16 Catechism
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: January 21, 2019 - 7:45 pm
    Description: Report cArds to Teachers for Completion
  • PREP Class#17 Catechism
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: January 28, 2019 - 7:45 pm
    Description: First Communion Parents Meeting


PREP Coordinator
Sister Beata Kayites
T: (604) 254-0691

PREP Assistant
Raquel Go-fredoBattad

Parish Priest
Fr. Richard Zanotti

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