Religious Education for Children

Parish Children Grades K-8 Religious Education

The Religious Education for our parish children, grades K-8, takes place in a variety of Catholic Elementary Schools, Religious Education Programs, such as PREP or CCC, and Home Based Programs. We work to make accommodations for the catechesis of all parish children independent of language or learning based differences.

Please contact Edward Specht, Coordinator of Religious Education, to inquire about the program, schedules, and registration. He may be reached via email at or you can leave him a message at the Parish Office by calling  215-561-1313.

Religious Education for Parish Children at St. Francis Xavier

They will offer classes for grades 1 through 8.

Registrations for 2020-2021 will be held 
at SFX School on 24th and Wallace Streets.  

You may register by mail
Please provide a baptismal certificate for children new to our PREP/CCD.
Click here to view and print the Registration Form:

Please print and fill out the Student Release, Waiver of Liability, and Indemnity Form  with your registration form :

Click here to view and print the form:


Send completed registration forms to
Pat Schuyler, 9896 Bustleton Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19115. 
Please do not send registration forms and/or fees to the Cathedral or St. Francis Xavier rectory.

For more information contact Pat Schuyler, Director of Religious Education, at St. Francis Xavier
at 215-568-2594 or email


Volunteers Needed

St. Francis Xavier parish could use catechists, classroom aides and substitutes. Children from the Cathedral Parish attend St. Francis PREP. If you have time on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 7:40, love to work with children, looking for a way to share your time and talents with your parish community and looking for a opportunity to teach the faith this may be for you. All volunteers should be actively practicing and living out their Catholic Faith. Volunteers will need to complete the following:


Pennsylvania State Police Clearance (There is no charge for this clearance for volunteers.)
Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance (There is no charge for this clearance for volunteers.)
Read the Mandated Reporter Brochure sign and return the Mandated Reporter Acknowledgement Form


Part I: Protecting God’s Children (instructor-led and can be taken through a live class beginning in August) is offered regularly at sites throughout the Archdiocese. The training provides basic facts about child sexual abuse and adults’ roles in prevention.

Part II: The Mandatory Reporting of Suspected Child Abuse (online) is available online at our Training Institute in English and Spanish. This training provides an overview of Archdiocesan reporting procedures for suspected child abuse and Pennsylvania Child Welfare Laws. The training should take you approximately one hour to complete.

Please email us at if interested.


All School Aged Parish Children, in grades 1-8, attend Religious Education classes at St. Francis Xavier School, Wednesday Evenings from 6:30PM- 7:40PM. The address is 641 N. 24th st. Philadelphia, PA. Please check the Bulletin and online( ) for the most up to date information regarding registration dates and times and fees for the 2020-2021 PREP year . Our registration form can be accessed online at: