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Religious Education

Administrator: Rev. Daniel O'Brien, Pastor

Director of Religious Education: Mrs. Patricia Meyer

(717) 392-2930, email: resap@stanthonylancaster.com

Classes: Kingergarten, Grades 1–8, and RCIA for Children—Sunday mornings 8:15–10:30 a.m. (includes Mass)

Sacraments: First Penance and First Communion—grade 2;

                                 Confirmation—grade 8.

Philosophy:  Parents are the primary educators for their children in matters of faith.  Our program is designed to emphasize and assist in that serious responsibility.  The Sunday Religious Education program at St. Anbthony of Padua Church begins at the Kindergarten level up to grade 8.  We also have a Transition I and II class for those children who have been baptized, are past the second grade, and are in need of the sacraments of First Penance and Communion.  RCIA for Children is geared to those children over the age of 7 entering the program who have not been baptized and are in need of the sacraments.

Our program implements the catechetical norm and regulations of the Diocese of Harrisburg. 

Special needs children and youth shall have full access to religious education and the sacramental preparation. Every effort will be made to instruct and mainstream special needs children into the Religious Education Program.

No child will be denied a religious education due to financial circumstances.  The registration for the Religious Education Program is Fair Share—you pay whatever you can afford.

Teachers: Our teachers are volunteers from the parish and work toward achieving their religious certification through the Diocese of Harrisburg.  Every catechists must have their PA State Police Clearance, the PA Department of Public Welfare Clearance, and pass the Diocesan Youth Protection test.

Click on the following links for downloadable/printable/"user-to-complete" .pdf versions of (click on your browser's "back" arrow to return to this page):

    St. Anthony of Padua Religious Education Student Registration (2 pages)

    St. Anthony of Padua Religious Education Student Medical Form

    St. Anthony of Padua Religious Education Calendar, 2016–2017

    St. Anthony of Padua Religious Education First Penance/First Communion

      Calendar, 2016–2017

    St. Anthony of Padua Religious Education 7th Grade Confirmation Calendar,


 •  St. Anthony of Padua Religious Education 8th Grade Confirmation Calendar,


September 12, 2016

Current Schedule

Sunday Mass
Saturday evening - 4:30 p.m.
Sunday morning -   8:30 a.m.
                             10:30 a.m.

Holy Day Vigil – 6:30 p.m.

Holyday–8:00 a.m.

               9:30 a.m. (during school year)

               6:30 p.m.

(Consult bulletin for changes.)

Weekday Mass
Monday through Saturday 8:00 a.m.

Reconciliation (Confession)
Saturdays: 3:30–4:15 p.m.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Novena
Tuesday evenings: 7:00 p.m.

Liturgy of the Word for Children

During the 8:30 a.m. Mass, September through May. Grades 1–4

Parish Religious Education

(Grades K, 1–12)

Sunday mornings from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m., September through May, (includes 8:30 a.m. Mass)

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

Mondays at 7:00 p.m. in the lower church meeting room

Sacrament of Baptism

(Preregistration required.)
Instructions – First Monday of the month.
Baptism – Fourth Sunday of the month

Sacrament of Marriage

Contact the pastor at least one year in advance.  We follow the Common Policy of the Diocese.

Anointing of the Sick

Call the rectory at any time.

Visitation of the Homebound

Call the rectory.


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