Do you have a child between the ages of 3 years old and 8th grade not attending a Catholic school? If so, now is the time to register for Faith Formation sessions! Faith Formation plays an essential role in assisting the children of our parish to grow in their Catholic identity, in their knowledge of the faith, and in their relationship with Christ and with one another.
Please read below about our various Faith Formation options. To register and for more information, click here or call Maria at 703.896.7415.
- Kindergarten-6th Grade sessions meet on Saturday mornings. The 8:30 am Session is Closed, only the 10:30 am to Noon is open.
- 7th-8th grade meet on Sunday nights form 6:45 pm to 8:00 pm.
- Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) This is our Montessori-inspired religious formation for 3-12 year olds. Level I (3-6 year olds): Saturdays 8:30 am to 10 am or 10:30 am to Noon. For our Level II children (6-9 year olds), we will have 3 sessions: Level I-III (3-12 year olds): Tuesdays 9:30 am to 11:30 am
First Eucharist and First Reconciliation preparations begin in the 1st grade and continue throughout the 2nd grade year, with the sacraments received in the 2nd grade. 3rd through 8th graders who are in need of this sacrament are invited to participate in Emmaus Formation in addition to their CCF or school religion class.
Confirmation preparations begin in the 7th grade and continue throughout 8th grade, with the sacrament received in the 8th grade. Any high school teens who are in need of Confirmation and have received formal faith formation in the past are invited to participate in our Pentecost Confirmation class.
Children who have received no formal faith formation and are in need of the sacraments, generally receive formation through the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults adapted for Children (RCIA).