Religious Education Grades 1-8

Weekly Religious Education classes are offered for grades 1-8 .  We will be in person this upcoming year, 2021-2022.   Family Catechesis will be available through the Gospel Weeklies program, for grades 3-5. This program involves some in-class participation with much of the teaching completed at home.   Supplemental information from the Loyola textbook, will be part of this program.  If anyone would like additional information concerning the Family Catechesis program, please contact the Religious Education office prior to registering your child or at the time of registration.

Sacrament of First Holy Communion (Grade 2)

First Holy Communion is celebrated in the spring of second grade, after two years of preparation.  Each student should be enrolled in the first grade so that their preparation is complete by the end of second grade. Students will attend class in person.  We will have a meeting for second grade parents concerning the sacrament on September 28, 2021 at 7:00 pm.

Prayer, Moral Teachings, Liturgical life of the Church, and Social Justice (Grades 1-5) 

Grades one through five concentrate on the life of the Church and it’s many different aspects. Each year the Loyola program builds on the previous years in all of these aspects, as the children are increasingly able to comprehend the beauties of the Catholic Church teachings.

Old and New Testament Studies (6th and 7th grade)

Sixth and seventh-grade classes focus on the study of the Bible.  The rich history of the Church and Catholic traditions are also woven into each lesson.  The sixth graders receive their own Bible for home use and study the Old Testament in class, while seventh graders study the New Testament using the Bibles and material based on the weekly Liturgy of the Word in Sunday Mass.

Sacrament of Confirmation (8th grade)

Eighth-grade students complete the preparation for the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation.  The text, Decision Point, from Dynamic Catholic is used along with a program written specifically for this parish. The expectation is that students will be in class to prepare for Confirmation during the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades.  Confirmation is received in the Fall of ninth grade. The Confirmation meeting for parents and 8th grade students will be held on September 22, 2021 at 7:00 pm.

To Register

Please download and fill out the registration form, mail it to the Parish at 1421 Wiehle Avenue, Reston 20190, with a copy of each child’s baptismal certificate, and tuition payment by September 30.  The office is not open at this time.

If you have any questions, please contact Betsy Coffey at 703-437-7113.

The Registration Form for Religious Education 2021-2022 is found below.

Note: Payment must be included with the registration in order for the form to be processed.

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Director of Religious Education