Religious Education Grades 1-8

Weekly Religious Education classes are offered for grades 1-8 .  Although one of the very important aspects of Religious Education is an in person, class approach to build community within each grade, due to Covid 19  classes are fully remote.  There are options of Zoom classes, Family Catechesis, or homeschooling.  We are encouraging anyone who would like less screen time to opt for either homeschooling or Family Catechesis, with Zoom classes provided particularly for the older grades.

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.  This year we will have a meeting for second grade parents concerning the sacrament later in the fall.

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.  Most of both programs is able to be done at home and a small portion of the class will be completed through Zoom.  Confirmation is received in the Fall of ninth grade.

To Register

Please 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 2020-2021 is found below.

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

Religious Education registraton 2020-2021


Director of Religious Education