What is Religious Education at Holy Spirit all about?

jesusteachingAt Holy Spirit we aim to complement and supplement your responsibility as Christian parents to teach and raise your children in the faith. As parents, you are the primary educators of your children. Nevertheless, we desire to provide support and encouragement as you seek to fulfill this responsibility. One ways we do that is with our CCD classes, and we offer much more. Listed below is what we offer via the Office of Religious Education. Please also look to the right side of this page for class times, important sacrament dates, contact information for our staff, and other relevant information. Click on each item below for more information.

CCD classes for children in grades K-8

Classes for children in grades Kindergarten to grade 8 are held on Sundays, Mondays, and Wednesdays (you choose which day you want to attend). All classes are held from 4:30 PM to 5:45 PM. We accept children from all parishes. To register your child for CCD classes beginning the week of September 17 2017 click here to register. Sunday classes are especially popular since there is Mass at 6:00 PM. You can download a CCD calendar by clicking the link on the right side of this page.

CCD classes for teens in High School grades – NEW THIS YEAR!

We have an excellent line-up of teachers for the high school youth of the parish. Your teenagers will be taught by our Pastor, deacon, and two amazing ladies! Each teacher will cover a series on a particular topic. Father O’Donohue is the opening presenter with a series on “The Holy Mass & the Life of Prayer” followed by the others presenting on Marian devotions, personal & Christian identity, vocations, and God’s plan for a teenager’s life. Afterwards, your teenagers can attend the 6:00 pm Mass, and then immediately after they can attend the youth ministry evenings for food and fellowship. Learning about the faith at 4:30, praying the faith at 6:00, and living the faith at 7:00. Here at Holy Spirit, we offer the complete experience – Food, friends, and faith! To register your teenager for High School CCD classes beginning September 17, 2017 click here to register.

CCD classes for children needing special education

Our special education classes are staffed by men and women who are extremely dedicated to these children, some work in Fairfax County Public Schools in this field, and we maintain a low student-teacher ratio. All children are made in the image and likeness of God, and are entitled to all our support, our catechetical efforts, and assistance in receiving the sacraments, which is their right as baptized Catholics. Please let us know how we can personally help you, and please click here to register your child.

CCD classes for adults – NEW THIS YEAR!

During Sunday CCD classes for the children, the parents and all adults have the opportunity to learn about the faith too! This year our program is in two parts. First, in the autumn, an introduction to the Bible titled “Bible Basics – Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible.” Secondly, in the spring, an introduction to Pope St. John Paul’s “Theology of the Body.” We are very fortunate to have an Assistant Director of Religious Education from a neighboring parish who can come and present on these two topics. If it’s been a long time since you were in CCD classes, and you feel like there is more to learn, this is the perfect one-hour-a-week for you! Click here to register.

Catechists and Volunteers

The religious education program here runs on the dedicated work of many volunteers. The greatest talent they have is the love of Jesus Christ and his Holy Church, and the greatest skill they have is the desire to help the children encounter the mystery of Christ through the Church’s catechesis. To volunteer as a CCD Catechist, assistant catechist, substitute catechist, hall monitor, office assistant, or school service hour related volunteer, click here to register.

Sacraments for children

More Information COMING SOON on Sacraments for children
1) Baptism
2) Confirmation
3) Holy Communion
4) Confession

Sacraments for adults or adults who want to become Catholic

More Information COMING SOON on Sacraments for adults or adults who want to become Catholic.
1) RCIA Class – for those who want to become Catholic. Click here for more information.
2) Adult Confirmation Class – for those who were baptized Catholic but never Confirmed.
3) Communion & Confession Class – for those who have not been to Communion or Confession for a long time and would like assistance.
4) Marriage – for those looking to be married in the Catholic Church, or have the marriage blessed.

Vacation Bible School

VBS is for children in grades (rising) K-5, and teen leaders from 12 to 18 years old.Click here for information on the 2017 VBS and to register your children.

Homeschool children

At Holy Spirit, we have a thriving and active home schooling community. We are very supportive of the parents, who are the primary educators of their children, and we accept all home school children into our activities from all across the area. Please check back here soon for more information on how we can help you home school children.

Continuing Education

Continuing to learn about the faith is a life-long endeavor. Here are some websites and resources help you. Here at the Holy Spirit Office of Religious Education, we are here to answer your questions: either by email, phone, or an in-office discussion. Don’t let your questions become doubts that diminish your faith.

The Institute of Catholic Culture – based in Northern Virginia and committed to evangelizing the whole world by freely offering the best adult education content inline with the authentic teaching of the Catholic Church.  Click here to access their abundant videos and audio, free of charge. They even have an iPhone app so you can listen on the go!

FORMED – An excellent resource for documentary videos, saint-themed movies, and audio books. Click here for information on how to access your free membership courtesy of Holy Spirit Catholic Church.

Word on Fire – established by Bishop Robert Baron, they have some of the best video and audio content. Click here to access their website, and we highly recommend subscribing to their commentary on the Sunday readings.

St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology

Dynamic Catholic


Rome Reports


Encourage and Teach – the official blog of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington. You can click here to read it.


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