Class Offerings and Registration
We welcome children of all ages to our program. We offer regular faith formation classes for children from age 3 through grade 8. We also offer classes for children who are older than the usual age to prepare for the sacraments of Baptism, First Communion, and Confirmation. Please review all the class offerings and other information below carefully to determine the best option for your child, especially if you are seeking to prepare your child for specific sacraments.
Tuition for all classes is: one child $130, 2 children $160, 3 or more children $200. First Reconciliation and Communion Year Fee: $35. Confirmation Year Fee: $50. Registered families will be billed for the appropriate tuition and fees which may be paid in full at the time of receipt or in installments. Parents who volunteer as catechists receive a 100% tuition scholarship for their children. Other weekly volunteers receive a 50% tuition scholarship. Please do not hesitate to speak with us if there is a financial difficulty as we are happy to assist with this. Please contact the Religious Education Office (301-490-8770) for more information or to ask questions.
Pre-School and Kindergarten
Children begin to reach out for the Lord at an early age. Help your child to learn more about Him early on and to develop habits which root him or her in a strong and fruitful relationship with Christ!
- Pre-School, 3-Year Old, Pre-School, 4-Year Old, and Kindergarten
- Sunday Mornings Only. 10:30 to 11:55 a.m.
- Age Requirements. Children must be 3 (PS-3), 4 (PS-4), or 5 (K) by September 1 unless they have been tested and allowed to enroll at an earlier age. Children enrolled in Montessouri facilities will be placed strictly according to their age
Parish Religious Education Program (P.R.E.P.) for Grades 1-6
It is especially important that the faith of children is nurtured in those years when so much learning takes place. So important, too, that they continue to progress in their relationship with the Lord and come to know and trust Him in a deeper way. Two class time options:
- Sunday Mornings. Grades 1-4, 10:30 to 11:55 a.m. Grades 5-6, 10:25 to 11:50 a.m.
- Monday Afternoons. Grades 1-6, 4:45 to 6:10 p.m.
- Those placed in the Christian Initiation of Children class must attend on Sunday mornings.
"Faith Alive!" for Grades 7 and 8 and Older Teens
The faith of teenagers requires a special kind of care and nurturing. With a mix of engaging large group activity (service, social, and spiritual), small group discussion, and classroom format, “Faith Alive!” will not only form participants in knowledge and practice of their faith but will also provide engaging activities which encourage youth to pursue a deep and personal relationship with Christ and give them a greater sense of the community of the Church and their place in it. Note that all preparation for Confirmation takes place through our “Faith Alive!” program as well as preparation for Baptism and First Communion for teens who have not yet received. Two class time options:
- Sunday Mornings. 10:15 a.m. to 12:00 noon.
- Monday Afternoons. 4:30 to 6:15 p.m.
- Those placed in the Christian Initiation of Teens class must attend on Sunday mornings.
Children With Special Needs or Learning Difficulties
We welcome all children, including those with special needs or learning difficulties, to engage in regular faith formation through our program. We remind parents that our program relies on volunteer catechists and aides who are generally not trained as special needs educators, but who will do their best, with our support, to address your child’s particular needs. Because special needs and family preferences for addressing those needs vary greatly from child to child, we encourage parents to schedule an appointment with our Director of Religious Education, Jennifer Juzwiak (301-725-3080 x.215) to discuss the best possible way to help your child to come to know Jesus Christ more deeply and to flourish in knowledge and practice of the Catholic faith.
Preparation to Receive First Reconciliation and First Communion
The usual age at which children prepare for and receive First Reconciliation and First Communion in the Archdiocese of Washington is age 7 or 8 (second grade). Children receiving at the usual age begin their foundational preparation in grade 1 and prepare specifically for those sacraments in grade 2.
If you wish for your child to receive these sacraments and he or she is older than the usual age but not yet in grade 7, we offer a two-year special preparation class ~ called Christian Initiation of Children or C.I.C. ~ specifically geared toward preparing older children for reception of these sacraments. This class is offered withing the P.R.E.P. program and following the completion of this class, students are placed in grade level classes to continue formation. It is through this class, as well, that children who are older than age 7 or 8 prepare for baptism. Please send an explanatory email to the Religious Education Office along with your registration if your child is older than grade 2 and wishes to prepare for First Reconciliation and First Communion.
Preparation to Receive Confirmation
The usual age at which candidates receive The Sacrament of Confirmation in the Archdiocese of Washington is 8th grade. Confirmation candidates engage in preparation for this sacrament for two years prior to receiving (in grades 7 and 8) as part of a larger effort to help them to understand their relationship with Christ and His Church more deeply.
If you wish for your teen (grade 7 or older) to prepare for and receive Confirmation but he or she is older than the usual age or has not had regular religious formation in recent years, we do offer a two-year preparation class ~ called Christian Initiation of Teens or C.I.T. ~ specifically geared toward preparing your child for the Sacrament of Confirmation. This class is also appropriate for teens who are unbaptized or who would also like to be prepared for First Communion. The class is offered with the the "Faith Alive!" program. Please send an explanatory email to the Religious Education Office along with your registration if you believe that this class meets your child's needs.
Important Note for Parents Seeking Sacramental Preparation: The strong foundation required to live life according to the fullness of God’s plan requires consistent and deep formation in faith. Preparing to receive the sacraments is only one objective of this formation. In order to provide your child the foundation that he or she needs, it is important to plan for ongoing faith formation rather than enrolling simply to receive a particular sacrament.