religious education K-12


The core elements listed below form the foundation of the St. Bernadette Religious Education Program. With these we seek to cultivate the hearts, minds, and souls of our students to their fullest potential from Kindergarten through eighth grade.


-         "Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture make up a single sacred deposit of the Word of God" (DV 10).

-         Traditional Catholic Doctrine faithful to the magisterium of the Church is taught.

-         The promotion of frequent reception of the Sacraments of Penance and Holy Eucharist is stressed.

-         Studying the lives of the saints gives us examples of people with great virtue and love of Christ.

-         We take very seriously the program of preparation for being good disciples in the Church. Our Catechists receive year-round training and continued formation.

-         We hold very highly our responsibility to teach our children active charity for others, to truly become a leaven for our society.

-         Devotion to our Blessed Mother Mary is encouraged because she is the Mother of God and a strong advocate for us.

-         The importance of prayer (Eucharistic and Marian devotions, lectio divina, etc.) is stressed as a source for growth in the spiritual life.


Download the 2017-2018 Religious Education Calendar

2018-'19 Religious Education Registration Form (English)

2018-'19 Religious Education Registration Form (Spanish)


parent & catechist handbook

We love our parents! The Second Vatican Council teaches us: "Since parents have given children their life, they are bound by the most serious obligation to educate their offspring and therefore must be recognized as the primary and principal educators" (Declaration on Education, Gravissimum educationis, 1965). We will do all that is necessary to support the parents as primary teachers of the faith to their children.

Please download a copy of our Parent & Catechist Handbook 2017-2018


schedule of classes

Grades K – 8 (registration begins in June, classes begin in September)

Sundays, 2:10-3:25pm & 3:35-4:50pm

Mondays, 5:00-6:15pm & 6:30-7:45pm (Monday, Second Session - 7th and 8th Grade only)

Tuesdays, 5:00-6:15pm

2017-2018 calendar


If you have ANY questions about your child’s religious education or sacrament preparation requirements, please contact Martha Drennan in the Faith Formation office: or (703) 451-8576 ext 136.

RE tuition is $60 per child. *There is an additional $50 fee for students enrolling in the 8th grade (Confirmation) class. This fee covers additional materials, retreats, reception, and Confirmation robe.

Tuition and fees are due at time of registration unless other arrangements are made through the Religious Education Office. Payments may be made by cash or check; currently, we are unable accept debit or credit cards.



important info at a glance

Download the 2017-2018 calendar

First Confession & First Communion (Grade 2)
- Parent Meeting: TBD
- First Confession Service: During class time (during the Lenten season) TBD
- First Communion Masses: Saturday, May 5 & Sunday, May 6, 2018 (All Masses)

Confirmation Preparation (Grade 7 & 8)
- Parent/Candidate Meeting for 7th graders: October 12, 2017 (7:30pm)
- Parent/Candidate Meeting for 8th graders: October 1, 2017 (7:30pm)
- 8th Grade Retreat: TBD
- Confirmation Consultations for 8th graders: TBD
- Confirmation rehearsal: TBD
- Mass of Confirmation with Bishop Burbidge: Thursday, April 26, 2018 (7:00pm) 

Confirmation Forms (2018) Year I


Confirmation Forms (2019) Year II