adult education


Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the scriptures? (Luke 24:32)


At St. Bernadette, we have many opportunities throughout the year for Adults to continue to grow in their faith and love of Christ through continued study of the Sacred Scriptures, lecture series, guest speakers, and always through our RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation) Program.

Our RCIA Program is open to all Catholics wishing to know more about their faith.  Please join us and support those in our RCIA program through your presence and prayers!

To learn more about current adult education programs, watch the bulletin for announcements, or call the parish office with any questions 703-451-8576.


RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults)

And this is eternal life, that they know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent. (Jn 17:3)

For adults today, the Church, after the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965), has restored the order of the Catechumenate in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). It outlines the steps for the formation of catechumens, bringing their conversion to the faith to a greater maturity. It helps them respond more deeply to God's gracious initiative in their lives and prepares them for union with the Church community. This process is meant to form them into the fullness of the Christian life and to become disciples of Jesus, their teacher. This includes an initiation into the mystery of salvation, the practice of faith, hope, and love, and other virtues in a succession of liturgical rites.

Persons baptized into another Christian ecclesial communion and now seeking full communion with the Catholic Church are also welcomed to participate along with catechumens in the RCIA in the process of learning about the Catholic faith and being formed in that faith. They bring to the process of preparation their prior experience of Christian life and prayer. For a baptized Christian, reception into full communion with the Catholic Church involves reception of the Sacrament of Penance ("Confession") and then a Profession of Faith followed by the celebration of Confirmation and the Eucharist.

FOR MORE INFORMATION about the RCIA at St. Bernadette Parish, please contact one of the priests of the parish or Deacon John at (703) 451-8576 or

Listen to RCIA presentations


Interested in what the Catholic Church teaches?

- Read the official Catechism of the Catholic Church: | | Buy It

- Read the article, "How to Become Catholic," from the website of the apologetics apostolate Catholic Answers.



 English: First Mondays, 7:30pm in the Bradican Room

 Spanish: First Fridays, 7:30pm in the Bradican Room



Saturdays 12 & 2pm.  Parish reqiestration required; contact a priext at least six months in advanced of desired date.



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