catechists / volunteers


The apostolic work of the catechist springs from the Sacrament of Baptism through which all believers come to share in the prophetic ministry of Christ and the evangelizing mission of the Church. It is strengthened by the Sacrament of Confirmation. The call to the ministry of catechist is a vocation, an interior call, the voice of the Holy Spirit. Catechists need to be practicing Catholics who participate fully in the communal worship and life of the Church and who have been prepared for their apostolate by appropriate catechetical training. Their commissioning by the Church is a participation in the divine calling to teach as Jesus did. Their personal relationship with Jesus Christ energizes their service to the Church and provides the continuing motivation, vitality, and force of their catechetical activity. Christ invites all catechists to follow him as a teacher of the faith and a witness to the truth of the faith. Like all the faithful, catechists are called to holiness. (National Directory for Catechesis, 228-9)

St. Bernadette Parish is always in need of committed catechists (teachers of the faith) to lovingly and energetically teach our children about the love of Christ for each of us, prepare our children for the reception of the sacraments, and to instill in them knowledge of our Catholic faith. We understand that the lessons are important and, equally so, is your presence, attitude, and kindness in creating among the students a community of faith, hope, and charity.

For more information on our catechist formation program, please see our Parent & Catechist Handbook. We warmly welcome you and thank you for sharing the goodness in you with our children.


Ways to Help

There are many opportunities to get involved with our religious education program. We are always in need of:

- Catechists

- Substitute Catechists

- Classroom Assistants

- Office Volunteers

- Prayer Partners

Please contact the Director of Religious Education, Martha Drennan, if you're interested in helping our catechetical apostolate:  Lynn Jones,, (703) 451-8576 ext 136.


Child Safety and Protection

For the safety of our children, all volunteers (18+) at St Bernadette Parish must complete a background check and attend a VIRTUS "Protecting God's Children" training seminar. A background check packet may be obtained from the Office of Religious Education. For more information, please visit the Office of Child Protection and Safety of the Diocese of Arlington.