religious education K-12


The core elements listed below form the foundation of the Saint 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.

 2019-'20 Religious Education Registration Form (English)

Cover Letter for Spanish Registration

2019-'20 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.

2019-2020 Parent & Catechist Handbook coming soon!


Registration is currently under way for the 2019-2020 school year, which begins on Sunday, September 9, 2019

Sundays, 2:30-3:45pm (K-8), RCIC and RCIT, Year 2 only (3rd grade and above needing sacraments)
                3:15-4:30pm (1-8), RCIC and RCIT, Year 1 only (3rd grade and above needing sacraments)

Mondays, 5:30-6:45pm (K-8) RCIC, Year 1 only (3rd grade and above needing sacraments)
                 6:30-7:45pm (6-8) RCIC, Year 1 only (3rd grade and above needing sacraments)

Download the Religious Education 2019-2020 Calendar (Revised Feb 2020)


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

Religious Education Tuition Schedule

$ 65 for the first child before July 31, $80 August 1 or later.
$ 95 for two children before July 31, $110 August 1 or later.
$125 for three or more children before July 31, $ 140 August 1 or later.

There is an additional $15 fee for children in second grade and receiving their first Reconciliation and first Communion, to cover the cost of retreats

There is an additional $ 75 fee for children in the Confirmation Program in each of the two years of Confirmation Preparation ($ 150 total) - 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. Credit card payments can be accepted at the parish office. Checks should be made payable to: Saint Bernadette Church.



important info at a glance

Download the Religious Education 2019-2020 Calendar (Revised Feb 2020)

First Confession & First Communion (Grade 2)
- Parent Meeting: October 15, 2019, 7pm, Church
- First Confession Service: During class time (during the Lenten season) TBD
- First Communion Masses: Saturday, May 2 & Sunday, May 3, 2020 (as assigned)

Confirmation Preparation (Grade 6, 7 & 8)
- Confirmation Consultations for 8th graders:  TBD
- Confirmation rehearsal: Friday, April 17, 2020, 7pm
- Mass of Confirmation: Saturday, April 18, 2020, 10:30am 


Confirmation Forms 2020 Year I (6th & 7th Graders and Year I RCIC)


Confirmation Forms (2019) Year II (8th Graders)