Religious Education Program

If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected]  or 703-455-0372

Stronger Together

As parents, you are the primary educators of your children.  We aim to complement your responsibility as Christian parents to teach and raise your children in the faith.  We want to provide support and encouragement as you seek to fulfill this important responsibility.  One way we do that is with our Religious Education program.  To view additional catechetical resources, please visit the Diocese of Arlington’s website.

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Catechism Mission

The mission of the Nativity’s Religious Education Program is to proclaim Christ’s message and help students apply it to their lives to foster community, prayer, worship, and the desire to serve the Lord.

“Catholic education refers to the totality of the Church’s efforts to make disciples, to help all believe that Jesus is the Son of God so that believing they might have life in his name, and to educate and instruct them in this life, in order to build up the body of Christ.” (CF. CCC 4)

“An integral part of Catholic Education is catechesis. “Catechesis is an education in the faith of children, young people, and adults which includes especially the teaching of Christian doctrine imparted, generally speaking, in an organic and systematic way, with a view to initiating the hearers into the fullness of the Christian life.” (CCC 5)

Sacramental Preparation

First Holy Communion is a 2 year required program that begins in the 1st grade.  Children are normally prepared to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) and Holy Communion during 2nd grade.

Confirmation is a 2 year required program that begins in the 7th grade.  Children are prepared to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation during the spring of the 8th grade year.

We require that children complete this preparation by attending Nativity Catholic School or our Religious Education Program.

If you have a child who has not been baptized, is older than 2nd grade and has not received his or her first Holy Communion, or is older than 8th grade and has not been confirmed, please contact us make the appropriate arrangements.

If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected].

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Become a Catechist or Volunteer

With an annual student enrollment of more than 1,400 students in grades K-8 in the Religious Education Program, we need help! Please consider extending the love for the Lord and His Church by volunteering as a catechist, catechist assistant, substitute, babysitter or office assistant.

To volunteer click on the Volunteer Application link below, stop by the Religious Education Office, or call 703-455-0372.

Volunteer Application

Special Religous Development (SPRED)

SPRED is a program in which children (K-8) who are developmentally disabled come together with spiritual catechists to share and form with others a small faith community.  SPRED will:

  • Encourage personal and spiritual growth in a small group setting
  • Foster the discovery of God’s presence in the child’s life
  • Provide opportunities for celebration and worship through art, musical and spiritual lessons
  • Prepare child for sacraments
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Weather Policy

Nativity’s Religious Education classes follow Fairfax County Public School closing schedule in the event of inclement weather.

  • Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday Religious Education classes are cancelled when Fairfax County Public Schools cancel after-school and/or evening activities (including Sunday activities) due to inclement weather.
  • Monday or Tuesday Religious Education classes are cancelled when Fairfax County Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather.
  • Classes are NOT CANCELLED when Fairfax County Public Schools OPEN LATE on Monday or Tuesday due to inclement weather.  Classes are held as usual.

A message will also be recorded at 703-455-0372.

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