Religious Education

Overview

The Religious Education program at Queen of Apostles serves students in kindergarten (at least 5 years old) through high school. Classes, taught in English, are held on Sundays, September through June, at Queen of Apostles School from 9:00 to 10:15 a.m. Students and parents should arrive by 8:45 a.m.

Handbook and Calendar for Religious Education Parents 2018-2019 (including inclement weather guidelines)

Generally for baptized children, First Penance/First Holy Communion is received in grade 2 and higher and Confirmation is received in grade 8 and higher. A child is to attend at least two years of a Religious Education Program before a sacrament is administered.

Religious Education Registration

Registration Form for 2018-19 Year


Sacraments of Initiation

(Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Eucharist)

Generally, desiring and prepared unbaptized students over the age of 7 years old who have attended no less than two consecutive years of Religious Education, receive Baptism or the three Sacraments of Initiation during the Easter season. Fr. Leopoldo and the child’s catechist will determine what students will receive the Sacraments on Easter Vigil or another time.

A priest will lead a meeting on Sunday, January 20, 2019 at 9 a.m. for Religious Education parents/godparents of unbaptized children.

Students and their godparents are to attend a number of Rites and Scrutinies that are held on Sundays during the 10:30 a.m. Mass at Queen of Apostles.: Dec. 2, 2018 and Jan. 27, Mar. 24, Mar. 31, Apr. 7, 2019.

The Rite of Election will be held at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More on Sunday, Mar. 10, 2019 at 2:30 p.m.

Attendance at Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation is expected.

Students are not to have more than 3 absences in the Religious Education school year and are to complete homework and participate in class assignments.

Information, meetings, and important deadlines for students and parents is included in the attached packet.

Sacraments of Initiation Packet_2019

Sacrament of Confirmation

Generally, desiring and prepared students who are baptized, have made First Penance (Reconciliation/ Confession) and First Holy Communion, receive the Sacrament of Confirmation during eighth grade or high school. The student is to attend no less than two consecutive years of Religious Education before Confirmation and show evidence of desire for the Sacrament.

The priest will lead a meeting on Monday, Sept. 24, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. in Hannan Hall for Religious Education, Ghana Catholic Community, and homeschool students, parents, and sponsors (if available). A Confirmation 2019 packet will be distributed during the meeting.

Queen of Apostles School families have a Graduation/ Confirmation meeting on Oct. 18, 2019 at 6 p.m. in the school. Contact the school for more information 703-354-0714.

The Confirmation Liturgy, as set by the Diocese of Arlington, is scheduled for Monday, May 13, 2019 at 7 p.m., at Queen of Apostles. Students are to meet in Hannan Hall by 6 p.m.

Information, meetings and important deadlines for students and parents are listed in the Confirmation packet:

Confirmation Packet_2019

Sacraments of Penance and Sacrament of First Holy Communion 

Generally, desiring and prepared baptized students in grade two and above receive the Sacraments of Penance and First Holy Communion. The student is to attend no less than two consecutive years of Religious Education before these Sacraments and show evidence of desire.

First Penance for Religious Education students is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. in the church. First Penance for Queen of Apostles School students is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 25, 2019. School families should confirm information with the school teacher or front office.

The First Holy Communion Liturgy is scheduled for Saturday, May 18, 2019. A Mass in English is at 10:00 a.m. and a Mass in Spanish is at 12:30 p.m. School students are to attend the 10:00 a.m. Mass. Religious Education families may choose to attend either Mass. If choosing the Mass in Spanish, your child must know and say the Mass responses in Spanish.

Religious Education parents have two mandatory meetings to discuss details about these Sacraments: October 14, 2018 at 9 a.m. and March 31, 2019 at 9 a.m.

Sacraments of Penance and Holy Communion packet_2019


Catechists

If you are interested in sharing your love of the Catholic faith by serving as a volunteer catechist or aide in Religious Education, please contact the Parish Office, or e-mail s.gray@queenofapostles.org. We welcome your willingness to become involved with this ministry!

All adult volunteers who work with youth are required by the Diocese of Arlington to complete the required paperwork and background check,  as well as to attend a VIRTUS seminar within 45 days of starting volunteering.

Protecting God’s Children-Office for the Protection of Children and Young People (OPCYP)