Religious Education


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

Class size limited. Parishioners and returning students have priority until Aug. 1.

Registration Form for the 2019-2020 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. 30, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. in Hannan Hall for Religious Education, Ghana Catholic Community, and homeschool students, parents, and sponsors (if available). A Confirmation 2020 packet will be distributed during the meeting.

The Confirmation Liturgy, as set by the Diocese of Arlington, is scheduled for Tuesday, April 28, 2020 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_2020

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 Queen of Apostles School students is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. School families should confirm the date and time of First Penance with the school teacher or front office.

First Penance for Religious Education students is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. in the church.

The First Holy Liturgy for Queen of Apostles School students is Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 10 a.m.

The First Holy Communion Liturgy for Religious Education students is Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 10 a.m.

Religious Education parents have two mandatory meetings to discuss details about these Sacraments: October 13, 2019 at 9 a.m. and as determined by the priest’s schedule March 8, 2020 or April 19, 2020 at 9 a.m.

Sacraments of Penance and Holy Communion packet_2020


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 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)