Religious Education

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Registration for the 2020-2021 Religious Education school year is closed.

The Religious Education program at Queen of Apostles serves students in kindergarten (at least 5 years old) through high school.

Parents are the primary teachers of their children. To assist families in the important mission of living the Catholic faith, our catechists and aides assist parents in leading their child(ren) to become disciples of Jesus.

Our Religious Education Program is intended for lifelong Catholic faith formation and it is not only for receiving sacraments. The program is designed to be continuous from kindergarten/grade 1 through high school. Skipping years between sacraments does not allow for adequate faith formation.

2021-2022 Registration Form

**Please fill out, download WITH YOUR CHANGES, and email back to DRE@queenofapostles.org**

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Confirmation Packet


Frequently Asked Questions

Will classes be in-person/what safety measures are being taken?

Yes, in-person classes in English for the 2021-2022 School Year will be held on Sundays from 10:30-11:45am, between Sept. 12, 2021-May 29, 2022 at Queen of Apostles School (4409 Sano Street, Alexandria, VA).

To comply with safety protocols, students will maintain a 3′ distance, everyone in the building will be masked, and hand sanitizer will be available.

What does the curriculum look like?

Students will have regular homework to complete. Faith and Life textbooks are used for children between kindergarten and grade 8. Faith and Revelation is used in high school classes. Report cards/assessments will be distributed 2-3 times per school year. The minimum grade required to advance is 70%.

Homework assignments are posted on MCFD for each grade. Unless otherwise stated, lessons are due by 10:30am each Sunday. Each lesson will have a pre and post-assessment. Students are to score no less than 70% on the post-assessment.

Students are expected to master the prayers at his/her grade level in addition to knowing the prayers taught in previous years. Mastering prayers can only be done through repetition. Praying regularly as a family will help children say, read, and write the prayers.

The Standards of Learning from the Arlington Diocese offer this rubric:

Grade

Prayers to Master (cumulative)

Kinder

Sign of the Cross, Glory Be, Guardian Angel prayer

1st grade

Our Father/Lord’s Prayer, Hail Mary, Grace Before Meals

2nd grade

Act of Contrition, mini-prayers/aspirations (Lord, help me, Blessed be God)

3rd grade

St. Michael Prayer, Mass responses

4th grade

Act of Faith, Act of Hope, Act of Charity, Rosary prayers

5th grade

Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds, Fatima Prayer, Hail Holy Queen, Rosary Mysteries

6th grade

Divine Mercy Chaplet

7th grade

The Angelus, Memorare, Stations of the Cross

8th grade

Come Holy Spirit Prayer, Divine Praises/Exposition/Benediction, patron saint devotion

High school

All of the above prayers

When can students receive the sacraments?

Each RE school year builds upon the previous year of faith formation, therefore, students must attend at least 2 consecutive years of Religious Education before a Sacrament is administered. A student is to show evidence of desire and preparation for a Sacrament and not have more than 3 absences during the school year. Generally, baptized children receive First Penance/First Holy Communion in grade 2 and higher and Confirmation in grade 8 and higher.

Homeschool families with children preparing for Sacraments this upcoming school year are asked to contact the parish office at 703-354-8711 ext. 16 or email DRE@queenofapostles.org

See below sections for more information on each sacrament.

How can I register and pay?

Registration for the 2020-2021 Religious Education school year is closed. To prepare for the next school year, you can explore the many faith formation resources posted on FORMED.

Birth and baptismal certificates are to be submitted at the time of registration.

If you have a tuition balance, please come to the parish office (4329 Sano Street, Alexandria, VA) to pay by cash or check.


Receiving the Sacraments

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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. The pastor and the child’s catechist will determine if the student is ready to receive the Sacraments at the Easter Vigil Mass.

A priest will then lead a meeting with Religious Education parents/godparents of unbaptized children.

A godparent/sponsor is a Catholic in good standing: is at least 16 years old; received the Sacraments of Baptism, Penance, Holy Eucharist, and Confirmation; if married, is validly married in the Catholic Church; attends Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation; receives the Sacraments of Penance and Holy Eucharist at least once a year, and professes the teachings of the Church.

Students and their godparents are also to attend a number of Rites and Scrutinies during Mass from December-March.

The Rite of Election will be held at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More on the Sunday after Ash Wednesday.

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.


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 the eighth grade or high school. The student is to attend no less than two consecutive years of Religious Education before Confirmation, show evidence of desire for the Sacrament, complete all homework and projects, attend the retreat, and be recommended by the pastor/catechist for Confirmation.

The priest will then lead a meeting for Religious Education, Ghana Catholic Community, and homeschooled students, parents, and sponsors (if available). A Confirmation packet will be distributed during the meeting.

A godparent/sponsor is a Catholic in good standing: is at least 16 years old; received the Sacraments of Baptism, Penance, Holy Eucharist, and Confirmation; if married, is validly married in the Catholic Church; attends Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation; receives the Sacraments of Penance and Holy Eucharist at least once a year, and professes the teachings of the Church.

The Confirmation Liturgy is scheduled by the Diocese of Arlington. The Confirmation Mass is expected to be held in the Spring.


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.

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 usually scheduled for February.

First Holy Communion Masses are usually held in May.

Religious Education parents have meetings with the priest to discuss details about these Sacraments.