Welcome to St. Veronica Religious Education
Registration for the 2020-2021 school year is now open. Please read through all the information carefully before registering as there are many changes to the program this year.
Sunday, September 20, is Catechetical Sunday. Bishop Burbidge has recorded a video message for parents, students and catechists. View it here.
Confirmation students may study the Confirmation Exam review study guide flashcards here.
The Parent Handbook is here.
The full calendar is here.
Classes will begin Monday, September 28, at 5:30 pm.
- We are offering a Monday in person session from 5:30-6:45 pm; Class sizes will be 5-15 students, with a contingency plan if at home learning for all students becomes necessary.
In addition, there are two options for at home learners-
- At home instruction from My Catholic Faith Delivered, with a Catechist leader.
- Parent led Homeschool instruction.
Tuition is as follows:
1 child $130
2 children $260
Additional children $35 each
*Tuition includes either books for in class instruction or online membership to My Catholic Faith Delivered. If you would like both, please add the extra $21 membership fee per child to your total.
There are several forms to be filled out this year. The registration form, one emergency contact form for each child enrolled, one faith formation waiver for each child that will attend in person classes, and one online education form for each child, whether attending in person, or at home.
These forms are in PDF format, and fillable. Once filled out, you may save, and email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will send a note to welcome your student(s) to the program.
Payment may be made online through FaithDirect*, or a check may be mailed with the forms, or dropped by the Parish Office. *Families who already have a Faith Direct account should log in to their account before making the one-time charge for RE fees. Select the One-Time Gift option that appears under the upcoming gift section.
St. Veronica Religious Education Program
Plan for Opening
We eagerly anticipate the beginning of the Religious Education School year, which is scheduled to begin on Saturday, September 19, with Catechist Training. Training this year will include welcoming new catechists, reviewing curriculum, assigning students and classes, and helping all navigate what will prove to be an extraordinary year.
We will have in person classes, scheduled to begin on Monday, September 28. However, we will also have an two home learning options. We will have a robust contingency plan, in the event that Fairfax County or the Arlington Diocese requires St. Veronica School or parish to return to Phase 2. In other words, we will Hope for the Best, and Plan for What May Come.
What does this mean for in person learning of Religious Education? We will do many of the same things our St. Veronica School community is implementing to keep everyone as safe as possible. There are a few more forms for our families to fill out this year than in the past. Fortunately, these can be found on our website. We have enabled for the first time online payment for Religious Education as well.
We will have our Parent Meeting on September 22nd where we will describe, in detail, how to drop off, and pick up your students from RE, which will also be different than in the past. Also presented will be what your students will be learning, what is expected of families, whether students are attending in person or learning at home. Throughout the year there will be enrichment opportunities, that we have every year: Sacrament of Penance, Formation in Christian Chastity, Adoration, Retreat for our Confirmation students, Stations of the Cross, and at the end of the year our May Crowning, and even an Awards Ceremony.
None of this is possible without our Catechists. They sacrifice of themselves week after week, year after year, in the largest ministry of our parish. It is an amazing witness of our faith, and I am humbled by their selflessness. If you hear that quiet whisper on your heart, or feel the tug of the Holy Spirit within you to join us each week teaching these children, send me an email. We are always in need of Catechists. Training is provided.
Pope St. John Paul II throughout his Pontificate encouraged the world to embrace the New Evangelization. He was the first Pope to use Twitter, a social media platform some of our RE students may now think is old fashioned. I believe COVID is forcing us to embrace the New Evangelization to deliver something which has not changed one bit -The Gospel- and find new, and different ways in which to deliver it to our families and community that desperately need to hear it.
In the Shermer household for many years we have had a motto, which is, “to be flexible and adaptable.” These are the days to shine the light of Faith on our world, beginning in our homes, with our families.
St. Veronica Church, by the grace of the Holy Spirit, will strive to bring parents and children of the parish into a deep, personal communion with Christ and His Church, and to foster in them a missionary zeal for souls by:
- Proclaiming the Word of God and His loving plan of salvation as expressed in Holy Scripture and the Sacred Tradition of the Catholic Church;
- Acknowledging every person as a child of God, uniquely created by the Father in His image and likeness;
Teaching the Person of Jesus Christ, the source and summit of all life, through whom we are granted our salvation.
Religious Education Links
- Eternal Word Television Network – www.ewtn.com
- For Papal Encyclicals, Vatican Documents, Holy Father’s Prayer Intentions
- For a complete Catholic Encyclopedia, Documents from Church Fathers, and The Summa Theologica
- For materials and information on Eucharistic MIracles and coloring pages
- For popular questions posed to Catholics and by Catholics
- For Resources for Apologetics
- For free teacher resources and online classes for Catechists
Religious Education Staff
Father Richard E. Dyer, Director of Religious Education
Mrs. Andrea Shermer, Religious Education Coordinator
703-773-2004, Email: email@example.com
Office Location: Left side rear of the building, next to the parish hall