2018-19 Religious Education Registration Available!

There are three ways to register: online (see below), or in a PDF Fillable form coming soon and a printed out form by clicking here.

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Saint Raymond of Peñafort

Religious Education K-12 Registration 

8750 Pohick Road Springfield, VA 22153

703-440-0537 or fax 703-440-0538



Registration Requirements:

Parish registration is a prerequisite for enrollment.

Complete entire form including the student background, carpool information, permission/opt-out etc)

Payment is due at time of registration and fee structure is as follows:

High School Aged Students are free!
◾1 child $100
◾2 children $115
◾3 or more children $130
◾First Communion Administration Fee $10 per child (2nd grade)
◾Confirmation Administration Fee $50 per child (8th grade)

Financial assistance is available (please call our Religious Education Office at 703-440-0537)

We accept checks and also offer the option to pay online.  The option to pay online is available only for your convenience but is not required for completing this registration process.  Please note, high school aged children have no cost to register for this program.  

Good Shepherd Class available to students with special needs  (please contact the Religious Education Office at 703-440-0537).

First Communion/Penance and Confirmation Programs: Both programs are two-year programs.  Students must complete both years.

Baptismal Certificate: Due at registration for pre-sacrament years 1st and 7th grades.

Please note: Changes to schedules only accepted through October 31st.

Class schedule is dependent on volunteers and enrollment.

Please list the following information that will assist your child(ren)'s teacher: Allergies/learning disability/language challenges/other family information/IEP/name of school attending etc.   By leaving this blank you are stating that your child(ren) has (have) no need for special assistance.

The above information is kept confidential.

Formation in Christian Chastity

The safety of your children is always uppermost in your mind.  We have continued to take steps in recent years to do our part in ensuring that children will be in a safe place when they are participating in the religious education program at Saint Raymond's.  All staff and volunteers have received the background checks and training required by the USCCB (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops).  Each year a program is implemented to help the children in grades 1-12 recognize the steps they can take to keep themselves safe.  Guided by the Diocese of Arlington, the program is called "Formation in Christian Chastity".  Lesson plans provided by the Diocese are used for different age groups.  During the month of October, these lessons will be presented to students in all grades.  The goal is to equip both you and your children with the knowledge to keep us all safe.

Parents have the choice to have their children participate in or to opt-out of the lesson.  Please checkmark your choice below.  This checkmark is equivalent to placing your initials next to your decision.  If you opt-out, you will receive an official Arlington Diocese Opt-out Form to be completed and kept on file for each child.

Additional information is available on the Diocesan website listed below or through the DRE's office.


Confession Schedule During Lent

Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday: (Except Holy Thursday)
Feb. 15 – March 16: 6:30pm – 7:00pm
March 19 –March 27: 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Wednesday: (Except Ash Wednesday, when there are no Confessions)
Feb. 15 – March 16: 6:15pm – 7:00pm, and after 7:00pm Mass
March 19 –March 27: 6:00pm – 7:00pm, and after 7:00pm Mass
Friday: 6:00 pm—6:30pm
Morning: 8:30am–9:00am, & after 9:00am Mass;
Afternoon: 3:30pm–5:00pm
Sunday: 1/2 hour prior to 8:45am, 10:30am & 12:15pm Masses
(Sunday Confessions should end when Mass begins)

Important Meeting TONIGHT of the Fairfax County Family Life Education Curriculum Advisory Committee (FLECAC)

Dear parishioners:

I’m sorry for this late notice, I just discovered this myself, but here is an important meeting TONIGHT of the Fairfax County Family Life Education Curriculum Advisory Committee (FLECAC). Please consider attending the meeting to signify your solidarity with the many families in our parishes whose children attend Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS).

The attached documents indicate that the FLECAC will be considering a recommendation to change the FLE curriculum in a manner that obscures the fundamental truth that “that biological sex and the socio-cultural role of sex (gender) can be distinguished but not separated” (Amoris laetitia, 56). In other words, the FLECAC may recommend the inclusion of what is known as the ideology of gender (or gender ideology) in the FLE curriculum in the FCPS.

I hope that you will take the time to read these documents, and as a result, understand the significance of Thursday’s meeting. Click here for the 11 Jan 18 Meeting Minutes. Click here for the Agenda 8 Feb 18.

The meeting is open to the public, and will take place at: Gatehouse Administration Center, 8115 Gatehouse Road, Falls Church, VA 22042, Room 3050/3051, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Although there will not be the opportunity to give testimony at the hearing, your presence would be a powerful witness to the truth about human sexuality.

Try to attend if you can. I will try to be there if I can rearrange my schedule.

God bless.

Fr. De Celles

No Religious Education This Weekend 13-15 January 2018




until further notice

by order of the fire marshal

due to freezing weather conditions

causing “frost heave” issues

with the parish hall/basement entrance doors.

(Freezing has caused the outside pavement to rise, causing the outside hall/basement doors to be stuck closed creating a fire evacuation hazard).

All other events in the Church or Rectory will follow the normal St. Raymond’s Policy on Weather Closings.

(Note: Masses and Confessions

are never cancelled due to weather

March For Life 2018

The 45th annual March for Life is on January 19 in Washington, D.C.

“Life is the Loving, Empowering and Self-Sacrificial Option”

Come and be inspired by dynamic speakers and the sight of tens of thousands of like-minded individuals who have traveled from across the country. Please bring your family to give witness to Our Lord and reject the culture of death that is so prevalent in our society.

Buses leave after 10:30am Mass
Buses return between 4:30 and 5pm.
Join us in the parish hall for a
warm Chili Dinner!

Support those that March for Life: Crock pot specialties, Mac & Cheese, rolls, cookies and fruit are all needed to support those who will visibly stand for life in D.C. on Friday, January 19th. We need at least 25 crock pots of chili to feed the 4 busloads of parishioners attending the event. Kitchen helpers are needed too! Please sign up via Signup Genius by clicking here or contact Sheri Burns at burnsfamily77@verizon.net to let her know how you can help.