Adult Religious Education

Mission Statement

To teach the truths of the Faith, as taught by Jesus Christ and reiterated through the Magisterium of the Catholic Church, in such a manner as to instill in those learning a knowledge of Christ, so that they may better grow in their love of God and gain eternal life.

St Raymond’s Adult Religious Education offers two venues:

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)- the process by which adults are instructed in the Doctrine of the Church and are prepared to receive the Sacraments of Baptism, First Penance (Confession) , Holy Eucharist (Communion) and Confirmation.   This class is offered on Monday evenings from 7:30 to 9:00 pm in the Rectory Classroom (Maurer Room) from September 8, 2014 until March 30, 2015 (except for Holidays). This program is designed to prepare 1) adult non-Catholics seeking information to understand and/or to enter the Catholic Church, and 2) adult baptized Catholics seeking First Holy Communion and/or Confirmation.  Anyone who desires a better understanding of Catholic teachings and practices are welcomed.  No registration is required. If you have questions call Bob or Bev Ward, 703-644-5873 or via e-mail at

Bible Study- St Raymond’s will offer a study of the Book of Acts and the Epistles of Paul with an in depth look at how the Sacred Scriptures serve as the foundation for Catholic doctrine and teachings. The program is offered every Tuesday morning from 9:30 to 11:00 A.M. (except for holidays) in the Parish Hall in the basement of the Church; and again on Tuesday evenings from 7:30 to 9:00 P.M. in the same location.   Classes will be offered from Tuesday, September 9, 2014, until Tuesday, May 19, 2015.

The series will consist of lectures and discussions led by Bob Ward (MA in Theology with concentration on Sacred Scriptures from Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom College). The course is also related to the Great Adventure: A Journey Through the Bible presented by Jeff Cavins on EWTN. No prerequisites or prior study required. All are welcome. Please bring your Bible. For further information please call Bob Ward at 703-644-5873 or via e-mail at

Important Dates

SCHOOL YEAR 2014-2015


August 15                   Assumption of Mary (Holy Day of Obligation)

September 1              Labor Day

September 7              Religious Ed Classes Begin

September 14           Annual Parish Picnic

October 13                  Columbus Day

October 12,13,14      No Religious Ed Classes

November 1               All Saints’ Day (Holy Day of Obligation)

November 11             Veterans Day (Classes in Session)

November 25             No Religious Ed Classes

November 27             Thanksgiving Day

November 30             No Classes

November 30            First Sunday of Advent

December 8               Immaculate Conception (Holy Day of Obligation)/No Religious Ed Classes

December 21, 22, 23  No Religious Ed Classes

December 25            Christmas Day

December 28, 29, 30  No Religious Ed Classes




January 1                    Mary, Mother of God (Holy Day of Obligation)

January 18,19,20     No Religious Ed Classes

January 19                  Martin Luther King Day

January 22                  March For Life

February 1                   No Religious Ed Classes

February 15,16,17    No Religious Ed Classes

February 16                Presidents’ Day

February 17                Shrove Tuesday

February 18                Ash Wednesday

March 29,30,31         No Religious Ed Classes

March 29                      Palm Sunday

April 2                           Holy Thursday

April 3                           Good Friday

April 4                           Holy Saturday

April 5                          Easter

April 5,6,7                    No Religious Ed Classes

April 12                         Divine Mercy Sunday

May 10                          No Classes – Mother’s Day

May 24                         Pentecost Sunday

May 25                         Memorial Day

June 7                          Corpus Christi Sunday

June 21                       Father’s Day

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