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Adult Faith Formation

  • Bible Studies

Around The Living Word (ATLW) meets on Tuesdays at 7:00 pm in the Parish Life Center focuses on a particular book of the bible. Scripture Reflections on the upcoming Sunday readings meets on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm in the  Parish Life Center

    Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

Chairperson: Audrey Jones          301-894-0982                                        
Sessions are held every Sunday after the 8:00 am Mass.  The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) involves preparation for and celebration of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist, which manifests the intimate relation of these sacraments to one another. The primary focus of the RCIA    is the Christian initiation of unbaptized adults.

The Rite also provides for the initiation of unbaptized children of catechetical age 6 and above, as well as for welcoming baptized Catholics and non-Catholics into full communion with the Church. Children who have reached the use of reason are considered for purposes of Christian initiation, to  be adults.  RCIA consists of four distinct periods of formation: Period of Inquiry; Period of the Catechumenate; Period of Enlightenment; and Period of Postbaptismal Catechesis.  Any adult interested in becoming Catholic or receiving Sacraments should contact the parish priest as soon as possible.

  • Adult Sunday School

Six Week Sessions Sunday's 9:45-10:45AM on topics on Catholic, Doctrine, Morality, Practices and Prayer. 

  • Religious Education for Children
  • Sunday School

The spiritual welfare of the children has always been a primary concern of our parish community. That concern, embedded in us by our founders, is still carried out today.   Sunday School is the formal program of study for all children Pre K – 8. It includes Sacramental Preparation, Faith Formation, Discussion, and a Field Trip.  Classes are held each Sunday, September through June at 9:30 am.

    • First Communion

The determination of readiness to receive the Sacrament of the Eucharist for the first time is a primary responsibility of the pastor as well as of the child’s parents and/or guardian(s). They are to see to it that children who have reached the use of reason are correctly prepared for and are nourished by the Eucharist.
Traditionally, children are prepared for reception of the Eucharist during second grade in their parish schools and CCD classes. Before receiving First Communion children must first receive the Sacrament of Penance.  Requires parental participation.

First Reconciliation

First Penance
The Sacrament of Penance is to precede First Communion. Formal instruction for Penance is to be separate and distinct from preparation for the reception of First Communion. The value of this practice is to catechize the children, from age of reason, to the true Christian spirit of penance and conversion, to growth in self-knowledge and self-control, to a true sense of sin, even of venial sin, to the necessity of asking for pardon from God, and above all, to a loving and confident abandonment to the mercy of the Lord. In no circumstances should a child receive First Communion without first having received the Sacrament of Penance.  Requires parental participation.

    • Communion Prayers

In the Archdiocese of Washington, Communion prayers are celebrated within Mass to express more clearly the fundamental connection of this sacrament with the entirety of Christian initiation, which reaches its culmination in the Eucharist. Students are to be confirmed in the 7th or 8th grade. Requires parental and sponsor participation.

Intergenerational Catachesis
  • Vacation Bible School (VBS)
  • Intergenerational Catechesis
    Generations in Faith Together (GIFT) is a spirit-filled outreach, welcoming all ages and stages of people to develop a living faith through love, prayer, worship and community. With that in mind, GIFT fosters intergenerational relationships in which everyone’s spirituality can be ignited by interacting with people of all ages.

    Each GIFT session addresses a topic in at least one of the six fundamental tasks of catechesis developed by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Creed, Sacraments, Worship, Prayer, Social Justice. Because faith formation is life-long, GIFT will continue over the years to revisit each task with a different focus.


Policy and Procedures

Canon Law gives the Pastor primary responsibility for the Parish and so the Pastor makes the final decision about matters relating to Parish life. The Pastor has to answer for what goes on in the community as a Parish.  Yet, in the spirit of Vatican II, the Pastor shares responsibility for the life and mission of the Parish
with a Pastoral Council. The Council has a consultative relationship with the Pastor. Within the Parish community, the Pastor officially represents the Archbishop and the Archdiocese and has ultimate responsibility for the pastoral care and administration of the Parish.  A true spirit of respect, mutuality, and collaboration ought to characterize the relationship between Pastor and Council in order to carry out the Parish’s Mission and Ministries .